I like Sean Astin's character already. I don't think they've had a full-blown fat uber-nerd character on 24. They've had a few anal jerks, computer geeks, but not an overachieving braniac character. At least, that's the way I read Lynn McGill.
Buchanan must have taken some serious shit from the way he handled CTU in Season 4, if he's been demoted to having Erin Driscoll's old job.
I like the way they handled the Season Premiere this year, and it was like one big 4-HOUR 24 MINISERIES EVENT that wrapped up the hostage crisis (while still leaving a thread for the rest of the season). Now, I'm assuming the next few episodes (maybe even the rest of the season) will deal with Walt getting the shit shot out of him. Logan may be incompetent, but Walt is EVIL.
Is it just me, or does Jack seem to be acting older/softer this year? He seemed to be complaining more often (in the "I'm getting too old for this" way), seemed to have gotten attached to Derek and his mother. He seems a lot closer to Season 1 Jack than he does to Heroin Jack or Suicidal Jack this year.
Good 4 hours. Walt Cummings reminds me of that presidential advisor who got fired eary on Season 2, for not telling Palmer when CTU was targetted.
I would've kept Michelle instead of Audrey. Audrey has nothing to do so far, I'd rather bring in her dad. Strangely enough Michelle was at her hottest back when she was thought to be infected by the virus.
Jack blowing up the bombed terrorist by cell is far out there. You'd also think to wait a few minutes until after the rescue attempt to sign the treaty.
The deadly assassins, led by The Guy From The First Power (with Lou Diamond Phillips!) and that Thing-like episode of the X-Files (with George Mason!), should have assassinated the Cubs Mug, too. Just for extra hard-hitting pathos. And the implication that it, too, had seen too much.
The Superkick through the glass window finally gives me a second finisher (to go with the Tornado Neckbreaker from Season 2) so I can make an accurate Jack Bauer CAW in SmackDown vs. Raw 2006.
Stats through the first four hours: 6 kills, 5 knockouts (including a Judo Chop!), 3 vehicles stolen, 2 DAMN IT!s, 1 gun shot out of somebody's hand. He may have said DAMN IT! more than twice, I suppose.
Another guy here who was convinced that Rick was going to leave Shane for dead. That's what I would've done! By now though I think Rick is completely delusional in terms of his belief that he can control Shane.