24 Review: 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM, a.k.a. The Worst Hour Ever

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The following 24 review takes place from 5:51 a.m-6:17 a.m. Words are written in real time...

The 4-5 a.m. episode was the worst episode in the history of 24, which is saying a lot given the downward slope the show has taken over each of the past 3-4 seasons.

The insult was that this week’s episode followed what we considered to be the season’s strongest hour. Whereas the 3-4 a.m. hour’s twist ending was so well done that we were more than happy to suspend our disbelief over the terrorists having enough foresight to acquire an EMP, the 5 a.m. shocker – that Jenny is actually a mole working for Samir – was enough to make us wish the show’s title were “7” and that its awfulness had ended several weeks ago.

Let’s first go into the smaller bit of “you’ve got to be kidding me” moments from this week ...

Hassan Photo

First, these terrorists, who were originally just supposed to blow up President Hassan with a carbomb and ship out the nuclear rods on a cargo ship, suddenly not only have an EMP, but a Zodiac motorboat and significant knowledge of New York’s waterways?

Was Samir a Super Weblo, always extra, extremely ridiculously prepared?

On top of that, the terrorists have cell phone jammers that work on CTU communication devices? Why doesn’t CTU ever hire these terrorists after every season? They always seem to be significantly more technologically advanced.

If we’re not hiring terrorists to be our protectors, then the terrorists have already won.

We could not decide which quote was better, so we’ll nominate both, for different reasons, for quote of the episode. The first goes to Hastings, who, when asked by Chloe why he isn’t sending men to look for Jack, says that there would be no way to find him since the waterfront along Queens and Brooklyn is “four square miles of real estate.”

And yet somehow not only did Jack manage to find the very same dock within that four square miles of real estate that the terrorists were using, but Renee was able to find it, too. And in about ten minutes. Coming from Chelsea, across Manhattan and then the East River (no small feat given that the NSA had shut down all bridges and tunnels crossing the East River).

That dock has the best real estate agent ever.

The second quote was from a conversation between Tarin and Samir when Jack and company showed up at that same dock:

Tarin: How did they find us?
Samir: They must have followed us from the vault

We know that Jack didn’t follow them from the vault; he assumed that they would use a boat to ford the river and managed to arrive at the same dock as them. So this conversation was really just the writers patting Jack, their fictional character, on the back for his tracking skills. Perhaps these writers should pat themselves on the back more often. Anything to keep their hands away from the keyboard.

But the most ridiculous part of the episode was the reveal at the end that Jenny is working for Samir. We do not care what her motives are – though we’re sure we’ll find out all about them next week. What we care about is this constant “plot device” that the 24 writers go back to every year is so tired. CTU and the White House seem to have at least two moles between them every season; after all these years, wouldn’t the vetting process be much better?

It’s just lazy writing at this point, not to mention insulting. Are you listening, NBC? Let this husk of a show rot. If anything, buy the rights to the first two seasons and just play those again, and give us a 24 we can all enjoy.


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Pete Zimmerman: Excuse me? What at all do asterisks have to do with season 7? I apologize, but, being that this is my first time posting on TVFanatic, I was not aware that they allowed italic tags. The asterisks were merely for emphasis, not aesthetic value. Lose the odd comments, please.


Hey, L.J. Gibbs: No wonder you don't like the show. You've been watching it on NBC. That means that, in New York, you've only seen 80% (Channel 4 divided by Channel 5, for you math-challenged fans) of "24" or "19.2." And Ryan Whiting: Lose the asterisks. They're so Season 7.


Err... error in the second paragraph, first line of my last post: Don't get me wrong. I love 24 like *it's my* child. I've grown up with the show in some ways.


Not the best episode by a long shot, nor the best season, but your review was rather ill-reasoned. Not my point, though. My point is my overall disappointment with the season. It's almost upsetting and frustrating. And boy, did it take me an awfully long time to realize my true feelings for this season. I kept telling myself,"next week will be better," "oh, they're just getting started," or "it's too early to tell where the shows's gonna go." But I've been disappointed to often and I'm not going to conceal my feelings. Don't get me wrong. I love 24 like a child. I've grown up with the show in some ways. But they *need* to fire their writers. Pronto. I am fully in support for a ninth season. In fact, I want a ninth season, something that will clean up the mess that season eight is becoming. After such a class-act from season seven, this is quite infuriating. And please don't give me the nonsense that 24 exhausted its plots. It hasn't. I can name off ten mature and well-developed plot lines that next season can follow and properly handle. 24 has too good of a legacy to let go after such a lackluster season, and it needs something to tie it up properly. Alas, season eight *can* be redeemed, but I'm starting to get fed up with some of the things the show pulls. Please keep it together!


this was a very good follow up to last week episode and i personally think jenny plot in the show was redeemed


thanks everyone for jumping in!i think i actually miss m.l.house...i never read a critic like this....i'll bet there was some personal problem involved otherwise i dont get it...i think the comments do proove that every other 24 fan did indeed enjoy this episode!


It really was that bad. I would have accepted the extremely ridiculously prepared and technologically advanced terrorists as a means to get Jack into even bigger trouble. But Jenny a mole? That is just too much. The whole Kevin story line makes even less sense now, if that is at all possible. The only redeeming thing about this episode was the very satisfying killing of the parole officer.


I disagree with the article and agree with the previous comments also, this is what makes 24 fun to watch, regardless of how absurd or unrealistic it is. As long as the show is on, I will continue to watch.


Sorry, you got it wrong. While 24 has its share of problems, like every other TV series, this episode was just fine.


What in the world is L.J. Gibbs so mad about? So far accepted as the best of the season, this episode is pure 24--slick, dark, and fun. And the best possible resolution for Dana--stupid sub-plot resurrected--I bet she's gonna blow heat from now on.

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