It was a good episode, but given all of the hype, I expected a lot more. Don't get me wrong, shooting down Air Force One is a ballsy move and something not seen a lot on TV, to say the least (could you imagine that on Everybody Loves Raymond?); however, I think that a lot of people saw it coming. Of course, it did lead to a nice dramatic scene involving the President, who has not really built well as a character up unto this point, and his son.
Michelle, Michelle, you little ho. Just kidding. But man, what a blow to Tony's ego. Of course, it is so obvious that these two crazy kids still love each other. Hey, at least it is this Buchanan guy, who seems alright, and not that asshat Hammond, who basically ripped Tony up and down last season before sending him to jail.
Someone mentioned last week about how Chloe tries to say something nice, but it often comes out all wrong. I could really see that this week with her and Edgar. She was trying so hard to be nice to Edgar...offering to do his work for him and all....but it all came out in such an insensitive manner. The funny thing is, I think that most people know someone like this. Someone is so socially inept that they can barely get through a conversation. Maybe not to the exaggerated extent of Chloe O'Brian, but inept nonetheless. Of course, I still love her.
The final bit where Jack was talking to Anderson is a great example of why I love 24. Any other show would have had the hero talk the villain down, so he can go off to jail and make everything right. 24 looks like it might do that, then it shits all over that contrived idea and goes in for the kill. God bless 'em.
Paul needs to walk again. He deserves it. Looks like he'll get Audrey as a consolation prize, though. Oh, and was that Mike Novick I saw in the previews for next week? I thought he was a Democratic advisor? WTF?
But amidst all the of the carnage in the country, we still have another good ol' fashioned love triangle a-brewin' ... First Jack/Audrey/Paul & now Tony/Michelle/Buchanon ... I'm just waiting for Sarah to show up again and plant the seeds for the Sarah/Edgar/Chloe lovefest.
I really hope the shit comes down on CTU when they realize they could've prevented this if they just checked the police reports. All because of petty squabbling.
I wonder if there's something more to Marwan than being a terrorist. I just have this feeling about him.
Anyway, this has to be the lowest point of the season for the CTU crew. How can it get any worse than letting terrorists shoot down Air Force One and a nuclear meltdown in the US all in less than half a day? They need to get their asses together, YESTERDAY.
"Don't compare my arm...to your cheap arm!" -Edward Elric
Is the President dead or not? That is the teaser and honestly I have no idea. 24 is nuts enough to kill off a President but then again, that's established so it might be just as shocking for AF1 to be able to make an emergency landing.
I didn't watch the Previews for next week but I'm going with AF1 being able to make it to the ground but the President's son being killed or hurt really badly.
The big question this brings up is - where do we go from here? Hunting down Marwan and the rogue pilot? Or is there yet another attack that needs to be thwarted? Is there a mole?
There's about 50 potential ways it could go and that's why it's one of the best shows on TV.
"When did they pass a law that says the people who make my sandwich have to be wearing gloves? I'm not comfortable with this. I don't want glove residue all over my food; it's not sanitary. Who knows where these gloves have been?" - George Carlin
Since they didn't use this hyped-up episode to make it clear that the President was dead, I figure he's probably not. But I really have no idea. Thank goodness Palmer didn't seek another term!
What the previews showed:
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Air Force One sent off an emergency signal or something and crashed. Someone inquired about the President's health, but his condition wasn't known. Regardless, they seemed to be going ahead with swearing in the VP as President and Mike Novick was shown with the VP. Some hikers came across the plane wreckage and found the "football" that follows around the President and contains the nuclear launch codes and whatnot. Jack told them to take it and run. Marwan is apparently after the football.
I forgot when, but they said on the news that she gave birth with Jenna Fischer by her side. Great season finale. Oscar had the line of the night when talking about Ryan's downfall: "The real crime, I think, was the beard.