Set four years after the events of Season 8, the series again depicts the events of a single day in Jack Bauer's life as Jack Bauer comes out of hiding in London to head off a massive terrorist attack while being hunted down by American forces dispatched by President James Heller.
The producers have so embraced the larger-than-life elements of their beloved character that it's hard not to enjoy the show on those terms. We needed a hero in 2001. Maybe we need a superhero in 2014.
24 is still fast-paced for the most part, although a little slow off the mark in its first hour. And the 47-year-old Sutherland remains trim and limber as an aging Jack of few words, most of them downers.