Is '24: Live Another Day' Meeting High Expectations?
Is '24: Live Another Day' Meeting High Expectations?
Margaret McGriff
Margaret McGriff
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Jack Bauer fans were ecstatic when the trailer for 24: Live Another Day first aired during the 2014 Super Bowl. It featured a gun toting Jack, a punked out Chloe, and the people of London running for their lives in the background. Now that we're halfway through Jack's crappy day, is the show giving the fans what they've been longing for? Is it living up to our expectations so far?

I say heck yeah and here's why:

More Focus on the Story Instead of Terrorist Stunts

After the first few seasons of FOX's 24, the plot twists and terrorist dangers were getting a bit excessive. Instead of giving viewers a great story to follow, it became a game of "how much worse can we make Jack's day." Going into this reprisal of the show, I was bit skeptical, but so far it doesn't disappoint. By episode 2, its super clear what the threat is and who the villain is. We're not trying to follow 20 different story lines, instead getting to know the characters, see what makes them tick, and how they're either going to help or hinder Jack's mission. The writers took their time with this one and brought us back to the heart of what made 24 so cool in the first place.

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Change of Location

With eight seasons of 24, the United States have seen every threat imaginable (including a fire fight in the White House, remember that?). Anything else at this point would be a major yawn. Taking the show to London introduces a whole new ball game. The stakes are much higher, bringing the terrorist problem to a global playing field. Not only does the US need to protect itself, it needs to protect the lives of London citizens or incur the wrath of the English. It also presents a great opportunity to bring in a new set of characters seamlessly instead of jamming them down our throats.

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The Writer's Made the Hiatus Work

Besides giving the writers time to really develop a great storyline and get our beloved characters back on board, they worked the show's time off into the story very well. Jack upsets a lot of people when he pops up four years after season 8 ended. The CIA proves just how silly they were without him in their attempts to bring him in (did they really think they could catch Jack that easily??). The biggest upset of all is with Audrey. As we saw in "Day 9: 3:00pm - 4:00 pm", the flame is still burning bright and this only makes things much more interesting as we tune in for the rest of the season.

24: Live Another Day airs Mondays at 9pm on FOX. 

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