April 2, 2018  (Web Review)

24: Legacy--Season One

Fox, 4 discs, 525 min., not rated, DVD: $29.99

Reviewer rating: 2.5/4

Corey Hawkins takes over from Kiefer Sutherland in this 2017 revival of the hit action series, playing Eric Carter, a former Army Ranger who took down a major Al Qaeda leader in Iraq and now discovers that his erstwhile brothers in arms are being hunted down and killed. Eric reaches out to his former commander (Miranda Otto), who is in the process of stepping down as head of CTU as her husband (Jimmy Smits) runs for President, and they mount their own secret operation until they know who they can trust. 24: Legacy is only 12 episodes, representing 12 hours “in real time,” and the show features an entirely new cast of characters (except for a guest appearance by Carlos Bernardi as freelance operative Tony Almeida), but it otherwise follows the signature style of the original: breakneck plotting, crises coming fast and furious, and a story careening in all directions. 24: Legacy is full of betrayals, cover-ups, clashing personalities, and a hero who constantly goes rogue, at one point even robbing a police evidence locker for ransom money that he can’t get through official channels. It also continues the investment in “enhanced interrogation” techniques (although this time it isn’t as effective). Hawkins is a much younger actor than Sutherland and lacks the veteran’s command of the screen, but he is physically impressive in the set-piece action spectacles. Presenting all 12 episodes from the 2017 first and only season (the series was not renewed), extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes. A strong optional purchase. (S. Axmaker)