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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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 7.09 Day 7: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (2009, TV) – 8/10 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
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Carlo Rota: Morris O’Brian
Executive Producer: David Fury
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: David Fury
Director: Milan Cheylov

24 7.09 Day 7: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (2009)

First Chap Henry Taylor has been shot in the chest, is bleeding badly and the prognosis is dire. Dubaku finalises his plans to leave the country taking girlfriend Marika with him but is all too aware that his life is now in danger. He exerts pressure to ensure that he will escape safe and that will make Jack and Renee’s pursuit harder and riskier than they can imagine.

8/10

Another excellent episode with the focus more on personal impact for Agent Renee Walker, President Allison Taylor and unknowing Dubaku girlfriend Marika Donoso. We also get the reveal of a Dubaku conspirator inside Moss’s office SPOILER which is nicely misdirected. END SPOILER Again the change of pace works wonders for the show and means that the bits that are supposed to be tense such as the last minute or two are genuinely so and not lost amid a sea of would-be tension. Nice to welcome back Glenn Morshower as Agent Aaron Pierce (making him the only cast member other than Kiefer Sutherland to appear in every day) but it would have been an even nicer surprise if his name hadn’t been on the opening credits.

This 24 episode contains bad language and a gory scene.

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24 7.08 Day 7: 3:00 PM – 4:00 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
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
Executive Producer: David Fury
Executive Producer: Kiefer Sutherland
Executive Producer: Evan Katz
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Executive Producer: Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer (Screenplay): Robert Cochran
Writer (Screenplay): Evan Katz
Writer (Story): David Fury
Director: Milan Cheylov

24 7.08 Day 7: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (2009)

With his infrastructure attack capability well and truly stuffed by Bauer, Dubaku retreats and consoles himself with the one chip he has left: First Dude Henry Taylor. Jack and Matobo go to the White House to see President Taylor face-to-face.

8/10

"The rules are what make us better." "Not today." Is it acceptable to discard etiquette for what you perceive to be the greater good? 24 is asking this question more successfully than ever. Jack has long since ceased pretending to use anyone else’s moral compass and doesn’t even think twice about doing what he considers needs to be done. Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) is the audience surrogate here and is proving a highly effective device to generate an unusual level of empathy with the situation for us. What would we do? Cherry Jones as President Allison Taylor gets easily her best scene of the series so far when reacting to Dubaku’s demands.

This 24 episode contains bad language and a brief extremely 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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