Background: 24's legacy informs 24: Legacy
As a diehard fan of the original 24 (a.k.a. The Jack Bauer Power Hour), 24: Legacy left me a little uncomfortable. A previous, single-season revival, 2014's 24: Live Another Day, confronted years of criticism over Bauer's cruel-and-unusual interrogation methods, but couldn't entirely overcome routine, despite airing in a political era that deemed torture morally reprehensible (not to mention illegal); at one point, Jack hammered a bad guy's hand with his gun until the bones shattered.
One hour in, 24: Legacy has yet to trip into that particular, grisly pitfall -- so far, our new hero, ex-Army Ranger Eric Carter (Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins), has stuck primarily to "running and gunning" -- but the rest of the show's tropes are back. Shadowy terrorism plot? Off-the-grid Counter Terrorist Unit activity? Suburban side characters in place to muck everything up around hour six? Check. A less welcome return: stock Islamic terrorists.
As we learn in a well-constructed shootout that sends Eric fleeing his home, soldiers from an ISIS-like organization is hunting down the Army Rangers who killed their leader, Sheik Bin-Khalid. But airing shortly after Real Life America rolled out an immigration ban targeting Muslims, 24: Legacy producers' decision to connect Islam to villainy will yet again subject fans of the franchise to a Rorschach test of their political beliefs.