24 Season 7, Episode 1 starts with Jack Bauer, former agent for CTU, being tortured. He is not, oddly enough, in the hands of Al Qaeda, Serbian nationalists, corporate mercenaries, or even the Godless Red Chinese again. Jack Bauer’s enemy is far worse.
At the start of 24’s latest stress filled day, Jack Bauer finds himself before a committee of the United States Senate.
It seems that a self important Senator named Blaine Meyer (played by Kurtwood Smith) has discovered that Jack Bauer, while an agent of the now defunct CTU, tortured, killed, and otherwise committed acts of mayhem. That he did this to save innocent lives and, on more than one occasion, the life of his country doesn’t enter into it.
Least the gentle reader think, as some have, that 24 has fallen under the control of the Obamanauts, Jack Bauer is refusing to back down. Damn right he tortured, killed, and committed acts of mayhem for his country and he would do it again.
Just as Senator Meyer, unused to witnesses not cowering before him, can think of a retort, Special Agent Renee Walker (played by Annie Wersching) of the FBI comes in with a subpoena. Sorry, Senator, matter of National Security, you understand. And then Jack Bauer is off for a little torturing, killing, and mayhem for another season of 24.
In the meantime, President Allison Taylor (played by Cherry Jones) is proving to be less a Hillary Clinton and more like a female George W. Bush in that she is preparing to invade the African country Jack Bauer was in during 24: Redemption. It seems that the new dictator is engaging in a little ethnic cleansing to the score of three hundred thousand lives taken so far and President Taylor wants it stopped.
While this is going on, a very unfortunate computer security expert named Michael Latham (played by John Billingsley) has been kidnapped by some bad people and, after having all of his finger nails removed in a painful manner, is forced to configure a module that will allow the bad guys to penetrate a firewall that will in turn allow them to crash planes, turn of the electricity, water, and sewage, and generally wreck havoc.
There is also a subplot about the first gentleman Harry Taylor (played by Colm Feore) who is conducting a private investigation of his son’s alleged suicide, which he thinks is a murder, with the help of his Secret Service detail.
Other standouts include Larry Moss (played by Nordling), an FBI supervisor, Janis Gold (played by uber-lefty Janeane Garofalo) an FBI computer geek, and Tony Almeida (played by Carlos Bernard) another former CTU agent presumed dead, but apparently just gone over to the dark side.
There will be more improbable twists and turns, violence, and insubordination. We are told that favorite characters such as Chloe O’Brian and Bill Buchanan will show up for the fun. In short, Jack is back and 24 is airing once again, just in time too.
Source: 24, IMDB