Jack Is Back: “24 Live Another Day”

UnknownLast night saw the return of Jack Bauer to Sky 1 as another bad day began for the former Counter Terrorist Unit (C.T.U) agent. It’s been four years since we last saw Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) as he left C.T.U and our television screens, but the wait finally came to an end this week as Jack resurfaced in London.

As an avid fan of the show, I had a lot of expectations as the last season of ‘24’ proved to be one of its best. I just didn’t know how anything could ever top it. A mere ten minutes into the show and any doubts I had were thrown out the window as Jack showed his face and I screamed out in excitement. It was a great moment and every single hope I had was met within that very first hour of the show. To add to the excitement it took Bauer roughly 40 minutes and numerous shootings to speak. His first line of dialogue being “Take me to her, now!” The “her” he refers to being faithful sidekick Chloe O’Brien (Mary Lynn Rajskub) who has gone a lot darker since we last saw her. I won’t go into too much detail about what happened when the pair were reunited suffice as to say there was an explosion.

Other familiar faces to the show include the now President Heller and his daughter Audrey. Jack is back due to some information he came across relating to a threat against the President who is on a visit to London. However, all is not as it seems and I found myself jumping and screaming throughout the double bill that aired on Sky1, which brings life to a quote I came across explaining that the shows motto should be: “trust no one, especially the person you think you can trust the most.”

There is something special about ’24,’many T.V shows have tried but ultimately failed to recreate it. Whether it’s that real time effect, the ever present ticking clock or those captivating subplots I just don’t know. Maybe it’s success lies in Jack Bauer. No matter how many times he gets hurt or how many bad days he has Jack Bauer never stops. ‘24’ is full of suspense and cliff-hangers that will keep you coming back for more. It has every component a T.V show needs to be successful and the fact that it can return after four years to such hype and surpass everyone’s expectations is a testament to the whole cast and crew and the man himself: Jack Bauer.

You can watch ’24: Live Another Day’ on Sky 1 every Wednesday at 9pm.


Michelle Ryan


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