Well we’re now four hours into this day and somebody’s already lost a few fingers. Yes, we already knew Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) was creepy, but now we know she’s 100% crazy town- and hell-bent on destroying the UK’s and USA”s drone programs, thus dubbing this season “Game of Drones.” Her daughter’s going to have trouble knifing people with THAT hand now.
On the Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) side of things, we had a Jason Bourne-esque cat-and-mouse chase in a US embassy that ended up in a hostage situation. While we know Jack isn’t going to get gunned down, the hour did manage to build quite a bit of tension by establishing that there was no possible way to escape. I like that the President did give Jack the courtesy of a phone call (as he said, he HAS earned that much by now), but I was disappointed that Heller was so easily swayed by Mark. Can he even count how many times Bauer has saved him or Audrey?! Anyway, Kate (Yvonne Strahovski) managed to save the day in another positive mark for her character. Hopefully she and Jack can work together now.
If Rule #1 of this 24 season was “Don’t Stand Next to Jack in A Crowd,” Rule #2 is “Nothing Gets Better at the End of the Hour.” The Widow of Yorkshire now has control of ten drones with a now-willing pilot, Jack is in custody, and Audrey’s (Kim Raver) husband Mark (Tate Donovan) is officially in the dog house for the rest of the day. Bring on the next hour!
1. Chloe continues to be a solid character. I’m sensing a bit more conflict between her and the hackers in the near future.
2. There was so much suspense this hour, I barely noticed there was a lack of actual fighting sequences. Well played, episode.
3. Again, 24 proves that it deserves this return season.