Jack effing Bauer

Beep.. beep.. beep..

After almost two years on hiatus, Jack Bauer returns to America's TV screens tonight just in time. Will he single-handedly win our two wars and kill Bin Laden? Will he solve the economic crisis by torturing some dude and stealing a secret data card? WWJ(ack)D?

Tonight at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. Cardinals time) "24: Redemption" comes back with a two-hour special episode. The full Season 7 doesn't actually start until Jan. 11/12.

Here's the official explainer for Redemption:

"Filmed on location in Cape Town, South Africa, and Los Angeles ...

"After sacrificing everything for his country, Jack Bauer is wanted by the U.S. government and now stands to lose the only thing he has left: his freedom. Working as a missionary in Africa, Bauer is called upon to stop a ruthless warlord from drafting innocent children into his murderous militia. First, Bauer must confront his own torturous past and face an impossible decision that will change his life forever. A decision that will set the stage and raise the stakes for Season Seven, which debuts in January 2009."

In the meantime, some things to enjoy:
  • 24 reasons to be excited about Jack Bauer's return. Some of my favorites: "Because it's been almost two years since someone bit a terrorist's neck off on network television." "Because, if you time it just right, you can watch Andy Rooney's segment on 60 Minutes, and then catch the start of 24: Redemption. This is as close as any human will ever get to time travel." "Because freedom isn't free unless Jack Bauer is thwarting nameless renegades and torturing in the name of America."

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