It’s only been four years since 24 went off the air, but the television landscape has changed quite dramatically since we last saw Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). When the series first premiered in 2001, just months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bauer’s “whatever it takes” attitude was an inspiring jolt to TV viewers. The show’s unique structure of unfolding in real time maintained the story’s heightened tension throughout the entire 24 episodes, and subsequent seasons would provide plenty of thrilling twists and turns to keep audiences engaged. The show’s quality started to decline as the years went on (it topped out at a magnificent season five), but Jack is up to his old tricks again in the limited series event 24: Live Another Day, and he’s joined by some familiar faces.
The 12-episode miniseries gets off to a bit of a slow start, but the trademark double-crosses and surprises remain intact, as does Jack’s outlaw attitude. Live Another Day isn’t significantly better or worse than the show was when it left the airwaves in 2010, but given how much great TV is out there right now, the question becomes: is “same old Jack” good enough? Read my full 24: Live Another Day review after the jump.