Tuesday, December 16, 2014

24: Living For Another Franchise?

Despite the utter dearth of post 24 acting careers for the leading actors of the iconic TV series, is 24: Live Another Day just a desperate bid for actor Keifer Sutherland to start another successful franchise? 

By: Ringo Bones 

Honestly, I can’t even name that post-24 TV series by actor Keifer Sutherland that he did after 24 Day 8 without resorting to Google search but worry not 24 diehards, cause the new 24: Live Another Day – also known as 24 Day 9 – is as good as the 24 seasons that came before it and became a runaway success in the wake of the then U.S. President George W. Bush’s post 9/11 War on Terror. 

24: Live Another Day – also known as 24 Day 9 – is a limited edition TV series consisting of just twelve episodes, unlike the previous season’s 24 episodes as events allegedly happen in real time. It premiered on the American Fox TV network back in May 5, 2014 and ended back in July 14, 2014. Though it now started its “tour” across the world airing on various Fox affiliates – one just aired here in the Philippines back in September – the new season is quite a departure from the previous seasons were a season typically consisted of 24 episodes that happen in real time. Fortunately, the changes are not one of those J.J. Abrams reboots. 

The new 24: Live Another Day covers a 24 hour period that begins and ends at 11:00 A.M. but there’s a 12-hour time jump within the final episode, thus the new season is now only 12-episodes long. It takes place 4 years after 24 Day 8 / Season 8 where James Heller is now the President of the United States. Like previous seasons of 24, this one deals with the consequences of the still ongoing post 9/11 War on Terror and even though it may be sorter than the 24s that came before – 50 percent shorter in fact – it still manage to please most of the diehard 24 fans. Further reinforcing the perception that actor Keifer Sutherland is now forever type-casted as agent Jack Bauer.