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Tuesday, April 05, 2005
24: Day 4, 10-11 p.m.
If I thought the publicity for the season finale of Battlestar Galactica was unrelenting, it was nothing compared to the full-court press FOX put on for this episode of 24. I managed to avoid the previews on FOX, figuring they'd give away too much information but I couldn't avoide the radio commericals that kept telling me that last night's episode would be shocking, mind-blowing and full of changes for the show.

Apparently, FOX was so sold on how huge this episode would be that they are giving us two more chances to watch it. (That couldn't have anything to do with a huge episode going up against a large audience draw in the NCAA Tournament could it? Naaaaaaaaah!)

And I'll admit--the final ten or so minutes of this hour were compelling, edge-of-your-seat suspense. I'd called weeks ago that somehow the terrorists were after Air Force One. And last week when they stole the steal bomber, I figured it was to shoot it out of the sky. But for what reason? Do they just not like Keeler as president? Or do they hope to create terror and confusion among the American public? I'm not quite sure what Marwan's agenda is with this, but it should be interesting as we enter into the final stretch of day four. Again, the last ten or so minutes were as good and taut as anything we've seen on 24 this year and may be some of the best moments we've seen on the show since it began.

That doesn't mean that all that led up to it was exactly the greatest. For one thing, how many times can Marwan escape? Seriously--this guy is starting to remind me of the Master on Doctor Who. For those of you who don't know, the Master was a recurring villain on Doctor Who who would show up from time to time with a plot to conquer the universe and destroy the Doctor. Inevitably, the Doctor would defeat him and leave him in some type of situation out of which it'd be hard to escape--being burned to a crisp, eaten by a dinosuar, locked into a room with time-share presentations..you get the idea. Anyway, a few stories later the Master would show up, unscathed and no one batted an eye.

It's like this with Marwan--there is no net that is going to catch him. He seems to have an unlimited supply of terrorists hanging around L.A., all who drive vans and are ready and willing to pick him up. Of course, if we captured him now, what would we do for the next eight or so hours of the day? (Watch Jack and Audrey break up most likely...)

And the whole situation over at CTU. Tony catches one glance between Michelle and the new head honcho from Division and puts together--hey, they hooked up. Maybe Tony should be out there in the field as well since his super-spy skills are next to none. And Chloe was actually being nice to someone--taking the blame for Edgar when Edgar made a fundamental mistake. That was nice to see...and let's face it, Edgar deserves a bit of a break. The man has had one heck of a rough day.

Meanwhile, Audrey finds out Paul might be paralyzed from the bullet and goes in to see him. And that pretty much ends the whole Jack and Audrey relationship, I think. It was foreshadowed pretty early in this episode when Jack calls Audrey to say they need to talk about what he did to Paul earlier in the day and Audrey gives him the cold shoulder. Ah, well, Jack. It's OK. Maybe you can hook up with Michelle. She's apparently not averse to the inter-office romances. Just don't marry her, throw away your life and career and go to prison for her. Then she'll meet another guy and hook up with him while you're off in jail.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/05/2005 08:38:00 AM | |
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