I’ve been a huge fan of the hit TV series 24 ever since the very first season. I love the action-packed episodes, as well as all the twists and turns that the writers throw at us along the way. So obviously, I was extremely disappointed to learn that Season 7 would be delayed until January 2009 due to the WGA strike. Considering the fact that the S6 finale aired on May 21, 2007, that’s a long time to wait between fresh 24 episodes!
But I recently learned that there’s a way I can get my 24 fix without having to pull out my DVDs. Apparently, FOX and Degree Men® have teamed up to bring viewers a series of “websiodes” called The Rookie that more or less follow the 24 structure: same graphics, same ticking clock, same split screen, same CTU set, etc.
I thought this sounded pretty cool, so I decided to go to watch The Rookie over at the official FOX website. I checked out the current series called “The Extraction”, which is actually Day 3 (meaning there have been two previous series).
“The Extraction” stars Jeremy Ray Valdez as Jason Blaine, a rookie CTU agent who’s learning the ropes from veteran Alton Maxwell (played by Eric Beck). The two are in Mexico on a mission when Maxwell gets captured by Esteban Salazar (Jonathan P. Nichols), brother of Ramon and Hector Salazar, the drug smugglers from Day 3 of 24. Esteban wants to bring the family’s drug business back to the top — and he also wants revenge on CTU agents for killing both of his brothers.
When Blaine learns that Maxwell has been captured, he goes to work on an extraction plan. He utilizes the help of Kate Wyman (Katrina Law) back at CTU, and two tech agents, Ocho (Chad Johnson) and Dos (Jason Steward) out in the field to get the support he needs to rescue Maxwell.
There are six separate webisodes in Day 3, each ranging from about 4 to 8 minutes long. Because of the compressed time structure, things in The Rookie happen very quickly. It’s more or less nonstop action, which is pretty cool!
I think The Rookie Day 3: Extraction presented by Degree Men® is definitely worth watching. Sure, it’s not a total replacement for Jack, Chloe, and Bill Buchanan, but it’s entertaining and doesn’t require a huge time investment.
Check out the first episode right here, and then go to the FOX site I linked above to catch the rest. Be sure to view Chapters 3 and 4 to see Chad Johnson, mister “Ocho Cinco” of the Cincinnati Bengals, make his acting debut. He was pretty good, so I hope to see him make more appearances in the future!