When ’24’ ended in May 2010, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) became the most-wanted man in the world. Around that time, fellow ex-spy Michael Westen finally brought down the organization that burned him in the fourth season of USA Network’s ‘Burn Notice’ … or did he? The feature film adaptation of ‘The A-Team’ came out that summer. So, what do they have in common? Jack Bauer was in the same boat as Michael Westen and ‘The A-Team’ was: a fallen hero, a disgraced ex-agent who has been called everything from terrorist to traitor to psychopath.
The final hours of ‘Day 8’ found Jack going all Rambo: drawing ‘First Blood’ in trying to avenge the death of friend and colleague Renee Walker. Now, ’24: Live Another Day’ goes in the direction on ‘Rambo: First Blood, Part 2’, with Jack Bauer rising out of the shadows like the Dark Knight Batman, coming out of the cold like Captain America to become the ‘SHIELD’ that made him the symbolic action hero of the 9/11 era.
After four years, he is still hunted by the U.S. and Russian governments, as international fugitive Jack tries to stop a terrorist attack on London and save the life of U.S. President James Heller (William Devane), the father of his former love Audrey (Kim Raver).
Though he operates like the Lone Ranger, Jack knows he can’t do it alone, as he seeks out the aid of his close friend and ally Chloe O’Brian, who’s not too happy to see him, as she underwent a dramatic change — and more –by working with an underground network of hackers who exposes government secrets. Now, Jack must not only get Chloe on board to stop the attack and save Heller’s life, he must also stay one step ahead of a team of CTU agents led by Kate Morgan, who’s more like Jack than she will soon realize.
Like ’24: Redemption’, ’24: Live Another Day’ shows why Jack Bauer is better off not working for any law enforcement and government agency: he fights for justice on behalf of those who can’t defend themselves. He may operate outside the law and sometimes have to break the law, but Jack believes in the law that protects the innocent and helpless: that no one — not even terrorists — is above the law nor above justice. He believes that government should be for the people, about the people and by the people, not about power, politics, or profits.
If and when ’24’ does come back — whether on the big or small screen –, if Denzel Washington sadly declined not to do a sequel to ‘The Equalizer’, then his character Robert McCall should pass on the mantle onto Jack Bauer. Even better, FOX had a brief successor of ’24’ with ‘Human Target’ with Mark Valley as Christopher Chance. If FOX decided to reboot ‘Human Target’, then they should have Jack Bauer succeed Christopher Chance as the guy to go to when no one else can help you.
Being either ‘The Equalizer’ and/or a ‘Human Target’ works better for Jack Bauer, for that is his foundation: the guy who always does the right thing.
’24: Live Another Day’ is available on Blu-Ray and DVD.