24 is usually a skillfully written show. But this episode contains a major faux pas.
A baddie holds a pistol to a CTU agent's head and demands that Tony surrender his weapon.
Out of fear for his fellow agent's life, Tony complies. He sets his pistol down on the ground, kicks it over to the baddie, and allows himself to be taken hostage.
The baddie promptly shoots and kills the CTU agent, then takes Tony hostage.
Really??? Give me a break.
CTU agents are of course fictional. But must they be depicted as that obtuse? Would they really assume that shooting it out or surrendering are the only choices?
In the real world Tony would have held on to his weapon, but backed off to avoid forcing the baddie's hand, That would have denied the baddie a second hostage and enabled Tony to go after the baddie after the CTU agent was either released or killed.
Screenwriters and television writers are often the whipping boys for bad films and bad TV series. But sometimes they deserve it. This is one of those times.