24 7.19 Day 7: 2:00 AM – 3:00 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
Will Patton: Alan Wilson
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Juan Carlos Coto
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Executive Producer: David Fury
Producer: Michael Klick
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: David Fury
Director: Michael Klick

24 7.19 Day 7: 2:00 AM – 3:00 AM (2009)

Jack and Renee are stunned by the death of Larry Moss and that places Renee in control. Jack tags along to provide support but insists that he won’t allow his rapidly worsening condition to compromise any operations. Tony shoots himself to allay suspicion but Jack sees through that right away and declares that there must have been two people involved unaware that the second person was Tony himself. Meanwhile, Jonas Hodges has a visit from his not-terribly-happy superiors.

7/10

I think it’s clear now that 24 is slipping into some bad old ways with hope-you-won’t-notice plot devices and Jack saying "I’m alright" as he’s spacking out. At the moment, though, we’ll give them a pass as we love Jack seeing things others don’t (it takes him about two seconds to twig that evil Tony’s gunshot wound is well iffy) and we’re dying to see what evil Tony is playing at and how invading the United States and trying to assassinate the President can possibly be to anyone’s benefit (ah, yes, they may be spoilers). While I’m hoping that Tony has access to an antidote (he seemed a bit surprised that the FBI had declared Jack’s exposure incurable), Jack really is in more serious trouble than ever before in this show. There is real doubt whether he’ll make it to the end of this day (martyrdom?), let alone to a day 8. For a show built on a previously indestructible hero (and that without the benefit of Mysteron interference), to genuinely put his life in the balance is remarkable.

This 24 episode contains graphic gun violence, unpleasant scenes.

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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 7.16 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 7.12 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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