24 7.22 Day 7: 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM (2009, TV) – 5/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
Annie Wersching: FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Renee Walker
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Elisha Cuthbert: Kim Bauer
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Will Patton: Alan Wilson
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Evan Katz
Producer: Michael Klick
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Evan Katz
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.22 Day 7: 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM (2009)

Jack interrogates Tony’s man (with Renee Walker’s blessing) to try and find Tony. Though they hit a stumbling block, Jack instinctively knows in his heart of hearts that it’s nothing that shouting at Chloe and Janice can’t fix.

5/10

This is the first completely duff episode of this seventh season and, sadly, it appears to set up a double-duff final double episode that looks like it is going to be awful as Jack has SPOILER his daughter’s life used as a hold over him (that’s not really a spoiler since it’s horribly telegraphed from early in the episode if you’ve ever watched, well, television before). Unfortunately, the audience couldn’t care less about Elisha Cuthbert and are wondering why Jack doesn’t communicate with his colleagues by simply writing on something. Perhaps, with all their mobiles phones and ear-pieces and SHOUTING, they’ve forgotten how to. As has previously been the case with 24, when the writers run out of ideas, they resort to violence and torture and this is also the most violent episode of this season.

This 24 episode contains very strong melee and interrogation violence.

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24 7.21 Day 7: 4:00 AM – 5:00 AM (2009, TV) – 6/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Renee Walker
Colm Feore: Henry Taylor
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Producer: Michael Klick
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Manny Coto
Writer: Brannon Braga
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.21 Day 7: 4:00 AM – 5:00 AM (2009)

Olivia Taylor proceeds with her plan to have Hodges killed. Jack and Walker push the FBI search into racially sensitive areas in order to try and get a lead in their second-guessing of what Tony and his team are planning. Tony, meanwhile, is busy coercing an innocent Muslim into posing as a terrorist to cover for his impending bio-attack.

6/10

Carefully moving pieces into position for the end of day seven (only three hours to go) and skilfully making the journey appear to be down to good luck and hard work instead of convenient deus ex machinas, this episode is a low-key outing. The varied pace of this season has been highly successful and has made the thrilling bits even more thrilling. That said, Jack still manages a number of "I’m fine"s and gets all shouty and sweaty at a possible lead. I still can’t believe he’s a goner. Elsewhere, Olivia Taylor gets a reprieve from obnoxiousness and an agreeably interesting moment of horror (I think Agent Pierce is responsible) and Tony is, unknowingly, now only one step ahead instead of two.

This 24 episode contains gory and unpleasant scenes, brief graphic violence.

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24 7.18 Day 7: 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Elisha Cuthbert: Kim Bauer
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Howard Gordon
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer (Screenplay): Manny Coto
Writer (Screenplay): Brannon Braga
Writer (Story): Howard Gordon
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.18 Day 7: 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM (2009)

Jack’s symptoms are progressing more rapidly than expected and have started to affect his memory and personality as well as his motor abilities. He is still able to coordinate an attack on the surface-to-surface missiles which Tony reckons he can carry out without being detected. The President meets with the eye-rolling Hodges and clinically-dead Seaton to hear their demands.

7/10

After last week’s unconvincing climax where the President stops bombing Starkwood because the hour was up, Jack and Tony throw her yet another lifeline. The feeling that there were too many episodes left for the Starkwood stand-off also prove correct as Jon Voight’s Jonas Hodges states that the big-bad still hasn’t been revealed. The effects of Tony’s C4 on the rocket-fuel storage are laughably and crushingly bad. 24 generates one of the highest ad revenues of any show and so it was disappointing that the appropriate cash wasn’t spent on a big bang. The episode counters disappointment with it’s cliffhanger which, impressively, SPOILER I certainly didn’t see coming and it trims our regular cast by another one. First there was nine, now there are five. Blimey.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and graphic gun violence, melee violence.

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24 7.17 Day 7: 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM (2009, TV) – 6/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Consulting Producer: Chip Johannessen
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Chip Johannessen
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.17 Day 7: 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM (2009)

Moss is forced to withdraw from Starkwood but another insider may provide visual access to the bio-weapons for Almeida. Jack starts exhibiting symptoms of his exposure but rejects a potential lifeline out of heroic stubborness. Olivia Taylor’s dastardly dealings with her reporter friend start becoming rather more complicated than she wants and so, in the middle of a national crisis, she nips out the office to try and sort him out.

6/10

This is unquestionably the worst episode of the season so far but the remainder has been so good, we’re more than willing to give it a bye. The problem is baffling non-sensical character choices. SPOILERWhy does the reporter burn all bridges with what must be the best source in the world (the US Chief of Staff)? Why does Jonas Hodges kill his Chairman of the Board? Why does the President abort the airstrike instead of quipping "You’ll find it harder to negotiate with a missile in your mouth"? Additionally, where did Larry Moss and his strike team disappear to? Did they all go down the pub? And, it has to be said, we still don’t know what Jonas Hodges is trying to accomplish here and how arranging the death of thousands of Americans including the President can possibly be advantangeous? The audience is offered a lifeline over Jack’s predicament (his imminent unavoidable death) but he refuses it. Will he die today?

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and very strong melee violence and sexuality, mild sexual nudity.

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24 7.14 Day 7: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Carlo Rota: Morris O’Brian
Sprague Grayden: Tim Woods
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Juan Carlos Coto
Executive Producer: Evan Katz
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Evan Katz
Writer: Juan Carlos Coto
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.14 Day 7: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (2009)

Jack is on the run after being framed for the murder of Ryan Burnett and asks Walker for help in tracking the real assassin. His next lead takes him to Starkwood, a private military conglomerate, and Senator Mayer, who has been trying to shut them down, will be his best source of information. Meanwhile, Olivia Taylor finds some business clothes and starts working for the President, much to Kanin’s chagrin, especially when the news of the Bauer and Burnett situation is leaked to the press.

7/10

So Jack’s predicament goes from bad to worse and, while this is essentially a low-key episode, does so via solid tension when needed and interesting character musings. Jack gets the opportunity to place his trust in someone new. Ethan Kanin jumps to conclusions about Olivia Taylor (though I think he was right and she is manoeuvring him out of the President’s circle of trust). Morris O’Brian gets to choose between family and Jack. Jon Voight gets a surprisingly strong scene where he talks about collateral damage from doing what needs to be done; a speech which is interestingly mirrored later by Bauer himself. We don’t know what Voight wants to accomplish but, given the pace the show has run at so far, giving Jack ten hours to stop him seems rather generous.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and strong melee violence, gun violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

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24 7.13 Day 7: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
James Morrison: Bill Buchanan
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Manny Coto
Writer: Brannon Braga
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.13 Day 7: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (2009)

With Jack and the President now under Juma’s control, the President is forced to read a statement Juma has prepared. The FBI are certain that the statement will end with the public execution of the President but the Vice President won’t authorise any action that could result in her death. Jack has a plan to give Bill a chance to rescue the situation but it will probabaly cost his life.

7/10

Last week’s impossible situation is dealt with satisfactorily thanks to director Brad Turner keeping the tension high and distracting us from asking too many questions. Kiefer Sutherland gets a rare emotional scene and, like seeing the back of Clint Eastwood cry in The Bridges of Madison County or Bond blub in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the effect is tellingly powerful. At long last, our big-bad is known to us but a snippet of his intentions don’t indicate what he is trying to achieve. However, what would be sublimely awesome is if the villainous Voight wanders out of his office and it turns out to be inside a volcano.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and graphic broken glass throat-slitting, gun violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

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24 7.12 Day 7: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (2009, TV) – 8/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
James Morrison: Bill Buchanan
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Evan Katz
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer (Screenplay): Evan Katz
Writer (Story): Manny Coto
Writer (Story): Brannon Braga
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.12 Day 7: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (2009)

Juma and his men drill a surprisingly large hole under the White House using just a normal drill bit but the effect is devastating. Juma leads an attack on the White House with the President as his goal.

8/10

Jon Voight pops up again after showing his face in Day 7 prequel Redemption and, in an unusual nod toward Bond villain insanity, plays some darts after delivering a critical idea under apparently intense pressure. It’s a gleefully random moment but it doesn’t undermine the tension of the rest of the episode and the significant feeling that the mid-season clear-out is about to begin. Our heroes are between a rock and several hard-places and I’m itching to see how it’s all going to pan out without decimating the cast.

This 24 episode contains gun violence, unpleasant scenes, brief graphic blade violence.

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