24 Review: Please, Someone Die!

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The following 24 review takes place between 6:37 a.m. and 6:52 a.m. Words are written in real time...

For about 20 minutes early on last night's episode of 24, we forgot all about the Cole and Dana storyline. Jack was figuring out a plan to trap the terrorists, Hassan was freaking out over his daughter and all seemed right in the 24 world.

We were happy, relieved, invested in the happenings... and then the scene shifted back to the New Jersey swamp and we let out an audible sigh.

Is this the end for the couple? We don't care. How will they cover up their absence when they return to CTU? We don't care. Can Freddie Prince Jr. talk in a believable Brooklyn accent? No, but we don't care!

The show desperately needs a major character to die in order to shake things up and we vote for either Dana or Cole. Ideally, this B storyline would have involved Dana's return to her former dark side and her killing of Cole. That would have given it some juice at least. Alas.

Jack and Crew

This episode did feature more of Hassan, which was a positive development. We expected his head security guard to reveal himself as an actual terrorist, and we still expect this to be the end result, but it's not a bad storyline to slow play a bit.

Anything that features Hassan and President Taylor over Dana and Cole is a good thing.

As for CTU, it's clear that a move to New York hasn't helped this shoddy operation very much. In Cole's absence, Jack leads a team that resemble middle-schoolers. Why did they lack field experience, as Jack said in his attempt to comfort Owen?

This does seem to be an important organization. You'd think it would hire the best of the best.

But at least Jack is the center of the action again. We just need that action to pick up. Find the nuclear rods, have someone important die, shift the narrative to a new storyline like 24 does halfway through each season.

This one really isn't going anywhere particularly unique or fascinating. Do you agree? Or, again, are we being too harsh on the show?


Editor Rating: 2.0 / 5.0
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This season is shocking, having been an avid fan of 24 for many a season the writers in the current season appear to lack the know how to create the suspense, drama and heart racing show that 24 once to capture us all by...Kiefer appears at times a subsidiary character in a series of meaningless plots. The feel of a united family that CTU once used to portray has long gone and makes it that much harder to connect with anyone in the show. The Dana story appeared at the surface promising however as the season has progressed her story has petered out with nothing more than a whimper...Please please please save my favourite show...


to be honest i think that the show being boring this season,specially last week!!!(well except for the season premier)has made it so hard for you guys to let go of severe criticisms...and tho i was with you on that last week and the week before this time i have to reallly disagree!even when the show goes to dana storyline for only like 3 minutes in an episode that has reached a good level this week,you guys just cant let that go...i think this time could have been a window to read good evaluations about one of my fav shows here from the critics for a change..but i think im going to give up!...it seems the show wont be able to please you at all this season as long as dana is alive!so i can either hope she dies or some big changes happens in your point of view!..i dont think some one dying is what im expecting to happen..24 is back on its good routine and as long as it keeps being this way im gonna sit back and enjoy and wont wait to open this page immediately after!sorry but you were unfair this week!


The thing that I don't understand is nobody at CTU seems to care that Cole and Dana are missing. I really though Freddie Prinze, Jr. was going to do a good job, and was looking forward to his character, but he needs to stick to playing Fred on Scooby Doo, I guess.

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