24 Day 8 12PM-1PM S08E21 (Fox)

Cast of 24 Day 8, image via Wikipedia

After a somewhat lukewarm and disappointing season 7, 24 is back with another season. It’s been a while since we saw Jack Bauer and it looks like he’s fully recovered from his ordeal from the end of last season.

Jack is living it up with his family. He’s fully reconciled with Kim and her husband and he’s spending time with his granddaughter Terri, who looks like she’s about 4. One of the biggest mistakes of the screenwriters in the last season was coming up with a fictional African country. It’s really bad that they did this. They’ve done it again with this season. This season features an Islamic republic named Kamistan. WTF you imbeciles? Didn’t you guys learn anything from last season?

This is why Spooks is so much more entertaining because it’s more realistic. I’m kind of annoyed that they’ve done it again this time around. Still, it’s good to see Jack at it again. There was another thing that kind of annoyed me. Chloe is having trouble with the new CTU systems. She’s been back a month and has trouble learning them. It’s really surprising and doesn’t make much sense, since Chloe has always been the über-analyst of this season.

There are some interesting additions in the cast. Katee Sackhoff is most intriguing. She plays another analyst, who’s involved with an agent named Cole.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

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This season of 24 isn’t bad. I’m entertained. It’s kind of funny how Jack gets roped into things once more. President Taylor isn’t so annoying anymore. Maybe that’s because we see less of her. I did enjoy how she made it clear to Hassan that if a bomb detonates on US soil, she will have to retaliate.

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Cole is in NYPD custody. He is brought to see Walsh’s body. Cole realizes that Jack is going to do exactly what Dana said he would. He’s going to execute everyone involved. Jack is looking at the footage. It is of the minister’s aide. He sends it to Jim. He wants to ID the man in the video. He arrives at Jim’s place. Jim wants the whole story. Jack says that the Russians killed Renee Walker and that he needs to make them pay. The guy is Pavel Tokarov. He’s a primary operative in Russian intelligence.

Jack calls the woman reporter which whom Hassan was involved with. He wants to give her the evidence.

Pillar wants Ortiz questioned. He calls Bauer’s theories about Russian involvement delusions. Ortiz arrives. Pillar questions him himself. Ortiz doesn’t talk much. The call between Reed and Bauer was flagged by NSA. Arlo is processing it. He is stopped by Pillar. It is sent to Pillar instead. He confers with Logan and the Russian minister.

Chloe tries to convince Arlo to help her out. Pillar and his hot friend Eden are in on the cover up. They create an alternate network, masked from Pillar’s oversight. She wants to talk with Cole. Arlo sets up a loop in the surveillance. It’s 90 seconds long. Ortiz tells her that Jack executed Walsh. He tells her to find Jack’s supplier. He showed up with state of the art equipment. He must be working with someone in the city.

President Subarov is about to arrive in NYC. Logan calls Pavel. Pavel’s team is setup. Logan also wants Reed killed. Logan tells Taylor in person. He also wants part of the public face of this agreement. The press secretary will make an announced in time for the 1 PM news.

Reed is at the meeting place. Bauer isn’t there. He arrives but he knows the layout. Jim takes out Pavel. Jack takes Reed away into a department store. The Russians start shooting. Two are down. Jack takes down another. Jack knew it was a trap and was well prepared. They’ve also got Pavel in custody. Pillar informs Logan. Pillar tells him that he has to distance himself from this mess. Logan won’t budge. Pillar needs to take care of this. Pillar goes to clean up the scene at the store.

Arlo has footage of Jack and Reed. It was a failed assassination attempt on Bauer. They’ll run the faces of the operatives via facial recognition.

Bauer, Reed, Pavel, and Jim make their exit. They arrive at another building that’s under construction. Bauer knows that Renee was killed with the same rifle that Pavel favours. He is getting ready to work on him with some pliers. Pavel provokes him and Jack beats him to a pulp. He revives him. Then, Jack moves onto a Microtech knife. Then, a blowtorch. Jack realizes that it isn’t working. He checks out his phone and sees that the SIM card is missing. He knows that Pavel swallowed it. He uses his knife and gets it out of him. He hits redial and it goes to Logan’s phone.

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