If you would have told me a few months ago that I’d be writing reviews for a spinoff of my favorite television series of all time, I would have tied you to a chair, threatened bodily harm upon you while shouting “GIVE ME A NAME!” Yet, here I am, a 24 / Jack Bauer fanatic being given the opportunity to write reviews for 24: Legacy. I am as honored as Jack receiving his final phone call from President David Palmer before gong into hiding…
Okay. Enough of me geeking out about CTU’s greatest operative. Time to get to work.
Where we left off in the premiere, our new hero Eric Carter has discovered that his friend in the Army Rangers has unknowingly been in possession of a USB drive containing codes to be sent to secret terrorist cells as part of a planned attack. Before he can do anything with it, his friend, Ben, who suffers from extreme PTSD, takes off and disappears with the drive. The next time Eric makes contact with him, Ben demands two million dollars for the drive. Carter attempted to get the money from Rebecca at CTU, but she is unable to pull that amount of cash as a civilian. It is through his brother’s “questionable” connections that Eric learns of the location of four million in cash: inside the evidence bunker of a police precinct.
Meanwhile, at CTU, Rebecca is holding Keith in custody, believing he may be a mole within the government cycling intel to Bin-Khalid’s men and ultimately the sleeper cells. This moment, holding the next head of CTU in custody, feels like an homage to season one, when Jack Bauer knocked out George Mason in order to get more information on him… There I go again, reminiscing on the Bauer days.
Later, we are introduced to the son of the slain Bin-Khalid, Jadalla, who seems to be the man running the show, looking for vengeance for what happened to his father. When Jadalla’s second in command, Kusama, decides to take matters into his own hands, Jadalla confronts him and stops him, showing no fear even as Kusama has his gun at his head. Jadalla”s stance shows the power he has over his men. Back at the high school, Amira comes up with a story to tell Drew so he is no longer suspicious of her plans, informing David that he is free to continue with the explosives. However, Drew later interrupts a “romantic” moment between Amira and David. Out of rage, David attacks Drew, leaving him dead in a pool of his own blood in the middle of the empty classroom.
Rebecca tries to talk Eric out of stealing the money from the precinct, but Eric is driven by correcting his mistakes. Eric blames himself for keeping Ben in the Bin-Khalid raid, knowing that he was already having issues and believing outrageous conspiracy theories. Eric decides to bate two police officers by making himself seem suspicious. As they attempt to arrest him, Eric catches them off guard, disarming and immobilizing them. With the cops in his custody and a few explosives rigged up, Eric seems to have the perfect method of entering the precinct.
Presidential candidate John Donovan arrives at his gala only to be shown by his father an attack as and photos of his head of staff Nilaa present at the Parkland mosque during an anti-American protest. When John confronts her on it, Nilaa admits to being there but only to stand against what was being said. Although it could cause a hit on his campaign, John believes her and keeps her onboard.
While this spinoff gives us new characters and angles, it builds the tension just like its predecessor. Each side story is a piece of a growing, complex story. With each episode comes a new obstacle. One that pushes our hero to his limits. Corey Hawkins is believable and enjoyable as our new hero, filling the spot of the tortured hero once filled by Kiefer Sutherland’s epic tenure as Jack Bauer. And just like Sutherland, Hawkins is surrounded by an experienced and talented supporting cast that help drive each suspenseful minute.
As the episode comes to a close, Rebecca learns that information regarding the Army Rangers was accessed using her CTU login. The person who accessed that information was none other than Nilaa. Before she can go any further, Rebecca is left powerless as Keith has security arrest her and Andy, shutting down all communication she has with Eric, who has been discovered by the rest of the precinct and has barricaded himself in the evidence room. Eric is surrounded without any assistance from CTU and no possible way of escaping.
And the clock ticks down to 2:00pm…