Critical Condition: 24: Legacy

24: Legacy (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Tuesdays)

“Jack Bauer is gone and in his place we have Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), a military hero who was involved in an attack on a terrorist compound overseas.  But now he’s back home, trying to fit into civilian life when some shady looking Middle Eastern guys turn up at his home looking for something pretty important … It’s pacy and gripping and certainly knows how to keep the tension going.  I might have been scoffing at the improbabilities, but I was suckered in by the relentless pace.  Is that going to be enough to hook us in for 24 episodes?  I guess time will tell.” — Stuff.

24: Legacy marks an on-brand return for a franchise Fox has refused to let lie fallow long enough for any real nostalgic yearning to set in. Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer is gone, but even in his absence 24: Legacy sports 24 aesthetics, 24 urgency, 24 illogical Internal logic and that reliable 24 tendency to balance five or six plotlines at once — even when two or three of them are downright awful. For better and for worse24: Legacy sure feels like 24.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

“There’s shooting and torture aplenty, but Jack Bauer – my beloved Jack Bauer, my reluctant psychopathic superhero Jack Bauer – is entirely out of the picture. That’s an incredible risk for 24 to take. Reader, the risk paid off. I’ve seen the first Jack-less episode of 24: Legacy, and I am here to tell you that it is incredible.” — The Guardian.

“This generally clunky reboot serves as reminder of just how much 24 owes the gravelly voice and dependable charisma of Kiefer Sutherland, who serves as an executive producer but does not star. Without Sutherland as CTU agent Jack Bauer, and without ace supporting characters like Jack’s trusty backup, Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), 24 is just another predictable and sometimes preposterous action-thriller featuring an array of interchangeable and cartoonishly stereotyped Middle Eastern bad guys.” — Variety.

“There’s still some crackle in the split-screen storytelling, still some pop in the action. The sprawl of melodrama complicates quickly, so it’s possible the series can evolve into something more interesting than a guilty-pleasure hate-watch. But who has time for that anymore? Get better soon24: Legacy. My clock is ticking.” — Entertainment Weekly.

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2 Responses to “Critical Condition: 24: Legacy”

  1. There are actually 12 episodes in the series NOT 24..silly Stuff :)

  2. Watched the first three episodes; this is awful! Cliched, poorly scripted, even more poorly acted, this recycle almost every plot device from past 24s. It doesn’t even look or sound that good. Whoever said there was life left in the franchise was delusional. Bring back Jack!

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