Season 8 Episode 11

Day 8: 2:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 2010 on FOX
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Jack works to resolve the bomb situation that has come up with Marcos isolating himself in the pressure chamber, while the terrorists talk Marcos through how to manually arm the bomb. Meanwhile, Cole and Dana arrive back at CTU to face Hastings regarding their absence.

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  • Since the mid point of the eighth season is nearly upon us, the writers deliver an strong transitional episode which will lead to an important twist on the next installment.

    This season of "24" has been mixed so far. While there is potential as always, there have been many wasted opportunities because of the way the writers handled the execution. Take it, for example, the stupid Dana Walsh subplot, which doesn't improve at all and refuses to end. This is an unfortunate situation because this has been contributing to the many bad reviews of the season thus far. As usual, there are always the high points: Jack's plot is the highlight of the episode, especially his cold threat to Marcos. While the threat to a terrorist's loved one isn't a new idea, this sixteen minute act is handled perfectly, combined with great dialogue and acting. After 11 episodes, there's still time to use the potential of the good storylines. I support a slow pace when we have interesting conflicts, but with this season, there have been several flaws. Hopefully, this strong episode can provide a definitive improvement over the rest of the (maybe final) season.moreless
  • The more things change...

    The mid-point of the season is coming, and already, there are signs that the writers are keeping to the familiar pattern. By the end of the twelfth hour, there will be a twist that will change the complexion of the eighth season completely. Or rather, that is the promise that has been made, and it fits the usual intentions.

    As such, this is a typical episode designed to push the characters and events towards that twist. That means a lot of focus on the process of uncovering Tarin's involvement in the terrorist plot. All things being equal, the writers did a good job of making that reveal as effective as possible. It didn't feel forced, and if anything, it made sure that the Kayla/Tarin relationship would pay off as a plot element.

    It also revives the potential that President Hassan can justify his actions over the past several hours. As harsh as his response to betrayal may have seemed, his instincts were true. This shouldn't be ignored or downplayed; it should be a key point of discussion as the long night continues. A lot of people have criticized Hassan, between the Taylor administration and his own family, after all. Once the crisis with his daughter is resolved, he should be pressing that point (assuming the terrorists haven't succeeded by that point).

    And that's a very real possibility, since it's just about the only thing that would be considered a stunning turn of events at this point. If Kayla were to die, that wouldn't necessarily be unexpected. After all, the terrorists have already demonstrated the will to kill for their cause, regardless of the victim's identity. Killing Kayla would probably been seen as a victory.

    It's also not going to work if the big twist is related in any way to Dana, Cole, and their little probation officer problem. Never mind that Dana has a particularly bad track record for deception for someone who managed to change her identity so flawlessly that she was hired for a high-profile counter-terrorism job without raising a single red flag. She could have easily dodged this whole mess by making it very clear that national security is more important than a lunatic violating probation. How hard would it have been to say: "Sure, I could take some time to resolve this minor detail. Hope you don't mind the idea of a dirty bomb going off while you're in town because you can't wait for your slot on the priority list."

    Why not have the officer call up Director Hastings? At this point, it's not like it's the worst option. Dana knows that being away from her post is only going to make matter worse, so why not let Hastings set the officer's priorities straight? It's not like Hastings has a habit of listening to people. For that matter, assuming that this man is even a probation officer in the first place, couldn't he be charged with interfering with a federal investigation?

    Whatever the case, this just extends a plot thread that has already long since worn out its welcome. If it becomes the next major aspect of the season, it would simply kill whatever lingering potential this season has. Within the context of the season thus far, the only logical way to force the story up to the next level would be to denotate that dirty bomb in the middle of Manhattan.

    In terms of this episode, the writers deserve credit for doing a great job with Marcos and his standoff with Jack and CTU. It would have been easy for Marcos to fold as soon as his mother was brought into the equation. Instead, the writers kept to their theme and reminded the audience that Jack has come to terms with the horrible things he's done in the name of national security, and that it means he's ready and willing to add to the list if necessary. He may be more hesitant to resort to extreme measures, but that doesn't mean that he'll back down if matters come down to it.

    Overall, this episode was a slight improvement over the previous hour, but it is still depressingly average. With the mid-point of the season coming with the next episode, there is the anticipation of a big twist on the horizon. The nature of that twist could very well decide the success or failure of the season.moreless
  • Simply better, with tension enough and a fine ending

    Jack tries to find out more things to stop the terrorist attack in this very good episode wich shows us that the series is improving and getting more and more interesting episode after episode.

    Althought it has the usual lack of perfection and the same on the charisma of some characters, thought characters like Cole, Dana and Hastings who were too weak in previous hours are improving a little, the episode manages to give us suspense, tension, action and drama.

    Also i remark the performance of Kiefer Sutherland in this episode. He is truly great in the end.

    You have to look closely the dialogue between he and Marcos.moreless
  • Emotion, action, betrayal - all in the mix

    That was amazing episode. Really. It had all the excitement, all the tension, emotion and quite a few surprises.

    I most say I loved that storyline with a mother.. how so random person got caught into all that.. she had to learn what is son is up to, see him there and then.. I think that was really emotional and well played out.

    Also, you never sneak out with someone important daughter unless you have plan of your own and.. ofcourse.. that's the case with Kayla. Reminds me so much about S1 and Kim.. And ofcourse the ending showed quite well that both of them now know that they are lying and it will get dangerous.moreless
  • This was a good episode

    I really loved this episode we saw the old Jack that we all loved, it didn't have too much White house, also loved President Omar Hassan and his family part in this episode and in this season. I didn't like the Dana Walsh story line in this whole season. All in all this is the best episode in this season. I wish they had this in the begining of this season they would have the good ratings they wanted. Instead of the ratings they have now.

    I wish they would use some idaes from the books they have out about 24.moreless
Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Bill Prady

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

Mido Hamada

Mido Hamada

Samir Mehran

Recurring Role

Julian Morris

Julian Morris

Agent Owen

Recurring Role

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