Tuesday, March 14, 2017

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Things continued to grow ever more ridiculous on 24: Legacy this week... though this time at least, there was an effort made to mine character drama from the insanity. And the episode was better than the last couple for it.

For example, setting up a situation where Andy has to hold a gun on and then tie up his ex is pretty far out there. But it did all sort of bizarrely work in the moment -- at least, once you got on board with the notion that Andy would agree to a suicide mission in the first place. Then there were the exchanges between Isaac and Nicole -- totally heightened, but a place you kind of have to go when the characters really think they might be at death's door.

But the craziest moment with an ex in the hour had to be Rebecca, who called up her ex to torture her current father-in-law. I'm not sure that you can make a past relationship between Rebecca and Tony Almeida fit in in any way -- not by the timeline, and not for how it would probably have been a suspect item on her record when applying to run CTU. Still, it made for a fairly entertaining nest of potential drama. Rebecca is choosing duty and country over her husband, and heading down a very misguided and dark road in the name of that duty. Plus, we get Tony back in the mix.

I'm going to be interested to see if the writers actually go through with the torture in next week's episode. Many elements this season seem to have been calibrated as a response to changes in perception since 24's heyday. They've been a bit ham-fisted at times, but the efforts to show "good Muslims," "coping with racism," and more diversity have been there. So will they go and puncture the big torture myth?

Maybe, maybe not. But first they've teed up a big car chase involving Isaac and Nicole, and big jeopardy for Eric (why didn't the bad guys just shoot him?) and Andy. Tune in next week! As for this week, I give it a B.

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