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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

24: Day Three, 6-9 a.m.

A couple of things related to the last few hours of 24, which I finally had some time to get caught up watching.

Someone needs to tell Tony that when they offer to make him head of CTU, he needs to NOT take this offer. Last year, George Mason perished and then this sesaon, Dave Chapelle perished. Now, I know there is some good amount of real world time that takes place between the days we see unfolding on 24, but in terms of long-term life security, being the head of the place isn't exactly the best way to go. Of course, after this week's episode where Tony lets Saunders go to save Michelle, I doubt they'll be beating down a path to his door for this promotion.

Speaking of which--it's interesting to note that last year, everyone complained that Kim got kidnapped a lot. And now we're into day three and despite being help prisoner by evil Gael (before we knew he was Just Pretending To Be Evil Gael), she hasn't been kidnapped by anyone...though a lot of people around her are getting kidnapped. As I've said before, Michelle is just the latest victim and has fallen into the hands of Saunders. Man, she is having a really crappy day...first her husband is shot in the neck, then she has a huge fight with Tony and tries to run a powerplay against him with Kim Bauer as her lead witness, then she's in the hotel with the virus but is immune and now she's kidnapped. How much comp time is this poor woman entitled to? Also--where the heck to they get their cell phone batteries since they run all the time and show no signs of draining? If somone can tell me this, I'd love to know.

I also love how L.A. is apparently only five square miles since no one is more than five to 10 minutes away from anything! And helicopters can apparently fly 500 miles per hour since Jack just jaunts back and forth between L.A. and Santa Barbara at the drop of a hat.

All levity aside--wow, this day has really picked up in intensity these past couple of weeks. I think jettisoning all the subplots has helped--though from the previews it looks like one is gonna come back to bite Palmer in the rear come next week. Interesting to think that just a few hours ago in 24 time we were all down in Mexico batering for the virus against Nina and now we're racing against time to stop the virus from wiping out more of the population than it already has. The death of Chapelle was one of those moments--you felt as though there were some way they'd get out of it...as if some miracle would happen and our heroes wouldn't have to kill him. But they had to...and there was no way out. I love it when writers paint themselves into the corner and have to stay there. No magical reset button, no easy way out.

Finally, I am beginning to wonder (and I wondered this before the preview) if there wasnt' some type of mole in CTU. Saunders knows waaaaay too much about what's going on. There's gotta be someone in there feeding him info. As annoying as she is, I'd love it to be Chloe (who apparently not sleeping brings out her bitchiness even more!) but I have my money on Adam. Chloe seems a bit too obvious...she's been put out there as too easy a target to hate. But, of course, with Nina gone, I guess we might need a new female villian to hate...and while Chloe doesn't have that Nina evil to her, she does have the whole snarky, better-than-you attitude that makes most of us want to slap her as hard as we possibly can.

There's been worse motivation for a villian...

posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/28/2004 03:23:00 PM | |
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