Tony Almeida’s return to the 24-verse could not save this episode of 24: Legacy.
Overall, the episode was decent but suffered from unusual pacing, not enough of Almeida (Carlos Bernard) and some oddly placed dialogue.
The episode begins with Rebecca Ingram calling Almeida to abduct Henry Donovan for off-record interrogation. This sequence was classic 24 with tensions quickly building to a fast-paced action scene. The end of this scene could have been a great way to continue the momentum the old series was great at producing. Almeida could have gone right to work with a quick interrogation (after all, they need Jadalla’s location ASAP because the clock is always ticking on 24). Instead, the show turned the pressure down with a scene during which Eric Carter must convince Andy Shalowitz to help him stop Jadalla. While necessary, there must have been a way to keep the momentum going without a long, dialogue-heavy scene.
Despite this being a new iteration of 24, bringing back an old, beloved character such as Almeida should require more use of him. But, Almeida’s return ended nearly as soon as it began. Viewers got no context for his return and few lines from him. When we last saw him in 24: Solitary, he was still in prison as a result of the events of season 7. How did he get out of jail? Why is he out? What is he doing now? Why is helping the government he came to despise in season 7? All of those questions need to be answered for viewer satisfaction and believability.
Also, this episode’s attempts at emotional sparks between Jadalla Bin Khalid and Nicole was flat. There was little chemistry between the two actors. The tension meant for this scene could have been better accomplished with facial expressions and a very quick exchange of dialogue as Nicole treated Jadalla’s wound. The scene was also a missed opportunity to reveal Jadalla’s motives. Yes, his motive is revenge for his father, but that is rather boring and has been done on 24 (the Drazens in season 1). I would have loved to have known why he hates America and is intent on destroying it. Does he believe in his father’s terrorist ideology?
The final scene was a letdown with Shalowitz and Eric Carter arriving to meet Jadalla. With the tension building, and the scene proceeding smoothly, the writers have Issac and Nicole beg Eric to stop his suicide mission. Stopping the action and making such a fast tonal shift was drastic and undercut the tensions between Jadalla and Eric.
With only five episodes left in the season, the show has been mediocre and has failed to recapture the fast-paced feeling, acting and emotional energy the best seasons of the original 24 series did.
-Eric is starting to feel a little bit more like Jack Bauer with his commitment to completing a mission and hand-to-hand combat skills.
-Miranda Otto has been fantastic on this show, with a great, nuanced acting. She has the most screen presence of any of the characters.
-Dan Bucatinsky did a great job during this episode with an emotional scene between Andy Shalowitz and Agent Locke. It felt authentic.
-I predict Shalowitz will die during the next episode. It seems the writers are out of useful things for him to do at CTU.
-Some of the music some tonight’s episode was recycled from the old series. If this was truly a reboot, why are they using music that calls back to the old show?
-I wish they could have cast a better actor for Jadalla. His acting feels robotic.