24: ''Day 8: 12:00 AM-1:00 AM'' Review Season 8, Episode 9

After improving some storylines last hour, it seemed like 24: Day 8 was fixing problems and getting better. Jack was back to kicking ass, Josef Bazhaev turned into a sneaky bad guy looking for revenge against his father, and Dana Walsh/Jenny Scott (a.k.a. "Denny") was gearing up for some long-necessary revenge. I rather miss the optimistic me of last week, who was blissfully unaware that all of those storylines would crumble so horrifically in this week's episode.

Everything I liked about the twist at the end of last hour -- Josef had stolen the uranium rods and made his own deal on the side with Farhad to get back at his dad -- was completely dashed within the first six minutes of "12:00 AM-1:00 AM." As Samir lined up Josef in his cross-hairs, all I could think was, "Why did they even bother casting David Anders in this role?" Now we've moved on to a completely vague bad guy who starts the hour as Farhad's sniper and turns into the one calling the shots and ordering people around as they move the rods and track down a runaway Farhad. I realize the 24 writers are often making up the story as they go, but this time it feels more apparent than ever that they really had no idea who the bad guys would end up being, even when they started this hour.

The story at CTU this episode was messy, over the top and even more nonsensical than usual. Only in the world of 24 would a person from the Justice Department show up after midnight in order to "interrogate" a person the government can pin the day's disaster on. It just feels like something that would happen, I don't know, in the morning. The statements and questions from "Kristin Smith from Justice" were just ridiculous, with most insane one being "It's not fair or right that CTU should be taken down because you took out your personal revenge." Wait, who said CTU is being taken down? Why would this lady from Justice use those words with Renee? Especially on a video record, that would presumably be used in court? This is all because of something that happened less than two hours ago and there hasn't even been any actual fall-out (so to speak) yet from this enriched uranium that's out there somewhere, yet they need someone to blame -- immediately.

I never have a problem watching Jack Bauer kick some ass... but when those people are CTU employees and an attorney just asking his friend questions? It's a little weird. Granted, it's nothing Jack hasn't done in the past, but for Hastings to go from ordering Jack from the building to suddenly having him work for CTU in order to retrieve Farhad, you get a little dizzy watching people's trust of Jack ping pong from zero to full. It's probably best not think about the fact that a man who was just tasered by CTU security personnel (his second tasering of the day, no less) is now leading a team of CTU agents in the field. It'll just make you cry and want to change the channel.

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