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Monday, January 24, 2005
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24: Day Four, Noon to 1 p.m.
Is there anything Jack Bauer can't do?

Apparently not after this episode. It's amazing that rescuing high ranking officials and saving the collective United States has become just another day at the office for this guy. And it is just me or does anyone wonder how the heck CTU gives comp time for everyone working all that extra time? I guess that's why it takes 18 months or so between days--just to juggle the schedule so everyone gets a few extra days off.

But seriously, though. During the NFC Championship game, my usual tactic of avoiding too many promos for 24 was shattered when we saw a promo every time there was a timeout. (Or so it seemed). The teasers promised us the first ten minutes would be the most intense we had ever seen. And while I'm not ready to declare them the ten most intense minutes of TV ever, I will say they had me up on the edge of my seat. It's here--when the concept of having events happen in real time and every second seems to count--that 24 is at its absolute best. So much so that I was ready to yell at Jack and Audrey to make goo-goo eyes at each other later because--by the way!!!--missiles will blow you two sky high if you don't ge on with saving Heller.

And it was not a good week for father/son relationships on this show. Navi sends Behrooz out to his death and then lies to his wife about it. (Yeah, that will come back to bite him, I'm sure!) And then Heller tells CTU to torture the info out of his son. Yeah, the therapy bills should be high, assuming any of them survive this day.

Behrooz has gotta be pissed off and maybe this is what Navi wanted. I have no idea. He seems pretty un-moved by the fact that he ordered the death of his son. It's chilling how committed he is to the cause here. And it's interesting to see that Heller is exactly the same way. Oh how similiar both characters are--only difference is Heller hasn't actually ordered the death of his off-spring.

I have to admit that as much as I love 24, I am always amused at how quickly people travel in this show. Audrey's husband hears about her kidnapping that took place at 9 a.m., hops a plane and is there in L.A. by noon? Apparently the laws of physics work different or else Scotty is hanging out somewhere running a transporter because ain't no way he can come fronm D.C. to L.A. in about three hours. (I think I bring this up every week, but hey..it amuses me!) Also, her husband showing up at just the right time seems a bit too convient for my liking. I wonder if he is the one who tipped off the terrorists as to where to find Heller on the morning of and not the son? Or maybe he'll end up betraying our heroes when he figures out that Jack and Audrey are an item--though by the look on his face at the end, I think that cat is way out of the bag there.

And at least the hour ended with a kicker for next week--turns out we've only seen the tip of the iceberg on the what the terrorist have in mind for the United States. Of course, you do have to question the logic of why someone would make a remote control to melt down every reactor in the country and not give it more security? That seems like just the type of weapon most terrorists would be extremely happy to get their hands on...


posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/24/2005 09:31:00 PM | |
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