’24: Live Another Day’- TV Review

The story is that after months of hiding, Jack Bauer has come out of hiding in London to stop a terrorist attack on the city while at the same time evading capture by the forces of both the United States and Russia, who are still seeking revenge for Bauer’s wrongs.

by Dayo Laniyan

 

24:Live Another Day is an incredibly good show, that I highly doubt that I will see again

The story is that after months of hiding, Jack Bauer has come out of hiding in London to stop a terrorist attack on the city while at the same time evading capture by the forces of both the United States and Russia, who are still seeking revenge for Bauer’s wrongs.

Firstly, it was certainly refreshing to have British actors in the cast alongside the American actors, such as Stephen Fry, Michelle Fairley, Emily Berrington and Colin Salmon. A lot of  them played their roles very well, but it was weird to have half of the British actors cast in roles on the side of the U.S. A minor nitpick, but still a nitpick. The American actors also played their roles well, William Devane being one of the best as President James Heller, a man who must still assert control over the situation, despite losing control of himself.

The overall tone and pace of the show is that of an escalating crisis, pretty much the bread and butter of any 24 season. Along with the characters, the viewers themselves feel the same tension and urgency as they, regardless of the side they are on. Michelle Fairley makes a splendid villain as the terrorist Margot Al-Harazi, ruling both the attack and even her own family with an iron fist. However, there are some moments when her deeds simply just go too far, despite her goals. But perhaps, that was the intention for her image.

Although this is my personal inclination as a Brit, it was a little disappointing that by the second half of the season most of the British actors disappear, as the story starts to shift to a more American problem, despite still being on British soil. Also despite the escalation of the situation, there are several moments when the whole show starts to drag a little, and you resist the urge to skip a little.

Overall I give this current season a 4 out of 5: Beyond good enough to keep my attention and see me through to the end, and even make me anticipate another season, but it was a long journey to get there. A real long one.

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