24: Day Four, 3-4 p.m.
TV Guide On-Line's Watercooler declared the latest hour of 24
the "best of the season." I couldn't help but disagree. Don't get me wrong--there was some very good stuff that happened here, but overall we didn't really learn much of anything new. No twists, no turns, no major plot revelations. I'm not saying the latest hour didn't have a lot to it I liked, but there were some nitpicky things that really bothered me.
Trying to be positive, I'll address first what I liked. It was nice to see Dina fall into CTU's custody and to make it more than five minutes without getting killed. (It just doesn't pay to be taken into protective custody by CTU!) I really the way Jack tried to connect with her about Behrooz. Did anyone else want to hear him launch into--well, at least your son didn't fall into an animal trap and get threatened by a cougar. I think that would have been great. Also, Dina's upping the stakes at the end--save Behrooz or I won't help you as I really am committed to the cause.
On the less positive side, man, it sucks to be Edgar. You save the nation's collective bacon twice in the last six hours and they can't pick up the phone and save your mom?!? Come on! American owes the man a favor! Seriously. All Audrey had to do was call up the commander of the guard, say who she is and that the DoD would like it if they'd swing by and pick up Edgar's mom. And you can bet that unless that commander wants to be stripped down to buck private, he'll send some sargeant to do that. The chain of command would allow for a suggestion like that to be carried out and no one would blink twice. But instead, we have to milk it for the drama of seeing Edgar's mom die and it just felt wrong.
Also, I had to wonder at one point of Jack carries around Presidential pardons in his back pocket, on the off change he needs one. That seemed a bit much, though I loved the President's comment of "Make it non-binding." How much you wanna bet that one is gonna come back to bite Jack before this day is done?
posted by Michael Hickerson at 2/15/2005 09:09:00 AM