He's been in exile for years, hunted by the government of the very country he saved from so many terrorist plots. But as these 20 new Yahoo TV exclusive photos hint, when real American hero Jack Bauer does finally resurface, he is, of course, trying to save the world yet again.
Bauer (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland) is looking uber-menacing in the "24: Live Another Day" pic above, and that's because… nah, that would be too spoilery to reveal, especially since viewers have been waiting four years for the series' return to primetime. Suffice it to say that Jack is facing off with a foe, and while it may look like his adversary has gotten the better of him, that's just the way Jack wants it to look.
More details from "24: Live Another Day," the 12-hour revival that premieres on Fox with back-to-back episodes on May 5:
Jack is not the only familiar face from the original "24"; Mary Lynn Rajskub's Chloe O'Brian also returns, though with her new punk look, she doesn't exactly look like the old Chloe. She very quickly reteams with Jack in "LAD," but that doesn't mean they're totally on the same page.
A lot (all bad) has happened to Chloe since we last saw her helping Jack flee the authorities in the 2010 "24" series finale, and she's now working with an underground hacker named Adrian Cross ("Basquiat" star Michael Wincott). Jack is no fan of Cross or his WikiLeaks-y group.
Another blast from the "24" past: Kim Raver's Audrey Raines, the daughter of U.S. President James Heller (William Devane), and Jack's former love. Audrey is now Audrey Boudreau, thanks to her marriage to Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan), who also happens to be the Chief of Staff to his POTUS father-in-law.
If that sounds complicated, it is — all the more so because Mark blames Jack for everything bad that ever happened to Audrey, and vows she will not so much as hear Jack's name mentioned again. Go ahead, laugh at the futility of that statement if Jack decides he wants to see Audrey again, but that isn't the Bourdeaus' only problem: President Heller has a big secret that could threaten his position, and his daughter and son-in-law are the only ones who can help him keep it.
As for Jack's personal life, there's a mention of daughter Kim, and in the premiere, we get a glimpse at how Mr. Bauer has been surviving in London. It's not a glamorous life, though he does have an ample supply of weaponry. Oh, and for fans wondering about two classic "24" details: Yes, the countdown clock is back, and yes, you don't have to wait very long for Jack to blurt his trademark line, the one that launched a drinking game: "Dammit!"
Back to the reason for Jack's reemergence after all these years: He's gotten some serious intel about a plot that would not only kill someone he has great respect for, but a plot that could lead to a world war.
To investigate, Jack needs help to alert authorities about what he knows, and that leads him to CIA head honcho Steve Navarro ("Law & Order" star Benjamin Bratt) and CIA agent Kate Morgan ("Chuck" and "Dexter" alum Yvonne Strahovski). They're charged with bringing wanted man Jack into custody once he appears on their radar, but do the math: Jack Bauer vs. one CIA head + one CIA agent always adds up to Jack still having the upper hand.
Morgan shouldn't be underestimated, though. She's dealing with a big personal issue that has put her career in jeopardy and, like a certain rebellious CIA agent before her, she's got skills and instincts that set her apart from her fellow agents — even Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akinnagbe), who thinks he should be Navarro's top agent.
Not only is Kate Morgan rather JB-like in her approach to her job, but just as Jack had Chloe as his computer whiz at CTU, Kate has a tech geek at her disposal, too. Jordan Reed ("True Blood" alum Giles Matthey) is the CIA computer tech in London, and while others may be skeptical about Kate’s theories, Reed, for one, makes sure she has the info she needs to pursue them.
The other big question surrounding the return of "24," and Sutherland as Jack Bauer: Does the actor still have his action-hero chops? He's shared stories about broken bones and sundry other injuries he incurred during the original eight-season run of the series, and as star and executive producer, "24" is an all-around taxing project.
But any doubt that Jack's years in exile and Kiefer's years out of the Jack Bauer costume have slowed either of them down any aren't evident in the premiere. Oh, and speaking of the Bauer "costume": Yes, he's still toting a cool messenger bag of goodies, the "Jack bag," while chasing bad guys through London. Well, bad guys, and one very, very bad woman…
And the big baddie (or one of them) that Jack, Morgan, and the others will be tracking: Mama Stark! That's "Game of Thrones" alum Michelle Fairley, who's playing Margot. Margot — again, without getting too spoilery — is carrying out a serious revenge plot that involves drones, the U.S. government, and President Heller, specifically.
Fairley stepped in at the last minute to replace Judy Davis, who had to drop out of "LAD" for personal reasons. But Fairley makes quite a convincing evildoer herself; it's almost like she's one mad mama, being fueled in her quest by the brutal murders of her family. Or perhaps we're mixing up our great TV dramas.
"24: Live Another Day" premieres Monday, May 5 at 8 p.m. on Fox.