Most weeks, I can put aside the issue that the internal clock/time on 24
is not consistent. But then there are some weeks where it just drives me nuts. This week was one of those weeks. Some of the things that bugged me.
- Paul gets shot at the end of the last hour. Let's say 7:55 p.m. By 8:01 p.m., he's been patched up, a helicopter has flown in, loaded him up and got him most of the way to CTU. Also ironic is the fact that the helicopter ride took six or seven minutes whereas we all know by the rules that govern 24, everywhere in L.A. is about two to three minutes away by car! So, wouldn't Paul have been better served to ride in the ambulance than a helicopter? Of course, that's not nearly as dramatic.
- Once again, everywhere in L.A. is two minutes apart--this time it turns out terrorist connection guy of the week, lives approximiately two minutes from CTU.
- Michelle calls in Chloe to help out and Chloe is there within five minutes. Did anyone else think that it looked like Chloe was monitoring the CTU info from home?
Also, the show is starting to repeat itself. To prove her loyalty to Marwan, Dina is given a gun and told to shoot Jack. Apparenly Dina skipped that day of bad guy loyalty class where it's revealed that in most of these situations, the gun is empty and it's testing you. Hell, we saw this LAST SEASON on 24
with Jack pulling the trigger on Chase to prove his loyalty to the Salazars! It's not that suspenseful when we've seen it before and know how it's going to come out. Plus, the fact that Jack is our hero and would probably sneeze at the right time to make Dina miss or something like that.
Of course, I figured she was not long for this world when we had the rather long goodbye to Behrooz. Too much hugging. All Dina needed was to pick up her red shirt on the way out of the CTU offices.
And then, Jack comes up with the plan to infilitrate Marwan's group by having Dina help them out. He uses Behrooz as negotatiating bait. But in all this, I had to wonder. OK, so Jack and Tony go in and out of the room with Dina approximately 17 times per episode. With little or no regard for her seeing them punch in the secret pass code to get out. What is to stop her from watching, figuring out the passcode, biding her time and escaping? OK, OK, I'm nitpicking..but that is what make my life worth living some days.
Also, according to my dad, who served in the Air Force, saluting inside a building is not done. I'm just pointing this out to everyone.
Finally, you have to love how far Jack goes to sell his cover. Last year it was get addicted to drugs. This year, he stabs himself in the gut so Dina can sell that she captured him to the terrorist contact.
And you have to feel for Jack. Once again, it looks like CTU and his job will cost him something he loves--in this case Audrey. This seeds were sewn last week as she questioned if she could love Jack based on what he had to do out in the field. Now her concern from Paul and the re-kindling of her love for him look like Jack is on the outside looking in. Which is why your number one dating rule should be--never get involved with anyone who is married ever for any reason. It does look as if Jack will be left outside when Audrey goes back to Paul--assuming that Paul makes it. Even if he doesn't, I don't see Jack and Audrey working out. And, so, once again, Jack's devotion to the job has cost him a personal life.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 3/22/2005 08:57:00 AM