So, anyone who has ever watched 24 for a significant period of time knows this-- whatever the storyline opens with in the first few, it never ends with in the last.
As an example, in the premiere, who would've guessed that Russians were behind the bombs? But we've seen the Russian-Arab connection recently, which I feel will play out the rest of the season, with the Russians being much more involved in the attacks than the Arabs.
However, I'm still feeling a lot of the plotline from previous seasons is missing, and I don't think they'll be able to keep it away much longer.
First, what the hell happened to Audrey Raines? I mean, in the premiere our hero Jack Bauer requested that she not be told of his return, but she's a high-level DOD official, I can hardly see her not knowing by now, since Jack is highly involved at CTU once again. Besides, since when does one of Jack's love interests just disappear without either dying or becoming disgusted at Jack? It seems a bit too inconsistent (from the other seasons) for me.
Speaking of people we haven't seen, what happened with Mike Novak? We last saw him smirking at Ex-President Logan as the Secret Service arrested him in the end of Season 5, but we don't see anything else from him in this season. Granted, Novak did betray the current president's brother, David Palmer in Season 2, but the man is clearly well-qualified for the job and a patriot, and I can't see him leaving civil service so soon, especially after bringing Logan to justice.
And, of course, the bombshell-- when will we hear more about Kim Bauer? She's been in more seasons than any other character besides Jack, having been involved in all previous seasons except Season 4. She's been taken hostage or screwed over by everyone she's ever met (Rick Allen, Chase Edmunds, Megan's father, etc.), and has always had a hand in advancing the storyline. And, probably most importantly, she's alway been at the forefront of the drama in Jack's life-- which is why I find it odd, insane even, that she hasn't been mentioned once in this season.
Overall, I feel that these first 11 episodes have been incredibly action packed, which is good-- to a point. But at the same time, the intra-agency drama that has happened is getting to be a pain. I mean, how much of Morris's drinking problem can we take? The drama in the previous seasons has always had a strong connection to the main plot, and I think the introduction of one or more of these characters can continue that trend.