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ERIC CARTER

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

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

ABOUT THE SERIES

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.

TELEVISION


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

REGULAR CAST
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)

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

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.


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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

MY COMMENTS

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.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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