Martha Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

So I’ve noticed that in my commentary for a few other 24 episodes this season, I’ve said something along the lines of “good episode, but it needed more Jack.” And surprise, surprise, that’s what I feel about tonight’s episode.

I don’t know if that’s some new thing they’re trying–to slowly take the focus off of Jack, or to push him out of the picture, but it’s not the move I’d make. While this season has been interesting, it definitely needs more Jack.

But then again, last year, I thought they were going to have Curtis take Jack’s place as the star of the show, so what do I know?

As usual, the promos blew the episode out of proportion, and while I didn’t think it was the most shocking moment in 24 history, I …
… didn’t think they’d actually kill Chuck Logan.

Now that I think about it, I’m actually a bit disappointed that they killed off Logan. He was a weasel, he was a whiner, but he was duplicitous and evil. And Gregory Itzin was great in the role.

To quote Charles Logan, “You played a role, Gregory. You….played….a…..role.”

To balance out the death, they brought in a new character, Mike “Popeye” Doyle, played by homeboy Rick Schroeder. Nice addition to the cast as a hard-nosed badass. But Rick hasn’t been looking well. He actually looks like an aged Mark Hamill, and that’s not a good thing.

Some random thoughts about this episode:

-While watching the scene where Jack disarmed the Russian guy with a belt, the Civee quipped; “Jack’s really good at removing a man’s belt.” Even thought I told her how wrong that thought was, I had to admit it was funny.

-After Doyle laid the smackdown on Morris, he said something to the effect of “If anyone has problems taking orders from me, let me know.” I do. You were on Silver Spoons, chief.

-Another interesting line was from V.P. Daniels (who I’m guessing is supposed to be from Texas) “I’m trying to keep America united.” That’s quite a campaign slogan there, Noah. “Vote Daniels: he puts the United in United States.”

-Aaron doesn’t look too good out of a suit.

-It’s nice to see Martha back, even if the former first lady isn’t sporting the cleavage. But isn’t it against regulations where she’s at to have knives around and accessible?

-So they’re loading up these suitcase nukes on little airplanes. Where on the plane do they stow the suitcases? Is there some sort of overhead compartment on the inside? Or do they just duct-tape the bombs to the planes? Looks like we’ll find out next week.

Your thoughts?

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3 thoughts on “Martha Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

  1. Do you think there’s a chance Aaron was “on duty” and acting a role as the man in the crazy lady’s life to help her find her marbles?
    Daniels is a wimp, when will we learn we have to bomb first, then threaten?
    I think the drones have a little slot for nukes, just in case.
    Rick will win you over.
    (don’t watch The Champ for the next 3 months)
    Is this the greatest show for talking back to the screen since being wasted at a Rocky Horror showing?

  2. I’m sure Martha had some agents on duty, but those pictures on her table with Aaron looked to be a bit too personal to be just an agent.

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