January 19, 2010By Joe Diliberto Posted: Jan 19, 2010
I don't know what I enjoyed more about the two-night, four-hour return of 24... It could have been the way Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) started his eighth very bad day snoozing on the couch with his granddaughter, enjoying an afternoon nap just like any other grandfather.
It could have been the guest appearance by Benito Martinez (ex-Acevedo, THE SHIELD) as Jack's old stoolie. Or the addition of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's erstwhile Starbuck, Katee Sackhoff, as CTU operative Dana, a vulnerable woman with a past...
Was it the familiar New York City environs? Creepy Doug Hutchison (Horace, LOST; ex-Sebastian, GUIDING LIGHT) as a Russian assassin called Davros (just like the DOCTOR WHO villain?)
Or maybe it was the fact that Anil Kapoor's President Omar Hassan is the good guy. And the first words we heard him say were, "Let me be clear" — as if he were a certain U.S. president.
Then it must have been the return of Annie Wersching (ex-Amelia, GENERAL HOSPITAL) as Renee, who has been scarred in more ways than one, and now resembles Jack more than either cares to admit, right?
But no, it was the way that — against all odds — 24 was able to redeem Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). Yes, Jack's daughter, the plot device to end all plot devices, the butt of myriad jokes and the very symbol of plot inanity — was made palatable once again, when she sent her father to do what he does best, save the world. In seasons past she would have whined about him going to Los Angeles with her, and then probably run over Davros in a crosswalk and get taken hostage. But, no. She did the right thing, and let her old man do what he was clearly born to do, and what the country needs him to do.