The Locale Has Changed, but the Thrill of '24' Hasn't

Same old Bauer. For a TV season urgently in need of a kick in the pants, that's great news. "24's" spy-for-a-day Jack is back, a bit wary but not weary — and still more than ready to save the world (and his network) from any and every threat. Yet that "same" does carry a caveat. "24" is a thriller, elongated and switchbacked to fill 24 episodes, some more successfully than others, and it walks a silk-thread tightrope of plausibility. The series gets off to a terrific start in its first two...Full Story
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