"Who gave this order?" - 24: 9pm-10pm

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Written by Adam A. Donaldson

“Advise Buchanan that we have Gredenko in custody and we’re prepping him for interrogation.”
“Noah, it’s Wayne. I’ve called off the strike.”
“The decision is mine and mine alone. I resuming my actions as Commander-in-Chief and inform Admiral Smith there’s to be no hostile action without my direct authorization. Is that understood?”
“In my judgment he’s not capable of discharging his duties. I can’t let him remain in power. Get me the Attorney-General.”

Some critics out there have complained that this season of 24 has pillaged past seasons for its main story points. Well last week, who should it seem that could help Jack Bauer catch Gredenko but Rain Man; or at least a reasonable facsimile. It’s always nice to see the softer side of Jack though, especially when you just know that there’s going to be some kind of gruesome torture moment coming up. And especially when Gredenko has the chutzpah to demand immunity in exchange for ratting out his partner-in-crime Fayed.

To the contrary the question must be asked about what kind of son of a bitch is Mike Doyle? And what was the deal with Connell Johnson? What did Doyle help him deal with back in Denver? And what is the deal with Denver anyway? The bizarro scene where Johnson tips off Milo that Doyle’s hiding evidence that clears Nadia, when Doyle’s really given it to Morris for verification before going to Buchanan with it was really, really confusing. I don’t even understand what I just wrote there. I hope there’s more to this whole Denver thing and it isn’t some sort of random detail that’s merely a passing mention considering that it now involves Milo, Doyle and now this Johnson guy.

Also, random Canadian alert, Johnson was played by Vancouver actor JR Bourne, whose acting credits include the movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the TV series Godiva’s, Cold Squad and Stargate SG-1. Interestingly, SG-1’s Dr. Jackson, Michael Shanks, will be putting in a four episode appearance in a couple of weeks as a Washington lobbyist. If we can get Christopher Judge on this show as Jack’s new sideman, then I think we’ll be on to something.

The White House developments this week were particularly reminiscent of 24’s past. Poor VP Daniels had his plans for nuclear armageddon wilfully abandoned by a newly uncomatosed President Palmer. So because Palmer doesn’t want to start World War III with about one and a half billion Muslims, he’s clearly not in the right mind to be Commander-in-Chief. Can anyone out there say 25th amendment? Because Daniels can and that’s just what he wants the Attorney-General for next hour.

Also coming up this hour is the fate of Gredenko. Watch for Jack to let him go so that the Russian can lead them to Fayed and the remaining two nukes. After this, the day is two-thirds over with only eight episodes till the end of Day Six. But where precisely is Papa Bauer? And now that I think about it, what ever did become of our old pal Charles Logan? According to a Fox press release, we’ll find out this hour.

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