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24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY 1pm to 2pm review

Brad Wilson joins Jack Bauer on the streets of London, and gives us his take on hour 3 of 24: Live Another Day.

How ballsy is Jack Bauer, huh? Did you see the end of that episode?! We’ll get to that in a moment. But first, this hour was a little lackluster for me in the action department (until the end, at least), but I think that was intentional. There was a lot of character development on the villain’s side.

The woman who took out Derek Yates with one swift stab is named Simone Al-Harazi. Her mother, Margot, we learn, has a pretty clear vendetta against the United States and President James Heller. Heller apparently authorized a drone strike in Yemen that killed her husband.

We also learn Simone has a brother and a husband. A nice, quaint terrorist family. How lovely. But, honestly, they are and they seem to be very, very skilled. Simone cutting her leg and smearing the blood on her face to get away from Jack was very smart.

I am VERY intrigued by Margot. As the matriarch of the Al-Harazi family, she’s obviously calling the shots. She’s very intimidating and seems ruthless. It wouldn’t surprise me if at some point in this day she sacrifices her children or one of them turn on her. Even her son-in-law is getting cold feet. And if those creepy, big brother cameras she has in her home have audio, then she has a very watchful eye on him.

Moving on, I still just do not buy CIA Agent Kate Morgan as who they’re selling her as. She might be the weakest link in this revival for me. She’s gutsy, I’ll give her that. And she’s smart. Taking Basher to a rival gang to force him to talk was genius. Especially since he didn’t seem that afraid of what the CIA could do. I just have a hard time buying her as a badass, hopefully something will happen that will change my mind.

During this hour we get a little more information into what’s happened to Chloe the last four years. Apparently, her knowledge of where Jack was made her a target. However, it was her husband, Morris, and son, Prescott, that paid the price in a “hit and run” accident. I was actually wondering where Morris was. I kinda thought he was going to show up later, but I guess not. Anyway, it seems to be messing her just enough to compromise her “mission” with Jack. C’mon, Chloe, get it together.

Good lord, Mark is a douche. Ugh, that guy. I feel at some point during this day he’ll do something redeeming, but right now I don’t like him. I’m glad Audrey called him out on his BS. There were a few seeds planted in this episode that might foreshadow an implosion in the Boudreau marriage: Mark is controlling and treats Audrey like he’s keeping her in a box. We also see just how far he’s willing to go to make sure Audrey NEVER sees or hears Bauer’s name again when he FORGES President Heller’s signature.

Really!? One of your drone pilots is being blamed for something he didn’t do and you’re going to authorize something without the president’s knowledge using HIS signature? C’mon, bro. You’re better than that!

Finally, the best part of the hour, the last five minutes. Jack gets double-Adrian Crossed. Ha! Get it!? Anyway, Cross sabotages Bauers entry into Parliament, so Jack has to improvise. The moment he stepped away from the security checkpoint and took that gun, I was like: “Oh man. What’s he gonna do. He’s got a plan. What is it?” THEN HE SHOT TWO PEOPLE! (In the leg, I know, but still). The ensuing chaos allows him entry to the building, oh but wait, top notch agent Kate Morgan is on the trail!

This was a pretty good episode. Light on the action, heavy on the plot. I liked it. We have a clearer understanding of this season’s villain, we have a few side characters we love to hate, and of course Jack is just awesome as he always is. 

What did you think of episode 3 of 24: Live Another Day?

Brad Wilson lives in Southwest Florida where he writes every day at his job as a television news producer at WINK News. He doesn’t have a blog up yet, but it’s coming. In the meantime you can follow him on Twitter @bradwilson86

Watch the trailer for next weeks installment, 2pm to 3pm.

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