24 Season 5 was my favourite of the series so far, so naturally Season 6 had a lot to do in order to surpass it. Sadly it doesn't achieve the mark or close to it but is ultimately entertaining.
I feel 24 does the more personal threats better than big-scale disasters like Seasons 2, 4, and 6 do, so when I heard that the plot was about a bunch of Middle-Easterners wanting to nuke the US I had to roll my eyes a bit. Don't get me wrong, it's done decently but it's starting to run thin in this show. However, the dynamic between Jack and the terrorist leader Assad is interesting in the few episodes it presents itself in.
Speaking of Jack, he's the star of the show, and Keifer is as awesome as always, but I felt him getting out of China was too easy and could have opened up a whole new can of worms for the show, but nonetheless he is back in L.A. He's asked to sacrifice himself as Assad wants him dead after Jack did something to his brother, either torchered him or force-fed Pot Noodle into the poor sucker's mouth. Despite being battered after two years in a Chinese prison, Jack is a bit too soon able to be his old self, venting his anger of his wasted years on too few occassions. His family is thrown into the plot too, but seems to pop in and out of the story rather than a solid conclusion.
CTU is still in this, and houses plots a bit too familiar, some interesting characters in the form of Chole O'Brian and Morris, as well as Bill are the best here, the mistrust and incompetancy is still there. Nice, but too familar. The White House is a little more refreshing, D.B Woodside provides a decent President struggling to live up to his brother's legacy, whilst handling opposition inside the White House. Joining him are Karen Hayes, who is underused, but Tom Lennox, the chief of staff is the star here, his motives are shadowy but gripping.
The main criticism I have with this otherwise entertaining season is that nothing new is acheieved, it is the same plots in a different window dressing. The writing staff of the show appear not be united in what the plot should be about, and seem to be using a message board style way of organising the plot rather than figuring out what is great and makes sense when watching the show again. The show needs to evolve otherwise it will meet a terrible fate, I hate saying those words but it is needed.
Feel free to enjoy this season (I did), just don't expect groundbreaking material.