Okay, another week has come and gone, and another episode of 24 has slipped gently into that good night. Anyone got a comment?
There were more ridiculous plot twists in this episode. First, the agent who kept saying, “I’m just going to wing him for you guys!” then proceeded to violate direct orders from several superiors and shoot into a crowd at a running man. And of course, the guy has to fall against a glass railing, which of course was apparently designed to not take the weight of a man (blarg) and promptly shattered. This is HACK writing. They couldn’t come up with a better way to get rid of this guy? How about just having him reach quickly into his pocket and have the trigger-happy guy shoot him dead? Then find out that the guy was reaching for sunglasses or something. That would still be hokey, but a hell of a lot more believable than this lame scene. And what’s with this guy harassing Jack in the middle of an undercover operation, including making veiled threats to shoot him? And all he gets is a ‘cut it out!’ If this was a real organization, the guy would be up on review for a stunt like that. And so he wouldn’t do it.
Then there’s the Kim thing. Okay, so this drug dealer guy comes over to Rick’s place, and he wants to FORCE a stranger to stay and witness a drug deal? And discuss it in front of her? WTF? If I’m a drug dealer and I go to a guy’s house and some strange girl is there, I’d say “Get her out of here. Now.” That was very lame, but of course necessary for dramatic tension. Weak, weak writing. And Kim is still totally attracted to a scumbag who she now knows is not just a kidnapper but a drug dealer and general lowlife. She’s now officially an airhead, and earlier in the series she was smart and resourceful.
And I told you the head guy would refuse to tell Jack about his family. Bah. Another supposed professional carrying out vendettas and getting bugged about Tony’s affair with Nina. I have more and more respect for Tony with each episode. He’s a standup guy.
And I’m REALLY annoyed about this amnesia thing. But what really annoyed me today was that ‘somehow’ Terri knew that the hospital was dangerous, even though she can’t even remember who her husband is or what he does. Pretty fortuitous hole in her amnesia there, but necessary to move the plot in the direction they want to go. More sloppy writing.
The surprise for me tonight was that I realized that the whole Palmer frame-up issue with his son, wife, and the tape is the most interesting sub-plot right now. And it used to be the lamest part of the show. Either that’s indicative of improving quality in that thread, or the rest of the show has so thoroughly blown its credibility with me that there’s no dramatic tension left. At least the Palmer scenario so far has been pretty much logical, and the people involved do roughly what you’d expect them to do given the information they and we have.
And now Terri goes home, and the show ends with a gunman 20 feet away with a pistol ready to shoot her. He’s already killed a highly trained, alert CTU agent. How does she get out of this? It better be something plausible like another car pulling in right behind her with agents in it, but a little voice tells me that it’s going to be something lame. My money is on the doctor friend stepping in front of the bullet either intentionally or accidentally. Then Terri will run and we’ll have yet another chase with an unarmed woman against an armed, trained killer. And she’ll get away again.
All in all, a slight reversal from the spiral of suckitude that the last two episodes swirled down, but the show is still halfway over the shark tank.