Monday, May 12, 2014

24 Season 9.3: Shades of Disloyalties

A fine 24 episode 9.3 tonight, which drew well on its London locale, with Jack ranging from the Tube to the Parliament Building, where U.S. President Heller was attempting to address it.  But as is often case with 24, the best parts of the hour concerned the shades of loyalty and disloyalty of all the major players and their associates.

Chloe, for example, is loyal to the max to Jack.  But not so her dour-faced boss or head of her hacker group - who looks like he's just sucked a lemon - and indeed undermines Chloe's attempt to get Jack into the Parliament by making his fixed-up credentials a little suspicious. Jack will have to get in some other way.   Meanwhile, we earlier have a great scene in which Chloe tells Jack about the apparent death of her husband and son, to which Jack replies that he knows what that kind of loss is, and the only way to get through it is working to save other people.  Jack indeed knows about such loss, ranging from wife Teri in the first season to lover Renee in the last (8th) season, and what he says to Chloe provides as good a description of what moves Jack as anyone could provide in under a minute.

Back to different loyalties, we also have Audrey and her husband, the President's Chief of Staff, who clearly does not have the President's best interests in mind, though he may be right about the bad timing of the President's attempt to address the Parliament.   Audrey and her husband Mark certainly don't feel the same way about Jack.  Mark wants to destroy Jack as quickly as possible - is that because he's behind the plot to kill the President and knows Jack is the only person who could stop it, or because he knows that Audrey still loves Jack, or both?

And there are sharply different loyalties in the group of three terrorists.  The mother, played by Michelle Fairley of Game of Thrones fame (Caitlin Stark!), clearly has misgivings about her daughter, who's doing her best to keep her husband and his misgivings in line.   Good grist for future blow-ups here, as is also the case for Kate, not quite on the same page with Erik, and neither on the same page with Steve, who is not quite on the same page with Mark, either.  All of which makes for one dysfunctional, combustible little CIA family.

Looking forward to the next hour.

See also 24 Season 9 Hours 1 and 2: The Sheer Intelligent Adrenalin Is Back

And see also Season 8 reviews: Hours 1 and 2 ... Hours 3 and 4 ... Hour 5 ...Hour 6 ... Hour 7 ... Hour 8 ... Hour 9 ... Hour 10 ... Hour 11 ... Hour 12... Hour 13 ... Hour 14 ... Hours 15-16 ... Hour 17 ... Hour 18 ... Hour 19... Hour 20 ... Hour 21 ... Hour 22 ... 24 Forever!

And see also Season 7 reviewsHours 1 and 2 ... Hours 3 and 4 ... Hour 5... Hour 6 ... Hour 7 ... Hour 8 ... Hour 9 ... Hour 10 ... Hours 11-12 ...Hour 13 ... Hour 14 ... Hour 15 ... Hour 16 ... Hour 17 ... Hour 18 ... Hour 19 ... Hour 20 ... Hour 21 ... Hour 22  ... Hours 23-24  

And see also Season 6 reviews: Hours 1 and 2 ... Hours 3 and 4 ... Hour 5 ... Hour 6 ... Hour 7 ... Hours 8 and 9 ... Hour 10 ... Hour 11 ... Hour 12 ... Hour 13 ... Hour 14 ... Hour 15 ... Hour 16 ... Hour 17 ... Hour 18... Hour 19 ... Hour 20 ... Hour 21 ... Hour 22 ... Hours 23-24


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