24: 5:00PM - 6:00PM - VIDEO
(S07E10) "...but this ain't over yet." - Tony
Just like in the middle of season three, the game has changed. One threat down, and one(?) to go. Last night's episode of 24 did a great job of wrapping up the first half of the season without leaving too many unresolved issues. For the most part, it's a clean break and things seem ready to reboot with next week's back-to-back episodes.
While I realize that there are those two episodes until we're technically at the "true" half-way point for Day 7, it seems pretty clear that this hour was meant to be the turning point. Let's break down the big issues:
- The tension between Jack and Renee finally boiled over - This entire season has been a game of back and forth between these two. Ethics be damned, Jack gets the job done and Renee didn't always agree. Marika's unfortunate death (or necessary death if you're Jack) proved to be the final straw for Renee as she broke down in front of Jack demanding to know if he felt anything - fear, sadness, remorse? We've known Jack for 154 hours now - he feels. And just like he said, Renee will reach a point of acceptance too. What's going to be interesting to see is if she reaches that point in time to help Jack with the new threat.
- Sean and Erika were caught - Not much to say here. Fairly standard "hey, that's the mole" reveal. While Sean's plan to frame Erika was a bit clichéd, it still worked for me. However, I did start to laugh when he made a run for it. You knew he wasn't getting away.
- Dubaku's list of US government agents has been recovered - How long had he been cultivating some of these relationships? Long enough to compile full surveillance on all of them, copy it to a memory card, and implant it beneath his rib-cage apparently. I can accept that. What bugged me? I didn't feel like the government acted fast enough once they had the list. Bill and the President were just casually strolling through the halls of the White House, saying arrests will be made within the hour. They could have been walking right past some of Dubaku's operatives! Didn't feel right.
- Tony is back - You knew he would be and I like how they actually followed up on the lead he chased down. The final scene between him and Jack sitting on the steps of the Capitol building was amazing. I like how Tony's insistence that the government won't be able to act in time essentially guarantees that the two of them will be working rogue.
- General Juma is picking up where Dubaku left off - Tony found out that Juma is the new threat and that the next target is high value and high impact. The one thing that's bugged me about this entire Sangala thing? At times, I've found it hard to buy into Dubaku and Juma's cause. They're carrying on a revolution over there. Do they really have time to come all the way to the United States to grind their ax? And even if they do, the "why" is tough for me. It still seems like a bit of stretch.
- Mr. Burnett was revealed to be Senator Blaine Mayer's chief-of-staff - This was by far the best part of the hour. With Jack set to resume his testimony to Mayer the next morning, this sets up the incredibly amazing scenario of having Mayer witness Jack do exactly what he's trying to prosecute him for. The best part? Blaine will presumably be OK with Jack's methods because it's his COS. It relates directly back to the testimony at the beginning of the season and all that business about Jack being needed when it's convenient.
Overall, a great hour and if the previews for next week's double installment are any indication, then it looks like Olivia, Mayer, and Burnett are all arriving at The White House at the worst possible moment ever. Here's the preview: