This latest incarnation is further proof of this fact. After so many episodes, lethargy can seep into a show, and perhaps it has happened before with 24. By season 6 they had run out of juice. The Writers Guild of America strike of 2007–2008 gave them a break for a year and a half; when they came back with the TV movie 24: Redemption they got some of their mojo back and were off and running the last 2 years of the show. The sense of urgency they had in the last half of season 8, right after they knew the show was ending, gave us all a wild final ride. The 12 hours we saw with Live Another Day felt the same: passionate, powerful, and incredible.
|You feeling luck, punk? Huh?|
So if they go forward with these half seasons, it might work out well. There has been nothing definite yet, but the show runners have said that while they were worn out a bit 4 years ago after the go, go, go of the previous 8 seasons and 192 episodes, they felt like this last one was a breath of fresh air and gave them some energy. It felt that way for us fans too, like a fresh, exciting, nonstop thrill ride that should be compared to the same level of the best 24 ever gave us. The producers also said they would need another compelling storyline to follow that would excite them enough to want to do it This latest, dealing with global terrorism and drone strikes, was both topical and pulse-pounding. It worked in many ways as a deep, emotional, character-driven story from the perspective of the those people affected by drone strikes in other countries and how they might react if given the right resources. The villain in Live Another Day has my sympathy, because her husband was killed by a U.S. drone strike and, although I think she obviously overreacted, I totally get where she was coming from. How would any of us feel if our families were victims of collateral damage? I'd be pretty pissed off.
|Jack's had a bad day; best to stay out of his way.|
Still, how long can it go on? Sutherland is great, but he's also a heavy drinker, and it's beginning to show. His face looks haggard and older than just a few years should have brought him, and it's a shame. You gotta call a spade a spade sometimes, and Kiefer is beginning to show the wear and tear of the job. For a show like 24 this part of his character makes perfect sense. Jack Bauer is all kinds of tore up. After what he's been through, it's a shock the man can even walk, much less run around and kick ass like a beast. So as a fan of the series, I want to see it continue, and this may be blasphemous to say but I'm okay if Kiefer takes a smaller part of the whole thing than he has been. Jack is amazing, but he's given us over 200 episodes of amazing and perhaps it's time to pass the baton, or 9mm, whatever the case may be.
Who is his heir apparent? No need to worry because the person to take over is already on the show. The character of Kate Morgan, played by Yvonne Strahovski, is as much of a badass as Jack is. Kate is simply a female version of Bauer and could take over the spotlight with ease. I'm serious. She has some serious baggage like Jack does, losing her husband to conspiracy and suicide before the events of 24: Live Another Day took place, and has plenty of skills to help her along the way. Jack could act as a mentor while she gets some more field experience in her own show. Let's call it 24: Kate Kicks Ass. Some counterterrorist unit is set up anywhere in the world and Kate is an agent there, just like 24 has always been; they have the machine up and running now, and although I would love to see some more with Kiefer, I don't see any reason why they can't spin it off with a great character for which they have already laid the foundation. They could make it 24: International.
|Jack meet Kate, female Jack.|
So should Jack come back? What are your thoughts about them spinning off without him?