24 – Season 7, Episode 1 & 2 Review

7.01 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.

7.02 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M

New city, new faces, no more CTU.  The long awaited Day 7 arrives.

Remember this will be a SPOILER review.  Click read more for the review.

From the looks of these first two episodes, it’s like 24 has never been gone.  We’re sucked into it so early on like every other season and it never lets up.  We’ve waited a long time for this and I believe that it looks promising.  Though I’m not going to proclaim that this will be “the best season ever,” because frankly the first four episodes of season six were outstanding and we know how that turned out.  What I will say is that things look fresh.

The first hour kicks off with Jack facing charges from the Senate sub-committee over the many years of torture he administrated under the now disbanded CTU.  Then in comes sexy FBI agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) to take Jack away for an important matter.  He is told that Tony Almeida is alive and that Mr Soulpatch is really pissed of with the Government.  Our good friend Tony has a little toy that can control planes, water supplies etc, though we have no idea why he is doing what he’s doing.

The main question that every fan is asking and Jack himself, has Tony really gone to the dark side or is it part of a larger plan?  Jack doesn’t want to believe that Tony could actually turn but I think deep down that he knows he’s just kidding himself.  Tony has all the reason in the world to hate the Government.  He’s been screwed over by them near as much as Jack has.  They’ve lost everything because of their job.  While Jack continued to help his country no matter how much his country screws him over, Tony has taken the other path and wants revenge for what they have done to him.  Though it’s all speculation right now, this is 24.  Though the cold, dead look in Tony’s eyes tell us a thousand things.

Meanwhile Madame President Taylor (Cherry Jones) is dealing with the crisis in Sangala.  The events have gone out of control since Redemption.  General Juma (Tony Todd) has slaughtered a couple hundred thousand of his people and President Taylor has had enough and finalises plans to send in the military to overthrow Juma.  We also find out in episode two that both Tony’s story and Sangala’s are connected.  Not really surprising but the shock is that Dubaku is alive and well.  I guess he didn’t die from the mine explosion in Redemption.  I’m glad he didn’t because I did enjoy his character and he has a score to settle with Jack over his brother’s death.

The other smaller story throughout these two episodes was First Gentleman Henry Taylor (Colm Feore) who believes his apparent suicide of his son Roger was not a suicide at all.  As we learned from Redemption, it seems that Mr Taylor is on to something.  There’s not a chance in hell that Roger killed himself.  It has something to do with Jon Voight’s character, who was absent from these first two episodes.

Small musings:-

I’m loving the relocation to DC.  I think it’s going to be a main factor for keeping the show fresh.  I hope once the season progresses it becomes a character in itself.  I cannot wait until the moment Jack goes to the White House.

Does Samantha (Carly Pope) have anything to do with Roger’s “suicide?”  How is she going to factor into the story?

Obvious that Moss and Renee have some history or are together.  They’ll probably learn soon enough that it’s not a good idea to have a relationship with a co-worker.

Jack and Renee seem to work well together.  She sure can kick ass and I hope they keep partnered up for a while.  Though she’ll be bitten by the Bauer love bug which will probably piss Moss off.

I’m hoping we don’t have to wait too long until the return of Chloe and Bill.  It will be interesting to see how they are integrated within the show with no CTU.

I had a blast watching these two episodes.  The first episode flowed a lot better than the second.  Hour two did seem to drag some of it’s stories.  The pace was just much less than hour one.  Though besides that, it all looks promising.  We’ve got episode 3 and 4 tomorrow and I’ve got that exciting feeling back that only 24 can deliver.

Quote of the episodes: Jack “What the hell happened to you?”

Favourite Scene: It would have to be Jack’s barrel roll onto the crate to the follow through to take down Tony to the then fight scene between the two.  Beautifully sublime.


One Response to 24 – Season 7, Episode 1 & 2 Review

  1. Jonny says:

    Seconded on the favourite scene, gotta love the “hell yeah!” moments…

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