08 February 2014

[24] On a Scale of 1 to 24, How Excited Are You for 24: Live Another Day?

There's a reason why 24 ended four years ago. The show outlived its freshness and as much as I've loved Jack Bauer, I thought it was wise to let him stop saving the world for once. But heroes, I guess, don't fade away so easily. Years after 24 ended,  there were talks of movies and reunions...and finally, this limited series --- 24: Live Another Day.

I've been trying to contain my excitement for this 24 reboot because excitement = expectations,  and expectations lead to disappointment. I've been downplaying to temper my eagerness. But seeing the teaser gave me that familiar rush each time I'm about to watch the show's new season.

Damn, it!

Jack Bauer is really back!

Hell, yeah!

Airing on May 5th with a 2-hour premiere, this reboot is set four years after the last final hours.

24 was such a lauded, unconventional  and groundbreaking series because it played out following a real-time format, with only the commercials filling the gaps. However, Live Another Day will be cut down to 12 hours only, with the most important hours being highlighted in the story. According to Fox, the reboot will feature time jumps to stay true to the show's integrity.

The reboot is going to move away from California, where the CTU Headquarters is found. This time, Jack Bauer will apparently be saving the world in London, James Bond's turf, to keep things fresh.

Aside from Jack, Chloe (played Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Audrey (played Kim Raver) will also be back, while actress Yvonne Strahovski, who starred in Chuck and Dexter, will join them as the CIA Operative in London.

Yvonne Strahovski is Kate Morgan in 24: Live Another Day
Kate Morgan in action in London.

Audrey's father, James Heller (played by Wiliam Devane), the former Defense Secretary, is now the President of USA, while actors Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan and Stephen Fry are also in the cast.

24: Live Another Day will open with Jack and Chloe working against each other, says the show's Executive Producer.

"The response to 24 is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before. To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer, is like finding a lost friend. The story ideas from Howard Gordon are exciting and fresh, and will not disappoint. Great thanks to 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and the FOX network for this opportunity. Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off. See you soon."

There will be new villains and new other characters, as it is every season. But the original people behind the show are all back for this reboot.  It is their hope to bring the feel of 24's beginnings, back when everyone thought it was the best thing that happened to television.

The short teaser that had me excited on many levels! ---

Seriously now, I can't wait!

Who's with me?