Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
24 7.02 Day 7: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (2009)
Almeida uses his control of, er, flight control to set up a collision at JFK airport. Jack and Renee seal up the building with the sniper inside but Jack’s conspiratorial instincts prove correct and Renee has to make a quick decision on how to play things out.
Things continue on a remarkably even keel for 24 and this is a good thing. It makes the genuinely dramatic bits stand out. So we have the exciting opening of the engineered airplane collision but then things calm down until the climax. This ebb-and-flow is how adventure entertainment should be produced. Story-wise, now that we have Tony Almeida in custody perhaps we’ll get to see what he’s playing at. Renee Walker has instantly jumped onto the violence and torture bandwagon (though she certainly didn’t mean Jack to actually go through with his actions last week, just threaten, as he did) as soon as she doesn’t get her own way and, while 24 has certainly delivered gratuitous torture in seasons past, the topic of whether to use it or not for the ‘greater good’ remains a fascinating one.
This 24 episode contains gun violence, strong melee violence.