Full Name: Eric Carter
Series Name: 24: Legacy
Nationality: American
Organization: CTU
Occupation Agent

Creator: Manny Cato, Evan Katz
Time Span: 2017 - 2017


Eric Carter is an agent with CTU.

That acronym stands for the Counter Terrorism Unit. When the nation suffered the 9/11 attack, the CTU was created under the control of Homeland Security. Located in Los Angeles, or at least one section of it, it is tasked with ferreting out terror cells on the west coast and keeping the country safe. The latest in technology is employed by a highly skilled team with most of them operating in a command center using street cameras, building security monitors, and satellite imagery to hone in on the activities of those the CTU suspect are up to no good or of those field agents tasked with doing the actual stopping of those bad acts.

We first meet Carter when he is the NCO of a squad of U.S. Army Rangers who are sent into Yemen to find and capture, if possible, notorious terrorist leader Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. In a major fire-fight, that wanted leader is killed and after a short time, the team is returned to the States. When it is learned that the dead man's followers have issued a fatwa against all the team members, they are placed in Witness Protection for their safety. Carter and his wife Nicole are moved to the West Coast for their placement.

It is when Bin-Khalid's men somehow find and attack Carter and Nicole that Carter will be forced to join up again with Rebecca Ingram, the former CTU leader who had choreographed the initial Yemeni raid. This is how Carter will become, at least for the 24 hours it will take to resolve a very messy situation, a CTU operative.

We learn in another story how a teenage Carter grew up in the southeast side of Washington, D.C. along with his brother, Isaac. It is Isaac who comes up with the idea of stepping up his penny-ante drug selling with a major score and Eric is pulled in into. It is there that Eric will be "forced to become a soldier long before he ever joined the army". In doing so, he also won the heart of Nicole.


Number of Episodes:13
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

Carey HawkinsEric Carter [ 1 ]
Miranda OttoRebecca Ingram [ 1 ]
Anna DiopNicole Carter [ 1 ]
Gerald McRaneyHenry Donovan [ 1 ]
Jimmy SmitsJohn Donovan [ 1 ]
Carlos BernardTony Almeida [ 1 ]

According to Wiki24, 24: Legacy can be divided into two acts:

1. Six months after the mission that killed Ibrahim Bin-Khalid, retired U.S. Army Ranger Eric Carter and his wife Nicole are assaulted in their home by remnants of Bin-Khalid's organization, searching for a stolen list of terrorist sleeper cells instrumental in launching a planned wave of attacks. After a narrow escape, Carter must work with agents at CTU to locate and stop the terrorists before they can activate the cells. The main antagonists of this act are Jadalla Bin-Khalid, Amira and Khasan Dudayev, Ben Grimes, and Henry Donovan. (12:00pm–8:00pm)

2. After the sleeper cell plot is foiled, Bin-Khalid's lieutenant Asim Naseri breaks Jadalla out of custody, revealing to him that his father is still alive. They hatch a plan to abduct ex-CTU National Director Rebecca Ingram and execute her in a live trial for her crimes, and CTU must race to stop them. The main antagonists in this act are Ibrahim Bin-Khalid, Asim Naseri, and Donald Simms. (8:00pm–12:00pm)

0 The Raid
Episode S1-0, first aired 01/09/2017
Director: Henry-Alex Rubin
Writer: Howard Gordon

In Yemen, a squad of U.S. Army Rangers led by Sergeant Eric Carter carry out a dangerous mission to capture terrorist leader Ibrahim Bin-Khalid.

1 12:00pm-1:00pm
Episode S1-1, first aired 02/05/2017
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writers: Manny Coto, Evan Katz

Six months after the raid that killed the notorious Ibrahim Bin-Khalid, the members of the Army Ranger squad responsible are being killed one by one. Team leader Eric Carter, still readjusting to civilian life with his wife Nicole, narrowly escapes an attack by Bin-Khalid's followers, and must partner with ex-CTU director Rebecca Ingram to uncover the terrorists' objective.

2 1:00pm-2:00pm
Episode S1-2, first aired 02/06/2017
Director: Jon Cassar
Writers: Evan Katz, Manny Coto

When Ben Grimes demands money in exchange for the list he seized from a safe box in Khalid's compound, Carter must go back to his roots to help obtain the money. Meanwhile, Rebecca is determined to figure out who leaked the Rangers' files.

3 2:00pm-3:00pm
Episode S1-3, first aired 02/13/2017
Director: Jon Cassar
Writers: Howard Gordon, Leigh Dana Jackson

After Carter escapes from the police precinct, he must put his trust in the CTU as he plans a meet up with Grimes to do the exchange. Meanwhile, Rebecca and Donovan try to isolate the leak and Amira and Harris deal with a slight hiccup in their plan.

4 3:00pm-4:00pm
Episode S1-4, first aired 02/20/2017
Director: Nelson McCormick
Writers: Nikki Toscano, Nelson Greaves

Grimes comes to Carter with information that might lead them to the terrorists. Meanwhile, at the Donovan compound, Nilaa is sequestered and questioned by Rebecca.

5 4:00pm-5:00pm
Episode S1-5, first aired 02/27/2017
Director: Nelson McCormick
Writers: Robert Cochran, Leigh Dana Jackson

Carter and Grimes try to make a deal with the leader of a smuggling ring in order to find out the location of the terrorists for whom they've been searching. Meanwhile, Amira and Khasan get a visit from an unexpected guest, while progress is made on the leak.

6 5:00pm-6:00pm
Episode S1-6, first aired 03/06/2017
Director: Jon Cassar
Writer: David Fury

Using a lead, Carter and CTU narrow in on an enemy's location. Meanwhile, Amira comes to a crossroads as her plan nears completion.

7 6:00pm-7:00pm
Episode S1-7, first aired 03/13/2017
Director: Jon Cassar
Writer: Tony Basgallop

Carter turns to Andy for help, in order to get crucial evidence back in their possession. Meanwhile, Rebecca calls in someone from the outside when CTU's regular interrogation techniques lead them to a dead end.

8 7:00pm-8:00pm
Episode S1-8, first aired 03/20/2017
Director: Bronwen Hughes
Writer: David Fury

Eric Carter and Andy Shalowitz are taken to Jadalla Bin-Khalid's base of operations to carry out their suicide mission. Meanwhile, Isaac and Nicole Carter escape from their pursuers and hatch a plan to rescue Eric. John Donovan discovers the operation to interrogate his his father, while CTU work to track down Jadalla's location.

9 8:00pm-9:00pm
Episode S1-9, first aired 03/27/2017
Director: Bronwen Hughes
Writers: Nikki Toscano, Zakiyyah Alexander

A threat forces CTU to go on lockdown. Meanwhile, Carter finds himself in a tense situation and Donovan reaches out to Rebecca when he faces a big decision in his campaign.

10 9:00pm-10:00pm
Episode S1-10, first aired 04/03/2017
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writers: Manny Coto, Gabriella Goodman Seitter

Rebecca's personal and work life collide when she gets a phone call that forces her to make an important decision. Meanwhile, Nicole confronts Carter about his commitment to their relationship and his future with the CTU.

11 10:00pm-11:00pm
Episode S1-11, first aired 04/10/2017
Director: Nelson McCormick
Writer: Leigh Dana Jackson

Andy uncovers important information about a high-ranking government official, leading Carter and Donovan to team up and find out more. Meanwhile, a reinforcement is brought into CTU to oversee operations.

12 11:00pm-12:00pm
Episode S1-12, first aired 04/17/2017
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writers: Manny Coto, Howard Gordon

Eric Carter comes face to face with Tony Almeida. Mullins and Carter arrange an important exchange to free Rebecca Ingram, but complications arise. John Donovan must deal with a personal tragedy, while Eric considers his future.


Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

As a tie-in to the Fox series 24: Legacy, comic publisher IDW released a 5-issue adventure concerning the main character, Eric Carter. It was subsequently released as a Trade Paperback.

1 24: Legacy - Rules of Engagement 24: Legacy - Rules of Engagement
Published by IDW
Contributors: Christopher Farnsworth (writer), Antonio Fuso (artist), Lee Loughridge (colors), Tom B. Long (letters)
Copyright: 2017

Trade paperback containing the 5-issue adventure.
The story tells two major events in the life of Eric Carter prior to his joining CTU. The first is in DC in 2005 as a teenage Carter works with his brother to survive a drug deal gone very badly, going up against a bad cop and a turncoat supplier. The second is in Iraq with Carter being a member of the Rangers providing protection for a CIA meet with friendly forces which goes very badly when the Iraqi would-be warlord turns on the Americans.
Issue 1: Don't Regret Nothing
Issue 2: Never Leave a Man Behind
Issue 3: See the Enemy First
Issue 4: When Surrounded by a Superior Force
Issue 5: Let Him Have It


I had been a huge, and I mean huge, fan of the original 24. When I heard that there would be a new series with a new lead character, I was skeptical because how could anyone replace Keifer Sutherland's terrific Jack Bauer?

Perhaps others thought the same thing or maybe it was no longer a time for a 24-esque show on broadcast television but while the single season was enjoyable, it never got the attention that the original did. I know my interest waned after a while so when it did not come back for more, I was not bothered.

I did really like the character of Eric Carter, though, and the acting of Carey Hawkins portraying him.


My Grade: B


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