TV Review - 24: Legacy
Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) stars as Eric Carter, a black man and a former, Army Ranger who served in the Middle East as part of a special team of soldiers who took out a top terrorist. Now, Eric works as a security agent for wealthy, white people in Arlington, Virginia. He has a wife named Nicole, played by Anna Diop (Greenleaf), as well as a brother named Isaac, played by Ashley Thomas (100 Streets and Brotherhood). Eric and Nicole live in the nice suburbs of Washington, DC, whereas Isaac still lives in the ghetto as a drug dealer. Nicole used to date Isaac, and, because of which, Eric doesn't have the best relationship with his brother.
The action kicks off when soldiers who were part of Eric's team start to get killed off one-by-one. The man behind the killings is the brother of the terrorist whom Eric's team eliminated. The brother of the terrorist is Jadalla Bin-Khalid, played by Raphael Acloque (Tyrant). Jadalla wants revenge. He also wants to plan a terror attack.
For the first, three episodes, the action has consisted of Eric avoiding being killed by Jadalla's men, chasing after a MacGuffin that Jadalla wants, trying to get that MacGuffin himself, and then chasing after Jadalla. The majority of which has been a lot of shooting and running. All of it is fairly well-done. An appropriate amount of adrenaline is infused with some, really good choreography. A set-piece involving a huge, rolling pipe was pretty intense. As such, it's a rather compelling thriller.
The gay romance is like the C or D-story. It's ultimately minor. It's not as prominent as the gay story-line in the Shondaland shows. Ahead of it is the election story-line. Jimmy Smits (L.A. Law and NYPD Blue) plays John Donovan, a Senator who is running for President. His campaign might have links to the terrorists at play. Seeing how those links shake out might be enough to sustain this series' 12-episode run, but probably not without a lot of twists and turns, and hopefully cooler set-pieces.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Mondays at 8PM on FOX.