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I don't know about you, but three straight weeks of getting trashed and destroying my house is starting to take its toll. I never made it to work today, had to go to the clinic for a shot - there was something that looked like cauliflower growing out of my privates (hey, girl with the 3rd nipple and metal claw for a hand - you better get yourself checked!) Anyway, I am going to create a Kickstarter campaign to start to fund these suckers, because I will be broke by Hour 12.

I digress...

Please be a good CTU agent and click the HEART at the top of the page if you had a good time at my throw down. Any items of value left behind will be auctioned off to get a wig fashioned for my Lab who's fur was rudely shaved into the face of Michelle Dessler. She's not even on the show anymore, people! Dammit!



My head is throbbing! Someone turn the dimmer down on that clock!!!!



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The last we saw of Mr. Bauer, he had created a riot by kneecapping a couple of Marines and screaming the crowd into frenzy.



As Jack slipped past the crowd, Kate and Erik were hot on his tail. The complete hysteria outside the gates allowed Jack to slide inside and do his thing. He enters the Embassy, securing a disguise and a pass card.



With Chloe's guidance, Jack tracks down where they are holding Tanner. He knocks politely and engages his friends with light conversation and pithy retorts. And with his fists.



Jack's first plan was to simply slip Tanner out of there but since the guard has 99% more intelligence than any Agent on The Following, he decides to verify before wandering off with this handsome man. That costs the guard his consciousness. So instead, Jack simply asks Tanner for the Flight Key of the drone that was hijacked. He insists to Tanner that he is there to help him and he knows he is innocent. Tanner gives up the key, which the guard still held.



The thing about having the episode order cut in half is that we have fewer plot threads to follow. Kim isn't out fighting cougars, Michelle and Tony aren't getting it on. There are fewer bad guys and slimy politicians.24: Live Another Day is a little claustrophobic - we are following a very tight story line ...and I like it.



Our trusty split screens show us Jack making his way towards an exit, the crowd outside still agitated, Simone's brother finishing his link from the drone control device to his targeting computer, and Simone and Naveed in the afterglow of a romp that did NOT include a stiletto to the brain. Crucial point there.



The Embassy is on lockdown and Jack's stolen card is useless. Chole directs him to a comms room where he offers treats and snacks and cold beer in exchange for the use of their computer. Kidding...but he does not shoot or hit anyone. The idea is, from here he can upload the drone's data key to Team Chloe. I am quite certain that if she wasn't so busy doing essentially everything on her own, she would have gone Chloe-Ninja on Cross right where he sits. It seems the rest of the team is not happy about how Adrian is handling the situation and although they can't do much to help, they are tossing out shade.



Heller holds himself together and gives a fine speech. Exiting the stage, however, Mark has some shocking news - especially for Audrey: Jack is in the Embassy and he has taken hostages. Mark had been trying to hide the fact Jack was in town and just the mention of his name gets her all dewy.



*Author Comment - the perfectly timed in unison "wuuuuut" look by Mark and the Prez cracks me up every time I see it.



Naveed expresses his change of heart to Margot, who has been monitoring the bedroom anyway and knows what he was going to say. Simone initially agreed to go with him, but she only did so half-heartedly knowing her mother will never let them go. Naveed makes the mistake of thinking Margot will only torture him into relenting and flying the drones. But you have to figure if your dear ole Mum would ask you to f%$ for technology, she would also ask you to donate a finger to the cause.



After Kate talked to Tanner and putting all the pieces together, including what Jack has told her, she has one foot on the side of the C.I.A. and the other foot on the side of Team Jack.



She is acutely aware he is on to something big in the area of terrorism here in London and she even wins Navarro over into the idea of bringing Jack in alive to find out what he knows.



Heller gets Jack on the phone and Jack makes his case. The key was encrypted and while Chloe is jamming to get the data unencrypted, he asks for more time to have the evidence to make his case.



Heller is ready to jump on board but Mark, the Chief of Douche, talks him out of it, insinuating his real mission was to break out Chloe O'Brien and assist "Open Cell" (Adrian Cross' Group). Heller relents and orders Jack to be taken down, infuriating Audrey.



Because, as everyone knows, air ventilation systems allow unimpeded access to any part of any building - Kate manages to wiggle her sweet butt over the top of the comms room Jack in holding up in.



Kate swears her allegiance and considering her complete disregard of protocols, these sweet kids are going to get along famously. Unfortunately for them, there is a squad of pissed off Marines outside the door with shoot to kill orders.



Kate wants to protect Jack and she also wants to get to the bottom of what's happening with the drones. But the encryption is still holding and the Marines will break in long before it is done. There is only one solution.



Kate claims Jack is her prisoner and under her protection. These two are about to be hella-awesome together.



The split screens begin to draw Hour 4 to a close.



Jack is in custody once again, and once again it is on purpose. I have no doubt Kate will be as loyal to Jack and this mission as she has led him to believe. Navarro and company are watching Scandal on the black site plasma screen, and Simone can now only count to nine.



But our last shot is the Death Star being fully operational. Yates' drone hijacking tech is wired into they targeting computer. Margot orders the 10 most heavily armed drones to London and lovingly purrs to Naveed that it is now up to him to pilot the planes of death. And he agrees.





Hour four was very light on action and high on exposition. That is not necessarily bad, but our half a season version of this show feels a little by the numbers so far. It doesn't feel quite as epic as earlier incarnations. I believe that is likely due to what I mentioned earlier in the Recap in that 24 does not have the luxury of creating 3 or 4 different threads running throughout the serial storytelling. People awaited the return of Jack and Chloe, and with only 12 hours to explore the main plot, 24 does not want to waste any time on side stories. That makes sense and I can't say I disagree with the strategy. But I also miss the intricate story threads that are weaved together through the 24 episodes of a normal season. Nonetheless, I am enjoying every hour of the worst day ever.



Now, whoever pinched off that loaf in my dog's water dish - clean it up, buy her a new dish, and plan on a one GIF party suspension for rude behavior. Rudeness. What would Hannibal do?

See you next hour!!

* Edshrinker *
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May 22, 2014
By the way, loved the gifs, but they take so dammit long to load sometimes. My tablet panicked and had the Android equivalent of a stroke.

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May 22, 2014
Slip it a tablet Valium before arriving at the party.
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May 22, 2014
Regarding ventilation shafts, that reminds me of an episode of The Middleman, in which the two protagonists have to escape through said shafts, and Wendy asks the Middleman (I'm paraphrasing), "Who built these huge shafts? TV writers?" Then The Middleman answers: "They are actually as wide as capillary vases, but in case of emergencies such as these they increase in size thousands of times."
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May 22, 2014
I wonder if this all started in Die Hard
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May 22, 2014
Sorry I'm late to the party! Great recap and gif party!
I wonder if missing some distal phalanges will affect Margo's stabbing people in the ear (probably not). I saw that coming~seriously, like her mother isn't a total fanatic nut job~but it was still a great episode.
I wish they had given the season 24 episodes!!!
I'm loving this season and your gif parties/recaps;-)
Thank you!!
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May 22, 2014
I am throwing the party next week in honor of you and Scott and the pups!

Thank you Love!!!
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May 22, 2014
;-)
no one will poop in the water bowl. I have golden retrievers who will protect the water bowl by standing in it (they wouldn't poop in it but if it is a huge water bowl they will try to swim in it)
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May 22, 2014
Retrievers are fish with fur
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May 21, 2014
That's a nice connection: making these parties gives you cailflower extensions :-).

Nice party again, thanks. The most intriguing thing they have thrown us so far is indeed the story with her husband. He was bad and she didn't notice. In 24 that always plays out in a different way. So she must have been in on it with her husband and somehow that will affect the story line in the second halve of the series.
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May 21, 2014
@Klaussays has this exact theory in this thread. I like it. They really do pull the double reverse psychology a lot on this show. Maybe no in expecting it - we shouldn't expect it.
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May 21, 2014
I've mentioned Chechov's gun before. They've now shown it at least two times every episode so it will come back in a very important way.
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May 21, 2014
I think I have
officially lost track of how we should be approaching it then. Which means I will be surprised either way
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May 22, 2014
@Klaussays

My guess it is going to Bordreau revealed as the one responsible for getting Chloe's Kid and Hubby killed in the hit that was meant for her.
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May 21, 2014
I expect nothing less from 24. Despite it happening every season its always a surprise in some way when the mole is revealed (more than 1 sometimes) and you learn their motivations.
Is kate the good guy/gal who will go bad
is Boudreu the bad guy/asshole who will emerge good


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May 21, 2014
As this is 24 Kate the cia agent is probably a bad guy. They keep showing how good an agent she is but somehow she got tricked by her own husband.. Unless she was the mastermind and pinned it on the hubby.
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May 21, 2014
I really like that. They are kind of beating us over the head with the deal with her husband. She was pissed at the CIA for kicking her out (basically) - maybe all of this is her payback. It would make sense she would then be obsessed with finding out what Jack is trying to do if she were a part of the plot.
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May 21, 2014
*crickets*

Awfully quiet in here. More hearts than comments (which is nice). DAMMIT CHLOE!
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May 20, 2014
You are hilarious! I can't wait for how "hella-awesome" Jack and Kate are going to be.
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May 20, 2014
Thanks! I just hope they keep romance out of it. Although i would like to see a throw down between Jack and Dexter
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May 22, 2014
Jack and Louis CK? They both got to punch that pretty face this year.
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May 21, 2014
Or a throw down between Jack and Chuck (with the intersect).
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May 21, 2014
Damn. Yvonne gets around!
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May 20, 2014
No Romance!!!! Unless it's with Audrey. ;)
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May 20, 2014
He can do what guys do best and drive her insane again.
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May 20, 2014
Evil! ;)
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