The last few hours of 24 are barreling ahead towards next weeks 2 hour season finale. In the last two episodes we have seen Jack gut, blow torch, saber, and kidnap bad guys and ex-presidents. For a show that has developed its following based on shock value and suspense it seems reasonable to assume that these episodes are going to culminate in a final blow out like we have never seen. Or, we may be just a little bit disappointed. Over at the LOST blogs everyone is carrying on about how no answers will be good enough and the show as a whole will be forever tarnished because of an unsatisfying series finale. Despite my waffling cynicism about this Season 8 of 24 it looks like the writers may just pull off one hell of a show stopper.
Last week we came in on Cole identifying the executed body of Dana Walsh, courtesy of Jack Bauer. Cole begins to waiver in his trust of Jacks intentions to seek justice for President Hassan after seeing Danas body.
Meanwhile, Jack has a look at the super secret evidence that he had Dana hand over just before he shot her. The video reveals Dana discussing the plot to assassinate President Hassan with the Russian ambassadors crony, Pavel. Jack calls in another favor from his rogue weapon supplier, Ricker to have him ID the man in the evidence. Ricker isnt totally on board with Jacks whole Kill-the-Ruskies plan until Jack explains that his motives are revenge, not justice. Apparently, that is good enough. BFFs for life are off to kill some bad guys!
First though, Jack makes a call to Meredith Reed, reporter and Hassans mistress, to tell her he has evidence regarding Hassans death. Reed is apparently the only person who still cares about bringing justice to Hassan and quickly agrees to meet Jack.
Back at CTU, Logans lap dog cum Head of Operation Find-and-Kill Jack Bauer quickly ends his useless questioning of Cole, and falls for the buzz words Jack drops in his phone conversation with Reed. Lets make a list! Hassan! Cover-up! Dammit! Russian assholes! Nuclear!
Lap dog immediately calls President Logan to tell him the exciting news about locating Bauer. While the two spend several minutes talking about how wonderful they each are and planning their dinner and a movie for after this is all over, Chloe and Arlo are busy at work trying to get to the bottom of this cover-up. It is such a relief to have the old Chloe back and to finally have Arlo make himself useful. Thank god Dana didnt strangle him with that computer cord a few episodes back.
Logan gives Russian hitman, Pavel the go-ahead to off Reed. Logan then proceeds to have yet another creepster conversation with our poor, corrupted President Taylor. Logan demands some press attention for all of his help in bringing the Russians back to the table. Taylor has a moment of hesitation, but quickly gives in again to Logan.
Meanwhile, Jack and Meredith Reed are busy doing some weekend shopping and evidence hand-over at the mall. Just as we think Jack is going to be offed by Pavels sniper rifle or any of the many Russian hitmen scattered around the mall, Ricker captures Pavel and Jack kills all of the hitmen sent to take out himself and Reed. Clearly, no one has learned that Jack is always two steps ahead and was waiting to be ambushed. Reed was just a ploy, people! Jack, Ricker, Reed, and hostage Pavel quickly escape the scene.
Lap dog immediately calls Logan to tell him to jump ship on his involvement to save face in this whole mess. Unfortunately, Logan just hypnotized Taylor into airing Logans involvement in a press conference. He reorders the death of Jack Bauer. It is comical that Logan still seems to think that anyone is capable of taking down Jack.
Back in the Juniors Department Jack has Pavel and is ready to do whatever necessary to get him to talk. Tthe fact that Pavel was carrying the sniper rifle that killed Renee is not making Jack very sympathetic. Jack pulls out some pretty brutal tactics, including sticking a blow torch in Pavels newly gouged chest! Nothing will break him, though! Thats okay. Jack soon realizes that the SIM card for Pavels phone is in his stomach. Nothing that gutting him cant retrieve!
I am pretty impressed that Sprints SIM cards can hold up being digested and then just be popped back into a phone and work fine. The last number called conveniently goes directly to Charles Logans voicemail. Fun and games are over! Its on now!
Last weeks episode was really just a warm-up for the executions this week. Jack is not playing nice anymore. He has his full body armour, including Darth Vader mask, and is ready for someone to try him.
Logans lackies find Pavels gutted corpse and entrails just a few feet away. This is the first time in the season we have begun to see a glimpse of the old, horrified Logan. He knows Jack is coming for him, and he is scared.
Meanwhile, Jack, Meredith, and Ricker are on the lamb! Jack explains to Meredith that she is in the same boat with everyone else now, and if she wants to make it out alive, she has to cancel her Sprint contract early by destroying her phone. Unfortunately this means that all her cellphone pics of her with Hassan are gone, but at least shes alive.
Back at the UN, Logan breaks the news to Taylor about his vast screw-ups throughout the last few hours. Whats amazing, is that he manages to turn it onto Taylor by blaming her for being such a little girl about this whole situation. Only someone as talented as Logan could pull a President as moral as Taylor into this mess and then make her apologize for it.
Chloe and Arlo are back at CTU reviewing footage of the mall shootout to figure out who exactly Jacks right hand man on this job is. According to their finding though, he should be dead. Maybe he has a twin? Or maybe he faked his death. Who really cares? Speaking of not-dead-Ricker, he quickly finds Logans location, although he is none too pleased about it. After a quick pep talk though, Jack has him back on board.
Meanwhile, President Taylor is making her way down the slip n slide of moral ambiguity. She calls in Tim Woods and has him censor the press. Woods tries to pull a Kanin from a few episodes back, but isnt willing to risk his job over it. He Yes Maams his way right through the constitutional violation.
What happens next is so awesome that I cant even believe the writers could come up with this. Summon the Imperial March! Jack captured President Logan. While wearing a Darth Vader body armor costume. From a presidential limo. Armed with secret service guards. Practically as soon as Jack has Logan alone, Logan cracks. While he didnt have to undergo any torture, he did get to be a practice dummy for Jacks sleeper hold move. We havent seen that one in awhile! Logans lap dog was shortly behind his master, and just about has a break down when he finds him unconscious on the floor.
Back at CTU, Chloe and Eden (lap dogs supermodel assistant) have a cat fight stare down when Chloe releases Cole to help out at the UN. Read: Help Jack find the bad guys in this cover-up! Eden starts to get huffy, but Chloe stomps it by reminding her that she has lost Jack, yet again.
By this time Jack has already made it to the Russians and has killed EVERYONE. Including the ambassador, who is dead on the floor with a saber in his chest. Does vodka get blood out of nice white carpet? This is by far the most epic killing spree in 24 history.
Meredith Reed is still trying to lay low and makes a call to Kayla Hassan. Kayla has no interest in talking to the hussy who slept with her father, but does want to know who was responsible for her fathers murder. Moments after hanging up the phone Reed is apprehended by the FBI. Good thing her editor and Kayla now know the truth!
The hour comes to a close with Jack discovering that the masterminds behind this entire plan have been the Russian president and Logan all along! Logan should know by now to make sure he isnt bugged before making incriminating calls like that. Even though Taylor has confiscated the video evidence, this definitely trumps all else. Jack knows everything. And he still has two hours left to kill Yuri and Logan and bring Taylor to justice!
Jack Bauer is about to bring it like we have never seen!
Dont forget! Next weeks series finale airs at an earlier time! Our final blood bath kicks off at 8pm.
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