The fans may have doubted the future of 24 without Jack Bauer, but does 24 Legacy proof that 24 can still “kick ass” without Jack Bauer?
By: Ringo Bones
Ever since actor Kiefer Sutherland had more or less retired his role as Jack Bauer in the iconic TV series 24, many fans have doubted if it is even possible to continue 24 without Jack Bauer and still retain the thinking man’s kick-ass action the series is well known for. Well, in 2017, those doubts had recently been put to rest with 24 Legacy. And to serve as a refreshing salute to diversity, the main action hero of the series is now African-American.
After leading a mission to eliminate terrorist leader Sheikh Ibrahim bin-Khalid, Sgt. Eric Carter (played by Corey Hawkins), a former Army Ranger who returns to the US and finds out that he and his squad mates are being hunted down and killed because one of his team unwittingly stole a flash drive containing a list of US-based terror sleeper cells and the codes required to activate them for future attacks. With nowhere else to turn to, Carter asks CTU to help him save his life while also stopping a series of devastating terrorist attacks on American soil. The series takes place three years after the events of 24 Live Another Day and is set in Washington, DC.
Unlike previous 24 seasons which have 24 episodes, 24 Legacy – like 24 Live Another Day only has 12 with a 12-hour skip but still retains the “events occur in real time” narrative. And despite of the franchise’s longevity, the latest one still retain the “thinking person’s kick ass” quality that have since defined the series and had what made fans – both old and new – to have come to expect and love.