On the upside
- After last week’s climax this one seems more like a transition episode and based on that assumption it works well in closing the door on the drone-jackers subplot and establishing the new villain(s).
- “Like old times”, perhaps a hint for us the audience to make our own interpretation based on Jack and Chloe’s history. Seems like she won’t go the dark Almeida road, and instead stand by Jack this time too no matter what ‘new world’ Cross promises her. Her mind says ‘it’s’ not her problem anymore, but her heart feels another. Keep in mind that Cross has already helped her one too many times today, his own agenda aside.
- Definitely hope to see more of Jack and Kate in action after them shaking hands in mutual respect and admiration. Good thing about 24 is that even if it takes a few missteps along the way it makes up for it by steering into another plot-lane…while stirring up the gripping action as well.
- Words of wisdom from PM Davies whose role has been sidelined these past few weeks: “Nothing causes a panic like telling people to remain calm.”
- Absolutely love Margot’s classic toon villain reaction upon realizing she was tricked into sinking the drones! Her unique motherly love shines again as she holds her son at gunpoint to keep him on her side: “I love you, no matter what happens.” Can’t decide if this scene is outright hilarious or supposed to make us feel genuinely sad.
- Just like Madonna…if you can strike as more divinely badass than Belcheck in handling Heller, report to ‘ The Bauerian-Norris School of Badassery’ immediately! I’m sure Logan would’ve had a stroke if he were sitting in the car with him.
- Poor Mark can’t ever seem to catch a break. Apart from having Anatol breathing down his neck, not only Audrey finds him responsible for the near hit Heller incident, but now she sees Jack as the sole savior too!
- There’s the cop-out in Heller’s final act which seriously diminishes the dramatic momentum. So Jack apparently planned to save Heller at the last-minute and coordinating to send a feed loop of the man in the field. Fair enough, but had they gone the sacrifice road, albeit it would have been somewhat ridiculously unrealistic, I think the gravity of the threat would have been doubled, not to mention the after-effect it’d leave on our main players. The show has pulled off equally risky -if not riskier- stuff before, like killing off David Palmer, revealing Logan as a traitor or setting off a nuke in LA to name a few. So what’s one more? And the obvious unwanted opposite effect is that Margot’s now proven to be fair in keeping her end of the bargain, thanks to Bauer’s intervention! “I was prepared to die back there!” Oh, man…
- I guess with Heller alive and well after last week’s shocker, Jordan’s suddenly the true hero now in giving his life in the way of revealing the CIA mole (and thereby indirectly proving Adam Morgan’s innocence), and actually pin down the brilliant assassin in his final moments so Jack and co. could trace the guy back to none other than Navarro.
- Speak up please, Adrian, can’t bloody hear you at all!! So he and Chloe are lovers? Huh! Thought they’d already established that…
- Jack redirects the final missile, ala. flight simulator games with one hand on the controller and in another holding a hopelessly wounded Margot. Nothing beats Margot’s verbal assault at Bauer in her final moments (“This is all on your head!”) and Jack’s one-liner forged right out of generic 90’s action flicks: “The only death tonight on my head is yours!” before throwing her out the window to join her son.
Other points of interest…and deja vus
- “Comparing where we were an hour ago, I consider this a success.” As discussed in the previous post, this is an ever double-extreme version of a no-nonsense Jack who’s learned a thing or two in ‘exile’. Compared to his helplessness even when holding a gun to Heller’s head in the Day 6 finale, this time he actually calls the shots and orders the -now- technically resigned president to do as he says: “Let me do what I know how to do”.
- Together in death as Ian reassured his mom. [HEAVY SPOILER for Game of Thrones – Season 3] Can’t help but notice a strong resemblance between Margot and her son’s fate and Cat and Robb Stark’s in the heart-melting, spine-chilling now-famous Red Wedding scene. Next time Fairley has a son in something, or a dead husband character to avenge, we should definitely be on the lookout. [/SPOILER]
- Jack throwing Margot off the floor in cold blood brings memories of him also murdering Nina Myers or Dana Walsh in moments of sheer objective-nullifying rage. In the former cases it was revenge which caused him to snap into dark-Bauer mode, but what exactly made him kill Margot? Did it have something to do with some off-screen operation involving Jack and her husband or has the 4-year exile taken its toll on him?
- Margot makes the historical mistake, chooses the “Waterloo” station as her last target and pays the price.
7/ 10 Seriable Stars