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24: Season 8, Episode 4 'Day 8: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM' Review

Cheers to Jack for nabbing the bad guy in the gut; but must all agents shoot to kill, why not shoot to disable and squeeze information, then kill... or arrest as the case may be. It all wasn't meant to be. CTU agent Cole Ortiz, Freddie Prinze Jr's character, shows a great level of loyalty to his country. He was even willing to risk his life to ensure the captivity of a suspected terrorist. It was obvious his relief when Jack fired before and his life was spared. Finally Renee is here and more bad-ass than expected. She obviously darkened her her to reflect how morbid her character became. I didn't know she and Jack could create such chemistry between each other, it was almost sensational the way he gripped her palm, revealing her previously slit wrists. There was obviously a lot Renee wished to remain hidden from Jack and the rest of the world. It's almost sad when you think about it, Jack was the sole reason she went rogue. I actually take delight in the approach 24 used to relay their 'One Day' story. Jack has tried to reach out to Renee, which means that he cared about her more than we were exposed to before. I wonder if 'one day' would have any impact, or change in Renee's deceitful nature? It seems as though she went to a tough pace and is still recovering. I was always interested in her relationship with Larry last season, because it wasn't addressed then. I would have appreciated some kind of closure from her uncertain past and whatever happened to Chloe's last season look-a-like? Anyway, Renee truly showed off her bad side. I am actually curios into how bad she could actually get and how she relates to Jack after portraying herself as a monster. As for Sackhoff's character Dana Walsh, I am curious into her dealings with her apparent ex boyfriend. What exactly would she do when she gets over by her place, especially since she is engaged to be married, that doesn't leave her with much options. I have a feeling that we haven't heard the last from the journalist accused of being President Hassan's assassin. Her story doesn't sound too complete yet, but that just a hunch. Lexa ___________ Five Stars Grade A- ___________

24 8.3/8.4: "Day 8: 6PM - 8PM"

For quite some time, “24” has been using the first four episodes as something of a jump start to the season arc, using a broad action sequence to introduce characters and conflicts quickly and efficiently. This season is no different, as it becomes clear that the attempt on President Hassan’s life was just the beginning. As usual, the assassination attempt provides the starting point for the much longer investigative and preventive process that drives each and every “24” story. It’s as much a question of proper resources as it is a question of information, especially this season. If nothing else, the first few episodes have made it very clear that the new CTU is still trying to find its footing. That said, the writers are still trying a little too hard to demonstrate that the old guard has the right experience and paranoia. This entire situation may have proven Chloe’s worth to Hastings, but it required that a lot of people be stubborn or stupid in the process. Hastings is constantly trying to play the right angle to score quick political victories, even when prudence suggests a more thoughtful approach. Granted, this has been an ongoing problem with CTU directors over the course of the series, but it’s a card that is overplayed in this instance. At least Dana Walsh has a good reason to be distracted. The mystery of her true identity is hardly compelling, but it does explain why Dana might lapse on judgment or attention until it’s resolved. The plot is ridiculous for reasons that have already been covered, but how hard would it be to get this handled? All she has to do is tell security that some psycho thinks she’s someone named Jenny, that he won’t stop harassing her, and it should take about five seconds for him to be locked in a deep, dark hole somewhere. Such is the benefit of working for CTU. The direction taken is unfortunate, because it takes a great actress in Katee Sackhoff and saddles her with the kind of woman-in-peril subplot that leads to grinding of the teeth. Hopefully the eventual resolution to this problem will involve Dana finding a spine. Dana would be just as distracted, thus serving the needs of the plot, if she was looking for a way to teach Kevin how to fly without wings. Thankfully, the writers did manage to cover some of the potential thematic aspects of the story along the way. As mentioned before, Chloe’s subplot may have been cloying at times, but it did touch on the notion that she and Jack have the all-important weapon of perspective. Ortiz has the presence of mind to realize that an agent with Jack’s reputation and record should be heard during a crisis. Even Dana’s personal issues involve dealing with the lingering lessons of past history. In terms of Jack, it goes quite a bit further. Jack dealt with many of his demons in the seventh season, even as he helped to clean up some of the mess caused by others. The theme of the seventh season was very simple: doing what must be done does not absolve one of the consequences of one’s actions and choices. Jack’s understanding of that basic truth has fueled his sense of moral imperative: if staining his soul will save millions, then so be it. But the seventh season also took a close look at what kind of person it takes to make that kind of personal choice. Renee Walker discovered what Jack was trying to show everyone from the Senate Subcommittee to the FBI: that sometimes, extreme measures must be taken in the defense of freedom. But Jack also tempered that with judgment and a stern mental constitution, one that has been tested and bent, but never broken. Others, like Tony, have snapped under the same pressure. The writers seemed to be preparing Renee as Jack’s acolyte, someone who might learn to be equally thick-skinned. For that matter, it looked as though Renee might have been a romantic interest for Jack, someone who he wouldn’t need to protect from his world. In retrospect, that’s not what Jack really needed. Jack didn’t need to build a new world for himself; he needed to rebuild what he thought he had lost. Had Renee escaped her experiences in the seventh season in good mental health, then Jack would likely have left New York without a second thought. In fact, he probably would have felt that the situation was in the right hands. But it’s clear that he sees Renee’s fragile mental state as the result of his influence. And as such, Jack feels that this is another consequence that he must amend before closing this chapter of his life. As it turns out, Jack has reason to be worried. Some have already wondered why Jack would take exception to something that, once upon a time, he would have done without hesitation. Clearly, it’s not the action itself, but rather the psychological mess behind it. Jack would always weigh the necessity of his actions, and the cost was always noticeable. Renee, on the other hand, is acting out of a personal nihilism that is deeply disturbing. It’s not even certain that she cares about the outcome. Because Jack takes responsibility for Renee’s mental state, he feels a need to make things right. That it will also save lives is just a bonus. That it is sure to go badly in a dozen different ways will certainly factor into the intensity of the story, even if the writers gave themselves another four episode or so to pull the next trigger (in keeping with their usual pattern of dropping a huge plot twist around episode 8 or 9). Overall, this was strong enough end to a strangely predictable opening start to the season, launching the story into some unexpectedly dark territory. Some subplots are still begging to be discarded as soon as possible, regardless of how well they might fit into the season’s theme, but Jack’s part of the story is definitely worth it. Even so, this is the weakest start to a season in quite some time.

24 Episode Recap: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Looks like Agent Ortiz may have the luck of Jack Bauer (for good and ill), as he survived that close-range explosion with barely a scratch. Which makes me doubt how effective the bomb would have been at killing Hassan, but I guess that point is now moot. No sooner does Farhad learn that his brother has also survived the attack than he decides to flee, and plunges a pen into the first person that tries to stop him. Way to play it cool and not arouse suspicion. Of course, his brother is quickly informed of this, and the hunt for Farhad is in full effect; so that escape plan is working really well. Meanwhile, Ortiz's rough day continues when Davros gets the jump on the young agent and orders him, at gunpoint, to call off CTU's pursuit. But now it's Jack to the rescue, showing up just in time to pop the cop killer and save Ortiz's life. Though Jack doesn't get to interrogate Davros (with this perp being not almost, but totally dead), CTU is able to read the tattoos on his corpse, which indicate membership in the Russian mafia. And who used to work undercover with the Russian mob? None other than (now-former) FBI Agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching). As Chloe informs Jack, Renee had some sort of a breakdown after the events of Day 7, and either resigned or was fired by the FBI. And afterward, she apparently wouldn't even return Jack's calls - what's up with that? I'm sure we'll get the full story eventually. For now, there are more pressing issues for Renee to deal with. Upon examining the deceased Davros' body, CTU medical personnel determine that he was recently exposed to weapons-grade uranium - so recently that it's most likely in the U.S. right now. And seeing as Renee's undercover credentials with the Russian mob are still intact, Hastings asks her to help sniff out the uranium. She agrees - reluctantly - to go back undercover. But, as we've heard Jack say before, this doesn't mean she wants back into the whole game. To Read More Click Here If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now