I was really looking forward to Series 6 following the cliff-hanger ending of Series 5, sadly it did not live up to my expectations and went off on a crazy tangent. It really did feel, to me, as if the series was written off-the-cuff, whilst the show was actually being filmed. What are the problems? There are far too many to list here, but here are a few:-
There is a significant reduction in Jack Bauers screen time. Perhaps the producers were trying to ascertain if the show could work without the legend that is Kiefer Sutherland or maybe Kiefer had several other commitments, probably most likely.
There is extreme repetition, there are so many deja vu moments, assassination attempts, CTU breach/incompetence/distrust/staff torture/significant character deaths/staff turnover (exceeding that of a top fastfood joint), challenges to the presidency, the threat ultimately targeting LA (24 has to stop shooting in LA, it is all starting to look samey, why don't Fox choose a fresh location?)
What are the good points? As usual, the cast is exceptional. Although it was a shame that the Vice Presidents plot thread-the stupidity of his retaliation plans, towards the wrong target-was very weak, as this was a waste of a strong actor. There are 2 outstanding 'Jack Moments tm', We finally see Jack get a well-deserved meal (the end of the 1st episode)and he has his best fight ever. The last scene was also good, wiping the slate clean.
I know that diehard 24 fans will strongly disagree with me, But after an amazing first 5 series, maybe it was inevitable that there would be a dip at some point. Series 7 has some repair work to carry out!