Jane here, filling in for Mike. I was actually reviewing ’24’ at the beginning of the season, but found the storyline so preposterous that Mike graciously agreed to take it off my hands.
Somewhere between then and now, the show has gotten much better — more interesting and less ridiculous. In fact, last week, my nephew emailed me and said the show’s gotten better lately, especially with the return of Charles Logan. I wholeheartedly agree. Not that Logan’s any less of a weasel, but that’s what I love about him.
But poor Jack. Some things never change, and once again, everyone either wants him dead or in custody. I couldn’t figure out which way Chloe was going with it at first. She seemed on board with Jack’s plan, but then set up the trap for him — or so she thought.
When Ortiz asked Jack how he knew, Jack replied that he knows how Chloe thinks. If you get really twisty-turny with it, you could say that Chloe should have known that Jack would know she’d create a trap for him, since those two have been working together so long they practically share the same brain.
And then you wonder if Ortiz might try and feed her a clue over the phone, but apparently, she and Ortiz don’t know each other well enough for that. They’ve only known each other less than a day. But that’s what happens when you’ve been watching ’24’ for eight seasons — you can’t help but speculate on what everyone’s thinking.
At any rate, Chloe’s caught smack in the middle. Being the acting head of CTU, she’s obligated to play it by the book, but you know in her heart she knows that Jack is right. Doesn’t matter, though. A direct order from the President is a direct order from the President.
Interesting dynamic between President Taylor, Ethan Kanin and Charles Logan. I believe the President thinks she’s doing the right thing. Then again, as Ethan noted, covering up evidence — even for the sake of the peace treaty — is grounds for impeachment and criminal indictment. The President is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Her Presidency has cost her her marriage and her children. The peace treaty would be something good to come out of the Presidency.
But I’m not sure I trust the President’s judgment, bringing in Charles “the weasel” Logan as a consultant. It didn’t take long for her to turn against Ethan and go with Logan’s plan to keep Dana off the grid and hire a private security firm to extract the info out of torture her. The President is so vehemently against physical coercion, it just seems like she’s desperate at this point.
A few quotes from that dysfunctional triangle:
Logan: “No one wants this to get ugly.”
President Taylor: “It’s already ugly, Charles.”
“I’m not abandoning you. I’m listening to my conscience. Anyway, you’ve got Charles Logan to help now. Only room for one of us.” – Ethan to President Taylor
“I heard about your resignation. I’m glad to see you putting your health first. We all just want you go to get well – Logan to Ethan
Anyway, it’s all a moot point, because Jack is working the streets, and he won’t rest until those responsible for the cover-up are brought to justice. Ortiz is onboard with that (although as Jack noted, he’s not exactly clean in all this either).
Loved seeing D.B. Sweeney as Mark Bledsoe and Michael Madsen as Jim Ricker (or is it Rick Vickers? That’s probably a mistake; Fox tends to goof up their press materials on occasion).
Also wanted to mention that while Kiefer Sutherland is in great shape, he’s no spring chicken. I thought he might throw his back out hefting that guy over his shoulder.