’24: Live Another Day’ Teaser Trailers Promise Chaos in London

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Jack Bauer, the special agent who has saved the world time and again on Fox’s 24may well be remembered as Kiefer Sutherland’s signature role, and that’s saying something. This year’s news that Bauer would return to the airwaves in 24: Live Another Day was surprising enough – then reports that the format will be changed to a 12-episode format threw fans for a bit of a loop.

We’ve had a good run of updates too: the new series (technically the show’s 9th season) will be set in London, where Jack must prevent “an unthinkable terrorist attack that could change the world forever.” Live Another Day will feature the return of many characters, including Chloe O’Brien (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Audrey Raines (Kim Raver) and James Heller (William Devane). New faces include Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter), Giles Matthey (Jobs), Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire), Michael Wincott (The Crow) and Judy Davis (Life with Judy Garland).

24 Live Anohter Day Season 9 Header 24: Live Another Day Teaser Trailers Promise Chaos in London

Now, we have our first look at what’s in store in Live Another Day - in the form of a batch of trailers. Watch the captivating first footage above, which aired during the Super Bowl, all done in one shot. Then check out a series of very short teasers, all of them presented on top of over 24s famous beeping countdown.

Here is the first of them, in which someone – probably Bauer – chambers a round in slow motion:

The next super-short shows the top of London’s famous Gherkin Building… along with screams and a cloud of smoke:

A flaming piece of glass (remnant of a car bombing?) is in flames as people run screaming in the background:

Finally, flames in the foreground, as Londoners scatter:

Taken as a whole, these teasers quite effectively establish the atmosphere of what’s to come: fear, violence and a cloud of constant danger. The grim tone of the sneak peeks is so pervasive that it’s hard to notice the absolute lack of any plot details. So the show’s trademark style (and mystery) will return, as well.

In the years following 9/11, Jack Bauer was an iconic, needed hero: facing terrorism with an iron will (and bladder), with a take-no-prisoners approach. He became something of a superhero in the last few seasons of 24, but this new chapter will supposedly provide a more grounded approach to storytelling and his character. The shortened season will hopefully mean a much more focused, streamlined story.

The world still needs a Jack Bauer: let’s hope the showrunners rise to the task.

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24: Live Another Day premieres on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8pm EST on Fox.

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  1. I think limiting it to 12 episodes will help it stay focused on Jack and the main plot. The series was great over all but it had a lot of dumb “B” plots over the years. Jack’s daughter being the center of most of them. Her trying to escape the cougar and the weirdo guy she was working as Nanny for come to mind.

  2. Heh… I marked out when I realized it was Chloe he was carrying.

  3. A parallel universe version of London, then. I haven’t heard a two-tone siren for about 25 years, and the production team must have found that telephone box in someone’s garden. Presumably the Routemaster buses, bowler hats, Beefeaters and bad teeth show up later on, after Jack Bauer complains that he can’t buy decent food anywhere.

    • To be fair, the not finding good food anywhere kind of still applies. Unless you are willing to seriously splurge.

      • Depends what area you’re in, I suppose, but I don’t think that’s been true for a long time in parts of the city with second or third generation immigrant communities. I’ve never had too many problems finding varied and inexpensive shops or restaurants.

        • Yeah, it’s funny because chicken tikka masala became the national dish in the 90s while every other country still associated us with fish and chips.

          It’s crazy though, in a humourous yet annoying way, seeing and hearing all these British stereotypes that haven’t been true in years (if ever).

          Saying that, Kiefer himself is proud to have been born in London and spends more time in the UK running his record label and managing bands and Stephen Fry as the Prime Minister is another bonus after his brilliant turn as Mycroft in Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows.

          I’d still love to see him and Hugh Laurie reunite for one more episode of A Bit Of Fry & Laurie.

          • I 2nd the call for a Bit of Fry & Laurie reunion

      • We’ve got great food. The problem is most yanks just don’t have the taste buds to cope with it ;)

    • and then there’s the whole idea that we love putting Union Jacks on everything we own. Then again what more could we expect from the show that had “You think he’s a terrorist since he looks middle eastern and PLOT SPOILER turns out the middle eastern guy isn’t a terrorist what a surprise!”

      I hope your wrong though and every second of this season isn’t just the writers of the show going through every British stereotype seriously why are we British people one of the only nationalities American feel they can still make fun of? (Rhetorical question obviously)

      • Its for tax reasons. The UK will allow tax breaks if they pass a British ‘Cultural test’.

      • I’m not one to go around mocking people, but there’s the ugly american tag. i’ll visit family overseas and hear that rap at every turn. I for one think its a mild characterization with much of the stuff I encounter here in the states. not everyone, but one too many.

  4. Super excited for this. I was sad they couldn’t get a movie together, but happy I get 12 more hours of Jack Bauer.

  5. Jack is back !!!
    I just hope Quality wise it’s good ! Really missed this show !!

  6. Nerd-gasm.

  7. I’d just like to take this moment to welcome back the greatest TV show of all time. You’ve been missed, dammit.