Other than the main theme, can we expect to hear any thematic references to music heard in previous seasons of 24?
There are lesser known themes that spoke to the notion of personal sacrifice as the series went on. These ideas continue to play out in “24: Live Another Day,” and I have found myself arriving back at these themes. This was something I did not plan, but it works so well for how the story is unfolding.
Do you expect to release a commercial score of 24: Live Another Day?
I would very much like to. I have heard from some fans requesting music from Seasons 6-8. I am trying to get it all done.
It has been almost 13 years since the premiere of 24. Are there any moments in the show’s lifetime that especially stand out for you, both from a musical and collaborative perspective?
There are several, but one pops up. It happened in Season 2. It is in the middle of the night, and Jack volunteers to sacrifice his life by flying a small plane with a ticking nuclear bomb onboard into the Mojave Desert, and crashing it into an unpopulated area. Along the way, he discovered the head of CTU, George Mason (played by the great Xander Berkeley) stowed away. Mason was exposed to a fatal dose of radiation in the first two hours of the season, and is near certain death from radiation poisoning. He convinces Jack, who is still mourning the loss of his wife, to embrace his life again, and let Mason steer the plane into the ground instead.
There is this beautiful sequence that follows where Jack parachutes out of the plane as Mason plunges the plane downward. Ian Toynton’s direction is simply masterful, shot so beautifully as Jack floats down silently towards the desert landscape. There is no dialog, just imagery. There is palpable relief and catharsis in this extended sequence, as Jack lands safely while Mason sacrifices himself and crashes the plane at a safe distance, saving thousands of lives in the process. A beautiful moment in the series.