“24” Airs Monday Nights at 9/8c on Fox

Synopsis: Tony puts Jibraan on a train with the canister set to blow up; Olivia has to deal with the repercussions of Hodges’ death while Aaron Pierce gets suspicious.

Review: Once again, “24” goes out of its way to completely derail any momentum they had building this season. On ESPN.com, writer Bill Simmons recently talked about “24” and related the events of Jack Bauer on-screen to the career of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade (found here, scroll down to #3). Although hilarious, Simmons could not have been more accurate, seeing as “24” is ending about as miserably as the Miami Heat’s season did.

Question: Why did Jack have to hide telling Kim that he was sending an FBI escort with her to the airport? His f*cking daughter has been kidnapped at least 3 times, so don’t you think she would have every right to be suspicious of a dude watching her at the airport? Jack: “Kim there’s been a series of terrible events that have happened today, I’m sending this FBI agent with you to the airport until everything gets cleared up.” Kim: “Ok, Daddy. Good luck dying in peace. Ciao.”

Question: When Jack put the canister in the hazmat truck it blew up, but the explosion was pretty minimal. Are they saying that Tony detonating a bomb, underground, in an empty train station before 6:00 AM would kill hundreds or thousands of people? I don’t know, perhaps it could’ve, but didn’t that whole sequence seem a bit anti-climactic to you?

Question: Why would a hit man go ahead and complete the job without getting paid? Are you kidding me? “She’s good for it.” Pssh. This is murder, not paying someone back because they bought you Springsteen tickets.

Everything else: I’m glad Aaron Pierce is finally stepping it up and will put an end to the most irritating side plot in “24” history – Olivia Taylor. Seeing that chick go down will be awesome, but I hate that it’s going to affect the President, because I think overall Cherry Jones’ Allison Taylor has been one of the stronger Presidents in “24” history. Hopefully, she’ll be back for next season.

As for Jack, it’ll be interesting to see how they bring him back for the eighth season. In the last two hours of the season, Jack has to save his daughter (again), spring Tony from captivity (again!) and get Agent Walker to trust him (AGAIN!). This season has been stuck on loop. But how do we get some closure with Jack’s illness? How is that going to end? In the preview last night, we saw some men hold Jack down while he screams in agony. Will Kim come back and him tell about his granddaughter in a last ditch effort to make him re-think the operation? Plus, how are we going to fit all of that with some explosions, gun fights, and wrapping up other various plotlines? I’m pretty sure we’ll say goodbye to Tony in the last hour and welcome Will Patton as our next “24” villain.

But we’ll see. Maybe since this season of “24” has just gone in circles, maybe it’ll all end with Jack being captured by the Chinese (again) or being put on trial for torturing (again) or MAYBE he’ll just wake up with a cold sweat with Audrey Raines by his side because the last 2 seasons have all been a dream (/nightmare).

What did you think of this week’s episode of 24?

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