BWW Spoiler Alert!: 5 Major Takeaways from this Week's 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY
Welcome to BWW Spoiler Alert! In this new column, I am going to share five questions and takeaways from the most buzzworthy television episodes of the week (a.k.a. whatever shows I watch). By definition, these columns will contain spoilers if you have yet to see the episode in question, so don't say that I didn't warn you!
After four years of radio silence, FOX has brought back the indomitable Jack Bauer for another harrowing day on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY. Despite four years in hiding, Jack (and 24) quickly fall back into the same unrealistic tropes. However, once you are able to suspend your disbelief, 24 is as enjoyable as ever.
SPOILER ALERT! I will be discussing things that actually happen in this episode, so if you haven't gotten around to watching it yet, click on another one of my interesting articles instead; like this, this, or this.
1) In the old 24, we were often subjected to unnecessary interpersonal stuff that had no real impact on the larger story, but I hope in the slimmed-down 12-hour version we aren't subjected to too much of the Audrey long-lost-love rigmarole, especially because it is pretty clear that her husband/President's Chief-of-Staff is going to end up being not a good guy.
2) It was over a half-an-hour (in real-time mind you) before Keifer Sutherland uttered a word. He just stared his patented Jack Bauer stare, and let all of the new characters introduce themselves and carry the weight of exposition. As unusual as it might appear on paper to have the beloved series-lead silent for 30 minutes of a season's first episode, I think this was actually really smart on the writers' part. It allowed us to get a better understanding of who all of the new players are before the shooting and craziness began. It also made his first words, "Take me to her, now," even more impactful.