Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recap of the Premiere of '24'

For those who still haven't seen the premiere of 24's eighth season on Sunday, here's a way to get up to date.

In this season, which is set in New York City, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is thrust back into action when Victor Aruz (Benito Martinez), a former informant on the Salazar case who is being pursued by killers, knocks at his door. Victor tells Jack that an assassination plot against Omar Hassan (Anil Kapoor), a president of a Muslim country, is about to happen at the United Nations (UN). As a matter of fact, some people want Hassan dead because he's about to sign a treaty with the USA stipulating that his country gives up its nuclear ambitions and financial support for terrorist groups. As for President Alison Taylor (Cherry Jones), she's now divorced (her husband made the first step) for sending her daughter in prison (see season 7) and she wants this treaty to be signed in order to leave a good political heritage behind for the world.

Obviously, 24 is not the kind of show you watch the same way you'd watch Six Feet Under or Durham County. However, with its premiere, the eighth season promises to deliver the goods when it comes to the cast's performance. Besides, I'm really happy to find Canadian actress Nazneen Contractor's appearance (as president's Hassan daughter) in this show is fitting since she was a regular in the first two seasons of The Border. As for the script, although it reflects Westerners' wildest geopolitical dream (I'm looking at you, Iran), we can always sense the minimal effort from the writers to develop the characters.

Finally, 24 will air next week in its regular time slot, which means on Monday at 9/8 PM central on Fox.

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