Watching last night's episode, a thought struck me--how much longer will Jack Bauer be effective in the field?
Think about it. If the Chinese consulate has as much information on Jack as they displayed last night and what he's done for America, wouldn't also a well-placed terrorist group have access to simliar information? Is Jack's effectiveness now reduced a good deal because is the "poster boy" for CTU?
Of course, I doubt that the show will ever really get into or address any of these issues, but it's a fun little thing to speculate about.
Then again, Jack may not have any choice about being pulled out of field work come season's end. He may have to be a sacrificial lamb to the Chinese to avert a war. That is assuming the Chinese ambassador makes it make back. I have to assume that he knows to much and has been given a red shirt as he walked out of CTU. Either that or Jack will divert the missile to the Chinese consolate, this killing two birds with one stone. (I don't know any SPOILERs on how any of this turns out, so I am just speculating here...)
I did love that Marwan finally ran out of lives and has been caught. And Jack goes Jack on him--shooting Marwan in the shoulder and trying to get information about the impending attack out of him. But it's too little, too late as the missile with the nuclear warhead has been launched and is headed for...well, we don't really know but I'm saying it's either D.C. or L.A. since that is where most of the storyline has unfolded this year. I'm leaning more toward D.C. simply because we had President Prissy Pants running to the bunker way too quickly once he was sworn into office a few weeks ago.
Boy and how about Jack losing it when he find Marwan? If I were Marwan, I'd have needed a change of pants after seeing the wicked, evil gleam in Jack's eyes. I wonder if Jack is resolving some anger issues there? I mean, from Jack's point of view, Marwan did create the opening situation that led to Jack going Jack and probably losing Audrey (who, by the way, it still the most yo-yo like character on this show. If I wanted quick changes of characterization I'd watch Alias
, thank you.)
Of course, the only thing missing from the final scene was Marwan telling Jack he was too late and cackling with glee. Oh wait, I've been watching too much Doctor Who
and I'm mixing up Marwan with the Master. Forgive me.
Meanwhile, back over at CTU, Audrey goes right back to work. I loved the Tony and Michelle conversation--oh, shouldn't Audrey just go home after her husband died? How much do you want to bet Edgar would go postal if he heard that? His mom dies and they tell him to soldier on. Audrey's estranged husband dies and they think it's all been so stressful and she should head on home. I think that would be the final straw that breaks the camel's back and Edgar would be going a bit crazy.
And Tony and Michelle try on their respective red shirts, by confessing they still have feelings for each other and maybe they should try to work things out. This just means that by the end of the day one of the two of them will shuffle off the mortal coil that is 24
. I bet one of them dies a heroic death or else they will be required to fall on their sword to save the U.S. from going to war with China.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/10/2005 07:53:00 AM