Few television shows have reflected the cultural zeitgeist of their times as well as 24. Reaching its apex during the paranoid, fear-addled years after 9/11, 24 built a complex world of terrorist conspiracies, traitorous plots, painful compromises, and broken morality. The downward spiral of Agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) coincided with the United States’ own internal struggles.
After several years off the airwaves, the ethically gray world of Bauer will return this May with the limited miniseries 24: Live Another Day. A new, full-length trailer released by Fox shows not only the world-shaking stakes of Bauer’s new mission, it also provides a look at a rogue agent seen as a mad dog by his own countrymen.
Though the preview contains footage already seen in shorter trailers, it also expands considerably on the background of the series. 24: Live Another Day will definitely continue the tradition of using timely events to fuel its plot. In this case, both the impetus and method of its terrorist plot appear to be rooted in drone warfare.
The real meat of the preview lies in the depiction of Bauer himself, who has broken so many rules and gone off the reservation so many times over the years that the United States has finally washed its hands of him. Though Bauer himself states that he has gone too far to ever earn back the trust of his nation, one gets the sense that 24: Live Another Day may end up being his chance at redemption.
That said, the 24 franchise has made a habit of subverting and avoiding this kind of expected character arc. Though the outcome of the show’s assassination plot will no doubt thrill audiences, the real question is where Jack Bauer will land at the end of it all.
In addition to Sutherland, 24: Live Another Day will star Benjamin Bratt (Modern Family), William Devane (Interstellar), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Safety Not Guaranteed), Tate Donovan (Argo), and Yvonne Strahovski (I, Frankenstein).
24: Live Another Day will premiere on Fox on May 5th, 2014.
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