After the disappointing Season 6 and 'Redemption' I wondered if I would ever enjoy 24 ever again. the rumours which began immediately after Season 6 regarding the return of a 'dead' character was also cause for concern and Season 7 was something I looked toward with a mixture of fear and excited anticipation.
Thankfully it's a real return to form. It's not the best Season of 24, but it's certainly not amongst the poorest Season's either. The storyline is admittedly silly, but it's 24! If you look beyond the gapping holes in the storyline, there is alot of fun to be hard. Despite a slow start, there are numerous key scenes and memorable moments. From Tony's initial return, to the many twists, turns and dark alleys he leads us down (he's a changed man! Or is he...?) to the White House attack (reminiscent of The Rock, coincidently co-starring Tony todd who plays General Juma here) leading us to the sacrifice and death of 'you-know-who', to the wonderfully psychotic Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight) and the welcome additions to the main cast Renee Walker and Larry Moss (Annie Wershing and Jeffrey Nordling respectively), Season 7 is full of treats and shocks.
The cast isn't quite perfect though. Janis Gold is a poor Chloe O'Brian imitator, with Chloe being a much more marginal figure this season which is a real shame while the final villain is dull. Maybe that was the point though - as one of the leaders of a mysterious cabal of shadowly conspirators who have gone un-noticed until now. Either way, 24 villains are usually much more memorable and this one is something of a disappointment.
Jack himself, displays some of the humanity that was missing from Season 6 - he isnt a superhuman emotionaless killing machine afterall, and there are several scenes regarding his past and his use of torture that stand out and really develop his character.
As I said before, not the greatest season of 24, but it's still a really good one, if you can ignore the holes in the storyline, which at times is quite touch-and-go, but this is 24 back on exciting and riverting form.