Please for the love of GOD do not read this 24 review if you haven’t seen the episode because there are SPOILERS ahead.
CORRECTION: June 23, 2014
As a journalist, the right thing to do is often the toughest: admit when you were wrong. Whether you print mistakes that costs people money, their reputation or in the saddest of circumstances, their lives, swallowing your pride and owning up to your flub is the only way to reestablish some semblance of your credibility.
I’m here now, on the 23rd of June 2014, to issue a sincere apology for printing erroneous information. Last week I reported on the untimely death of James Heller. I even wrote an entire obituary. That’s not an easy task for a fictional president. Now, I’m here to apologize to his fictional family, the fictional American public and most importantly, because you actually exist, the readers of my articles. I did not confirm the president’s death to the best of my abilities.
Today, in hour 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., we learn that President Heller is still standing. I don’t understand in any way, shape or form how it is possible, but he is alive.
I know what you’re thinking. How could I possibly go on reviewing 24: Live Another Day? At every twist and turn it seems like there’s a reason to give up. Just when I start to pack it in and reach for the remote, there’s a glimpse of the past that reels me back in.
I can’t be critical of a show that is brave enough to throw all conceivable logic out the window. I can only give you my commentary, my questions and thought process behind absorbing 60 more minutes of Jack Bauer.
Tonight, the virtual barrier between Jack and his adversaries was lifted and 24: Live Another Day, for the first time all season, was allowed to exist in the world in which it had the most success. It all starts with Heller’s survival. Really, Jack was the wizard behind it. Once again, he’s just simply better than the most advanced weapon on the planet. You think a drone is going to stop Jack Bauer? You think he’ll buckle and pack it in when it’s already been launched? That’s really cute.
As I’ve noted before, this is a different threat than Jack’s used to. The machinery is cutting-edge, but the people behind it are about as unconventional as it gets. We have a bad guy who keeps her word?
There’s going against the grain and then there’s that. Good thing there are still three hours of show to fill because if we had it Margot’s way, we’d just settle for a tickle fight or break out the pillows if we really wanted to get wild. Thankfully, the good guys don’t keep their word and Jack once again saves a president.
London, however, is still in trouble. Margot, being the horrible terrorist/mother/person she is, landed all the drones but one. Heller is old news at this point. Jack’s coming and Margot and her loyal son Ian are content with see their drone strike London or die trying.
That part is pretty self-explanatory. Now it’s question time. This is no small detail: Did Margot makeout with her son? What is going on here? Should I have expected this from a woman who watched her daughter have sex earlier in the season? Again, how do I critically review this?
At the lightning quick pace in which 24 moves, I can’t expect everything to be rationally explained. With no time to dwell on those cringe-inducing thoughts, I need to focus on the drone that’s about to strike Waterloo Station. Damn you, 24, I’ve been to Waterloo Station before so now’s there’s an emotional connection. You just keep sucking me back in.
Jack’s ambush of Margot’s makeshift base and the preceding shootout is the action that I needed to keep pushing forward. With Jack in control, everything is going to be OK.
Splash. London is saved, for now.
Splat. Margot and Ian meet the pavement. Mom and son can’t makeout if they’re dead.
It’s over, right? The good guys saved the day? I can regain my sanity?
Wrong, so wrong. Navarro runs off with the override device into the oddly lit London streets and there are forever more twists to be had. Three more hours, breathe, three more hours.