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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
TV Round-Up: 24
Day Five, 4 - 5 a.m.
Day five seems to be ending much as it began. This week, we kind of get a greatest hits of day five--we have Logan losing control of a situation, Jack's life in danger from the conspiracy unfolding and Bierko on the loose with a canister of Sentox gas.

Events in this episode unfold at a pretty rapid clip. I'm guessing this is so we just go along for the ride and don't think too much about it. Because if you consider it, the idea that Bierko would have a fifth or sixth back-up plan and just happened to have kept a canister of the gas for a rainy day is a bit much to take. Either that or the planning sessions for the day five conspiracy were brutal. Every contigency planned for, I guess.

So, was this Russian sub in the harbor all part of the plan? Did Logan sign the peace treaty to get the sub there so Beirko could take it over? Were the plans THIS far ranging?

Honestly, I don't see how they could be THAT far ranging. There are too many random elements that get you from stealing the gas to using on a sub for me to believe that this was the top-secret super-cool deluxe back-up to the back-up to the back-up plan. As I said last week, I felt like we were seeing the final hour of the day unfold. And I will say it now--how stunning would it have been if day five had ended with Logan taking his own life? It might not top the fate of Teri from season one, but it's be a pretty memorable way to cap (no pun intended) the season.

Because as I watched this week unfold, I kept feeling like it was a greatest hits of what we've seen before. It's not that it's a bad episode, but it was more of a "been there, done that" kind of feeling. Of course, this may be the calm in the storm before it all starts to hit the fan in the final two hours of the day.

Now, there was some stuff I did like. Martha Logan finding Agent Pierce alive was nice. The real scene of the night has to go to Aaron Pierce who doesn't call Logan, "sir" but instead just calls him "Charles." That scene alone was worth the price of admission. And it seems, at last, that Mike Novak will be brought into things. Or maybe he's been in on it since the beginning. As a back-up to the back-up to the back-up. Mayhaps Dr Romano hired him to watch Logan and make sure Logan did what the evil conspiracy guys said. It certainly is not a twist out of the realm of 24 possibility.

Meanwhile, Curtis takes a bullet to the arm and whereas most of us mere mortals would writhing on the ground, calling for our mom's to hold our hands because holy cow this really hurts!, he just shrugs it off and catches a ride back to CTU's medical center. I bet he's back in the field within 20 minutes.

And I do not for one minute believe Henderson was trying to help the new connection to Bierko lower the fire wall so Chloe could work her magic. I think he was trying to cover up the connection to who is really behind this plot since he knows his life is worth next to nothing now. He's playing all sides to secure what he wants--to escape. Whether or not he'll take his wife, I'm not sure about. I have a feeling he'd leave her behind and head for the border to save his own skin first and foremost.

So, predictions for next week. Aaron Pierce will take over the presidency when Logan is revealed as a super-deluxe bad guy. (I know, it doesn't follow the chain of command, but hey....when does 24 ever follow real world rules?) Audrey will kill Henderson, Chloe will magically restore the digital file and Jack will ask for directions to the restroom on the sub.

OK, I really only think a couple of those has any chance of actually happening. I mean it has been a while since we saw Jack visit a restroom...

posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/16/2006 09:09:00 AM | |
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