'24' - '12:00 AM - 1:00 AM' Recap
by Mike Moody, posted Feb 23rd 2010 12:36AM
(S08E09) Now the clock is really ticking.
Farhad's crew raised the stakes for the season with a plan to set off a radiological bomb in New York. And things finally erupted in a big way with the Dana/Kevin/Cole storyline. Jack got Renee out of the hot seat, but it cost him his plane ride back to his family (again).
The moral of this episode? You just can't trust anyone these days.
Josef stabbed his daddy in the back by stealing the nuclear rods, only to get gunned down by Farhad and friends. Looking to make a big bloody statement, Farhad's goons double-crossed their boss with a plot to use the rods as a weapon. And Weiss set Renee up to take the fall for the mission's failure (I never trusted that guy). Let's talk about that last development.
Once again, Jack was forced to take matters into his own hands to save a friend from falling victim to a shady official's back door deal. A few great scenes sprang out from this plotline. First, it's always fun to see Jack kicking someone's ass inside CTU headquarters. And who didn't love hearing him casually threaten that guard?
"Son, you better put that down, or you're gonna get hurt." Such a Jack Bauer thing to say.
Renee's interview with the Justice Department flunky was tense and emotional. For a minute there, I thought she was gonna reenact the stabbing scene from a few hours ago. Annie Wersching has done an amazing job all season, and her performance in this ep was no exception.
The showdown between Jack and Hastings was also pretty tense. I'm happy to see that Hastings, inspired by Jack's forceful integrity, is finally starting to step out from under Weiss's boot. Like Jack said, he needs to take control of the operation now more than ever, especially since two of his top agents (Dana and Cole) are MIA.
So Cole finally learned the truth about his lovely Dana, AKA "Jenny." Poor Cole. You really gotta feel sorry for the guy. He thought Dana was simply cheating on him. Now he has blood on his hands, as well as a broken heart. Still, I can't say I was sad to see him blow Nick away with a shotgun. But Nick's demise came after he stabbed his buddy Kevin in the gut (you see what I mean about trusting people?). Judging from the preview for next week's ep, it looks like Kevin is (sigh) still kickin'. I guess this ridiculous B plot is gonna drag on all season long.
This was a solid episode of '24', with plenty of suspense, some shocking bursts of action, and a breakneck pace. I'm really looking forward to next week, especially now that Jack is back in "with both feet," ready to lead the operation to rescue Farhad. (It's nothing personal, Agent Owens, but Jack Bauer is in the house!)