Quibi raised nearly $2 billion from investors. But it bombed so hard that Roku was able to buy their tape library for $100 million. Now, there can be no way that tape library is actually worth $100 million for Roku. How many people have a Roku television/setup and actually are like, “Let me watch some free programming on Roku!”?
With that said, Roku is now your destination for watching Kiefer Sutherland embracing his star persona once again and that is something I personally cannot pass up. Thus, you all get my big 6 takeaways from The Fugitive.
1. The Fugitive (1993) + 24 = The Fugitive (2020)
Admittedly, this is not a bad concept for a 110 minute movie chopped up in 14 sections. Kiefer is really good at hunting people down and carrying a gun.
2. The Return of Kiefer
Jack’s back! Much like Tom Cruise and Ethan Hunt, the line between Kiefer Sutherland and Jack Bauer is razor thin. Tragically though, it’s something he’s only leaned into occasionally outside 24 (funnily enough one time it was in the film THE SENTINEL – where he was semi-chasing the star of the 1991 Fugitive – Harrison Ford). While Kiefer could probably never be a genuine film star like this (but who is to say in a different era?), there was a genuine comfort food element to this web series that I do not discount.
In case anyone forgets that Kiefer Sutherland is Jack Bauer and Jack Bauer (despite show technically starting film a little before 9/11, it is still very much a 9/11 show), here they make it that his wife died on 9/11 so Kiefer here is Jack Bauer on steroids and cocaine and molly. He’s absolutely insane in it. Which leads us to…
4. Mild Repudiation of Jack Bauer/24?
Kiefer essentially plays this dude with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. His subordinates come into this series hero-worshiping here but this situation has caused his worst qualities as a human being to get a spotlight and you see them slowly losing faith in him. Kiefer eventually comes around to be less insane by the end and do the right thing, but he really has to be dragged kicking and screaming. In short, his character was essentially doing all the actions of Jack Bauer but also show to not only be a dick but pretty much completely wrong about everything and how he went about doing it. Is it possible that the grandson of the inventor of Canadian universal healthcare might have some qualms about his reactionary right wing propaganda character? Maybe?
Dennis from Always Sunny is playing a deadly serious ethics in journalism media middle manager to the young reporter who doesn’t follow the rules. It was a hilarious casting choice that made me laugh every time he popped up! #ThankYouQuibi
6. Notice How I am Basically Only Talking About Kiefer
Kiefer playing Kiefer was the draw of this for me, and it is the only real redeeming quality of this exercise. I am not sure what kind of star power was required to make Quibi viable or if it could have been viable at all. Everything else besides Kiefer probably really needed to be right on the money to get this any positive press. That is a margin of error too small for everything but the best film and television.