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24: Live Another Day – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET (Ep.3)

24 returned as the show we all loved (and eventually learned to tolerate near the end of it), and it continues in the third episode of Live Another Day. It was definitely a little slower than the premiere, but there can’t be explosions and crazy gun battles every week, but we get a little action. Let’s go….

-Jack and Chloe are tracking Yates and Simone, or better yet, Simone after she stabbed the entire shit outta Yates’ head, which Jack learns when he finds his body in the pub. He then gathers that she did it, and with Chloe’s help, they find out she is on the train (the tube, as the British say). Man, I’ve missed the hell outta Jack and Chloe working together. And we get an early “DAMMIT”, so things are off to a good start.

-Kate and Ritter round up the criminals from the last episode, and Navarro isn’t happy about the shootout in the projects. He orders them to let the guys walk, which they do, except for the ringleader because Kate is a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants kinda gal. She also shows some nice technique when she pistol-whips the dude in the back of the head.

-Jack gets on the train and finds Simone, who is like, “who in the fuck IS this guy?”. She creates a diversion by cutting herself with her little trusty knife, smearing blood on her face and yelling that Jack is trying to hurt her. Some poor dude gets in his way and, well, you can imagine how well that works out. But that slows Jack enough for her to get away, and I’m trying to figure out how the tube worker didn’t see her slip into the tunnel. Either way, it’s 24: the hell with logic.

-Chloe loses Simone because she is looking at a family, which reminds her of Morris and her son, which I completely forgot about. Jack is about to go in on her for losing Simone, but then she tells him that Morris and Prescott died when they were hit by a truck and starts to cry, so Jack scales it back a little and gives her a hug. See, he isn’t a complete dick. He knows more than anyone what is like to lose family.

-We switch to Audrey and her Chief of Staff husband, Mark, who is basically telling her that her father ain’t shit and isn’t fit to be the President. He wants her to convince the President to back off addressing the British parliament, who are pissed about the whole drone thing, then he forges Heller’s signature on an order to hand Jack over to the Russians for some old shit he did. He’ll do anything to keep the President and Audrey away from Jack, mostly because he knows Jack WILL get Audrey back, and he might die in in the process; at the very least, get his ass whupped.

-Chloe figures out who Simone is, and then who her mother is, which is a terrorist. Damn, it’s so hard not to refer to Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, but alas, her name is Margot and she has a thing for gardening. She greets Simone upon her return, but she is wary about Jack. Simone’s husband greets her as well, but he isn’t happy about her sleeping with Yates to get what her mother wanted. There is always one family member in 24 that is on some “I don’t know if we should be doing this” shit. Which means he’ll probably die, and his little conversation with Margot solidified that.

-Jack needs a new identity to get to the President and prove that the drone attack was a set-up, which means he needs more tech help, but Adrian Cross is like, “Dude, you got some nerves runnin’ up in my spot with guns and demanding shit”. But he says please and Adrian agrees to it….or does he?

-Kate and Ritter take the bad guy, Basher, to some dudes that he has beef with in order to get the information she needs, which he eventually agrees to. She’s pretty good at what she does, even Ritter has to admit to that. But he wonders how she didn’t know her husband was selling secrets to the Chinese, and she wonders the same thing. So tortured….so right for Jack. She’ll come around.

-A quick look at the U.S. Embassy sees a big-ass protest over the drones, and Tanner being driven into the lion’s den. We don’t spend much time on it, but I assume that’ll be a major part of the next episode.

-Margot expresses her concerns to Simone about being followed and being more careful, while stitching up her leg wound. Margot is NOT to be fucked with, people, not one little bit. Hell, later on, she watches her daughter seduce her husband, because she knows the husband isn’t 100% on board with the cause. Yeah, he is gon’ die.

-Audrey tries to convince Heller that he might not be up to talking to the parliament, but she has to know that he is going to do what he wants to do. He is the President of the United States, dammit. Men in power are going to do what they want. That goes just about how you figure it would.

-Jack gets his credentials and heads to the Embassy, but wouldn’t you know it? Adrian does something to make sure Jack is flagged by security, because he is sick of his shit, and fair enough. But you better make sure he gets caught.

-Heller starts to speak to the parliament, who immediately start yelling him down and asking questions about the drone attack, and like Mark said he would, he gets flustered. Don’t worry, though: he’ll be fine. Next episode, he’ll make some big speech and get the people on his side. I love this show.

-Jack does indeed get flagged by security, but it’s Jack friggin’ Bauer, so you know he is gon’ get away. He steals a guard’s gun after a good knee to the chest, but he is spotted by Kate and the chase is on. Oh yeah, Jack shoots a couple of protests to start some chaos so he can get away, so we have our first innocent bystander getting shot. Again, I love this show.

It was a good plot-building episode of 24: Live Another Day, but I still have questions about how a 24-hour day gets wrapped up in 10-12 episodes. They’ll have to start skipping ahead in time soon, but either way, I’ll be here for it.

24: Live Another Day – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET (Ep.2)

I absolutely didn’t know there was a second hour to the premiere of 24: Live Another Day until I was writing the recap for the first one. So yeah, let’s go…..

-We pick back up with goth Chloe walking the streets while the CIA tries to pick up the pieces from the explosion that went down in their office. Kate gets a phone that was taken off Chloe when she was picked up and calls a contact in the British police force. I’ve seen this guy before, I’m sure it’ll come to me eventually, if you know, help me out. Anyway, she blackmails him to get the numbers she needs as he has been working for the CIA for three years. Kate is pretty good, man. She will definitely be working with Jack at some point.

-Ritter is still so damn mad about Kate working on this case as she is taking his shine. Well, bruh, if you weren’t busy getting choked by a dude in handcuffs, maybe she wouldn’t be here right now. Navarro isn’t buying it and tells him to do his job. It’s so weird watching this dude be whiny if you know anything about The Wire.

-Chloe makes her way to her hideout, where we find out she has become a “hacktivist”, which I don’t even like writing because it is a stupid buzzword, but it is what it is. She works for Adrian Cross, who tries to get his merry band of hackers to pack up and leave because, well, Jack friggin’ Bauer knows where they are and he knows that name.

-You know what needs to happen? A frown-off between Chloe and Don Draper. The world would shake.

-Right on cue, Jack busts through the door and starts yelling about Derek Yates, who he believes is the one behind the plot on the President’s life. Adrian starts talking about his organization’s credibility, but for all he says he knows about Jack, he doesn’t realize that Jack gives not one single, solitary fuck about his credibility, he also has a gun and he will get the information he wants one way or another. Chloe knows this and is like, alright, we’ll help, all you had to do was ask me, damn.

-Jack is aided in this ambush by Belcheck, who helped Jack break Chloe out and we learn was in the Serbian mob, I can’t wait to hear about how he met Jack. I’m sure that is great.

-I gotta say, Jack looks impressed with Chloe ordering around the hacker crew. He didn’t know she had that in her. I think that is a look of being impressed. Jack doesn’t have many expressions.

-We find out that Derek Yates is holed up in some apartment with a gang of drugs, and he was the guy at the end of the first hour saying, “it’s done”. We find out he is joined by some blond girl who just wants to have the sex. Who was he talking to? Catelyn Stark, y’all! You might know Michelle Fairley from other stuff, but most probably know her from Game Of Thrones (although I see here she was also on Suits, another show I have to watch, apparently). He set up Tanner for the drone hit for Margot, although I’m going to have a helluva time not calling her Catelyn Stark. She sets up the drop to pay him.

-Tanner gets asked a bunch of questions by Capt. Greg Denovo, who it seems was his friend before all this went down.It doesn’t look good for the homie; Yates did a really good job of making sure all his info-planting bases were covered. It also doesn’t look good that Tanner had JUST gotten his weekend pass to see his wife revoked, so there is motive. The captain doesn’t believe him at all.

-The President (it’s William Devane, you’ve seen him in everything) and Audrey are speaking with the British Prime Minister (Stephen Fry, who I know from the British Whose Line Is It Anyway?, but he has been in a bunch of stuff). Heller steps away and gets word of the drone attack (which is in Afghanistan), and two of the dead are British, so that is going to throw a wrench into getting this base finished. Heller wants to tell the PM himself, but he gets word from his people and gives the President a “You motherfuckers” look, although I’m sure it would have been more eloquent coming from a Brit.

-Mark, the Chief Of Staff, then gets word from Navarro that Jack escaped and took Chloe with him. Navarro says that was his goal, but Mark is pressed to pin the assassination plot on Jack and threatens Navarro’s career. This guy is an asshole. You gon’ get found out, bruh.

-The hacker crew is gettin’ their work on, and Chloe is trying to talk to Jack about what he has been doing, which he isn’t having. Chloe wants to know why Jack is doing this for a government that screwed him (them, really) over, and Jack thinks he owes Heller, which Chloe deduces to Audrey. Jack always thinks he owes someone, which often gets him into trouble. Chloe goes right back at him, which Jack needs. I think I’ve missed her more than Jack.

-While looking for Yates, a hacker that kinda looks like Lily Allen stumbles upon the drone attack, which they instantly attribute to Yates. Cross finds out where Yates is and gives Jack the address. But Chloe goes with him because Jack is going to need communications help. Just like old times, my friends. Shit is like A Tribe Called Quest getting back together.

-Heller wants to talk to the British parliament and police and hand over Tanner to them for interrogation. Mark thinks that isn’t a good idea. Heller says something about apologizing from the heart and Mark is like, “ain’t no one tryna hear that shit”. He then says Heller isn’t at the top of his game, which seals it: Heller is now doing this to prove a point. Great. That always works out. Mark wants Audrey to talk to him, but Audrey wants to give her father a chance, doing a debate prep session.

-Yates and his girl watch the drone attack on TV, and he tells her they’re going to kill the President with them. He wasn’t supposed to say all this stuff to her, which means he gotta die. Heroin is a helluva drug.

-Kate tells Navarro she knows where Jack and Chloe are, which is where Yates is, so shit is about to go down.

-Tanner is being transported to London, while the debate prep session begins and everything is going well for Heller, but he makes a mistake about the number of soldiers killed and Mark starts going IN on him, much like those in the British parliament would. Audrey yells at him to stop, while Mark is getting off on this, it seems. Dude’s evil comes out in this scene; he is no Stamper from House Of Cards, that’s for sure. Heller is like, “fuck this, I’m the President, I’m out, and oh yeah, here is dude’s name, he was a married father of three, eat a dick”. Audrey walks out on Mark, and I may have clapped.

-Back to the Yates apartment, and Jack makes his way through the building with Chloe’s help. This shit is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 24. I love it.

-The guys protecting Yates notice on their cameras that one of their men is hanging from something. Well done, Jack, well done. He gets to the unit where Yates is and confronts the men, and hits them with a deal for their lives: “Look, I can tell you consider yourself a pretty intimidating group. You probably think I’m at a disadvantage. I promise you, I’m not. Give me Derek Yates and I’ll give you the opportunity to walk out of here unharmed. I suggest you take it.”. That was on some Taken shit. See, I know I’m not about that life because if someone said that to me, I’d be like, “yeah, dude is RIGHT in there, second door on the right”.

-Of course, the dudes don’t take it and inevitably get their ass kicked, faces and necks slashed, shot in the chest, all kinds of shit, because MUFUCKAS DON’T LISTEN. Yates hears this, packs up his shit and peaces out through a window. Jack just misses him (of course) and starts to follow. Yates and the girl walk RIGHT BY Kate, Ritter and the police (who just miss Chloe, of course), even telling them that Jack is upstairs with a gun and he is crazy. I have no idea how 24 has gotten away with making police look inept for eight-plus seasons, but shit is kinda funny. Dexter did the same thing for Miami police. I’d be so pissed.

-Kate and ’em trap Jack, who offers to surrender if they just go after Yates, but then he is shot (less than two hours? That didn’t take long) by one of the dudes from upstairs and a firefight ensues, allowing Jack to escape to the basement, so naturally, Kate follows him. Jack snatches her up and tries to tell her about the plot to kill the President, why he has been tracking Yates, etc. She tries to fight back and catches a headbutt for her troubles, but at least Jack planted the seed in her head. He breaks out of the basement and Chloe is waiting with a car that she hotwired and stole. Again, Jack is impressed. She asked Jack what he has been doing for four years; Chloe, what have YOU been up to? I fucks with it, whatever it is.

-Jack did manage to get a USB drive from Yates’ room, and Chloe finds drone designs to confirm their suspicions, but Yates built in a self-destruction program and she can only save a little of it.

-37:54 – FIRST FULL-SCALE DAMMIT! JACK IS BACK, Y’ALL!

-We wrap up with Yates and his girl at some random bar, hiding out, and he says he is looking for a new buyer for his work, calling Margot a devious bitch. Something doesn’t seem right here. He goes to the bathroom and the girl busts in, and he thinks he is going to get lucky. What does he get? A small knife through the brain. She even turned that shit. That was a solid TV kill. She takes the case with the device takes off her wig and calls Margot, telling her that Jack (some American, she says) followed them, almost caught them and Yates was planning to double-cross her. We find out the girl (the 24 Wiki says her name is Simone) is Margot’s daughter. Of course she is, because 24.

So, 24 is back and if you are a hardcore fan, you should have been happy with the return. It felt like it never left. Some people have complained about the obvious stuff we see (they haven’t alluded to it yet, but there HAS to be a mole in the CIA), but at this point, in the ninth season, 24 fans aren’t here for new shit, especially since it has been gone for so long. Just let Jack cook.

24: Live Another Day – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET (Ep.1)

I must admit, I didn’t get into 24 until after 2007, when I moved to Toronto and my friends had the first two or three seasons on DVD. It was really the first show that I remember binge-watching. From there, I ran through it to catch up to the beginning of season 7 (I still haven’t seen the “Redemption” TV movie that came out before that season; I might at some point). By the time it wrapped up after season 8 in May 2010, it definitely wasn’t touching its heights, but throughout the cheesiness and downright impossible scenarios, it was entertaining. I feel the same way about Sons Of Anarchy, but 24 is a little more well-done.

Kiefer Sutherland is back for a 12-episode run because I assume someone needs money (who doesn’t?), and that Touch show got thrown in the bushes, so here we are with “Live Another Day”, which takes place in London four years after the series supposedly concluded. It is being overseen by Howard Gordon, Evan Katz and Manny Coto, who all worked on the show in the past, and Gordon went on to help create Homeland, which explains why the second season of that was a bootleg 24.

Jack Bauer is now a fugitive from the American government for some fuckery, even though he has saved them countless times. Really, that’s it. If you have ever watched 24, you know it’s true. Ready? Let’s go….

-The show opens with the CIA’s London branch tracking someone, which we quickly learn is Jack, and it felt pretty good to see the split-screen action that 24 is famous for. They close in on their target, but of course, Jack is hip to them and gets outta dodge and kicks some ass along the way, but eventually, there are just too many agents for him to outrun. I noticed one thing, though: no one runs through gunfire as calmly as Jack Bauer does.

-In the CIA office, we meet Steve Navarro, the head of the show and played by Benjamin Bratt from Law & Order and some other stuff. Yvonne Strahovski plays Kate Morgan, and I know her from Dexter, where she played the lead character’s girlfriend until the end of the show. Kate is leaving the CIA because her husband, Adam, was caught selling secrets to the Chinese (we don’t meet him this episode). Kate comes up with the theory that Jack wanted to get caught, because she knows his history and Jack Bauer doesn’t get caught, unless he wants to, but Navarro brushes her aside because no one in the 24 world listens to anyone, ever.

-President Heller is in London to meet with the British government about drones. We last saw Heller as the Secretary of Defense, but has since moved up in the world. We also meet his Chief of Staff, Mark, who corrects the President on a joke he made in a meeting, and his COS is named Mark, who I have in my notes, “looks shady from the jump”. We learn that he is married to Audrey, Heller’s daughter, who was involved with Jack, but suffered a breakdown and went into a catatonic state. Jack Bauer’s love life could probably end up being a spin-off. A sad, death-filled spin-off. Anyway, I was right because he is the first person Navarro calls, and Mark sets the wheels in motion to have Jack sent to Special Activities, a nice name for “We Gon’ Torture The Shit Out Of You Until You Tell Us Something”. He definitely knows of the Hellers’ history with Bauer.

-On the military side, we meet Lt. Chris Tanner, who is in charge of controlling a drone, but fails to follow orders and gets a weekend pass with his wife revoked. Hus superior is a bit of a dick, but we’ll get back to these guys later.

-Jack is brought into the CIA office. We meet another agent, Erik Ritter, played by Gbenna Akinnagbe, who played stone-cold killer Chris on The Wire (y’all know how I feel about The Wire). He isn’t a fan of Kate because of her husband, and like most of the characters on 24, he’s kind of a dick. He snitches to Navarro about her asking questions about Jack, and it is because he is getting her job when she leaves at the end of the week. There is a solid chance he won’t make it out of the day alive. Navarro tells him to cool his jets; he was Adam’s friend as well, and believes that Kate didn’t know about the betrayal.

-Navarro then goes to Jack on some, “tell us if you’re here to kill the President and we won’t send you to get tortured”. Jack doesn’t flinch. Have they not read any files on him? No one has tortured or been tortured more than Jack Bauer. He even calls Jack a terrorist, and he still doesn’t move. Then we go to this Special Activities place, under the CIA office, and who do we see, getting injected with liquid pain? Chloe!!!!!! Turns out Kate is a smart one.

-Mark, the COS, is looking at Jack’s file, which says that he has killed at least 59 people officially, but that number is probably closer to 7,000. We also get to see Audrey, who is recovered from her breakdown, we think. Mark gets word of Jack’s capture and is advised to tell the President, but he keeps it to himself. See? SHADY. He gon’ learn today, though.

-Kate puts the pieces together that Jack wanted to get caught and when Navarro won’t listen, she locks him out of the interrogation room and confronts Jack, who finally flinches a little when she says he is after something or someone. That gets her booted out of the office immediately, and Navarro continues to tradition of mufuckas not listening on 24. That should be the tagline: 24 – Mufuckas Still Not Listenin’.

-But she has some Jack in her (which she will later, HI-YOOOOOOOOOOOO) and tasers the shit outta the security guard escorting her out. She finds out Chloe is down in Special Activities and it all becomes clear. We see a guy messing with a power station outside the CIA, and he is either helping Jack somehow, or plotting against the CIA, hell, could be both. We get some more split-screen action and Ritter is being cocky, telling Jack he read cases of how bad of a man he was back in the day. Suddenly, the lights go out and Jack gets his Bauer on, while handcuffed and chokes Ritter unconscious. After he is free, Jack rolls up on the dude who was torturing Chloe and gets him to take Jack to her. We finally hear Jack talk, and around 32 minutes (with no commercials), we get our first “Dammit” of the series, which means it is OFFICIALLY on, even if it is under his breath. He gives Chloe the Pulp Fiction treatment with a needle to the chest and they peace out, until they are caught by Kate. She almost gets them, but Jack alerts the guy above ground and he shoots a hole in the ground to get them out. Kate is good, but she ain’t fuckin’ with Jack, not yet. This is the sequence 24 fans have been waiting to see.

-The President is in a limo with Audrey, and we learn he has some sort of disease, similar to Alzheimer’s where the mind starts to go. He tells Audrey not to tell Mark; he just wants to get through this meeting with the British to get this military base built and get these drones poppin’. Keep that in your back pocket.

-Navarro and Ritter are trying to figure out what the hell just happened, with an explosion in the building and no sign of Jack and Chloe. Kate is like, “I told y’all mufuckas to LISTEN”, and Ritter is mad as shit. Kate and Navarro step to the side and she pleads to go back into the field and find Jack, and she was getting somewhere before basically threatening Navarro. So yeah, she’s turning on the agency at some point. Mark my words.

-Jack and Chloe split up, and Jack gives her a phone to basically track where she is going, which we find out in the next episode.

-We get back to Tanner, who runs into a major problem when someone takes over his drone, which targets where his superior and a bunch of other soldiers are and blasts everything to hell. Some dude says into an earpiece, “it’s done”, and we get the clock signalling the end.

I’ve said to a couple people that watching this episode of 24 is like putting on an old shoe: it was comfortable, it fits everything we’ve seen from the show to date and even though it is formulaic as hell and borders on ridiculous sometimes, it is wildly entertaining and sometimes, that is all that counts. Let’s do this.