I am certain the correct security measures could have been placed, to ensure Renee didn't flip as far off as she did; gutting Vladimir times over until he suffered his death, then springing the last plunge in Jack. What was Hastings thinking having Renee invest her life into a dangerous project like that again? He refrained from officially evaluating her capacity to get the job done efficiently without any mishap. I can tell you one thing, Renee's slip is on Hastings' tab. Jack tried to warn him several times of her condition and he just 'took it under consideration', which is all he seems to be doing lately.
Hastings is not capable handling his 'head' tasks, he seems to be flawed, lacking the necessary leadership skills. He should have taken full responsibility over Renee, other than leave her to hang for the dogs and ripped apart. Jack knew Renee on a close level, it was Hastings' job to listen to him and develop a plan B. Hastings was well willing to have Renee take a bullet and have some slim-ball roll over her for the sake of results, without any sense of remorse or empathy.
Vladimir on the other end of things came off as a pathetic business man. Did he truly believe calling around for the nuclear rods wouldn't wave some red flags. Bazhaev is obviously not a foolish man; having nuclear rods on US soil was incriminating to admit, would he truly admit it over the phone an make an actual deal. I believe that some kind of language code should have been implemented to make that scene more believable or to even add a sense of credibility that Vladimir wasn't that foolish. "Oh Vladimir, my friend I have the nuclear rods just tell me when and where, oh and no cops!".
Even CTU should have come up with a better plan to prove their competence in doing their jobs. They cannot even notice a defective employee. Dana Walsh gets away with too many things, given her tight job criteria. How is she able to hack into a camera feed and develop an access card for her ex in under an hour or so. I actually believed that Nick, Kevin's friend, was some sort of terrorist and deliberately knew of the location Walsh would send them to get something else other than money. I actually pictured Nick pulling the trigger on Kevin and leaving with what he wanted. I guess that was far-fetched, put I pegged Nick for the nut job he turned out to be. I felt sympathy for the security guard being stomped on like a piece of garbage by a crazy Nick. Where did Kevin pick him up anyway?
Walsh should have done a background check on Kevin's friend. She is the one in control of everything, if she were to have Kevin trapped in a situation he could not get out of, no one would believe anything he had to say, and she would have all the cards. So what is Walsh truly afraid of, and why wouldn't she talk to her fiancee about it (besides the fact that he is on a hostile mission), Walsh needs to talk to someone, even if it is the flirtatious Arlo Glass.
Everyone keeps giving Walsh the side eye, so why doesn't someone do something about her inefficiencies? Something obviously has her distracted. Glass believes that Walsh is having some sort of a fling, but does that really look like her meeting a lover, or her conferring with someone who is bad news, because they didn't cross that 'line' of infidelity. Glass should be the one crazy enough to run a facial recognition to see the identity of Walsh's love mate. Nothing is really being done there, and I was even surprised that Chloe wasn't curious enough to blurt out a 'so why have you been acting so weird?' That sounded like a typical Chloe awkward question, not so? Where has that Chloe gone, we only got a taste of her in the beginning with her standing up to Hastings, and that's about it.
My only concern now is Jack and what Bazhaev's men are thinking of doing with him. Jack is in serious danger and I am certain CTU could get some satellite glimpse as to where Jack was taken after her left Vladimir's hide-out. Everyone seems to be dying spontaneously and I would prefer for the death toll to be steady for a while. I actually fear that CTU would start thinking that Renee went crazy killing everyone, hiding Jack in the process. Ortiz looked at Renee as tough she had a mental breakdown; like she was asking where Jack was, as if she didn't know herself.
What's next? I believe CTU would find some way to get in touch with Jack and Renee would be placed under suspicion. President Hassan apparently is the one having the screws loose lately and I believe his wall will crumble, the more strict and erratic his decisions become. His daughter holds him in high opinion, but her relationship with Tarin Faroush could set her apart from him.
I still look forward to discovering whatever happened to Olivia (the President's daughter) and the President's ex husband. That situation would be an interesting one to focus on. Tony would also be an interesting topic, but his topic should be approached with caution, for fear of him coming off as too cliched.
These past two hours for me have been slow. A few twists and exciting turns, but not much development have been revealed, so I am hoping tat Jack could contribute to enlightening that. Poor Jack, wasn't he supposed to be with his family all now? It's sad the life he has to live, especially being exposed to hostile situations more than he should be. I am surprised that Jack survived after the plunge in the gut, that probably came off a a paper cut on his finger, compared to the more dangerous wounds he endured in his lifetime. Jack should be given an award for the risks he faced for his country. I have no idea how he could afford undercover operations, wouldn't someone recognize him overtime? The amount of identities he established could cost him an operation some day. "Hey Jacko, is that you?" then to have the operation blow over "I thought no one ever heard of you, the deals off".
Four and a half Stars