[tps_title]The Not-So-Spectacular Stuff[/tps_title]
- From coming close to omniscience in villainy last time, and more intensely even back in Days 4 to 6, Cheng is suddenly reduced to your typical second-tier baddie who’s eliminated in the blink of an eye along with all his crew, who had probably obtained their degree in action-man incompetence at the same college where Navarro’s brilliant cleaner graduated from.
- Unnecessary explicitation on Chloe’s part regarding how she was naive enough to trust Adrian, which works well considering Jack’s tough end-of-day decision, but still, all this could have been conveyed with a simple line like the “~ I’m the only friend you’ve got left”. Lord knows Bauer and Chloe are perfect at sending back and forth heavy emotional stuff with brief lines and subtle reactions.
- The day’s tragedy sits well in terms of character development. You get that at the end of the day, Jack, Mark, Heller and Audrey and the rest partly became victims of the events alone, as well as their own decisions (especially in Mark’s case), but there’s a certain limit to everyone reassuring and consoling each other with the ‘it’s not your fault’ pep-talk before the whole thematic notion loses its charm.
- Audrey’s sudden removal from the equation, while leaving a profound thematic effect on Bauer and the rest, still felt like a cheap way for the writers to raise the bleakness level. I guess Audrey-in-distress was doomed from the moment she set foot on that park and was pinned under the aim of Cheng’s sniper, but still, she wasn’t as vulnerable as in the latter half of Day 6; not with Kate and her team on her side. For all we know Audrey could have been shot a 100 times before.
- So Davies pretty much interfered with the operation once midseason and afterwards turned into the good friend and advocate? Not a waste of character per se, ’cause he shined almost in every one of his appearances, but they could have surely made more cool material out of him instead of lingering way too much on the Al-Harazis and the Navarro.
- The remaining hours were skipped over to the get to the essential stuff, conveniently so in a relatively proper manner, but still the time jump is a bit of a letdown. Would’ve been cooler if the we got an extended episode (like “Redemption”) that covered more events.
- How come Jack got the promise of a presidential pardon back in 9.08 (if Heller’s still going to remember it, not that it matters anyway…) and not Mark? Was he so beyond the point of no return? I mean, c’mon! Jack’s pretty much broken every law in the book for the greater good, and considering Mark tells the truth regarding his intention, he was working for Heller’s benefit, only he wasn’t as sharp Jack, and perhaps not nearly as brave.