Fox executives said Monday that its drama “24″ is returning next May for a limited run that will stretch into the summer. The adventure series with Kiefer Sutherland starring as Jack Bauer ended its original run in 2010.
While I admit that the last few seasons weren’t very good (they still brought us moments like this), I’m excited to see Jack Bauer on my television again. 12 episodes is perfect because one of the biggest problems with 24 was all the filler that was required to make this show last for 24 hours. With half that number, we can get to the heart of the matter quickly (at least that’s the hope).
I think I’ll have to end my retirement from recapping 24 episodes.
Fire up the Jack Bauer Kill Count!
I’ll still watch for cool shit like Jack pulling a knife out of his gut and flinging it into someone’s neck across the room or Jack getting caught by Russians and just wait to see how long before he turns the tables (45 minutes) but, otherwise, the less said about this season, the better
Bauer Kill Count: 3 (still)
If you were lucky enough to miss last night’s episode or it’s on your DVR, let me save you the trouble.
What little happened in this episode will be covered in the “Previously on 24″
Sigh. There have been bad episode and seasons before but none as boring as this.
At least Bauer got out of the car and spoke German in the worst pair of fake glasses I’ve ever seen.
Bauer Kill Count: 3
I wish I could say that there was something awesome about this episode but it was essentially a waste of an hour. An hour Jack Bauer spent in a car. This is Jack Bauer, not Chuck Bartowski.
I actually dozed off in the middle of the episode.
If you haven’t seen it, let me sum it up for you. Renee is a loose cannon but she’s there only hope.
Now you can delete it from your DVR.
Bauer Kill Count: 3
I’m not going to get into the details about each episode like I’ve done in the past. As much as I love this show, it has become ridiculously predictable:
- Incompetent CTU boss? Check
- Interoffice romance at CTU? Check
- Nuclear WMD? Check (Seriously, there are less than 1,000 in the world and Jack has stopped the detonation of five)
- Member of CTU who is having a personal crisis at the worst possible moment? Check
- Everyone ignoring Chloe forcing her to go rogue until they find out she’s right? Check
All we need now is a mole at CTU. Guess who I’m suspecting?
But I don’t watch 24 for realism or because it’s supposed to be in real-time (C’mon, Jack made it from Queens to the city close to rush hour with the president in town in less than an hour). I watch it because it’s like going to a big budget movie every week where shit blows up and bad guys get killed. I watch it because Jack Bauer is one of the greatest television characters EVER created. Even if the show around him is silly and the situations repeat, Kiefer Sutherland makes it work giving Bauer the correct amount of pathos and intensity to a man who has killed 230 people in 8 season and one TV movie and may regret 20% of those kills.
Anyway, I wrote all this to say, I’ll just be doing bulletpoints this season of any awesomeness and the kill count.
Also to say, JACK BAUER KILLED A MAN WITH FIRE AX TO THE CHEST!!!
HOW AWESOME WAS THAT!?!?
Final Kill Count: 28 (+3)
Um, is there another hour of this season that I’m unaware of? I thought this was the season finale.