24: 7:00PM - 8:00PM
(S07E12) "Madame President, right now your life is a priority whether you like it ot not." - Jack
That wasn't as gripping as I thought it would be. After all the set-up in last night's first hour, I assumed there'd be a lot more pay-off. Instead... it was more set-up.
Yes, the taking of the White House was exciting and I loved how we got to see more of Agent Pierce in action, but overall I'm left wanting more and we just didn't get it.
The biggest reveal? Well, it wasn't really a reveal at all because we still don't know who Jonas Hodges is or what he does. However, since he was able to supply Juma with all sorts of intel on White House Security, it's a safe bet that he has some connection to a defense contractor maybe.
His motives, as well as Juma's, are still cloudy and I'm honestly having a hard time buying into them - whatever they may be. Based on Juma and Hodges' conversation, it seems as though they've had this White House plan in the works for months. Was the civil war in Sangala ever a priority for Juma? It's looking more and more like it wasn't, especially if dying in the White House while trying (there's no way he'll succeed) to kill the President is his endgame.
Complicating matters is the newly introduced wussy Vice President. I'm not sure we caught his name, but the Veep doesn't appear to have enough spine to sit up straight. He has no intention of calling any shot until he has concrete intel on Taylor and the FBI is obviously not going to be able to get that intel unless they get the go ahead to bust down the doors. Who'll crack first? I'm guessing Moss and Renee take matters into their own hands.
However, the highlight of the hour was Senator Mayer. Once he was a hostage, sitting right next to Bill, looking defeated, angry, and scared, he asked Bill the million-dollar question: "are you suggesting that had I allowed Bauer to torture Burnett, then this could have been prevented?" Um... yes. Buchanan's face was priceless. To top it off, Blaine was angry when Jack finally caved and went along with the terrorists by releasing the President. Don't be a rogue! Be a rogue! He can't win in Mayer's eyes.
- Call me crazy, but it seemed way too easy to break into the White House.
- Was there any point to the sub-plot with Dubaku's son? It would have only paid off had he believed Renee about Juma killing his father and released her - but he didn't. He tried to kill her and Moss shot him. So why bother giving him any character at all?
- Rory Cochrane was Hodge's #1 henchman! Jeez... guess him leaving CSI: Miami to pursue his movie career never panned out.
12 hours down and 12 to go. Based on the previews for next week, it looks like we're going to be stuck in The White House for a while. Here's a question though - say Juma sticks around for another three or four hours? Then what? Is the rest of the season just going to be the hunt for Hodges? At the risk of sounding like an idiot... there has to be another threat, right? Nukes? Another disease? How about Ebola? These guys are from Africa.