Monday, January 22, 2007

24 Season 6: Episode 5 Recap
(Hours 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

WARNING: The following post may, and probably will, contain spoilers.

He'd been missing for 20 months. A 20 month span that included starving, silence, torture and hair-growing. Then he was thrust back into duty and not too long after, he bit someone to death. Then, he joined forces with a former terrorist and found out he forgot how to interrogate people. Eventually, he had to shoot one of his most trusted agents. That's when he hit rock bottom and gave up... and then the nuclear bomb went off. But did anyone really think that Jack would quit after four episodes? If only!

The State of the President
Like I mentioned before, Baby Palmer is not a believable President, nor is his staff competent (but that's no surprise). It took more than five minutes to move him into the bunker (which is really called the Presidential Emergency Operations Center), but now he's safe. In addition, the Continuity of Operations Plan was enacted (which is a real thing) and Karen somehow gets cell phone service (which is good) so she can make booty calls to Bill.

Meanwhile, Admiral John (who thinks that all terrorist countries are lying) tells the President, "if these people want to live in the stone age, I say let's put them there." To which Baby Palmer should have replied, "they had nukes in the stone age!?!" Then we find out that Baby Palmer wants Assad (the terrorist who saw the light) to come to DC. So I say we play a game... let's pretend a mean ol' terrorist named Osama bin Laden sent men to crash into the twin towers. And let's pretend that bin Laden's former leader wanted to stop being a terrorist and make peace with the US on the exact same day. Do you think the President would allow that man to come to the White House?

There Was This Nuke Thing Outside
As we were informed with "previously on 24," there was a nuclear explosion in Los Angeles. Here's how CTU responds:

  • Bill asks about the ground team that was sent in and says, "Milo, can you get a visual?" ... ... ... Uh, Bill... look at ANY television network -- a NUCLEAR BOMB just exploded... there's your damn visual.
  • Then Bill needs to know if Fayed was in the blast radius (you know, the one where no less than 12,000 people died). Tell me how Morris is going to figure that out. That could take a while.
  • Chloe asks the rhetorical question, "why do people I know keep dying?" Duh, it's because you work with Jack Bauer.
  • Then Chloe tells Morris that they have "massive packet loss." What to do? We all know the answer -- "boot up routers."
  • "Morris just put something on your B window." Uh, Chloe, he's got one screen. I bet he calls it "A."
  • One might wonder how CTU is still a part of this operation... How is the military NOT taking over? Maybe the country is still lambasting over the last military occupancy of Los Angeles... due to syntox nerve gas.

Fickle Fayed
I don't know why Fayed was trying to coerce that dude int-----Watch out Fayed!!! Don't hit the girl that was running across the street! Yeah, the one that stopped in the middle of it (instead of hauling ass to get out of the way)! And while I'm warning you, make sure you don't hit any of these families that are home at 10:15 AM... with their kids who aren't in school... and all of their bags packed... ready to flee a city where a nuclear weapon exploded not ten minutes ago-----sorry, why coerce a dude with money when you could just threaten his life?

Speaking of, so Fayed talks on the phone with the guy that sold him the nukes. Okay. How long before CTU traces that call and figures out who he is? No, wait, this will be one of those phone calls that can't be tracked! Also, when 9/11 happened, weren't all the phone lines coming in and out of NY busy? Yes, they were. I'd venture to say that would be the case in LA, where a NUCLEAR WEAPON just exploded.

And let it be known that Fayed is a master planner. You see, Fayed planned all of this when he betrayed Assad six months ago. Yes, apparently six months is all it takes to plan a huge terrorist attack on US soil. In six months one can buy five nukes, smuggle them into the country, orchestrate the release of a bomb scientist, get Jack out of a Chinese prison, etc. But here's the kicker... it wasn't planned in six months! It was really three months and one week -- seeing that the attacks begain 11 weeks earlier.

FBI Training Academy
How does the nation's Federal Bureau of Investigation get hard-to-find information from suspected terrorists held in a prison camp? Easy, they put a wire on Walid (Sister Palmer's boyfriend). Wait one damn second, there's NO WAY IN HELL that members of a terrorist cell would talk to ANYONE unless they knew they belonged in the cell with them. Nor would they be concerned if the FBI was going to question this poor guy... especially when the FBI guy says, "I'll be back for you."

Jack Covers Lots of Ground
Jack became a statue from episode four and into episode five. When Jack actually took another step, the clock read 10:09 -- he watched the nuke cloud for over ten minutes. But then it was off to the races and to save someone! Are you telling me the helicopter crashed into the side of the house and stuck like that? How does the innocent bystander know that the chopper is about to fall? Did Jack really just use a piece of satellite antenna to jimmy the door open? Remind me again how Jack has enough strength to climb the side of a house after being in a Chinese prison for 20 months. And then explosion #6, the helicopter crashed to the ground. Shoosh, what's next on the list?

We find out that Jack's father (Phillip Bauer) is in LA (does anyone see a parallel story line to last season's Henderson story line?). Not only that, but Jack hasn't spoken to him in over nine years -- yet he knows that his father a) has a cell phone, and, b) he knows the number. Jack continues to impress me with his memory of phone numbers these days.

But let's not stop there, Jack's got a brother (which I still can't figure out if it's Gram or Gray) -- Bluetooth man! And get this, Bluetooth man doesn't like Jack, his own brother. And get this, Jack and Bluetooth man's wife might have had some thing between them... can anyone tell me why the writers pray on killing everyone that Jack loves or is related to?

The Kitchen Sink

  • Best line from episode five - After Jack lays the injured chopper pilot face down on the roof, he tells him "stay here." Why? You're on the roof of a house that just had a helicopter crash into it -- isn't the house unstable?
  • Not only have we seen Jack drive around LA easily during a regular crazy day -- but on a day where a nuke has exploded, it seems to be even easier... Except, that is, when the news is reporting the explosion and they show the traffic jam that no one important is in. Say, that could be a whole slew of episodes right there -- being stuck in traffic because of the nuke.
  • Says the director, "Kiefer, make sure you that when you shake your nephew's hand, turn your hand up unlike a normal handshake -- we want to see the weird acid crap on there."
  • Product Placement - Apple

As we know, this season has only just begun. There's sure to be a mole in the White House and CTU. Someone that knows/loves Jack will die. And, as we were assured in this episode -- here's how the writers of 24 tell you that we're about to get into a slew of baddies -- when Bill is telling Assad about the remaining nukes, he explains that there's a trail that there has to be "many people involved in the planning of this." That must be some type of metaphor for how the show is written.


Anonymous said...

The nuke went off on a Saturday, so the kids were at home, and the families that we saw already had their bags packed for a fun-filled Disneyland weekend.

Optimism. :)

Anonymous said...

Just a guess but i think Jack will find out his nephew is his Son.

Chris said...

I'm done reading these posts. Not because I disagree with anything...the show has definitely lost its touch with reality...but instead because you could do this with ANY television show or movie. Thats why it's a television show and not real life. Even reality shows are fake!

Follow me around for 24 hours straight. It would be boring as shit.

It's network television and thus must be dumbed down for the average American dope. Just enjoy the damn show or stop watching it.

Anonymous said...

the point is that everyone acts like this show is supposed to be super realistic, and that jack bauer is some kind of god. its not, and he's not.

i think the fact that the show is supposed to be happening in real time kind of hints that the writers think they are being realistic.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap. Why is everyone getting so fired up about this show not meeting their definition of realistic? I like what Chris had to say- Just enjoy the show or stop watching it! Wow... There have been plenty of shows over the years that aren't realisitic, so why not go post about them? Do you think other people haven't noticed these things? That you people are the last line of defense between the mindless, half-witted public and the machine that is 24 taking over the world, and only by spending countless hours disecting the show dozens of times over can you avert the kind of disasters the creators of 24 have made a fortune on? I've got news for you, the show is popular, and if you don't like it, change the freaking channel, and get over it. Wow... Stupid people make me angry...

Greg said...

Those are just about the most retarded complaints I've ever heard someone make. You list errors according to your own specific interpretation of how events should happen and all that you've said could be easily debated. If the 9-11 terrorist attacks occurred on a fictional tv show, you'd have this to say: "Ok, let me get this straight - terrorists get a hold of jet planes and fly them into the Twin Towers!?! Do the writers honestly expect us to believe that? Where's the military preventing this from happening? As if flight passengers would actually allow themselves to be taken hostage and flown into a skyscraper. This show is totally absurd."

Seth Gunderson said...

I disagree. I've never complained about the method of how the terrorists attacked. If they flew planes into a building, then that's how it happened. I complained about the President inviting the equivalent of a Osama bin Laden into the White House Bunker... on the same day that a nuke went off in America (or should I say on 9-11, several hours after it happened). THAT wouldn't happen, ever.

Greg said...

Your disbelief that the Prez invited the Osama character into the White House is reflected in the show by that one cabinet member's (the guy from Ghostbusters 2) disbelief and disagreement. However, the Prez used executive authority to meet with an unarmed Osama who voluntary turned himself in and was willing to disuade other's from attacking. Again, your criticism is only an opinion, one that the show actually represents through the one cabinet member's arguments. You say, "THAT wouldn't happen, ever," while he might say, "THAT shouldn't happen, ever." But it did, and for good reason.

Anonymous said...

"Morris just put something on your B window." Uh, Chloe, he's got one screen. I bet he calls it "A."

I laughed at you, then stopped reading, learn about things before you try to say they are wrong.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but this is the funniest review I have read in a long time. I have to admire the poor kids enthusiasm...

Btw - The Chloe comment was

I agree with the second post...Jack's nephew is definitely his son. That would not surprise me at all.

Anyways, whether this show reaches the bar of what soem of you deem "reality" is irrelevant. At the end of the day, it's supposed to entertain us...I don't think I would like the directors to show Jack taking a crap or anything...Again, irrelevant...All I want to see is Jack being Jack...Cold blooded, one man army. End of story.

Enjoy ther rest of the season.

Anonymous said...

ummm, wow, if you hate the show so much, why do you watch it? and why do u waste your time writing a review like that. haha mad annoying son. I have yet to see a bad season come out of the writers. but then again, i dont get all upset over fickle things either. =)

Anonymous said...

Dude, that was awesome! I totally agree with everything you just said :)

RD said...

Why when someone offers a critique that people don't like, people comment, why do you watch. Is there no place for debate.

In season six, and personally, Wayne Palmer is less believable as president than David Palmer, but no less so then ... Also, I also wondered, why would you stay on the roof. Also, "you could have at least told me the bomb was going off" why are these two fussing like husband and wife.

Maybe when u.s. citizens can sit at the table talk, debate and vote with intelligence, reality, factual information and policy we can appreciate shows that are suppose to offer not only entertainment but a lens into a higher reality.

While some things aren't believable in the series, actually many - remember, many things happen in real life that baffle the mind. but the previous seasons were still much tighter then this so far.

Some people would only talk among the group or sell, but as in reality, any added person exponentially increases the probability of leakage

I think 24 lost some of it's realism because it was too real. But it could be just the writing and direction sucked.