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24 Review: Revelations, New Woes, and Old Foes

Philip Harris | 1 Jul 2014 16:00
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Even though she now knows the truth, Kate still blames herself for her husband's suicide. In the episode's most poignant moment, as she and Jack are heading to get the override device, she reveals that the moment her husband decided to commit suicide was the moment he realized that she no longer believed in him. Not only is it awful when someone doesn't trust you have the truth in a high-octane situation (i.e. most of 24), but it's potentially deadly when someone you love no longer believes in your innocence.

Back at US Government HQ, Mark confronts Audrey about Jack. Since when does he (practically a double-agent) get to flaunt his trust issues all over the place? Sorry, Mark, that's only for the good guys, and Audrey is definitely one of the good guys. Since she isn't having any of Mark's tantrum, he goes to the stereotypically scary Russians and gives them Jack's location -- all but signing Jack's death warrant. That'll show Audrey for having the warmies for Jack Bauer! See what else lack of trust can do? It can get the Russians on your ass, and no one wants that.

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This is when things get juicy. With the device in hand, Adrian and a weary Chloe head back to Open Cell to sort out how exactly Adrian wants to rule the world. Once back, however, they're surprised to discover that all of their compatriots are dead. Was it Jack who found them? Was it the CIA? Was it the Marines? Nope, it was Cheng Zhi. You remember him, the one who tortured Jack and Audrey for like a year back in the day, the one whose own government had arrested because he's so goddamn psycho? Well, he's back, and my goodness is it good to see a familiar, albeit villainously scarred, face. I loved that Lady Stark was the first baddie we focused on, but it feels great to see a true 24 villain back on the scene.

Adrian and Chloe are stunned. To make a point, Cheng shoots Adrian in the leg, and frankly this skeez had it coming. I was getting real sick of him lying to Chloe -- we're about to discover more -- and I was getting even more tired of him being in positions of random power. No one likes that.

Even in the face of Adrian being shot, Chloe doesn't want to help Cheng, which is understandable seeing that he's about to destroy all of humanity. Well, it's time for Chloe to learn to trust Adrian one last time. As he's bleeding from his wound, he reveals that the death of her husband and son was just an accident and not a plot against her. It was just a plain accident. Poor Chloe can't catch a break. She's either plagued with bad eye make up, having to execute complicated hacker commands in a pub, or finding out the true circumstances surrounding her family's death. Just when she realizes she can trust Adrian, when her belief is finally restored, Cheng shoots him in the head. At that moment he uses the override device to launch a missile at a Chinese carrier that will originate from the USS Massachusetts.

Can Jack get there in time to sort all of this out? It's hard to say. Mark discovers that Jack is running the whole mission to save the world at the request of President Heller and makes a desperate attempt to call the Russians off, but not before they run into Jack and Kate (en route to stop Cheng) and there's an all out gunfight. How can it all end in two more hours!?

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