’24’ heads into final hours, puts Jack on the outs
I have to say that Monday’s episode of 24 was better than most episodes of this season. It had almost no action, but instead had something better: a couple of tense, terrific dialog scenes with charged drama and personal stakes. The Taylor/Logan/Ethan showdown was some of this season’s best stuff, for my money.
Does it make sense in the slightest that Taylor would move forward with a useless peace treaty that is built upon a lie with a Russian government that doesn’t even want to be a part of it? And, furthermore, based on a lie that other people know about and could easily expose? Not in the slightest. But as broken down as a binary choice by Logan in that scene, it made for a great few minutes of drama.
The other key scene was of course the Jack/Taylor scene. Good stuff. I think deep down we all want to see Jack as the outcast, taking matters into his own hands because everyone else has screwed things up so royally and he is the only person left standing with any integrity. Contrived? Sure. But it kept me invested.
As for Dana Walsh, I’ll gladly take her as a Nina Myers clone who is in bed with the Russians/terrorists over the Dana who was trying to cover up her past and dealing with her dumbass ex for the first 12 episodes.
Does any of her previous damsel-in-distress characterization from before the Big Twist make any sense whatsoever in retrospect? Absolutely not. But I’d rather have the course correction (no matter how rehashed and implausible) than keep playing out Dana as the useless character she was. At least the role has some teeth now.
So, obviously, 24 this season is a pale imitation of what it once was, but at least the writers are remembering what works and re-executing those beats entertainingly.
What did you think?