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24 Rebounds

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I haven’t written anything about 24 yet this year because there hasn’t been much to write about: I haven’t felt much emotional connection to any of the characters, there haven’t been any jaw-dropping surprises, I haven’t felt a REAL sense of threat, there hasn’t been all that much tension or humor. It’s just been blah.

But much of that changed last night. After seeing Paris and Nicole fuck with the yokels for about 15 minutes (I did like the havoc they wreaked on the Sonic Burger sign), 24 bore much fruit.

There was tension and great shock: it turns out Jack, Tony (who checked himself out of the hospital as soon as he became conscious after surgery on his neck) and the dreaded mole Gael turn out to have been in cahoots all along in a TRIPLE-AGENT effort to reintegrate Jack into the Salazar crime family, much to murderous kingpin Ramon Salazar’s suprise. It all makes sense now, and that extra layer of intrigue and insider information that has been missing the entire season so far, suddenly snapped into place.

I love this betrayals within betrayals stuff – now only Jack’s partner Chase (and his daughter Kim’s boyfriend) is outside the loop. In his best imitation of the older Jack, Chase has taken matters into his own hands and commandeered the private plane of the Salazar’s accountant to fly from L.A. down to the Salazar camp in northern Mexico to rescue Jack, who we know by now is in no need of being rescued after pulling off the Ramon Salazar escape and delivering him to his brother at the camp.

Nothing is as it seems, and now the very mediocrity of the first six episodes have been turned into just another part of the plot line. Very clever – now I’m hooked again.

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  • I’m in agreement with ya on this ‘un, Eric: the last fifteen minutes of last night’s ep definitely notched things up considerably. Now if only they can make the President Palmer subplots interesting. . .

  • Eric Olsen

    Yeah, the Palmer angle has been dull this time around – the brother is a pain in the ass, the girlfriend uninteresting and earnest, the presidential opponent a sphincter. At least Sherry was interesting.

  • The part about Jack calling President Palmer to take on a “mission that nobody could know about” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Why would he need to call the President for a mission that Tony and Gael were already a part of?

    Maybe this will make sense in future weeks, but in the meantime, I wasn’t shocked by the twist, I was a bit confused.

    Agree that the whole affair with Palmer’s doctor girfriend is a snooze and the brother hasn’t belonged. Sherry’s return long about next week would be welcomed.

    As for Kim, well, at least she’s not on the run from cougars this season.

  • Eric Olsen

    I think tomorrow’s episode will determine if this season is going to work for me or not. If they can keep the momentum from last week going, that’ll do it – if they don’t they won’t.

  • Eric – what did you think?

    — Warning: Spoilers ahead —-
    – don’t read if you haven’t seen

    It provided an explanation, though a bit sketchy, for Jack Bauer’s secret mission.

    Glad to see Anne and the President breakup, but I kept hoping we’d see Sherry re-emerge. For a relationship that lasted as long as it did, it seems odd to have gotten rid of her character.

    Also, the President’s brother just has to go. If that guy says one more time that “you have to do this, David” I’m going jump through the TV to silence him. It’s like his brother has no soul except for doing what is right for the Presidency.

    And what about Chase? This guy is able to get out of the plane and surprise the Mexican agent but can’t do a perimeter scan for the bad guys?

    I’m guessing this virus will really be a credible threat to be on the loose by the time this 24 is over.

    This season of 24 has been weak compared to the first two seasons. Difficult to keep up that level of expectation, I guess, there are only so many compelling tragedies.

  • Eric Olsen

    I found the explanation for the Jack,Tony,Gael excapade satisfying also – it makes sense in the logic of the show. I find the relationship between the Salazar brothers, Jack, and now the girl interesting and compelling. Is Jack really a junkie or not? Does he really care about the girl with the mucho grande lips?

    Thank God Anne is gone – her earnestness was deadening. The brother is a pain in the ass. The teaser for the next show – not until after the New Year – seemed to imply the brother is not what he seems, or not to be trusted, or is jut a boring dick – take your pick.

    Chase fouled things up, but he has come through each time Jack has really needed him and he will come through again.

    I am encouraged, but you are right that it isn’t the same.

  • Last night’s episode of 24 was solid, IMO.

    — Warning: Spoilers ahead —-
    – don’t read if you haven’t seen yet

    It’s good to seen Nina is back and maybe the writers can sense how much we hate the President’s brother because they have introduced a new badass character who wants to see Wayne fired. The next week or two would be a good time to reel in Sherry into the President’s mix … but why does he want to hang onto his brother? I was yelling at the TV “let him go!” when he said he would resign.

    The minute Nina was on the scene you knew she was going to win the bid for that virus. Next week previews seem to suggest a little old time hanky panky between Jack and her.

    A good potential turn of events for what started very slow this season.

  • Eric Olsen

    TD, I agree – the best sign for the show is that I had that tight grip in my gut for most of last night’s episode. That has been missing most of the season. They ended strongly before the holiday break and with “that skank Nina” back – as Dawn put it – things appear to be set up with much fine tension ahead. I like the emphasis on the kingpin bros, the virus, Jack’s vulnerability, Chase getting the shit kicked out of him, and Palmer’s brother being imperiled. I also like the prospect of Palmer playing dirty – I like him as a fighter. I want to see him punch out that wheelchair guy.