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Friday, April 20, 2007
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24: Day Six, 11 p.m. - 12 a.m.
I sometimes have to remind myself that it's best to just turn off my brain and go with the flow when it comes to 24. But then sometimes the show does things that just make me scratch my head and go--huh?

The big one this week was Wayne Palmer calling a press-conference at what would have been after 3 a.m. EST. I can understand he wants to address the American public and tell them the nuclear threat is gone, but who is going to be up to hear this live? And I find it equally debateable the entire White House press corp would be working at that time of night. Of course, you can argue it is a crisis and such but they're still human and would get tired. Plus I can't imagine why Wayne wouldn't wait a few hours until a bigger majority of the country is awake.

I guess he's just going after that insomniac vote.

That said, there was some good stuff happened this week. Jack calling the "you owe me card" on Wayne was nice, though we knew it was only a matter of time before Jack went rogue. Seeing Chloe help Jack out and break into Morris's computer for the information was nice.

Jack's pulling every string imaginable to somehow try and free Audrey was nice, though I doubt we'll ever see him sacrifice himself. That said, I hope the threat next year isn't the Chinese having the piece that Jack removed from the suitcase nukes. I think the idea of tying the two days as closely together as has been done with seasons five and six has been more of a negative than a positive to the show. I think next year we need a cleaner slate when we start the threat to civilization as we know it for the seventh day of 24.

Lost: Catch 22
The last Desmond episode was my favorite Lost episode of the season, so naturally I was really looking forward to this one.

And while it was good, it was no where nearly as satisfying as the first one.

Some thoughts on the Desmond storyline. The flashbacks refer to the Biblical story of Abraham, who was called upon by God to sacrfice his son as an act of faith. Abraham did this because of his faith in God and "passed" the "test."

So, how does this tie into Desmond's saving Charlie? Is Desmond's saving Charlie every time from death failing or passing the test? I'm not quite sure, though it's clear that Desmond believes he's failing the test. The question is, would Charlie have possibly saved himself had Desmond not shouted out for him to duck? Are these visions more about Charlie's salvation that Desmond's?

It's an interesting question and a nice way to tie the flashbacks to what's happening on the island.

Also of interest is the fact that the helicopter seems to jam when it gets close to the island. Is that part of what lead the plane to crash? Is there some kind of jamming field near the island? Or maybe it is out of control now with the hatch's destruction?

And who is this new woman in the helicopter? I'm assuming she's with Penny somehow, looking for Desmond. Is Penny somehow aware that Desmond is alive somewhere? We saw last week the news reports that Oceanic 813 had disappeared and wasn't presumed to have crashed. So, did the pulse serve as some kind of signal to Penny to send out people looking for Desmond? And is her father somehow tied into Desmond's exile to the island?

I think the new girl is tied to Penny somehow. I think the clue is the novel was translated into Portuguese and we've heard some of the people who work for Penny talking Portuguese. Also, why have the picture of the two together if not tied to Penny somehow

Meanwhile, back at camp, the whole love square of Sawyer/Kate/Jack/Juliet continues to...well, honestly take up valuable screen time from other more interesting stories. It's like we've been exiled to middle school here with this plotline.

I thought maybe we'd have some challenge to Jack's perception as the leader by Sawyer when Sawyer walked up....instead it was let's play ping-pong and fill in details on what Kate slept with me. Ugh, please...make it stop.

I think it's that that storyline that really drug down the episode from being really and truly great.

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