(S06E20) *Warning, spoilers from the latest episode ahead.*
There were a number of unhinged people populating 24 in the 20th hour. There were tears. There was betrayal. Sex. Intrigue. An evil doctor. And, oh yeah, a potential U.S.-Russian military skirmish after CTU accidentally botched a plan to recover a Russian defense component from the Chinese that Jack Bauer had handed over.
Just your average day in 24-land.
Thankfully, there was a heck of a lot more of Jack in this episode as well as some action, albeit low-keyed action that was confined to darkened CTU corridors, though there was enough story during this hour to keep me entertained.
In the meantime, Powers Boothe, who plays Daniels, defended the power-mad pol to TV Guide, saying that he doesn't think Daniels is "misguided." "You had a nuke go off in [California]," Boothe said, "and people are sitting around wringing their hands. He feels like he has to do something."
*Warning, spoilers from this week's episode.*
Will the acting president actually get to rendezvous with his aide or will their booty call be sidetracked by, I don't know, national security issues? Will Audrey Raines snap out of her shell-shocked, confused state? Will our boy Jack Bauer retrieve that Russian circuit board?
Maybe we'll find out in the 20th hour. Maybe we won't. But first we need to give one more shout-out to four interesting moments from hour 19:
Quote of note: "I have the fate of the western world and the lives of millions of Americans hanging in the balance, and I just can't stop thinking about you," Acting President Noah Daniels said lustfully to his aide Lisa Miller. This was easily one of the cheesiest and creepiest lines ever uttered on 24.
TV Guide's report that 24 writers are "seriously considering" moving Jack Bauer to a new city for his next very bad day -- otherwise known as season 7 -- got me to thinking.
If I were to pick a city in which to unleash America's intrepid terrorist fighter, which one would it be?
My first thought was Boston. During the great siege of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Lite-Bright boards that prompted a shut-down of large parts of the city earlier this year, Boston certainly could've used Jack Bauer to beat back those nefarious cartoon characters. Plus, I could definitely see a scene with Jack using Fenway Park as a place to rendezvous with a terrorist, who would, of course, be wearing a Yankees cap.
(S06E19) *Warning, spoilers from the latest episode ahead.*
A dirty old man. A trigger-happy agent. A politically cut-throat spouse. Wildly inappropriate personal bickering in the workplace. Special guest star Jack Bauer.
What do those five things have in common? The 19th hour of 24.
Maybe I'm just growing more cynical, but this episode bummed me out on many fronts. Overall, it felt like filler to just inch the story forward to the final episodes. All I know is that throughout the hour, I wanted to see more Jack, much less of Chloe and Morris "Drill-Bit" O'Brian and felt nauseated by that scene with Acting President Noah Daniels. You know the one.
The reappearance of the Logans was a high point of the current, uneven season of 24, as fans and critics seem to adore the duo. So why has there been a news blackout when it comes to the condition of the man who, in the show's 11th hour, was quoting the Psalm of David about redemption and deliverance from evil?
Don't know. But TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, quoting a 24 source, says the former president will not be heard from again this season. "It appears Logan is going the way of those Russian mobsters on The Sopranos," he wrote. If he's correct, then this is a damned shame. Why bring Logan back with such fanfare and promise, only to see him go out in a hail of stabbings with a kiwi knife?
TV Guide's Matt Roush thinks that by having a nuclear bomb explode during the riveting first four hours of this season's 24, the counter-terrorism drama may have set itself up for failure by "peaking too early."
Despite a few moments of true excitement this season -- the return and the subsequent stabbing of President Logan, the assassination attempt on President Palmer II and the apprehension of terrorist Abu Fayed in grisly Jack Bauer fashion -- there has been almost non-stop griping about how this season hasn't been up to par.
*Warning: Spoilers ahead from the latest episode.*
Jack Bauer's goin' rogue. Again. He's doing it for love this time, not country. He's bargaining that he's strong and savvy enough and, doggone it, smart enough to outwit the Chinese captors who are holding his lover hostage.
We'll see. So, while we think about how Jack plans to save Audrey Raines, here are four moments to ponder from hour 18:
Quote of note: "I know you've been through hell, not just today, but the last couple years," Mike "The Brawler" Doyle said to Jack. Maybe I should re-name this item, "The Biggest Understatement of the Week."
Normally, Chloe O'Brian is Jack Bauer's go-to gal on 24.
Jack needs to be patched through to someone? No problem. She'll take care of it in a jiffy.
Need the schematics of a nuclear weapon. Right away.
Need her to lie to her superiors so you can conduct a rogue operation to save the world? She's got your back . . . usually.
So what was up with Chloe this past week? After not much pressure from her ex-husband, a frowning Chloe ratted out Jack's clandestine plan -- to give the Chinese a component from one of the Russian suitcase nukes in exchange for Audrey Raines' release -- to CTU boss Bill Buchanan.
*Spoilers ahead for future 24 episodes. Fair warning.*
Stargate: SG-1 star Michael Shanks, who's going to be featured in a 24 multi-episode arc, has not only been busy filming hot and heavy scenes with the Invasion mom (Kari Matchett) who plays the vice president's assistant, but he's been blabbing about his character's story.
According to Zap2it, Shanks will play Washington lobbyist Mark Bishop who is the "love interest" for VP aide Lisa Williams . . . the one who was getting her hand and face caressed by the creepy vice president, Noah Daniels, in hour 18. Shanks, who said he just started watching Jack Bauer & Co. this season, said he and Matchett have filmed "sexy stuff" that is "unusual for 24."
Great. Another love triangle. Just what 24 is famous for, right? First there was Chloe-Morris-Milo. Then Jack-Graem-Marilyn. Followed by Doyle-Nadia-Milo. And now the love triangle disease is going to spread to D.C. with Daniels-Williams-Bishop? What's next, Buchanan-Hayes-Lennox and other law firm sounding combos?
[Via the Arizona Republic.]
(S06E18) *Warning, spoilers from the latest episode ahead.*
Who among us did not see this turn of events coming?
I mean, come on, when has life ever been easy for a Palmer politician? And who didn't expect another Jack-Bauer's-gone-rogue story line to surface, particularly when the love of his life's safety hangs in the balance?
Not that seeing these predictable plot twists play out lessened my enjoyment of this 24 episode, but I found the White House and CTU politics a bit too abrupt for a single episode.
What was Jack Bauer like in high school?
Was he a cool jock?
Was he a sullen teen, a toughie in a black leather jacket hanging around the social edges of high school?
A new satirical video posted on YouTube entitled, "24: The High School Years," envisions Jack as kind of a loner who interrogates kids via wedgies and evil stares, while relying on a teenaged Chloe O'Brian to fetch him intel about other students via their MySpace accounts.
The video's mildly amusing, particularly the part where Jack realizes he's up against not only his peers, but a conniving principal.
* Warning: Spoilers ahead from the latest episode.*
The suitcase nukes have been located. Audrey Raines is alive, but in peril. Jack Bauer is likely going to be coerced into making a horrendous deal in exchange for her safe return.
While 24 fans mull these new developments, here are four choice moments from hour 17:
Quote of note: "My God! They were lying to us all the time! Withholding information. And you knew it!" an incredulous chief of staff, Tom Lennox, said to the uber-tricky President Wayne Palmer after Palmer pretended to launch a nuclear missile attack in order to get the Country Whose Name We Shall Not Mention to cough up intel on a terrorist.
Writers on 24 put an end to the suitcase-nukes-on-the-loose story arc because they were "bored to death" with having their characters ask, "Where's the bomb?," show co-executive producer Manny Coto told TV Week.
Coto said that because writers knew they weren't going to have a second nuke detonate this season -- one flattened Valencia in the first hours -- they had Jack Bauer simply find the bombs and then they changed the story's direction.
Coto also told TV Week that, as a direct result of the consultations 24 creators had with terrorism experts, they decided that instead of having Jack torture terrorist Abu Fayed to coerce the location of the nukes out of him, they'd devise a scenario where Fayed was "rescued" from CTU custody by CTU agents posing as members of a splinter terrorist group.
*Warning, spoilers ahead from the recent episode.*
Yeah, I know all of those who haven't yet watched the recent episode of 24 on their TiVos or DVRs are going to be upset about this post, but it's about THE issue that's been lingering in the air following the final moments of hour 17:
Audrey Raines is alive. And being held hostage. After an avalanche of complaints about this season (including from me), does this turn of events please you?
Show executive producer Evan Katz told USA Today that bringing back Jack Bauer's great love "takes the story in a radical direction." He apparently felt as though they'd "stuck with the suitcase nukes a relatively long time for us."
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