NOTE: Spoilers ahead! Do not read if you have not seen the first episode of 24.
Jack Bauer returned Monday night to battle terrorists, outwit bureaucracies, and head up 24: Live Another Day, a 12-episode addition to Fox’s hugely successful 24 television series.
When we last saw Jack (Kiefer Sutherland), he was on the run from the always ungrateful federal government after, once again, saving the United States from ultimate destruction.
In Monday’s episode, Jack is picked up by the CIA in London. It becomes clear early on that he planned to get caught so that he could rescue Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), she of “Dammit, Chloe” fame, a former CTU agent who now works as a Snowdenesque free-information hacker-activist (hacktivist?). In true 24 form, there are about four different twists in one episode. Jack did not just rescue Chloe because he is her friend; he rescued her so he can get access to her activist-friends’ database to find someone named Derek Yates, who is planning an attack on the current president, the fictional James Heller.
24: Live Another Day feels promising. The creators do not attempt to reinvent the series. Instead, they stick with what makes it great: Jack as a CIA superman, Chloe as a computer genius, Heller’s daughter Audrey (Kim Raver) as Jack’s girl-who-got-away, and the United States government mercilessly chasing Jack, no matter how many times he has saved the world from World War III.
The new season of 24 promises to be just as good as the seasons before, so far. However, Jack has not shouted, “Dammit, Chloe!” Until that happens, this season will remain sub-par.
— Christine Sisto is an editorial assistant at National Review.