— After so many years of watching 24 on DVD, I'm finding it difficult to adjust to the one episode per week system. Before season 6, I don't think I'd ever watched just one episode in a sitting. It was always a 24 marathon, a Jack Bauer-fueled reeling off of four or five (or sometimes nine) episodes in one sitting. This sort of degenerate viewing behavior allowed full immersion into the world of 24. Now, with only episode available per week, the effect has been lessened. I feel like I'm guarding myself against getting too excited about each episode, so as not to be totally frustrated with the seven day wait for each cliffhanger pay-off. Or maybe I'm not as excited for each episode this season because they're not as good as previous seasons.Point being, I have no idea how good this season is; it's a completely different show for me. I've always been of the belief that the venue and circumstances in which you watch anything (TV, films, cockfights) greatly influence your enjoyment of this things. Here's where I'm going with this: I think last night's episode was really good, but I'm just not sure if that's true.
This is what happened on 24 last night:
Jack escorted ex-Prez Charles Logan to the Russian Consulate, where Logan believes he can blackmail the consul out of information regarding the location of the Russian nukemaster Gredenko. Logan tells Jack he has to see the consul (Markov) alone, and Jack reluctantly allows it. With Markov, Logan is diplomatic at first, then threatens to turn in incriminating tapes of the consul to the Russian government. Markov is visibly angry, but says nothing. Logan leaves, but tells Jack that Markov is certainly lying.
Driving away from the consulate, Jack decides he's going to infiltrate the consulate and interrogate Markov himself. He calls in to Chloe, tells her to use some technical mumbo-jumbo that will knock down the consulate's security system for a minute or so. He jumps the consulate's fence/wall, and makes his way into Markov's office. But Markov hits the alarm in his desk before Jack can secure him, so now everyone knows that Jack is holding the Russian consul hostage. Jack starts his torture routine, trying to get the location of Gredenko. After he whips out the cigar cutter and removes Markov's pinky, Markov tells him where Gredenko is: out in the desert about to launch "drones" carrying the nukes.
Before he can call CTU with the info, the Russians break into the room and take Jack into custody.
The bomb that went off last episode ends up killing Assad, but only seriously injuring President Palmer. Palmer is deemed physically unfit to serve, so they bring in the Vice President to take over presidential duties. One of the first things he does is enact the Tom Lennox plan to detain Muslim citizens in America. He addresses the nation and informs them of this plan and the assassination attempt on Palmer.
Reed allows Lennox to go free, and unties him, believing that Lennox will say nothing about the assassination attempt in fear of incriminating himself. However, the first thing Lennox does once freed is tell the secret service to arrest Reed and his little henchman. Vice President Noah refuses to accept Lennox's story that Reed was responsible for the assassination attempt and not Assad. He decides he's going to blame it on Assad regardless.
And that was the gist of the episode. Next week, with Jack captive in the Russian consulate, should be fun.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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