Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
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.
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.