I hate to say it, but “24: Legacy” (2017) was mostly average stuff; I’d give the 12-episode arc a 7 out of 10 for being a mildly engaging thriller, but nothing more than that.
I was one of the few people back in the day who opined that “24” could continue even without Kiefer Sutherland. As priceless as he was in his role as anti-hero Jack Bauer, he wasn’t the only star of the show — the show’s gritty universe and its unique format could carry on without him. I even thought, during the early years, that Fox was grooming Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) to be a viable lead if Sutherland departed.
I still think the show could manage without Sutherland. The real culprit behind “Legacy’s” failure to stand out was its somewhat average writing. It wasn’t bad, exactly … it was just average. (Alright — for a little while, it was bad. We see a key subplot/cliffhanger repeated three times, consecutively, in the same season. I’m surprised that major redundancy made it past the editing process.) But mostly, it was average — we see thin staples of characters, and a plot that seemed largely reminiscent of … well, every other season of “24.” (Admittedly, it must be tough after nine years to think up an original story for a serialized contemporary terror thriller in real-time format.)
The sad part is this — during the show’s final two or three episodes, it started showing more promise, with truly original plotting and unexpected conflicts.
The show got disappointing ratings. We won’t know until at least May, but I think most viewers are guessing it won’t be renewed for another season.