This day has been in the books for FOX for a very long time. Back in May, they announced that on January 17th the new season of 24 would kick off Day 8 at 9/8c prceded by the NFL Championship Game and the new series Human Target, starring Mark Valley. Unfortuantly for FOX they lost that huge NFL lead in, but things are still on track and I have seen both the first 4 hours of 24 as well as two episodes of Human Target.
Human Target, revolves around Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) who is essentially as bodyguard that will do anything and everything for his clients. He is surrounded by his tech guy Guerrero (Jackie Earl Haley) and his almost assistant like friend Winston (Chi McBride). The series is based on the DC comic of the same name and each episode surrounds one client and hist extradorniary measures to protect them.
The “Pilot” which airs tonight at 8/7c feeatures BSG’s Tricia Helfer who hires Chance to protect her on a high speed train, and when the show setles in to its regular day, Wednesdays at 9/8c (moves before Idol on the 27th), Chance has to do a lot on a plane. Fun! The show is not bad by any means but it just is not that extraoridnary. The action is great, and the fight scenes are the best on television right now but there is nothing yet to put this show over the edge. I enjoy seeing Chi McBride’s comic relief, and Earl Haley’s assignments but overall nothing really gives you a sense of excitement. It’s decent and well done TV, do we ask for more? The show that airs after tonight however is…
In its 8th season, but 24 is still going and while the formula is old and used, the producers find a way to catch you in those first four hours, two of which air tonight, followed by the next to on its normal day Monday. Day 8 finds Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in New York City, and on the day of the President (Cherry Jones) having high profile meetings with a foriegn digintary (Anil Kapoor) but as 24 goes nothing goes right and that is where Jack Bauer comes in.
New players this year are abundant as CTU is reconstructed in a beautiful hub in New York headed by Mykelti Williamson as Brian Hastings, as well as BSG’s Katee Sackhoff and Freddie Prince Jr. as almost a mini Bauer. Returning of course is Chloe (Mary Lynn Rushkub) and now my favorite character Renee Walker (Anne Wersching) in a dark, dark role this year.
The last two seasons of 24 were by far not the best and with all the talk of this being its final day, I find myself looking forward to this year because all the pieces are falling into place. A great cast with a strong story, and well excecuted first hours. But there is some negatives, a not interesting subplot involving Dana Walsh (Sackhoff) takes away from the action as well as Jack’s daughter Kim, who is back in Jack’s life after the scare last year.
Both 24 and Human Target do action well with the former just keeping more exhilirating and captiviting, but if you are a fan of 24 check in a little early because you may just find yourself another solid hour of TV.
FOX’s Sunday starts at 8/7c with Human Target and finishes at 9/8c with the first two hours of 24.