24: Live Another Day review: Help from above
Jack gets into the embassy, finding himself trapped and forced to take hostages, but ends up getting help from someone he never expected in "2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m."
This was the most intense episode of 24: Live Another Day so far, which tells me that we're in for a lot more anxious moments to come before this series is through. This is only the third episode and already I felt like I could barely breathe through most of it.
Jack getting himself into the embassy was pretty smart, but the triumph was short-lived when he discovered that he was basically trapped. He went in to get Tanner's flightkey so that he could prove the drone had been hijacked, but once he had it he had to stay there to get the data off of it. From there he had to get to a special computer room and unfortunately had to take some hostages to do what needed to be done.
- ICYMI last time…
- Jack and Chloe tracked Simone to a train station, but lost her.
- Simone took the drone override device back to the terrorist leader, aka her own mother.
- The president began his speech, but was practically thrown off the stage by the angry British people.
- Jack found out the drone pilot accused of murder was being held at the embassy and got a fake I.D. from Chloe’s friend to get in.
- Jack’s I.D. didn’t work so he had to resort to causing a diversion (one that involved a fair bit of gunfire) to get inside.
The interactions he had with the hostages were great. Jack has proved time and time again that he's a very tough guy, so it was nice to see him talk quietly and reassuringly to the frightened people in that room with him.
Finally, Mark had to break down and tell President Heller what was happening with Jack. When Heller and Jack spoke on the phone, for a brief moment I was hopeful that the entire story was about to be turned on its head. I thought maybe we were going to see Jack working with the authorities to catch the terrorists, but it didn't exactly happen that way. Mark managed to convince Heller that they couldn't trust Jack and suddenly he was facing a bunch of Marines.
That's when Kate stepped in. She too had heard Jack's story, but she believed him. I loved that she crawled through an air conditioning vent so she could tell him that and save him. It was like she came down from heaven above when she jumped into the room to help him out. I'm not exactly sure how she's going to get him out and I still think she won't have much luck convincing anyone else that Jack is right, but at least he's got somebody else on his side now.
Simone, Margot and Naveed had their own set of troubles in this episode, which were hard to watch for many reasons. I knew it wasn't likely but I was really rooting for Naveed to figure out a way to escape with Simone. But how could he have known that Margot had such a hold on her daughter? Nor could he have known that a mother would be willing to chop off her own daughter's finger to get Naveed to pilot the drones. Mother of the Year, right there.
My favorite bits:
Sheldon remarking that Jack calling what he did a "diversion" was a bit of an understatement.
Totally waiting for Jack to say "My name is Jack Bauer. I'm here to rescue you" when he walked into the room where Tanner was.
President Heller pulling off his speech. Yes! I knew he could do it.
Jack reassuring his hostages that he didn't intend to hurt any of them. I don't know if that was smart, but I loved that he did it.
President Heller telling Mark he wasn't going to do anything until he spoke to Jack. So much for a feeble old guy losing his mind.
Jordan pointing out that if they'd listened to Kate in the first place, they wouldn't be in as much trouble.
The look on Jack's face when he realized the president was on the phone.
Kate tossing all those Marines aside to keep them away from Jack. Whoa.