The return of an addictive and innovative franchise; 24: legacy
The race against clock began again with the beginning of Legacy, the last evolution of the series 24 an innovation driven by history, narrative, script and the dynamics of the content, which are the reasons why it remained on television under the production of Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Although it is not easy to return to the universe that created the award-winning and dramatic franchise 24 and repeat the success it had on television as well as its audience. The producers decided to retake science fiction that was focused on espionage and tension, not as a replica but as an expansion.
Since 2001 the beginning of this American series, 192 episodes have been broadcasted in eight seasons (2001-2010), a long-running prequel entitled 24 Redemption (2008) and a sequel to 12 episodes called 24: Live Another Day (2014, Becoming the longest running drama and spy series in U.S history. Earning 20 Emmy Awards and 2 Golden Globes.
It was to be expected since the original series was without a doubt one of the most radical innovations in writing making it one of the most important series of its time, they were the first to present 24 episodes divided according to the hours of a day, filled with chaos and action.
Although the types of plots that appeared in 24 had already been seen in two-hour movies, they had never appeared under an episodic structure that was continuous and in real time like it was done in this American series.
Thanks to the groundbreaking dynamics, 24 proved to be addictive with a powerful hook that kept audiences glued to their television screens week after week until its final resolution, causing people to download all episodes through Netflix and Amazon, Or store them in DVR and then viewed in 24-hour marathons.
This reaction from viewers could have guided Netflix and other digital home entertainment and movie rental services to debut the full seasons of the original series so that viewers could sit down and watch all of the episodes in one sitting. Also known as binge viewing or binge watching.
For this latest installment titled 24: Legacy, Sutherland ceases to be Jack Bauer to become one of the producers of the series now starring African-American actor Corey Hawkins, who plays Sergeant Eric Carter, a former Ranger who fought in Afghanistan and Killed extremist leader Sheik Bin-Khalid.
This spin-off still stands on the foundations of the original: an anti-terrorist struggle, an attractive hook, the plot emerges in real time and a parallel structure where the protagonist works against government conspiracies.
To their advantage, they secured their position in programming, just after one of the most anticipated games worldwide; the Super Bowl which was played on February 5th. FOX, with Samsung, transmitted an advertising spot where they promoted virtual reality lenses through which you could enjoy the prequel.
Its 2001 premiere coincided with the terrorist attack on the twin towers, which led to audience feeling more identified with the theme of the series.
While fans enjoy the tension of the clock as it unfolds on the FOX small screen, we shall see in a real-time format the development of 24: Legacy, the famous franchise that within its 24 hours Premiere on digital platforms obtained in the United States nearly seven million views on Facebook.