I'd say this was a step up from last week. The only thing that worries me is that Sherry is going to detract from the "mole" storyline. The conspiracy plot is strong enough without bogging it down with a soap opera subplot. Less Kim = Gold. As over the top as the dead body was, I still got some guilty pleasure out of that twist. At least they have Reza and Co. coming to CTU. I'm really hoping that Dad is a major player in all this, since they've spent so much time on that storyline. However, I will take away anything good I've ever said about this show if they EVER hook up Kim and Mason's son.
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They need to show the clip of 24 giving Nina the Bret Hart Smirk from the end of last week's show in the "Previously on 24..." part at the beginning of every show from now on. Even if the show goes on for another ten years, that should always be in there.
They should also probably keep the shot of Kim's Jake Gyllenhall Guy boyfriend Miguel doing his ninja kicks (he probably knows Tae-Bo, I'm thinking) in the previously clips, too. That was cool. I actually liked last week's episode because of the Nina chokeout, the Bret Hart Smirk and the deadly spinkick. This week's was better, though, because they put the focus back squarely on 24 and people who shoot people, which is what it's all about. The assault on Sayid's place at the end was a little short, but it still had a cool Counterstrike thing happening and how can I not love combining "24" and Counterstrike? I can't not love it, that's how.
"Don't worry, we won't let him turn the gun on himself. " That's as good as "Get me a hacksaw!" and "I killed them for resisting arrest, and I'll kill you too, Joe!" from the earlier hours. The bit in the beginning where the CTU agent waiting at the foot of the plane was all "Ha ha, Nina, I'll let 24 kill you if he wants to" was awesome, but then that jerk inside the plane screwed things up. I haven't trusted him since he got Jerry involved in bootlegging movies. "Cry, Cry Again" was a masterpiece, though.
President Palmer's kind of taken a coolness hit since Sherry showed back up. He lost his decisive edge and he needs to get it back by firing everybody again or beating somebody up like some of our other best US Presidents, like Harrison Ford and Ben Franklin. I guess we're supposed to suspect Lynne of being evil now, but there's no way they could get away making another female character be evil again. Me, I thought Mike the Chief of Staff was looking pretty evil with his sinister squinting. Sadly, he has no facial hair, so it's hard to tell what side he's on. And Armus the Secret Service guy is cool even when they're just talking about him doing stuff.
The dead body in the trunk was a cool ending, I wouldn't have suspected that if the ads hadn't given it away. He should just spinkick the cop, too. Just spinkick everyone, man, it works for Walker Texas Ranger. TV precedent. I guess I finally have to give up my hope that little Megan might be an evil midget or one of those evil supersmart little kids, so I'm going to switch over and hope that the mysterious Aunt Carol is actually a terrorist. I bet she'd kidnap the shit out of Kim! Or maybe Aunt Carol is just a code name for one of 24's old Delta Force buddies or a robot tank or something.
I hope everyone got to see this week why George Mason is my favorite character. His little "Ha, ha! Yeah, well, Jack's crazy!" to what's-her-name when she told him about 24 knocking out good ol' Ed Mills was classic George Mason. And he clearly had to have stolen all that secret George Mason Money he gave to Joe Mason. And having Joe Mason (who is a much cooler CTU kid than Kim) arrested to force him to come down to CTU so they could have their big scene? Awesome. Even better was during the big hug when he snuck in that "I hope I didn't screw you up too much." I got a little misty there, I did. He's the best dysfunctional TV dad ever.
If George Mason has to die, I want an all-George Mason episode where he has to drive somewhere an hour away and we just spend the hour with him in the car as he listens to The James Gang and Golden Earring on the radio when he's not calling everybody else on the highway some kind of name. And maybe "Deacon Blues" comes on the radio and he'll sing the "they got a name for the winners in the world, I want a name when I looooose" part, because I bet that's his favorite song, because he's cool like that, you know?
Did Tony shave between episodes? The part where everybody left stupid Kate all alone in the house was pretty funny. You idiot. I'll miss Reza saying "Kate, I'm not a terrorist, Kate!" to her all the time, though.
If you haven't yet, check out the official "24" section on Fox' site. Especially the profile on Darlene Conner. That's cold. Also, you get to see cool stuff like 24's bio where it says he was in Delta Force (I knew it!) and has a degree in English Lit (whoa!) and how Tony used to be a Marine sniper and, best of all, how President Palmer was an NCAA All-American in basketball and won the Wooden Award. I hope they manage to work that into an episode, like having Palmer get caught in a game of HORSE against the head of the evil secret German terrorist group, with the fate of Los Angeles hanging the balance.
I swear I'm going to stop thinking while watching the show. As we came out of the final commercial break, I was thinking. "Hey, I don't think we've seen any of Kim in this show. GREAT!". Then mere minutes later, a mix of "Oh fuck. We're going to get more of her." and the same thoughts I had when the Undertaker levitated back at the Royal Rumble in 1994.
The scene when Jack had the gun on an escaping Nina was absolutely golden, though. Ditto for the scene with Mason and his son.
I was enjoying the fact that Kim only showed up in a small square as they'd come back from commercial. But the body in the trunk justifies the Kim segment. Anyone thinking of Eminem's 97 Bonny and Clyde in regards to Megan and her dad and dead momma in the trunk?
Was I the only one yelling out "Catfight!!" when Sherry and Lynne were shooting daggers through their eyes at each other? The only thing missing from those scenes were the sound effects of screaming and hissing cats. I loved it.
I thought it was kinda obvious Jack wouldn't pop Nina there. He still needs her. But once they've got the location of the bomb, it's "bang bang" double tap to her head. And I doubt anyone from CTU would care or try to stop him. Just don't let those FBI stiffs get in the way. I like how Nina had a good idea of what was coming and got on her knees. Kind of like Dennis Hopper closing his eyes on the docks.
Ah yes, no Kim until 52 minutes into the show...and when we do get her, a fine twist and an answer to a question I asked in one of the previous threads about this show, that of what did Psycho Pops do to his wife. Actually, when we saw the cop pop the trunk in the ads for this hour, I figured it would probably be drugs or bomb-making materials in there (as in, Psycho Pops was in on the whole bombing thing and now Kim's gonna get blamed), but I didn't expect the mom's body. But man, when it comes to the cops, Kim is 2 for 2 when it comes to being in the wrong place at the wrong time (last season and now here). So was Miguel the boyfriend one of the guys she was caught up with last season? The kidnapper guy who started helping her at one point? I can't quite remember.
Everything else in the episode was great, if you ask me. It's getting so that you can't trust anybody President Palmer has surrounded himself with. Is Sherry evil? She showed a glimpse of it last night. Is Lynne? How 'bout that Chief of Staff guy (no, not Sean Morley!), Mike, I believe was his name? A very tense situation there. So what did they do to the reporter last night anyway? I know they discussed him, but I don't remember if they decided what to do with him.
Markout moment of the week: It's all about George Mason, yo.
Runner-up: Sherry goes back into full-on evil scheming petty schemes mode, and she's STILL too dumb to make sure President Pedro Cerrano isn't hanging around to bust her.
So, do you think 24 didn't kill Nina because he's on the road back to sanity, or is he just trying to make good on last week's promise of "I swear to God, I will hurt you before I kill you"?
What was up with the gratuitous shot of Nina's back scratches? Eh? Is that going to be important later?
Every time they'd come back from commercial, and they'd show all four storylines at once, I'd cringe in fear that we'd end up focusing on the Kim storyline. Whoever said in a previous thread that Miguel is Kim's soul mate is on the money. Way to speed in a stolen car, Miguel. I *do* wish they hadn't given away the ending with the commercials, it probably would have made for a decent "24" Markout Moment, and in a Kim storyline too.
I thought he might have kept her alive because he didn't know if Sayid was OK. He checked on him long enough to know that he was unconscious but not the specifics. Technically, we don't know what Nina did to Sayid yet, either. If 24 carries knock-out drops around with him all the time (just like Jack Frost on Newsradio!), I guess it's possible that Nina managed to get ahold of something to poison Sayid when the camera went out. More likely, though, she probably just used some CTU-fu on him. I guess we'll know next week. But I looked at the scene on the steps as him having to shut off the killer instinct because he still might need Nina.
I was wondering about the marks on her back, too. Probably from previous torture sessions by government types to get her evil secret German information out of her, but they weren't privy to the effective information-getting techniques that 24 learned from Bud White in LA Confidential.
I forgot to note (amidst the already giant post) that the guy with Tony at the wedding house actually managed to survive. That's amazing. Unless he gets killed on the five minute drive back to CTU. I got the feeling that the "tax lawyer" the father asked Kate to call is part of the plot and will lead another assault on CTU. So, who do the rest of you suspect are future members of the kill total? I still think that Tony's partner might buy it. Miguel is safe unless Kim accidentally offs him somehow (which would be cool). Tony and what's-her-name are probably saved because George Mason is dying for their sins. At least two people from the wedding plot are going to die...probably the dad and his goatee and either Reza or Kate's sister. And of course, perhaps all of LA.
We're getting around the time last season where they started announcing the second-half guest stars. I think I've already mentioned Corey Feldman as a past Kiefer-co-star I want to see show up, but I'm also holding out hope that Wil Wheaton can show up as yet another CTU computer expert who can have a spectacular death, and Emilio Estevez needs a quick cameo before he gets bumped off. On the show, not in real life.
Originally posted by Ana Ng I *do* wish they hadn't given away the ending with the commercials, it probably would have made for a decent "24" Markout Moment, and in a Kim storyline too.
This is why I never watch the scenes for next week. As soon as the show is over I change channels or turn it off. If a commercial comes on for 24 while I'm watching another Fox broadcast I close my eyes, cover my ears and go "LALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU" over and over until the commercial is finished. I hate spoilers and I love marking out. 24 is just too suspenseful to ruin it by seeing what happens.
You know who they super totally have to bring back is Milo ... why did he get shuttled off at the tail end of last season, anyway? Did I miss something? Ahh, how sweet to recapture the salad days when he was on "24" AND "Six Feet Under" AND was playing Satan in those car commercials at the SAME TIME. Pure magic.
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I sense a Pedro Cerrano heel turn coming up. I think he's the one behind the attack. Everyone else is a red herring.
Nooo, President Pedro Cerrano is the soul of honesty and justice. Although I do see Sherry not being such a heel this time around.
I agree, Tony's partner is a marked man. I'm guessing the tax lawyer is ready to destroy all evidence at Kate's dad's signal. I'm still on the fence on whether or not Reza's a good guy or not. He might be the one from the wedding party to get killed.
And yes, I've been wondering where the hell Milo is as well. But then again, he was just an independant contractor, so it's logical we might not see him again.
Anyone catch what Nina pocketed in the shop before meeting up with Terrorist Boy?
I thought INFINITE CRISIS was the best comic out this week with it's cliffhanging, edge of your seat plotting... silly me to have been thinking that. I'd suggest you draw faster, but who am I to speed up an artist working on his masterpiece.