A military hero who returns to the U.S. with a whole lot of trouble following him back. With nowhere else to turn, the man asks CTU to help him save his life while also stopping one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.
When an attempt on U.S. Army Sergeant Eric Carter's life is made after his return home from a mission to kill terrorist leader Bin Khalid, he discovers that he and his fellow Rangers' identities have...
24: Day 6 Debrief is a web-based series of five episodes, each a few minutes long. Set a few hours after the events of the sixth season, the series follows Jack Bauer as he is reluctantly ... See full summary »
After leading a mission to eliminate terrorist leader Ibrahim Bin-Khalid, Eric Carter returns to the U.S. and finds out that he and his squad mates are targeted for assassination in retaliation for Bin-Khalid's death. With nowhere else to turn, Carter asks CTU to help him save his life while also stopping one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.
It was inevitable that "24" would return. The show ranks as one of FOX's biggest hits of the new millennium and already experienced a mainly successful limited follow-up three years ago. But "24: Legacy" is the first incarnation without iconic star Kiefer Sutherland and faces the challenge of carving out a new direction. In certain respects, it succeeds. But, in most, it's a dismal failure.
The most prominent success lies in the choice of a new protagonist - Corey Hawkins. He excels as a troubled former Army Ranger, thrust into action over his role in a covert operation that forced him underground, combining an indomitable strength with traces of vulnerability. Unlike Sutherland, whose cold-blooded competence was rarely in doubt, there's a volatile quality to Hawkins that renders him engaging and relatable. It's possible he won't make the right decisions or find a solution immediately. However, he won't stop until he does.
It's a shame that no one else in the cast commands as much attention. Jimmy Smits and Miranda Otto are the co-leads - a Presidential candidate and his wife, a former director of CTU and acquaintance of Hawkins'. Both are miscast and both look as though they'd rather be elsewhere. Smits provides a pale imitation of Dennis Haysbert's stellar performance in the early seasons, along with his own Matt Santos from the latter days of "The West Wing". Meanwhile, Otto does not project the charisma to be expected of a leader of her character's caliber and fails to generate any chemistry with Smits or others. The only supporting roles that rate as above-average are those of Dan Bucatinsky (the twitchy lead tech at CTU, plus the show's only consistent source of humor) and Ashley Thomas (Hawkins' taciturn older brother; a bad-ass gangster with a soft side).
To be fair, the actors are done little favors by the plot. It's a herky-jerky ride littered with highly questionable decisions and abrupt changes of heart. It feels as though the story was conceived with a 24-hour season in mind and heavily pared down to fit in the limited 12-hour time frame. Subplots are raised and resolved so quickly that they fail to resonate as they should. The action is competently filmed, but rarely inventive or memorable. Tension builds awkwardly, requiring characters to be whip-smart one moment and dumb as a box of rocks the next (by no means a new trait for "24", but it's definitely more overt here). And, most disappointingly, the story features no satisfying twists or reveals. If you've seen even one season of "24", there's very little that's not predictable.
Given all this trouble, FOX was wise to kick this show to the curb and admit defeat on their Super Bowl lead out. Despite its numerous problems, "24: Legacy" has done a great service in giving a star turn to Hawkins, who handles himself admirably from gritty action sequences to tender moments. Between this and his breakout performance as Dr. Dre in "Straight Outta Compton", it's hard to see anything but a very bright future for this actor.
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