’24: Live Another Day’: Just You And Me, Kid

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Willaim Devane and Kim Raver in 24LAD Episode 8 24: Live Another Day: Just You And Me, Kid

[This is a review of 24: Live Another Day episode 8. There will be SPOILERS]

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In as much as 24: Live Another Day is like any other season of 24, episodes are generally at their best when taking a moment to analyze the moral tightrope its characters are walking at any given moment in order to achieve their respective objectives. And as far as any given episode goes, ’6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.’ is willing to delve into the mindset of people like Jack, President Heller, Mark Boudreau, and even Margot Al-Harazi in order to provide some level of understanding that might help explain what, precisely, their particular intention or purpose is at the moment.

If for nothing else, then, it comes as something of a surprise when the seemingly irrational Margot Al-Harazi, a woman whose apparent zealotry toward her singular cause led her to maim and later attempt to murder her own daughter, is suddenly willing to scuttle her plans to devastate London once President Heller agrees to surrender himself to her and her hellfire missiles. The suggestion takes her son by surprise, and he does little to hide his misgivings regarding Margot’s potential decision. But that’s not really the concern of the moment. Instead, ’6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.’ winds up asking a different question regarding Margot: Is her unexpected willingness to play fair a character inconsistency, or is it an intriguing wrinkle in what was until now a somewhat one-dimensional baddie? This sudden contradiction certainly suggests the latter, but as positive and potentially convenient as it is to suggest there’s a villain wiling to play by a certain code, there are still plenty of episode’s left to figure out whether or not Margot’s sense of justice and fair play are the real deal.

At the same time, however, President Heller’s decision to actually surrender himself and sacrifice his life also affords an interesting glimpse into the inner workings of his mind. Heller’s acquiescing to Margot’s demands is on one hand a heroic gesture that – provided Margot is a woman of her word – will likely save the lives of thousands of people. On the other hand, as Audrey tearfully suggests during her very heated exchange with Mark, there’s some lingering doubt as to whether or not Heller was of sound mind when he made his decision. There’s also a question of Heller’s desire to die because, as the president explains, his Alzheimer’s diagnosis is essentially a death sentence anyway, one that comes with the torture of slowly having his life and memories peeled away from him.

Benjamin Bratt in 24LAD Episode 8 24: Live Another Day: Just You And Me, Kid

In the end, ’6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.’ creates a compelling comparison between father and daughter, and mother and son, and how the competing ideologies regarding the parents’ beliefs and the doubt their children have concerning the decisions made by those ostensibly in charge say a great deal about both sides without the need for expository dialogue.

Structurally speaking, the episode felt stronger than the previous two outings, and it gives some hope that things will indeed pick up as Live Another Day heads into the stretch of the final four episodes. Here, the hour managed to balance Jack and Kate quite well (even if Jack’s escape from the residence with Heller played out like a side mission from a video game), while Jordan’s terrible first day in the field managed to breathe some life into the dull and far too tangential subplot of Navarro being a mole. Hopefully, Jordan will act as the catalyst to bring Kate and maybe Jack into the fold to liven things up there a bit.

Mostly, though, ’6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.’ hinges on the final shot of what looks to be President Heller and a good portion of the pitch at Wembley Stadium being taken out by Margot’s drone. Again, structurally speaking, the fact that the episode ends with Heller’s apparent demise is telling, especially when it comes to a show like 24, which keeps people like Chloe O’Brian on hand to potentially offer a way out of what seems like a literal dead-end. That leads to the question: Will the next episode confirm what the audience thinks they saw, or does 24 have a familiar trick up its sleeve? Perhaps what’s most interesting, then, is that, at this point, it will be something of a surprise no matter which decision Live Another Day makes.

24: Live Another Day continues next Monday with ’7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.’ @9pm on FOX.

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  1. “So wake the b1tch up.”

    Hilarious.

  2. Who is the Vice President?

  3. I’ll wager that Chloe was able to hack the drone’s video feed and freeze the image long enough for Heller to run off the field before the blast.

  4. ”Wake the b**** up!” :)
    The scene between Jordan and the hitman was the worst, the guy was killed by a computer analyst! Other than that it wasa great episode!

  5. They didn’t give him a Silent Clock. Even Edgar get a Silent Clock.

    • haha hhaha

      Classic. a silent clock was definitely in order.

    • I felt nothing when he died. No emotion = no silent clock for me.

      • Just cause you felt nothing, doesn’t mean he wasn’t an important and much loved character that deserved the silent clock treatment.

        Unless he’s somehow not actually dead. I was in utter shock when that happened though, had to rewind it several times.

        • Watch last night’s episode yet?

          I said no silent clock “for me.” My opinion.

  6. I have a feeling Heller may still be alive…that being said, this season is epic. I hope it is enough to bring it back full time.

  7. Finally somebody says it. Although Chloe is a great character, she’s been on the show for too long now. It seems, the big arches of the past seasons revolve around her ability to hack systems and get Jack in and out of buildings. ‘How do we get Jack out of this?’ – ‘No worries, we’ll write a Chloe scene’.

    This episode was one of the better ones, but the show balances on the edge of becoming its own caricature. Also, not only this year, but the prior ones as well, 24 has been getting very one-dimensional, in terms of plots and subplots. There’s one story, the story of Jack, whereas in the first seasons, there was a lot of stuff going on simultaneously. Each story had its own link with the big overall story, but now everyone in the show is focused on ‘The Drone’. Everything is about ‘The Drone’.

    So, the promise of the writers to go back with Live Another Day to the first season(s), has turned out false. They may have wanted to, but weren’t capable of it – or Fox didn’t back them – so in the end it’s just another terrorist with a bomb. Okay, they’ve made it semi-personal, because they’re specifically after Heller, but it’s just the same old same old. Why not go smaller? Why not leave the whole White House out of it? Why not have given Jack some kind of steady home? Now he’s basically a man without one, with nothing to lose. Why not give him something to lose? There doesn’t seem to be anything at stake for him, apart from his honour and protecting his country. Why not make it more personal for him? Those snippets of emotional moments – like the ones with Audrey, Heller, Chloe – don’t count.

    If Live Another Day returns next year (which is doubtful), why not have Vince Gilligan take a crack at it?

    That’s never going to happen of course, but that’d be awesome.

    • If you think back to seasons 4-6, there was a plot carried out through them. In 4, he kills the guy at the Chinese embassy, which causes him to go in hiding. In 5, he gets flushed out due to Palmer’s assassination, which causes the Chinese to catch up to him and take him hostage, and in 6 he is finally released.
      I imagine we’re going to see something similar play out with the Russians. They’ll have a plot thread at the end of this setting up a potential (hopeful IMO) season 10. Russians kidnap Kim? Elisha Cuthbert isn’t doing much that I’ve seen. Or since the new VP will be taking over soon, Audrey might be under less protection (especially if her husband dies this season, which I feel they are building to).

  8. i am watching this because i love 24.

    But honestly i do not love Jack Bauer… He has done his part over 9 seasons… its time.

    I would love to watch 24 built around Kate Morgan(Yvonne Strahovski) and Eric Ritter(Gbenga Akinnagbe). That would be incredible. The thing that makes 24 awesome is the real time nature of the show… Jack Bauer could perhaps have some cameos, but it is time to cut him loose as the star… take Kate & Eric and make series continuation.

    • Hate people calling for this. She is one dimensional and type cast for the role because of it. Plus her character is just a lame female Mike Doyle. If you don’t like Jack how the hell have you stuck with the show up to now?

  9. Try to have jack speak up more clearly and stop whispering everything he says, no man
    doing his kind of work whispers every word, especially speaking to the president of the United states. Also have your music dept tone down the background music so you can hear what is being said. Your music being played when action is taking place is much to loud and downs out the conversation.
    Other than that a great show, good casting, good background, good story line.
    Marilyn

  10. No silent clock for President Heller? Mmmm…I think he is still ALIVE!

    And the Latin American trailer for episode 9 clearly shows President Heller ALIVE!

  11. I stopped watching after episode three the volume of the music is annoying, you can hardly hear what people are saying, there is nothing wrong with my hearing.