'24' - '11:00AM - 12:00PM' Recap
by Mike Moody, posted May 4th 2010 8:09AM
(S08E10) Jack hit the streets last night on a bloody mission to expose everyone responsible for his pain. Was Dana was right when she said that Jack wouldn't stop until he's hunted down and killed everyone involved in the conspiracy, 'Kill Bill' style? I'm starting to think the answer is yes.
To echo Jane's review from last week ... I'm really starting to enjoy '24' again. This episode and last week's ep were quite awesome. I didn't like seeing Renee die a few weeks back, but her death seems to have given Jack and the show a much clearer focus and a sharper edge.
I'm loving watching Charles Logan pull the president's strings like a weasely little puppeteer. Can we all just agree that Prez Taylor has completely lost her marbles? I think we all knew she was in for a big fall once she got in bed with Logan. Ethan Kanin had the right idea getting out while the gettin' was good. Torture, lies, terrorism. He doesn't want to be connected to that awful mess.
I've typed it once and I'll type it again: Poor Cole Ortiz. The guy's gone through hell and back and now he's wrapped up in Jack's fight against the world. Still, it was great to see Jack and Cole storming the "private facility" together to get to Dana back. Jack had no problems taking out four or five guys, including the mustachioed D.B. Sweeney, to get the job done. Unfortunately, he and Cole forgot how sneaky and ruthless Dana really is.
Dana was getting nowhere trying to manipulate Cole. Sure, she pushed his buttons a lot, but she couldn't get him to turn his back on Jack. Luckily for her, her safe deposit box was armed with a cool little flash bomb (or whatever you call that thing) that knocked Cole off his feet and allowed her escape.
You know, I was actually starting to like Dana in this episode. I loved Katee Sackhoff's work on 'Battlestar Galactica,' but her character here has been pretty repulsive to say the least. But Dana, even though she's evil, showed a lot of spark last night. It was fun watching her knock out Cole, shoot the bank teller and make a bogus 911 call about Jack. The chase into the construction site was just icing on the cake.
Kiefer Sutherland continues to impress with his amazing acting on this show. Jack has gone over the edge, and that pain and anger were written all over Sutherland's face, especially during Dana's death scene. Watching Jack put two bullets into Dana again brought up what she said earlier ... Did Jack only want her evidence so that he could exact his revenge on everyone involved in the conspiracy that led to Renee's murder? Are his motives purely personal? Does he not really give a damn about exposing the Russians? Nah, of course he does. But the fact that the show can still make viewers think otherwise, even for a minute, is pretty amazing.
So the Prez agreed to put Logan's right-hand man, Jason Pillar (Reed Diamond), in charge of everything Jack Bauer-related at CTU (what's left, making the coffee?). Wow. That's just crazy. Still, I loved watching Diamond usurp Chloe's command and boss around all of the other CTU analysts. He makes a great bad guy.
And what about Chloe? Are you guys upset with her for organizing the sting operation on Jack? It's obvious that she's concerned about his well-being. Plus she has a pretty good reason to think that he's gone a little nutso after Renee's death and everything else he's been through in the past few hours. Simply put, she's just trying to protect her friend who she doesn't want to seen end up dead or in jail for the rest of his life. I can't blame her, but I still sorta wish she had Jack's back on this one, if only because it would just feel right.
Jack comes face-to-face with Renee's killer next week. It'll be interesting to see if his vigilante-style vendetta ends there or if he really does plan to shoot every bad guy on the show in the face.