If you’re a fan of 24 and you’re anything like me, you tune into the show for one reason: to see Jack Bauer lay the smack down.
We don’t watch for the political or international intrigue (although, in the last few seasons, that’s stretching).
We don’t watch for the latest updates on the messed up lives of CTU employees.
And we don’t watch because Jack Bauer’s behind the steering wheel of a Ford Focus for episodes at a time.
It’s getting to the point where Jack Bauer is like Poochie. And I’d just like to say to the producers of 24 (to paraphrase Homer Simpson):
One, [Jack Bauer] needs to be louder, angrier, and have access to a time machine. Two, whenever [Jack]’s not onscreen, all the other characters should be asking “Where’s [Jack]”?
Because I know with one exception this season, whenever he’s not on screen, I’m asking my TV “Where’s Jack?”
The one exception has been the work the last few weeks of Agent Renee. She’s like Jack at his season-three era darkest, but even her storyline is taking up too much time.
Poochie, er…Jack’s best scene this episode was his short stint as German arms dealer Hans Gruber (at least that’s what I thought the name was). Jack proved to be fluent in German, and had some great exchanges with the Russian guy’s flunky. My favorite exchange was this one:
Really, other than the scene with Jack as the German dealer and Agent Renee’s ongoing descent to the dark side, it was one of those episodes where I felt like nothing happened. Some other random thoughts (and there aren’t many):
-I think Arlo takes the crown for the most annoying CTU employee ever (non boss or mole division). In fact, I almost wish he is a mole, just so Jack (or Agent Renee, if necessary) can shoot him in the kneecaps. Actually, Chlöe had the best line tonight (non German division) with her “why don’t you stare at my ass as I walk away” rejoinder to Arlo?
-Agent Renee is bringing it this season. I mean, two single tears two episodes in a row!
I really don’t have anything other to say, so I’ll leave you with this:
What did you think?