24 Live Another Day
24 Review: Revelations, New Woes, and Old Foes

Philip Harris | 1 Jul 2014 16:00
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With only a few hours left of Live Another Day, it's time for our characters to finally start trusting each other... if only to advance the plot.

The night is almost at full bloom on 24: Live Another Day. In last night's episode, Kate finally learned the truth about her husband, Mark finally confronted Audrey about her feelings for Jack, and Jack is still doing everything he can to make sure the world doesn't blow to smithereens at the hands of one of his greatest foes, marking the return of fan-favorite villain. If you haven't caught it yet, this hour is definitely worth watching: You can watch all the intense action on Fox.com or Hulu or watch live on Fox at Mondays at 9/8c.

Remember that one of the several large themes of 24 is the relationship between trust (or the lack thereof) and belief. No one trusts each other, and getting someone to believe in them has kept the good guys back for too long -- when the truth needs to be heard to save lives, the emotional and mental red tape keeping avenues of communication encumbered becomes ridiculous. That is, of course, unless a series is about end and we have to get the plot moving toward a few big reveals.

My point is Jack told Kate that Navarro took the security device and she instantly believed him. It's nice to see someone believe Jack for a change. This sets up Kate's second revelation in the episode: it's only a matter of time before she discovers Navarro sold her husband up the river to protect himself. It was Navarro who sold secrets to the Chinese, not Kate's husband. Navarro is working a ton of angles here, and it's surprising to think the he wouldn't end up being tortured at some point, but hey, someone stupid enough to think he can escape Jack Bauer has a certain amount of pain coming to him, you know what I mean?

Speaking of trust, I can't understand what Chloe sees in Adrian. He's so skeezy it's not even funny. Besides, he sort of looks like a scarred buzzard. But is he actually a victim? In preparing to recover the device from Navarro, he reveals that Yates (the hottie killed at the beginning of the series) stole the device from Navarro who actually created it. It was Adrian's baby, and he wants it back. He reveals what it's capable of -- mass human destruction, obviously -- and Chloe believes him. But is she ready to go along with Adrian using the device for a vague good?

It doesn't really matter seeing how Navarro's belief in Adrian is about to be dashed with an obvious betrayal (sorry, Navarro, there's no escape here), and the wheels of destruction will be set in motion anyway. Poor Navarro. Hey, at least he's got a great body.

Serendipitously, Jack spots Adrian and Chloe running away with the device while Navarro is arrested. This is no time to take out your aggression on Navarro, Jack! You've got a moody guy with sunken cheeks and an old friend with a bad haircut to catch up with! But is she a friend? Chloe's with Adrian, after all, and Adrian has the device -- Jack's trust is beginning to fade. She couldn't have been a bad guy this whole time, right? I mean, she went through some tough stuff losing her family and all, but was that enough to turn her to the dark side?

Meanwhile, it's time for Kate to learn the truth about her husband. Offering the best plot payoff of the entire show, Kate's discovery of Navarro's dealings, and her subsequent wrath against him has been the greatest moment of Live Another Day so far. After an awesome punch, she pulls a gun on him -- much like she did with that doctor to get Simone talking a few weeks ago -- forcing him to reveal there's a tracking code on the override device he gave to Adrian.

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