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'24' - '9:00AM - 10:00AM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 20th 2010 1:35AM
"It's good to be back in the game, even if it's through the rear entrance." – Charles Logan

(S08E18
) Things got ugly last night on '24.' Jack Bauer threatened the lives of women and children, brutally smacked the smirk off Dana Walsh's face, and President Taylor decided to turn a blind eye to the Russian conspiracy.

This episode traded the usual action, explosions and gunplay for serious political drama and some very entertaining, dialogue-heavy scenes featuring the double-dealing Charles Logan.

Let's start with Logan. Gregory Itzin is obviously having a ball walking in Logan's shoes again. It's a pleasure to watch the character play and manipulate everyone he meets, including President Taylor. The standoff between Taylor and Logan in the middle of this ep was the best scene of the hour; it was second only to Logan blackmailing Novakovich with a wink and a smile. Itzin brings a welcome subtle comic air to '24' with Logan's sleazy gait and devious stare. It's great stuff. Logan has quickly become one of the most compelling people on the show right now. What is his true and complete agenda? Who is his intel source? I can't wait to find out the answers to those questions.

Jack was clearly devastated following Renee's murder. He jumped back in to action mode without a minute to really mourn her passing and was hell-bent on avenging her death. His mission to locate Renee's killer led him back to Bashaev. The Russian mob boss informed Jack about Moscow's involvement in Hassan's murder and its connection to Dana Walsh, leading our man straight to CTU to interrogate Ms. Walsh (or whatever her name is). That's when things really got ugly.

Jack snapped and let most of his anger and aggression out on Dirty Dana. I'd be lying if I said that I enjoyed watching the grisly interrogation scene, but its brutality made the pain Jack was feeling perfectly clear. His resolve to get to the bottom of the conspiracy, and to find that sniper, was also perfectly clear. Unfortunately for Jack, the Prez vetoed his plans.

Faced with a tough moral quandary over peace vs. justice, Taylor chose peace. Her decision to hide the truth about Moscow is probably gonna blow up in her face big-time. She's willing to let the people who almost nuked Manhattan go unpunished in order to push her flimsy peace accord through. That's not gonna go over well with ... er ...the entire frakkin' world!

Taylor's choice put her in direct opposition to Jack. He's dead set on exposing the Russian plot, but he's gonna have to upset a whole lotta people to do it.

I enjoyed the tense face-off between Jack and Taylor. It was a smart call on her part to put Jack on lockdown. But leaving him in the hands of a fanboy agent and a few faceless CTU guards? Not so smart.

Thank God for Chloe. Watching Jack go rogue and steal the chopper wouldn't have been half as interesting without the new dynamic between Jack and Chloe.

Other thoughts:

- I know it's only a temporary position, but Chloe is doing a fine job as the big boss at CTU. The leadership role seems to complement her somewhat steely nature.

- When the hell is Reed Diamond (Laurence Dominic from 'Dollhouse') gonna start cracking some heads on this show? I know he only showed up last week, but they probably wouldn't have cast Diamond as Logan's main man if he wasn't gonna be an important part of the plot.

- Hey folks, crazy badass Jack Bauer is back! And he's going up against the entire world with nothing but a sidearm and a helicopter. Let the good times roll.

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Bill

As the final season approaches its conclusion, I decided to review earlier seasons (free on Netflix). It's fascinating to see the origins of this saga.... I watched season one in a couple of days and am half way through season two.

I understand why some feel the series has passed its prime. But I have to say that imho.... the acting and script writing is as strong as ever. Despite the fact that there is a certain tendency toward predictable formulas of plot and plot twists.

I am NOT a tv fan.... this is the only series that I have watched.... faithfully. I am a working actor and screenwriter, so I know something about the biz. And how fickle it can be. It's understandable that FOX dropped it, not as much because of ratings as much as the cost of doing the show.

I had hoped for another season or two.... and keep in mind that Sherlock Holmes was killed once (by its AUTHOR) but was resuscitated by popular demand.

No, I wasn't looking forward to a happy resolution to Jack's complex life. Jack is.... IS.... the American James Bond, with a more tragic twist. And we all know that Bond is eternal. Bond defeats his enemies.... with aplomb, style and ease. Bower ultimately wins the day but suffers horrible personal consequences. I relish Bond.... I CARE for Jack

I just wanted to continue with my addiction to those almost annual 24 hour episodes. I happen to teach an acting class during 24, so I always tape the show and watch it once, sometimes twice. Enjoying the new developments and complications along with the somewhat predictable returns to old formulas.

So, when the final 24 episode occurs, I'll feel sad, like I've lost a friend, though a fictional one.

And if a feature length 24 comes out in a few years, I'll watch it with interest and curiosity. But it won't be the same. Not just because it's some 24 packed into 2.

But because it's NOT the cliffhanger experience of watching 24 episodes over 24 weeks. Which was part of the thrill.

This is just one humble person's opinion.

Any thoughts?

Break a leg,
Bill
(actor, director, screenwriter)

April 22 2010 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keoki

I might have missed something. What happened to the probation dude Dana strangled and shoved in a CTU drawer? He might start to smell toward the end of the last hour.

April 22 2010 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keoki

I might have missed something. What happened to the probation dude Dana strangled and shoved in a CTU drawer? He might start to smell toward the end of the last hour.

April 22 2010 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

Other thoughts:

- I know it's only a temporary position, but Chloe is doing a fine job as the big boss at CTU. The leadership role seems to complement her somewhat steely nature.

*** YA they are suppose to be waiting for a replacement they should call in Alberta Green which was done in season 1 if anyone remembers that far back

April 22 2010 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C C

Hands down the best episode of the season so far. Logan....I forget how deliciously slimy he is. He's right up there with the psychologist who one tried to bribe me with vanilla ice cream, no less, to return to a school that had treated me abomitably.

April 21 2010 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JennyL

They never should have written Itzin out of the series. Cherry Jones is so lame.

April 20 2010 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Georgia

Couldn't you imagine Jack really going ballistic if he finds out Taylor backed down because of "intel" from Logan??

April 20 2010 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zwicker

How did Dana Walsh, who was trashy and stupid enough to get involved with Kevin Wade, become so smart and cunning enough? The whole meandering Dana-Kevin storyline in the season's first half and her emergence as an evil genius in the second half just don't gibe.

April 20 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

Loved this episode. We needed more scenes such as Taylor and Jack squaring off. If both of these wonderful actors had had more scenes like this earlier in the season, it would've been 10x better.

I also love the "new" dynamic of Jack and Chloe with Chloe as the head of CTU and must stop Jack. Very nice.

April 20 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melvyn

Dare I say it - This MIGHT actually be better than Season 1!

April 20 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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