24: Legacy is Fox’s upcoming reboot of their hit series 24 featuring an all new cast, headlined by Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins, taking on all new threats to the United States. The original show cemented Keifer Sutherland’s position as one of the greatest action heroes / spies with the initials J.B. and is beloved by millions of viewers around the world, so the reboot has some very big shoes to fill. The first trailer has just dropped, so let’s take a look.
The official show synopsis, in essay form, is as follows:
24: LEGACY chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series.
Six months ago in Yemen, an elite squad of U.S. Army Rangers, led by Sergeant ERIC CARTER (Corey Hawkins, “Straight Outta Compton”), killed terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. In the aftermath, Bin-Khalid’s followers declared a fatwah against Carter, his squad and their families, forcing them into federal witness protection. But a recent attempt on Carter’s own life makes it clear to him that his team is now exposed.
To thwart further attacks, Carter enlists REBECCA INGRAM (Miranda Otto, “Homeland”), who quarterbacked the raid that killed Bin-Khalid. She’s a brilliant and ambitious intelligence officer who has stepped down from her post as National Director of CTU to support her husband, SENATOR JOHN DONOVAN (Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jimmy Smits, “NYPD Blue,” “The West Wing”), in his campaign for President of the United States. Decades of sleepless nights and missed anniversaries landed her at the top.
With the White House within their grasp, can she truly embrace a new role as First Lady? Or will her love of the action draw her back in? Together, in this fast-paced thrill ride, Carter and Ingram uncover a sophisticated terrorist network that will force them to ask: “Who can we trust?” As they battle Bin-Khalid’s devotees, they are forced to confront their own identities, families and pasts.
I’ll keep this short and sweet – I am unimpressed.
The tone of the trailer just doesn’t feel right to me in that most of what we see comes across as exaggerated and overwrought. That works well for an action-comedy series, but this is action-drama, and as a result too-perfect protagonists and mustache-twirling villains engaged in an improbable games of cat and mouse makes it seem cartoonish.
What do you think?
24: Legacy’s 12-episode-long first season is due to being airing in the US on 5 February 2017. With the watchful eye of 24 series creators Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow, it stars Corey Hawkins, Anna Diop, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits, Dan Bucatinsky, Charlie Hofheimer, Coral Peña and Teddy Sears.
Last Updated: October 26, 2016