What a remarkable job Netflix has done turning this show around. During the first two seasons the storytelling was so erratic and every episode seemed to be under an implicit requirement to induce a minimum number of eye rolls--whereas both of these first two episodes of season 3 have been captivating and advancing several threads of a rich and nuanced plot with ease. It's like they tasted a stew that wasn't very good but could see that it wasn't a bad recipe, just a bad chef. Whoever they gave it to was very judicious in the changes they made. A pinch of The West Wing here...a dash of House of Cards there...garnish with Anthony Edwards (Goose!) and voila! Magnifico! I could easily see this going at least three more seasons now and being a perennial winner for them.
@roguescholar Maybe I will give season three a try then. For Bauer. It does still have some of him in it, right?