Monday, June 9, 2014

24 Season 9.7: Silent Clock in President Heller's Future?

Another powerhouse episode of 24 tonight - 9.7 - featuring a wild car chase, with Jack behind the fleeing wheel, that would have made James Bond proud.  What made this car chase different - what gave it a special edge - was that Jack (with Kate and Simone in the car) - was fleeing a drone missile launched on order of Margot.   And he in fact successfully evades several missiles, by not only daring driving but setting forth a car with no driver or passenger, propelled by a big rock on the gas pedal.

Jack was also in peak form in the hospital scene, in which his quick action gets Kate, Simone, and Kate's niece out alive.   As I've noted several times in this new season, Jack has grown, at least a bit, as a human being.  He can't resist applying pain to Simone to get some crucial information (which he fails to get), but he apologizes for that to Kate, explaining that he "hates those people" (i.e., terrorists bent on killing innocent people).

Of course, Jack is not above punching an innocent person out, or applying a gun to an innocent person's head, when thousands or more other innocent lives hang in the balance.  This makes Jack's philosophy solidly utilitarian - the good of the many outweigh the good of the few - which is especially appropriate this season, with the action taking place in England, 19th-century home of the utilitarians James and son John Stuart Mill.

Elsewhere, the voice on the phone to Steve indeed turns out to be the ersatz Julian Assange (Adrian), as I predicted in my review last week.   With his sending out an assassin to kill Jordan, I can only hope now that Steve as well as Adrian get their just deserts, with Steve maybe getting a chance to perform more nobly as he departs.

Which brings us to President Heller, who's positioning himself to give himself up to Margot, since he knows he'll soon have to resign because of his mental condition anyway.  I'm predicting Jack won't allow it - out of love for Audrey.  There may be a silent clock on 24 before this season is over - as there was for Buchanan, Renee, Teri, and eight others in the history of 24 - but it won't be for Heller, at least, not by Margot's hand.

See also 24 Season 9 Hours 1 and 2: The Sheer Intelligent Adrenalin Is Bac... 24 Season 9.3: Shades of Disloyalties ... 24 Season 9.4: Brass Tacks and Strong Women ... 24 Season 9.5: Jack and Audrey .. 24 Season 9.6: Expendable In-Laws

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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