Season 8 Episode 10

Day 8: 1:00 A.M. - 2:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 01, 2010 on FOX
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Jack prepares to go to Farhad Hassan's last known location to rescue him and stop an impending terrorist attack on New York City. His other endgame is to clear Renee from taking the fall if the operation fails. President Taylor warns President Omar Hassan that if the attack is successful, she will have no choice but to retaliate. Cole and Dana have to figure out how to solve the aftermath of the confrontation with Kevin and Nick.moreless

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  • After pacing issues are resolved, hour ten gets things moving.

    When 24 starts off slow, you have a right to be skeptic. Aptly named the "fastest hour on television," FOX's most popular drama found itself characterized by a pace that made you want to check your blood pressure every so often – if just to be safe. And, save for a few notable episodes here and there, 24 has not yet relinquished its title.

    But, at times, it can suffer from a bad case of failure to launch. Hour ten, folks, was one of those instances. Last week gave new hope to a promising direction for the season. Rich with character development and well-executed transitory elements, it worked and kept tensions high not because of action, but because of strengthening bonds between the audience and the characters. Hour ten, on the other hand, foregoes that method, instead choosing to focus on pushing the story along and getting the season to pivotal points in the timeliest way possible. It's just taking a long and frustrating time to get there; 1:00 AM to 2:00 AM is caught in a lull for 15 minutes before anything important even starts to happen.

    That's not to say that the episode's early moments are plagued by boredom, however, but they don't feature many compelling scenes either, save for maybe one; Hastings progression to finally become a competent leader. Rob Weiss, Taylor's aide, really had it coming to him, and, wonderfully enough, it was the man he commissioned to oversee Renee's blame game that showed him up. Hasting's evolution, though drastic, is an interesting one. His upholding of Jack's bargain is, in some ways quite significant, cementing Hastings as a person who Bauer may just be able to trust. While Hastings is no Bill Buchanan, his actions in hour ten were well-considered and thoughtful, and more than grants my respect for him as a character.

    Unfortunately, the rest of the beginning finds itself bogged down by sequences that either don't go anywhere significant or don't go anywhere exciting. Granted, the talk President Taylor had with Hassan more than demonstrated the two's odd yet absorbing pairing and strength as actors. Taylor, under the instruction of Jack Bauer, orders Hassan to present files containing vital intelligence on terrorists in the US. Hassan, understandably, is apprehensive at first, wishing that the operation instead hands over Farhad to his party, where they will assess the situation. But Taylor, in a fashion akin to her season seven personality, will have nothing of it, threatening to attack the IRK should Hassan not give up the intel. But it's here where the scene, one that looked to unfold into an argument between the two, falls into an unsurprising rut. Hassan complies and the two are perfectly content with each other for the rest of the episode. Their disposition with each other, while understandable, breaks no new ground as far as 24's narrative goes and the storyline, at the moment, doesn't look like it'll feature any notable shock value anytime soon. Luckily, however, this plot thread is miles better than the escapades of Tarin and Kayla. Again, it stood as standard fare for the show, simply for the reason that it's predictable to a fault; Tarin gives his girlfriend the rundown of his escape before it even happens and the resulting moments unfold as if he had predicted or foreseen the whole thing. What's more, the side thread ends with the two wrapped in each other's embrace, almost happy with their predicament. Can someone pull out a knife and stab someone here?

    The episode throws in some aftermath of Dana and Cole's adventures with Jenny's uninteresting past, though, shockingly enough, the episode shows the once mind-numbingly dumb side plot venturing into territory that could show at least some potential. Emphasis on the "could." As Dana stares pensively at Kevin's body as it sinks further into the muddy lake, the scene, without spoken word, develops Sackhoff's character. Almost pushing her character in a curious new direction, it may have just represented the point in season eight which evolves Dana, turning her from somewhat of a dipstick into a deeply disturbed individual. Or maybe that's how Jenny always was?

    And, finally, we arrive at Jack Bauer's story, fortunately enough the main attraction here. It seems as if Farhad suffers from mild agitation, for he can sit tight for twenty minutes yet can't stay still for mere seconds before Jack and his company arrive. Yes, Hassan's brother runs out in the open and gets shot by an approaching attacker with Jack and his team right around the corner. Really, Farhad? Fine. For me, it's forgivable logic. He may have heard CTU coming and, instead of waiting for them to find him, he took his chances, hoping that the squad would see him and scare off Samir's man. No such luck for Farhad, apparently. But his poor decisions made for the most interesting development of the episode. Jack suggests they use Farhad as "dead bait," releasing false information to the media that he is still alive and luring the terrorists to a hospital. Luckily enough, Samir watches FOX news and immediately puts Marco, one of his youngest, on the trail to track down Farhad and 'kill' him once and for all. Naturally, he's also covered in explosives. The idea, clever and refreshing, works… well, for the most part, at least.

    That's where Owen, the thin, nervous agent from CTU, comes in. Remember? He was the one who couldn't even buckle up his suit early on in the season. Following a short session of sweating and worriedness, Owen steps in, taking Marcos through the hospital and finally to the room where Farhad is planted as a trap. Of course, that's after he convinces the young terrorist to reveal his explosives to a security camera, giving Chloe ad Arlo a chance to find uncover the model and, ultimately, disarm it from miles away. Such is the power of the CTU tech department. While Owen is successful at his part of the mission, the rest of the squad, on the other hand, is not. They arrive to the scene where Marco, looking like a deer caught in headlights, stands. Without even a shot to the foot by Jack he is able to dive out of a window and escape to an all-to-conveniently placed pressure chamber. What are the odds Jack can manipulate that for torture?

    So why, even with so many complaints, did I award hour ten with the season's second score of 8.0? Simple. The final few minutes of the episode rose tensions immensely, and, believe it or not, my heart was pumping. Suspense once again worked its way into 24, and, for that, I couldn't be happier. Now, if only all the other elements could do the same…moreless
  • What a disappointing season.

    The last good season of "24" was season five. Season six was absolutely awful and season seven sucked (shouldn't have brought Tony back - big mistake). I thought that the writers, producers would have learned from two wasted seasons, but this season has been boring, predictable and many plot twists don't make sense. This week was the worst episode I've seen this season : - where is the VP? why is Taylor making all the decision? Like moving the world leaders out of the UN - where's the head of security? Maybe the terrorist are trying to lure a world leader (like Hassan - again!) out of the UN - again!

    - why is Taylor getting all weepy and emotional when told of the estimate death toll? She's the leader of her county.

    - why didn't Jack's team use the helicoper if they needed to reach Farhad quickly?

    - there's no way that Jack could have known that the lone terrorist wasn't sure if Farhad was died.

    - why didn't CTU send out their 'drones' (which we still haven't seen) to the site, so it can track the lone terrorist after he left the site?

    - why didn't CTU set up road blocks out of the site?

    - luring the terrorist to the hospital was done already....like last season.

    - why did the terrorist say that they need a detonator if the kid with the bomb has a detonator? And the main terrorist guy even knows how to manually program one. - why didn't Jack have a sniper injure that kid and question him? Shoot him in the arm, leg, whatever, get the bloody answers you need. C'mon, Jack, he's not a newborn baby!

    It's impossible to watch a show like this when so many things don't make sense. I hope that this is the last season of "24"moreless
  • The odds are stacking up against them

    This season of "24" has been something of a disappointment so far. Technically, it has all the usual pieces in place, and the show is running smoothly as ever. The deficiency is the writing. The writers simply haven't developed the new characters well enough to give the audience a reason to care about their successes, failures, and challenges.

    Of course, this is nothing new; this has been the refrain ever since the season premiere. With the season rapidly approaching its midpoint, the challenge to the writers is to push the story in a new and more exciting direction, without resorting to shock tactics. The previous episode seemed to offer some promise of a more complex and intriguing direction, but little of that promise has filtered into this installment.

    Much of the hope centered on giving an unusual spin on President Hassan's recent turn towards draconian counter-terrorist methods. Portraying those methods as immoral and overly harsh is nothing new, and very consistent with the values of the Taylor administration in the seventh season. Having those methods yield the only leads worth pursuing at this point in the story would have been an unexpected twist.

    The net result would have been a choice for President Taylor: would she use the data obtained by brutal interrogation methods, or would she risk an attack on American soil to preserve her personal values? It would have been one way to bring Taylor back into the story in a compelling way. Instead, the writers completely skip the dramatic possibilities by having her demand the information, without much debate at all.

    On Hassan's end, given his recent descent into paranoia, this should have been more of a problem for him. Especially when Taylor uncharacteristically threatened an attack on Hassan's country over the terrorists' actions. Instead, Hassan seemed to make an abrupt shift back to his more conciliatory approach. It's almost as if his previous actions had never happened. Watching Hassan try to get in touch with his daughter was not particularly interesting.

    Perhaps it is a case of the writers being too obvious. Hassan's problems with his daughter force him to call on his wife, and now she will be rushing back to New York and into the firing line, thus generating more drama for Hassan. Similarly, it's clear that something is going to go wrong with the Renee situation. Either she is going to lose control of her psychological state again, or Taylor's chief of staff is going to take his little vendetta into his own hands.

    And how convenient was it that Marcos, this episode's teenage suicide bomber, found a pressure chamber in which to seal himself? Not only does it prevent his immediate capture, but it gives Jack a rather convincing method of torturing Marcos, should it come right down to it. Of course, if that doesn't work, there's always Marcos' mother, who had to be introduced for a reason.

    Even the hope that Dana's subplot would find a new direction has yet to bear fruit. Dana and Cole spent an hour figuring out what to do with the bodies. Sure, it left a less competent agent to work with Jack, making the scenes at the hospital a tad more interesting, but it felt unjustified. It was essentially the same as every other subplot, and the season as a whole: stuck in a rut.

    Overall, this episode failed to live up to the promise of the previous installment, slipping back into the same habits as much of the season thus far. With the midpoint of the season on the horizon, the opportunities for substantial and lasting improvement are slipping away. If this trend does continue, this will emerge as the worst season of "24" to date.moreless
  • Bauer backs in a good level

    At least, this installment improves and very much from past episode and it contains very great tension points, the most in the end.

    At first, Farhad plot ends in the best way for me, and it forces Jack to create a original and interesting plan to make that the terrorists get closer to CTU.

    Meanwhile, Jack and Renee relationship makes a step up and promises more.

    This episode is not at all superb, due to some details. But suposses a great return of Bauer into the action and an excellent cure to the huge fail from the last hour.

    I´m looking forward to see the next!.moreless
  • Getting closer..

    So.. Jack is back on the lead and CTU is doing much better.. If only people listen what they have told. They do not get Farah alive but they still can use it.. So, it has a lot of action packed sequences what I really liked. Specially on the hospital. That really nervous CTU man playing his part.

    Also, it was great to see Renee again and I liked that president had some more screen time. Weird, that I am saying that as usually I hate those administrative storylines.. but this one I did liked. And dealing with runaway daughter promises quite much future possibilities.. so.. excitedmoreless
Mare Winningham

Mare Winningham

Elaine Al-Zacar

Guest Star

Rami Malek

Rami Malek

Marcos Al-Zacar

Guest Star

Ethan Rains

Ethan Rains


Guest Star

Nazneen Contractor

Nazneen Contractor

Kayla Hassan

Recurring Role

Clayne Crawford

Clayne Crawford

Kevin Wade

Recurring Role

Mido Hamada

Mido Hamada

Samir Mehran

Recurring Role

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