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24: Live Another Day “Day 9: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.” Review (9×07)

9 Jun

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This episode has Jack Bauer driving like a badass through the streets of London, punching random dudes on the street, stealing cars and stealing from homeless people, and narrowly avoiding a bunch of huge explosions while transporting the dying daughter of a terrorist–who, by the way, wants to kill her daughter–away from a hospital that was just hit by a drone strike. A+

If there’s one thing I know about 24, it’s that even if the show is taken up by dull storylines and unnecessary characters, it can always embrace its Jack Bauer essence and deliver a thrilling, absurdly enjoyable sequence like the one detailed above. What’s great about this is that the show around Bauer is still relatively interesting right now.

Although, for example, Steve Navarro’s mainly filling a regular mole requirement, we do see some conflicting emotions when Adrian Cross–revealed to be Navarro’s contact–tells him to get rid of Jordan. He hasn’t been a particularly compelling character, but if the show can deftly navigate the Cross-Navarro relationship and bring Chloe back into the thick of things, I’ll consider this storyline a success. I’m sure Michael Wincott will be entertaining, and it remains to be seen how the writing pans out.

William Devane’s doing some nice work as well, and while his decision at the end of the episode is pretty damn stupid, it’s going to be fun seeing how his clash with Margot progresses. Over the course of the season, Heller’s felt increasingly inconsequential, and this is his way of taking a stand and doing what he believes needs to be done; granted, like I said, it’s not particularly smart, but I still look forward to what’s next.

Finally, we circle back around to Jack and Kate. It’s a relationship that’s been slowly developed over the course of the season, and while last week, Kate was harshly introduced to the torture aspect of business, she sees Jack dishing it out to Simone here. She realizes it’s what needs to be done, but it’s clear she doesn’t like it–they touched on a similar subject back in season 7 with Renee–when she leaves the room. Jack, interestingly enough, apologizes to her, stating that he “just [hates] these people”. As much as torture can be justified by expediency, it’s also rooted in something deeper for Jack. 24 has never been interested in pushing politics, and they’re not doing it here.

Ultimately, this is a fantastic episode that’s exciting and pure 24 fun. As we move into the final 5 episodes of the season, if the show can keep this up, it should be a very entertaining ride.

GRADE: A-

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-Yeah, Chloe still needs more to do this season. They emphasized her early on, but recently, she’s been pushed to the background.

-Tons of people are evacuating after an explosion, and Margot al-Harazi and co.’s technology is apparently so good that they can spot Jack and Kate in about 5 seconds.

-DAMMIT! Ah, vintage 24.

Photo credit: FOX, 24: Live Another Day

 

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