I’m still watching 24, even though I kind of got tired of the repetitiveness after Season 5. I don’t know why, but every January I decide to tune in to the 2-hour premiere and end up getting sucked into the whole season.
Thus far, Day 8 is playing out more or less as expected in the 24-verse. Some fictional Middle Eastern country’s president is on U.S. soil for historic peace talks with President Taylor, and there’s an assassination plot. Jack Bauer gets involved, then CTU gets involved (this time they’re in New York instead of Los Angeles), and even though Jack’s supposed to be out for good, he’s soon drawn back in because the president asks for his help, blah, blah, blah.
After CTU foils the assassination attempt, they learn that that was just one facet of the evil plan. The bigger picture involves nuclear weapons and who knows what else. Since Russian mobsters are believed to be selling the weapons-grade uranium to the faux Middle Eastern country, ex-FBI agent Renee Walker gets brought back in as well. Apparently, she spent several years undercover and conveniently happens to be close to the mobsters involved.
Back at CTU, there’s the usual personnel drama, with yet another employee somehow managing to pass an extensive background screening despite being a convicted felon living under a fake name. How many times does this make? It seems that there’s always someone shady working at that place!
Despite the familiarity — or maybe even because of it — Day 8 has been rather entertaining so far. I don’t know if I can sustain my interest for the remaining 19 episodes, but I’m in for the immediate future.