24 – Day 8 Review: Jacked Up

January 23, 2010 by  
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tv-stars-3half24-30024 – DAY 8: ‘The Following Will Take Place Between 9pm and 11pm On Sunday 24th January’, Sky1 ALERT ME

Someone recently said to me: “Surely Jack Bauer would be dead by now”. I slapped them in the face and shouted, “Jack Bauer is so tough he makes Chuck Norris look like a bra-wearing mama’s boy”.

But after watching the first two episodes of 24’s eighth season back-to-back, I admit I now have some doubts.

At the end of last season, Jack was in a bad way and only stem cell treatment could save him from a disease that had been cooked up by the bad guys. Plus he’s not as young as he used to be.

Now he’s back on his feet and all set to play happy families with Kim, her husband Stephen and their young daughter, Teri. Of course, being Jack, his plan to move with Kim and co back to LA doesn’t really get off the ground after an assassination attempt on a foreign president. With tentative international negotiations between the US and a made up Arab state called Kamistan, a threat to the Kamistani President could throw a huge peace agreement out the window. Will Jack step up to the plate?

Much like Al Pacino in The Godfather 3, Jack was almost out then they pulled him back in! And thank God, because watching Jack play Grandpa for a whole season would have been really boring. I’m also hoping that there’s no stupid ‘kidnap the kid’ plotline because that is done and done.

The new characters are introduced swiftly if not in a somewhat clunky manner, but it looks like a solid set up to what could lead on to be an interesting, potentially final, season. Freddie Prinze Jr. joins as Cole Ortiz, a CTU operative who looks like he’ll be playing the hero with a heart. His wife to be is Dana Walsh, played by Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff, who’s being a thorn in socially awkward Chloe’s paw.

The first two episodes aren’t action packed but there is at least one explosion and Jack does swing an axe into someone’s chest. That’s not something you see every day! This is a good start but it’s not mindblowing and I’m struggling to think of something new this series would bring that we haven’t already seen, but only time will tell.