Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Buck Reviews 24: Day 7, 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Another very solid hour as we make our way towards Day 7's finale. Good character moments all around, with a healthy dose of action to boot.

• Good for Larry, not taking any crap from Kanin.
• Tony seems reluctant to help. Still angry over Emerson’s death?
• Hey, looks like Henry’s all right. That’s good news for the Taylor household.
• And we say good-bye to Bob Gunton as Kanin resigns. At least he’s still got that warden gig at Shawshank…
• Connor Trinneer! Star Trek: Enterprise’s Chief Engineer Trip Tucker joins the battle against terrorists. Well, sort of. First he’s going to get the delightful experience of Jack putting a gun to his head.
• “They’re six-year-olds, Greg. They need to eat their carrots.” I don’t know why, but I find that to be a great bad-guy line.
• Jon Voight’s Hodges is slimy, smug, and acts like a spoiled kid who didn’t get what he wanted for Christmas. I like him.
• “You and I both knew he was dead the minute he stepped out there.” Damn, Tony. I know you’ve had a raw deal the last few years, but that’s cold.
• Does anyone else want to smack the smug right off Olivia’s face? And now she gives the go-ahead on these stories?! Karma’s going to give this girl one hell of a payback in the final hours, mark my words.
• Put it together, Larry…you may not like Jack, but you’re not stupid.
• Good for you, Jack. I don’t care what Tony’s argument was, that man didn’t deserve to die. Plus, we got a great tough-guy exchange out of it:
“You’re going to turn a surveillance job into a firefight? It’s gonna be two against ten.”
“Two against nine.” Bad. Ass.
• Sometimes I wonder just how much adrenaline Jack’s heart can take. He temporarily flatlined in Season 2, went through heroin withdrawal in Season 3, endured a year-and-a-half of torture in a Chinese prison…you’d think eventually his heart would just stop.
• Well what did you think that hissing sound was, genius?
• Don’t worry, Jack. I’m sure you’ll be fine. You are signed for additional seasons and a 24 movie, after all.

1. A really good episode, continuing the tension felt in the very first hours of the day.
2. Renee's been side-lined too long. We need her back out there with Jack in these last hours.
3. I like that while Tony's still fighting for the greater good, he's now more of a gray-area hero compared to Jack's black-and-white worldview. (Or would one argue that Jack is the gray-area hero? I see his "whatever it takes" attitude as being more clear-cut.)
4. I've read some pretty negative things about Larry in other reviews. Am I the only one watching who actually likes him?
5. Will Morris and Chloe be back?
6. How bad is the shitstorm going to be when all of Olivia's dirty dealings come to light?
7. Can't wait 'til next week.


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