24 Season 8 - 6:00-7:00am: Okay, So Now What?
When you look at the major plot points for Season 8 of 24, it would seem that tonight's episode had it all wrapped up.
The terrorists didn't set off the bomb.
CTU found their traitor
President Hassan was recovered, too late, granted but still. . . story over. Right? What's left to be done? Frankly, I'm not sure except I think it has something to do with the Russians. Just to make sure we're not tuning out, Fox is promising the most dramatic scene yet in next week's episode. Short of aliens coming down and abducting half of Manhattan, I'm not sure what could top what we've already seen.
On the upside, we're finally done with this Dana Walsh nonsense. Seriously, double agent or not, that was the stupidest premise this show has ever executed.
On the downside, was I watching Dancing with the Stars longer than I thought, because to me it didn't seem like Tarin had time to uncuff the pres and hand him over to his co-conspirators without Jack seeing any of it.
On the upside, how cool was it when he drove the car off the building?
But how dumb was President Taylor to let Hassan's wife and daughter watch the attempted rescue? At least she didn't let them in to watch the video feed!
I will say that I was caught completely off guard by the feed being a tape and not live. I did think, that for the sake of Hassan and his family, Jack should have stopped the tape the second he realized Hassan was dead. Why let the assassination go out over the air?
All in all, I have mixed feelings about this episode. I thought the pacing and the twists and turns were great for the most part. I was literally biting my nails just before the bomb went off and during the car chase. But I was totally bored with the whole Dana plot and how many breaks she was getting. Seriously, she couldn't have done half the damage she'd done without plenty of help from her none-to-watchful co-workers.
One thing that always impresses me is the way 24 portrays their bad guys. Even with all the death and destruction, you always see that these guys are human, too. Tarrin was sweating when he thought that bomb was going to go off and he was properly nervous as he made the trade off. I think that's why 24 continues to work - if the bad guys were cartoon villains like Dr. Evil it simply wouldn't play season after season. But when you see people caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, as was the case with the President's advisers, then it all becomes that much more believable. Because face it, how often are the really important decisions we make in life, completely black or white?
I'm sticking with you to the end, Jack Bauer. I can't wait to see where you go from here.