24 7.16 Day 7: 11:00 PM – 12:00 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
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Jon Cassar
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Manny Coto
Writer: Brannon Braga
Director: Jon Cassar

24 7.16 Day 7: 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM (2009)

Jack waits to discover whether he is infected with the bio-weapon and whether it has dispersed into the local area. Moss and The President have no good options, legal or otherwise, for attacking the Starkwood facility but the captured Tony Almeida catches a break that might just save the day.

6/10

So Jack gets undressed and freaks out the doctor (and later Renee Walker) with all his scars but what would have been awesome-on-toast is if he dropped his boxers and he had no privates and he just said "I lost those in ‘Nam" or "Didn’t see the first shark for about half-an-hour" or something. I suspect I might need some kind of psychiatric treatment. Of course, the big news is that SPOILERJack has only a day or two to live. Now, as an audience, we’ve seen Jack in a worse situation than this before (he died on Day 2 just before 3:00 AM, then came back from the dead and splatted everyone wearing only sweat) and so we wonder how permanent this latest setback will actually be. As it stands though, it is a strong possibility that Bauer is going to add martyrdom to his resumé.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and strong interrogation violence.

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24 7.15 Day 7: 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (2009, TV) – 9/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Colm Feore: Henry Taylor
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Alex Gansa
Executive Producer: David Fury
Executive Producer: Jon Cassar
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer (Screenplay): Alex Gansa
Writer (Story): David Fury
Director: Jon Cassar

24 7.15 Day 7: 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (2009)

A stunned Kanin learns that Senator Mayer has been shot and killed, presumably by the hand of Jack Bauer. Larry Moss is quickly told by the forensic people that there were three people at Mayer’s house giving him a glimmer of hope that Bauer isn’t a psychopathic murderlising nightmare but he still has to put out a top-priority alert for Bauer’s arrest. Bauer has hooked up with Tony and is making his way to the port where the bio-WMD is suspected to be.

9/10

Taking it’s time over SPOILER Ethan Kanin’s resignation allows for it to have greater emotional impact. You really feel a sense of the ending of an era for both him and the President; a necessary but unwanted sacrifice. It dovetails brilliantly into the sacrifices that Jack is continually making. He also put the country ahead of his own personal reputation. For Kanin, the maximum loss possible is his career. For Bauer, the maximum loss possible is his life. For both, the potential sacrifice is unquestionably and willingly given for their country. Additionally, this episode of 24 contains some of its most spectacular action yet involving ship containers before leaving us with an impressively, unsettlingly quiet segue into next week. Bauer simply sits down by the side of the road allowing the thought to catch up with him that today may be his last day. And that doesn’t include an excellent natural shift in character for Bauer (he promises a security guard he’ll look after him and means it), wonderful malevolence from a putting-some-effort-in Jon Voight (as Jonas Hodges) and sneaky political underhandness from Olivia Taylor. Phew! Great episode in what has been an unexpectedly great series. And, again, applaudably, it’s not even terribly violent.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and gun violence.

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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 7.11 Day 7: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
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
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Co-Executive Producer: Alex Gansa
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Alex Gansa
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.11 Day 7: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (2009)

With less than an hour to go before the attack reported by Tony’s source begins, Jack feels that only he can extract the information from Ryan Burnett in time and he has to do it under the noses of the President and Senator Blaine Mayer inside The White House. Renee Walker is still at the hospital with Dubaku when he suddenly dies despite his condition being considered stable. She quickly sees an unindentified man in security footage and sets about tracking him.

7/10

Again, commendation for 24 for keeping the torture scenes to a non-gratuitous level and highlighting the ethical quandary it places those in authority in. Here President Taylor has the balance of life-saving information versus the human rights of a suspect shoved in her face and it makes for a set of strong, interesting scenes. Kurtwood Smith makes an unexpectedly strong case but he’s probably still smarting from Robocop‘s violations twenty-odd years ago. What Bauer is doing is unquestionably wrong on a human rights level (whether crims relinquish human rights is another question) but is it acceptable to do something wrong to accomplish something right, to ‘protect your country from all enemies, foreign and domestic’?

This 24 episode contains taser violence, unpleasant scenes.

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24 7.10 Day 7: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (2009, TV) – 6/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
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
Rhys Coiro: Sean Hillinger
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Manny Coto
Writer: Brannon Braga
Director: Milan Cheylov

24 7.10 Day 7: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (2009)

With Jack and Renee in police custody, Marika continues to meet Dubaku and her doom. The conspirator in Moss’ FBI office is also taking more desperate and conspicuous action to conceal their identity but the gambles appear to be paying off.

6/10

Well, a rather silly episode with lots of holes and a couple of impactless deaths but this brings the organisational corruption arc to an end and, unconvincingly, sets up the plot for the next couple of episodes (something is scheduled to happen at 7:00 PM). It’s still thrilling, though, and, again, the violence is extremely brief and restrained. In an earlier season, Bauer would have been up to his elbow removing the data drive from a still-conscious Dubaku while and screeching the nails of his other hand down a blackboard and criticising his taste in cardigans for good measure. Annie Wersching as FBI Agent Renee Walker does another good job as her character’s trauma catch up with her but neither she, or the audience, get any answers out of a stoic Jack Bauer. Would we want it any other way? Well, yes, probably, but at least we can be thankful that he didn’t shout his answer at her. Kiefer’s throat must kill him after filming.

This 24 episode contains bad language and graphic gun violence, gory and unpleasant scene.

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24 7.07 Day 7: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
James Morrison: Bill Buchanan
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Colm Feore: Henry Taylor
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Rhys Coiro: Sean Hillinger
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Co-Executive Producer: Michael Loceff
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Kiefer Sutherland
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Executive Producer: Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer (Screenplay): Manny Coto
Writer (Screenplay): Brannon Braga
Writer (Story): Michael Loceff
Director: Milan Cheylov

24 7.07 Day 7: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (2009)

First Chap Henry Taylor is still stuck on the floor of Samantha Roth’s apartment while treacherous Secret Service Agent Vossler patiently waits outside for yet another hour. Dubaku targets a chemical planet with thousands of fatalities imminent as Jack, Tony and Bill prepare to use the Matobo’s as bait to discover Dubaku’s base of operations.

7/10

A thrilling first half (I munched through almost an entire packet of liquorice allsorts; something I rarely do) gives way to a measured second half and it is this well-judged variety of pace that is proving one of Day 7’s welcome improvements over Day 6. Another is the much more restrained 24 violence which, so far, has been generally of the bang-bang-you’re-dead variety. Audience’s quickly get the point of violence, we don’t need to be beaten over the head with it and so far, 24 hasn’t been doing that. Long may it continue being powerful, thrilling, interesting and thought-provoking.

This 24 episode contains bad language and violence.

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24 7.06 Day 7: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
James Morrison: Bill Buchanan
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Colm Feore: Henry Taylor
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Rhys Coiro: Sean Hillinger
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Kiefer Sutherland
Executive Producer: Jon Cassar
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Executive Producer: Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Manny Coto
Writer: Brannon Braga
Director: Jon Cassar

24 7.06 Day 7: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (2009)

Bill and Chloe pick up Agent Walker from her surprisingly neat shallow grave but she’s not breathing. Jack and Tony prepare for the next stage in their plans to apprehend / whatever Colonel Dubaku but their, and President Taylor’s, hope that Dubaku will exercise patience over his threat to kill American civilians are about to be extinguished.

7/10

The writers provide another crack at explaining Tony’s not-death but it wasn’t really necessary to remind us of a silly something we’ve already accepted (it’s used as to provide more meaning to the following scene). We don’t mind suspending our disbelief but we will start getting annoyed if you keep reminding us that we did so. In the side-plots, even though 24 does have a track record of killing off first-billed stars, it’s too early for Colm Feore’s First Hubby to be bumped off and so the tension from that situation has to come from whether the Carly Pope’s Samantha Roth is going to be offed or not. It is handled well enough and provides a nice break from the main story with Jack, Tony and the Matobo’s.

This 24 episode contains bad language and graphic gun violence, unpleasant and gory scenes.

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