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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
TV Round-Up: 24
Day Six: 6 - 7 p.m.
Another solid hour of 24 and it looks like there's hope that day six is finally picking up the pace.

Of course, it's full of greatest hits from previous years, but at this point I think I'm going to stop complaining about it and just go with it. (Oh wait...too late).

A new field agent shows up over at CTU, looking to become the new Curtis. It's Mike Doyle, a no-nonsense kind of guy who shows up and does what every new employee at CTU does best--rub everyone the wrong way. Doyle's not used to having people be snarky or question his orders, which means he and Chloe will not get along at all. And he seems to be more by the book than most agents, so it's probably only a matter of time until that conflicts with Jack's typical methods.

Doyle quickly comes in and starts pushing everyone around, but it's all for the greater good...see, we've got not let Markov get away. We've got two ways to resolve this--one involves Logan, the other is a full out assault on the embasssy. Yeah, our options are not looking too good here. And here last week I was giving Bill a bunch of credit for saying, "I don't care, we owe it to Jack to rescue him" when that wasn't what was really happening. Shows you what I know.

So, we pursue both options. Logan heads out to talk to Martha, who can make a phone call to Anya Suberof and maybe get her to help things out. Seems Martha's not doing too well these days--living in an institution in a bungalo. And she's shacking up with Aaron Pierce, which you have to admit is kind of awesome. She doesn't believe the changes in Logan and it seems as if just being around him sets her off. She slowly loses it over the course of the hour and ends up stabbing Logan with a knife. Yeah, that was a bit obvious when we saw her chopping up the kiwi with the knife and the camera made sure we saw it. I knew at that point that Chuck was in deep kimche and maybe should have taken Aaron's advice to wait outside.

I am betting Chuck wishes he'd taken it as well.

Logan is stabbed and apparently dies in the back of the ambulence as the cliffhanger. For a minute I assumed Fayed and Gredenko launching the nuke would be the cliffhanger, but even 24 won't make us suspend disbelief enough to see them jury rig a nuke to the delivery system in under three seconds. If they'd had four, I'd bet they'd've gone for it...but not three.

Anyway, Martha is able to get through to Anya and get Suberov to try and resolve things diplomatically. Only Markov refuses the order and so we get to unleash the strike team on the house without it leading to war. So, it looks like Jack's got a get out of jail free card here thanks to some fancy footwork by the vice-president and CTU.

Speaking of the vice-president, he's certainly starting to strut his stuff in the Oval Office. He brings in an ambassador from an unnamed country and starts verbally slapping him around. Should one more nuke go off on our soil, their country will feel the full wrath of the United States military. Seems that Tom has changed loyalties and is blaming Asad for the bombing to help push through his agenda. Can't wait for Karen Hayes to show back up and start kicking some butt and taking some names.

And then there's Jack...who doesn't do much during the hour.

An interesting theory I've heard other places....what if Jack takes the ultimate fall this year and we replace him with Ricky Schroeder's character? Would that work for anyone? Or is part of the fun watching Jack?

That said, I can't believe it will take Jack long to recover from his wounded ribs. I give it ten minutes in the next episode and we barely hear about it again.

But that said, the episode is still good and the show is showing improvement.

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