Despite the unoriginal plot turns, tonight’s episode of 24: Legacy was its best so far.
Hopefully, the show’s final two episodes will be at least as good or even better.
The episode picks up with Senator John Donovan in captivity after terrorists captured him during the CTU attack. Rebecca Ingram quickly, and thankfully, becomes the focus of the episode. Miranda Otto turned in a fantastic performance reacting to her husband’s plight and tapping into the fear she feels while keeping her cool and working to get him back. Otto has been the best actor on the show.
Soon, we learn that Ibrahim Bin Khalid, whom was believed to have been killed by Carter, is alive and in America to abduct and execute the woman who managed the operation to kill him – Ingram. Sadly, this type of plot is familiar territory for 24 and harkens back to when it turned out Jack Bauer’s original nemesis, whom he believed he killed in Kosovo, was alive and in prison. Ibrahim being alive felt like a cheap, easy twist for a show that usually pulls off unexpected twists well. However, it added scope to the season’s otherwise small, focused terrorist plot that the original series abandoned after its first season.
Once CTU learns Eric and Rebecca have left to try to recover Senator Donovan, Tony Almeida is called upon to help locate her, which I hope means Tony will finally be joining the show’s main plot as he should have from the beginning. Despite his small role so far, Carlos Bernard has played his character well.
Carter and Ingram finally arrive at the exchange site, an old football stadium where the field is soaked in gasoline. The last few minutes were vintage 24, full of great action photography, a great location for an action scene, agent teamwork and tight editing. As Ingram approaches the field, she showed some real courage, emotionally demanding her husband be released before she is asked to read a confession. From there, the scene turns into a fast gunfight during which we don’t know Rebecca’s fate. I loved the scene but it had one problem. At the end, Carter says he can hear Ingram but cannot see her. Then, with the camera still on the field fire, we hear Ingram say Ibrahim Bin Khalid is alive. It’s jarring to jam such an important line into the end of the episode during an action sequence during which we cannot see one of the main characters.
How will the Carter’s live the rest of their lives? That was the subplot and somewhat central question for Eric and Nicole Carter during this episode. The show has slowly built to this question as Nicole slowly realized her husband liked being in combatant fighting terrorists and did not seem to want to continue living a simple and quiet life with her. Nicole confronts Eric about what he wants with her and asks him what kind of life he wants to live? The dialogue was a bit clunky and without nuance but Eric showed some real emotional depth, which we have seen little of this season. They felt like a real couple in this scene.
Overall, the episode packed a lot of decent story into the hour and kept the momentum and energy of the plot moving fast.
-The makeup on Ibrahim Bin Khalid was overdone. It’s intended to portray his wounds from the battle against American forces, but it ends up making him look like a monster.
-Tony Almeida: please bring him into the main plot. Please.
-Corey Hawkins’s performance was his best yet. It was emotional, nuanced and connected with viewers.