24: Live Another Day review: Here come the nukes

Jul 1, 2014 at 12:03 p.m. ET
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Jack catches Steve but loses the override device and is shocked to discover whose hands it ends up in during the episode "8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m."

This season of 24: Live Another Day has already given us multiple terrorist threats, a few of which that actually became attacks, dangerous drones flying all over the city, a near-execution of the president and two terrorists tossed out of windows. You might have thought that would be enough action and nail-biting drama for one season, but the show proved in this episode that it wasn't even close to being done.

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In my review of the last episode, I wondered what exactly Adrian wanted with the override device. I didn't realize that he created the thing, nor did I know that he had no intention of selling it... well, not again anyway. Perhaps he thought he was doing something noble by taking the device back so he could use it to get into various countries' warfare systems and show them their weaknesses. Maybe he thought he would be touted as a hero for it, but sadly all he got for his trouble was a bullet to the head.

It didn't take long for Chloe to figure out that Adrian was up to no good and I applauded her attempt to escape. But now she's the last of the computer experts stuck in the hands of Cheng, and I shudder to think what he plans to do with her. The guy had no problem killing every one of her friends, and I doubt he'll have any trouble doing the same thing to Chloe once he gets what he needs from her.

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In the final moments of this episode, Cheng attacked a Chinese carrier using a U.S. nuclear weapon, and I'm both nervous and excited to see what that will add to Jack's nightmarish day.

Before the nukes came along, Jack and Kate worked well together to find out what Steve knew about the location of the device. I didn't blame Kate at all for wanting to strangle Steve once she knew he was the one who framed her husband, but once again she took the high road and didn't let that anger control her. She and Jack did use that anger to make Steve think she would kill him though and that was absolutely brilliant.

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Two more episodes to go. I'd say that the show couldn't possibly top what it's already done this season, but I know I would be wrong, so I'll just say that I'm looking forward to seeing how they do it.

My favorite bits:

The shoot-out/chase between Jack and Steve. I thought I was going to have a freaking heart attack.

Not being able to help laughing at Adrian leaving Steve hanging in the wind. Ha!

Jack: "Just so we're clear: I wasn't asking, that was me being courteous."

Jack showing Steve he wasn't afraid to make him talk in any way he could.

Totally agreeing with Mark. Audrey really did make their marriage sound like an obligation.

Freaking out again during the standoff between Kate and Jack over Steve... especially when I saw it was all an act. Brilliant!

Kate: "You're done. You're going to be executed for murder and treason, and I'm going to be there to watch."

Jumping half out of my skin when Cheng shot Adrian.

Actually squeaking out loud when the semi hit Jack and Kate. Whoa!

What did you think of this episode? What do you think will happen to Chloe?