"This is the price of war. Make no mistake - that is what this is." With President Palmer II down - possibly for the count - a new sheriff rode into
24-town this week, and with him, VP Noah Daniels brought a new attitude, and a whole new set of rules.
Honestly, I'm not sure quite what to think of this change of power yet. On the one hand, things did seem to be heading "to hell in a handbasket" under President Wayne, and
Powers Boothe's Daniels does feel like a far more commanding commander in chief. On the other hand, he just looks kind of, you know, evil (if only because of his uncanny resemblance to one of
Lost's fake-bearded Others). And that whole "loss of personal freedoms" thing is always a
Either way, I've got a feeling Lennox will decide to take Daniels' olive branch and help the VP get his plan through; he's just too calculating to throw it all away for the benefit of Assad's "good name." Of course, Lennox did take me by surprise (pleasantly) when he straightened his shirt and tie - and promptly turned in would-be assassins
Chad Lowe and That Other Guy, so who knows what old Tommy will pull next.
With all of the White House machinations in this episode (just how many presidents, current and former, can you squeeze into one hour of TV?), Jack seemed to take an uncharacteristic backseat. That is, until he decided to pull one of his crazy invade-a-hostile-country's-consulate-on-American-soil stunts, which are now becoming a JB trademark.
And while, as usual, all of the breaking, entering and hostage-taking looks like it will prove successful - as long as those darn Russkies don't kill everyone he tells - our beloved Bauer is starting to feel less like a do-whatever-it-takes agent and more like a crazy guy with a gun (and a cigar cutter, and whatever else is handy). As a
24 fan from the very beginning - and of
Kiefer's work long before - it's definitely getting disturbing to watch our all-American hero slowly become a cold-blooded, finger-chopping torture machine.
On a lighter note, it was interesting to have a kinder, gentler, less treasonous Logan in the mix, especially because he seems to have had a genuine change of heart - along with, by his own admission, a slight loss of sanity. And who knows, maybe their little backseat heart-to-heart will pay off and Jack will find his way down the road to some kind of healing. Though, judging by next week's preview, it doesn't look like Martha's really buying into Charles' Zen routine. Maybe it's just that new beard that's putting her off.
Todd Thatcher is filling in this week for the 24
blog's usual writer, Chana Shwadlenak, who is on vacation.
This is the price of war Make no mistake that is what this is With President Palmer II down possibly for the count a new sheriff rode into 24-town this week and with him VP Noah Daniels brought a new attitude and a whole new set of rules Honestly Im not sure quite what to think of this change of power yet On the one hand things did seem to be heading to hell in a handbasket under President Wayne and Powers Boothes Daniels does feel like a far more commanding commander in chief On the other hand he just looks kind of you know evil if only because of his uncanny resemblance to one of Losts fake-bearded Others And that whole loss of personal freedoms thing is always a little scaryEither way Ive got a feeling Lennox will decide to take Daniels olive branch and help the VP get his plan through hes just too calculating to throw it all away for the benefit of Assads 147