24 – Day 6, Episodes 1 & 2, 6:00 – 7:00 and 7:00 – 8:00

As the ads say Jack is Back but how do these first few episodes stand up.

Here’s a quick summary.

The new season starts out 2 years later with Wayne Palmer as President (this is 24 so no explanation required as to how he became President) and terrorist attacks occurring all over the US. In order to get the intel they need to find and assassinate the head of the group leading the attacks, they need to trade Jack to the man with the info. Jack has spent the last 2 years being tortured in China and comes back a somewhat broken man. Again, this is 24 so his “brokenness” comes in and out to remind us that this is a different Jack. For these first couple of episodes it works but my guess is that by episode 8 this subplot will be long forgotten. (If you don’t believe me, try and rewatch season 3 to see how long the “Jack as heroin addict” subplot lasted.)

They also have introduced a new sister Palmer who is going to be the voice of conscience in contrast to the President’s new advisor (the usually awesome Peter MacNichol) who is pushing for his boss to create internment camps for American Muslims. As interesting as their speeches are, my guess is that this too is a subplot that will be forgotten by episode 10.

Jack of course escapes and finds out that the target he was traded for is actually being set up by the one he was traded to. Long story short, Jack to the rescue, as he saves the original target (a former terrorist who is trying to turn to peacemaker) then share a little torture moment and together go to stop a suicide bomber. Jack stops the bomb and the new partners follow his handler to find the real leader.

Bottom line is these first two hours are as fun as can be expected from a new 24 season. As I’ve written before, the beginning of 24 is usually full of adventure as we catch up with whatever characters remain from last season. I still think it’s just a matter of time before it falls into its old patterns but for now I’m enjoying the ride.

Avi’s Episode Rating: B+


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