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'24' - '1:00PM - 2:00PM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 18th 2010 10:38AM
24(S08E22) Jack Bauer finally came face to face with Charles Logan on last night's insane and compelling episode of '24.' It was a meeting that viewers had been looking forward to for weeks, and it didn't disappoint.

Nothing very shocking happened after Jack got his hands on Logan. The show gave us a bit of a breather after last week's sickening torture scene and instead offered a fun and tense moment with Logan whimpering at the sight of Jack's face and the sound of his voice.

As expected, Logan gave up Novakovich in an instant to save his own skin, but he was smart enough not to give up the top man behind the Russian conspiracy and the murder of Renee Walker, the Russian president himself. You gotta admire Logan's skill for self-preservation here. He sacrificed a pawn to save a king and, of course, saved his own hide and cemented his relationship with another powerful world leader all in one stroke. It almost makes you want to root for the guy.

But Logan's days are numbered. Jack allowed him live this time, but there's no doubt in my mind that he'll double back to take him out before the season is over. Jack knows Logan lied to him, and he knows about the Russian President's involvement with all of this season's nasty business. It's only a matter of time before our hero takes these two dirty elder statesmen down just like he massacred Novakovich and his crew.

This episode was a lot of fun. I'm not sure if this qualifies as "great" TV, but it's certainly exciting, well-crafted and compelling TV with a relentless pace that rarely let up. The crazier '24' gets, the more fun it is to watch. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time wondering what Jack would do next. He's clearly unhinged and is acting against the wishes of the US government and, well, everyone else on the planet. The show has become pretty exhilarating now that Jack has become a very dangerous lone wolf blinded by rage, pain, and an undeniable compulsion to shove sharp objects into people's bellies. The intensity level has been turned up to 11.

Jack Bauer is Batman. No, he's Batman with a more dubious moral compass and an automatic assault rifle. That crazy strike on Logan's motorcade was absolutely gripping, chilling, and absurd all at the same time. Jack looked terrifying covered in that black mask and body armor. It was like Death himself was coming for Charles Logan, and he was prepared to shoot anyone in the kneecaps to get to his mark.

At this point, I'm wondering when and where Jack will stop with the killing. Until he's dead? Until the Russian President has a bullet in his brain? Until he gets his hands around Prez Taylor's neck?

I wouldn't blame Jack if he stopped by the Prez's office to do a little wetwork right before heading to kill the Russian Head of State. Taylor has become the most repulsive character on the show. She's ineffectual and corrupt, and she only has herself to blame for the mess she's in. Sure, Logan gave her the key and maybe even helped nudge her through the door but, as he reminded her in his own slimy way, all of these terrible things have happened on her watch. She made the calls and her reputation and administration will suffer as a result.

OK, maybe it's not that black and white. Logan manipulated the hell out of the Prez, but that doesn't change the fact that she started making all the wrong decisions the minute he showed up. And now she's censoring the press? That's unforgivable.

It's good to see that Chloe hasn't lost all faith in Jack. She still believes he can be saved, and she's serious about exposing the conspiracy. She even bailed out Cole Ortiz to help track Jack down by paying a visit to Michael Madsen.

Cole's assertion that he would take Jack down in the field made me laugh out loud. Cole disposing of Jack seems like such a ridiculous notion, especially after seeing the carnage Jack unleashed on Novakovich and his goons.

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Wait here a minute. Yes, Jack has been on a rampage, and his methods are drastic...BUT, he is still on the right side of the law. He is uncovering an assassination, a cover-up by the highest office in America, conspiracy...and even the righteous Colt has committed a felony in obstructing justice, abuse of a corps(s),aiding and abetting, etc.,
When you look at the cast of characters, Jack is an angel.
At the end, when the assassination comes to light, and the US Presidents involvement in the cover-up is uncovered, Jack will again be a hero!

May 21 2010 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Automatic assault rifle? $100. Body armor and mask? $55. The look on Logan's face as Jack had him up against the wall? Priceless.

I can see Jack dying at the end of the series, because it just wouldn't make sense if there wasn't a silent clock at the end of the series. Not sure where they'd go with the movie if that happened, though.

When Chloe said there was one agent they could call, I immediately thought "Aaron Pierce!" But, alas, it was not to be; Cole was my second choice. Do the writers realize how important it is to get Aaron in there?

This episode was very exciting! I hope they don't let everything come crashing down next week.

May 19 2010 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dan Vado

You know, that would be an ending that makes sense. Pierce (or Rusty as we dubbed him in Season One when we couldn't keep his character name straight) is the one character who Jack, coming face-to-face with, would hesitate to drop. Maybe the one incorruptible character in this whole thing is the one who takes him down in the end.

Better than being taken out in a hale of gunfire or by some faceless sniper, which would be more realistic, but after all the character has been through in the name of king and country he deserves something of a noble end.

Either way, Jack Bauer is toast.

May 20 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, that sounds about right, Dan Vado. Pierce is a good guy, an honest guy, and I can see him taking out Jack, too. Depressing, but that's 24 for ya.

May 20 2010 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It really will make sense if Jack dies at the end. He has no place to run and the actor himself was quoted some years back that it would could be a possibility.

I don't think that the Russian President is behind Renee Walker's assassination. I think that this was Pavel's own because he thought she recognized him.

It is sad that the first woman President ends up so much ineffectual. There is no doubt in my mind that "President David Palmer" opened the door for many to accept Barack Obama.

May 19 2010 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Hanna's comment

I finally get why they killed Renée: so that they could justify Jack going off the deep-end and so kill him off to at the end of the season. This episode clinches my theory: he is out of control, and has lost his moral compass.
The only thing that has me thinking twice is rumours of the movie...

May 18 2010 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved watching Pres. Logan screaming like a little girlie man not knowing what Jack would do to him. Kudos to Gregory Itzin for his slimy portrayal. Few do slithery scum bag as well as he does.

May 18 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Anyone who didn't like this episode, or who cries about how unrealistic certain parts were, just doesn't get it -- this was Jack being "Jack" at his best/worst (take your pick).

The only thing that would truly clinch this for me as a classic 24 season would be for Aaron Pierce to get squeezed in at the last minute. Maybe to help take down Logan (for old time's sake), yeah, that would be sweet!

May 18 2010 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Getchaos: "Can you imagine, this is the same Jack Bauer who wanted to live in peace with his daughter and grandchild at the beginning of the season?"

That was YESTERDAY... there's been a couple of things this season that have struck me as not fitting into the "that was just a couple of hours ago" time-frame. That was a good example, but I was reminded again about Renee stabbing Jack "the night before" and realizing how much he has done physically since then. Sure, he's wounded again now (same spot?), but I'm sure his speedy-healing-powers will get him back to normal soon. So much of this season has let the psychological elements of many of the characters approach schitzophrenia if they were really in the 24-hour timeline. Also - NOBODY slept last night - why isn't anyone really, really tired?

May 18 2010 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to WhatI's comment

This has been a common suspension of logic on the program. Never time for bathroom break, or taking some snack or fluid. And, in previous seasons, Jack was practically clinically dead only to come back, within few hours to save the world.

But, hey, that's TV for us.

May 19 2010 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No mention of Meredith Reid, the journalist?

Getting caught with the actual evidence, or not?

May 18 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This season is ridiculous. Thankfully, it'll all be over soon.

May 18 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That was pure carnage...absolutely ridiculous and a lot of fun at the same time...

Can you imagine, this is the same Jack Bauer who wanted to live in peace with his daughter and grandchild at the beginning of the season?

This path leads to nowhere, but destruction and i don't think Jack will come out of it like he used to in the past. Back to normal life? Not this time...and i wonder how they want to connect this to the planned feature film.

Anyway...rampage Jack is want and frightening...and i can't even remember those stupid first hours with the even more ridiculous Dana Walsh story line...at least this is fun. Jack is only Jack on vigilante mode.

May 18 2010 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to getchaos's comment

I am beginning to think that Jack will die in the end (the final silent clock.) The movie can be set at any time in the 24 story arc timeline, allowing the writers to bring back any of the past characters. I would prefer Jack to get out of this season alive, but the path of destruction he is going down seems impossible to survive. Let's hope the writers don't disappoint next week with some lame gimmick.

May 18 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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