Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Buck Reviews 24: Day 7, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In this episode: A hero will rise, a villain will fall, and the world of 24 will never be the same. (Dun dun duuuuuuun!)

• Jack and President Taylor booby-trapped the saferoom before they came out. I think I've said it before, but this woman’s got balls of steel. She’s like Jack’s big sister.
• “Senator, shut up.” Possibly the greatest three words to ever escape Jack Bauer’s lips.
• That’s not how I usually “release” a hostage.
• Vice President’s kind of a wiener, isn’t he?
• Bill! Nooooooo! You damned noble bastard…
• Juma, you got what you deserved. It's just a shame it had to come at such a price. I like that even though Juma was going for his gun, Jack could have taken him alive, but exacted retribution for Bill.
• Yeah, Renee’s totally going to bust Jack out of lock-up.
• Back to Jon Voight’s character, who we already knew was working with Juma. He says he’s still on schedule, and wants to discuss weapons and targets…that can’t be good.
• Man, Larry is pissed that Renee went over his head and talked to Kanin. I like Larry when he’s irritated; he’s more fun.
• And tonight’s “Oh, snap!” moment goes to Larry, suspending Renee indefinitely for disobeying orders. The upside is that Larry’s going to accompany Jack to interrogate Burnett, and I’ve really enjoyed it this season when these two have worked together.
• Ah, I see. Voight’s man tried to kill the old patient to cause a distraction. I just thought he was an asshole.
• Nice moment between Aaron Pierce and Olivia. The hint about Martha Logan…in prison (She did try to kill her estranged husband. Did we ever find out if he died?)? In an institution? Dead?
• Tenacity is an inherited trait in the Taylor family. Olivia may have been harsh on Kanin, but she had a point.
• Nothing like waking up in the hospital and seeing the cheerful visage of Jack Bauer standing above you. It’s like waking up to the Angel of Death.
• Framing Jack for murder? That’s old hat to him. Do you realize how many fake murder raps Jack has beat? All you’re really going to do is piss him off.


Things moved fairly quickly from ending the White House siege to cementing Jon Voight's Jonas Hodges as our final(?) villain of the day. Perhaps a little too quickly for my taste, but it's fine. At least we got to see Jack show remorse over Bill's sacrifice, and it let Renee see that the man is indeed human at the core.

With regards to Bill...we lost one of my favorite characters tonight, but at least he went out with a bang (no pun intended). Bill made the hard choice, knowing he didn't have what it would take to see this through, but Jack did. And by giving himself for the cause, he gave Jack the chance he needed. I can only assume with Bill gone and Jack sort of wanted for murder, he'll get Tony by his side to finish things.

It looks like we'll have at least one more season following this one (and possibly a feature film?)...but does anyone else feel like there's a sense of finality about things this year? Like Jack will ride off into the sunset as the clock ticks the final seconds of the day? Although I could also see him beginning the next season working for the FBI (or directly for the Taylor administration in some capacity), possibly partnered with Renee.


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