24: 6:00PM - 7:00PM
(S07E11) "I can pull the trigger 128 more times before this battery dies." - Jack
Jack Bauer doing what Jack Bauer does best - torturing one to save many. It only seems appropriate that we heard Jack drop that line in tonight's first hour, immediately following a conversation between Senator Mayer and the President about how the United States shouldn't condone torture. Mayer doesn't. Allison is on the fence. And Jack ... well, we know where he stands.
The entire debate about torture and "how far do you go to save lives" has been at the forefront of this season since the opening minutes as Jack sat in front of the Senate sub-committee at the beginning of the day. Now it's been thrust right back in our faces, and Blaine's, too, as he's now been put in the unique position to witness Jack doing the exact thing he's trying to prosecute him for.
The majority of tonight's first episode was essentially a lot of set up:
- the "nerd feud" between Chloe and Janis
- the inevitable showdown between Juma and Ike's son when he finds out that Juma had his father killed
- Renee's get-a-way from Juma's goons
- Jack and Juma's showdown in the "high profile, high value" target - the White House
- Jack and Blaine's showdown about "how far is too far"
The foundation for all these plots was laid, but they're still not going to come to fruition until the next hour. That being said, the foundation was freakin' awesome. Right from the get-go after Jack and Chloe's conversation, the hour didn't let up. From Jack's confrontation with Bill (Was he doing the right thing by leaving him out? I say no.) to Allison's final ultimatum to Burnett, the entire set-up was riveting.
Now that we know Juma and his men are drilling into the bottom of the White House (presumably into some sort of secret caverns meant for Presidential escape), it certainly puts Jack's actions into perspective. I'm thoroughly looking forward to Blaine trying to shoot down Jack's methods while he has a Sangalese rifle shoved in his mouth. That's the best part about this situation - it'll make a believer out of Mayer. I'm thinking something similar to Judge Wexler's court in Ghostbusters II when the Scolari brothers got loose - when that happens, you have to believe.
A few final thoughts --
Bill made a good point with Tony - banking only on Burnett's acceptance of an immunity deal was really stupid.
Speaking of Burnett, how about Jack trying to convince him to talk? Bauer is like Santa Claus - he's knows if you're been lying, he knows if you've got intel...
I know I've mentioned it before, but I still don't get Dubaku and Juma's motivation for coming all the way to Washington DC to kill the President. This guy is orchestrating a civil war! Regardless of the the US troops getting in his way in Sangala, he shouldn't have time to pull this off.
That's all I got. Check back here later for my review of tonight's second hour and the return of Jonas Hodges.