24 Season 8: Hour 5 Review and Discussion

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 26th, 2010 at 6:23 am,

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After a 4-hour extravaganza debuting the launch of another of Jack Bauer’s Worst Days last week, hour 5 arrived tonight. Tonight’s episode offered up some tantalizing detail and acting chops the likes of which I would pay to see in other programs I watch, and folks – this was only a bridge episode.

It’s clearest to me how all of the people that create 24 when I can watch an episode that’s supposed to just help fill in the gaps, and get the kind of satisfaction I did tonight.

Once again it’s time to take the safety off your .40cal H&K, pop-in your ear comm and strap in for a spoiler-ridden review of the fifth hour of 24 Season 8!

These reviews are filled with story-decimating SPOILERS. If you have not yet seen this evening’s episode, this review will ruin many aspects. Readers beware…

Already, as news of President Hassan’s attempted assassination spreads, suspects and those who have already been judged as guilty are being rounded up and taken into custody to begin the process of  finding more answers in his native country. Ironically, President Taylor now puts the peace talks ball into an incredibly strange court: SHE announces that if President Hassan doesn’t call off the rounding up of people in his country to “prove” his interest in peace, she will call off the peace talks conference.

Jack and Renee are tending to what we initially thought was a severed hand, but turns out to be only an amputated thumb to remove the parole bracelet from Ziya, a Russian mafia underling. Renee is able to stabilize him and they eventually head toward Vladamir’s hideout which is a truly dicey move. Her goal: Get Vladamir interested in acquiring/buying/getting into the middle of the uranium purchase in an effort to find out more information. I’m incredibly interested to see not just how the Russians will be rolled into the mix, but I was very interested in how the two Russian brothers (one of whom is sick from toting the weapons-grade uranium carelessly) story will weave itself into the general lay of story land here this season.

Dana receives another call from Kevin, who now wants her to make her way home. Unbelievably she makes her way out of the office in the middle of her shift, stops at an ATM, grabs $500 and heads home to find not only Kevin but some other shady house guest. After a short throat-grabbing session and some smarmy, forgettable dialog, we find out that she is an ex-con (former accomplice to murder). While this section was the most detail-laden of the tired, old intra-personal relationship lines of story here this season, I am still inclined to hate not only the Kevin/Jenny/Dana line of story, but the unbridled waste of actress Katie Sackhoff when she is put into blubbering heap of blonde hair and running makeup.

Ziya and Renee head toward Vladamir’s secret warehouse-based hideout where Ziya paves the way for Renee’s return. Jack and Renee go over the cover story and details that will be the foundation of her attempt to reintegrate into the Russian mafia fabric and continue the mission. Actress Annie Wersching puts on an acting clinic in several parts of this episode and once again, I am more impressed with her as she acquires more screen time this season. She’s easily the strongest part of this season and I can’t wait for more.

Jack and Chloe are able to use one of the apparently thousands of mobile video drones over the city of New York to track the armored car trunk that Ziya and Renee have been packed into. Jack follows not too far behind but – it’s a ruse! It’s the wrong car and they have actually been taken to a seaside dock where they will more than likely be executed. What follows here from Annie Wersching is again one of the best showcases of acting 24 will have this season and a great sample of the best craft contained inside of the show. While Ziya is unceremoniously shot, killed and dumped into the ocean, Renee’s answers, attitude, perfectly-timed tears and completely sold cover story get her “IN.”

And the beeping clock countdown of 24 continues…

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  1. I loved the scenes with Renee, but the other stories haven't taken off yet, so I'm still waiting for them to develop. Hassan's story is going really slow while Dana's story seems completely unrelated. I'm waiting for Kevin to drop a bombshell because I don't think money is his only concern.

    Review of the episode on my blog:
    http://th3tvobsessed.blogspot.com/2010/01/revie

  2. Renee story is great! I can't wait till the next week. I agree with the “The TV Obsessed” other stories are kind of lagging behind. I hope they'll pick up pace soon.

  3. One of the things I wish was addressed in earlier seasons is that while the casts have continued to grow, the “required attention span” has gotten infinitely shorter. I think that's a bad thing and speaks to the “24 ADD” I talked about in previews reviews. We don't have to have a 3 and a half minute change of topic pace every episode to be “exciting” and I don't understand how the people inside of the writing staff don't comprehend that. BUILD STORY, already. Last night's episode at least gave us some detail on the hated Kevin/Dana/Jenny thing, but NOW they choose to take time to build THAT story? :) Thank you both for your insight and keep it coming!

  4. Couldn't agree with you more on every aspect Mike.

    I'm hating the Dana storyline. It's a waste of our time and Katee's acting abilities.

    And i said it last week and I'll say it again, Renee's grown some balls this season. And it's impressive. Her scene with the gun to her head was probably one of the best and most emotional scenes i've seen in 24.

    And can we please all chip in for an acting coach for the CTU director, Lurch? Ugh, what a bad choice.

  5. Mike, you have to remember that aside from Jack and maybe Chloe, every team member is expendable. No one is safe from being killed in this show. And it's famous for starting a storyline and ending it in death. I think that's where the pace comes from.

  6. What I love about this show, is that truly, because this is “last season” they ALL are expendable. That's one of the very chocolate-icing-like options this season that I truly do love. Thanks a gain for your comments and thought! It's always appreciated!

  7. Wow…I'm surprised anyone likes this season at all.
    The first four episodes were lackluster and the 5th did me in. I think I'm out for good.

    Let's review the FAIL that is 24:
    Head of CTU – This guy can barely act. Are we seriously going to accept his constant dismissal of Jack and then his half assed apology before fading to the background?
    Katee Sackoff story – OMG…Terminate this story NOW. Nothing about this storyline is plausible, interesting, or worthwhile. She is working for an elite government agency and is being blackmailed by an ex lover for something she did when she was under 18??? WTF. Not only is the acting terrible, but this storyline is probably the worst I've ever seen in a scripted drama.
    Chloe – Always interesting when communicating with Jack, but are we really to accept that she was relegated to a computer clutz for the first 4 episodes, and now this is Awesome Computer Hacker Chick again? How about some consistency.
    Hassan – Decent acting, but we just don't care about him, his country, or his affair. How can we have any compassion or interest in him if we don't have any vested interest in him?
    Bad Guys – Whoah whoah whoah…are these guys supposed to be Russian? Accents are horrible and their motivations are simply stupid again. “My dumb son god himself irradiated, and I'm going to let him die…Oops..never mind…take him to da hospitol. But be cautious!!” Who cares about all this sympathy for the villians? Now we have rogue brothers withing the antagonists we're supposed to care about? Come on. How about Jack smashing some faces, like the great Axe X 2 from the first episode.

    Suspensful Plot – Is there one? The bad buys “might” acquire some Uranium if 5 hours. Jesus, that's almost a quarter of the show. Last season the bad guys actually had missles ready to go and were launching. Now all we got to care about is a sniveling brother of Hassan that is brokering a deal from some bomb material? Boring.
    And as for suspsense…Episode 5 was the first episode of 24 I think I've ever seen that DIDN'T end on a cliffhanger. In fact, even when the episode started, they seemed to shy away from a clean hand chop off to only the thumb. Started with a small letdown and ended with the worst letdown of all, no cliffhanger (24 trademark).

    As it stands, there is too much other good TV that I could watch on DVR rather than waste my time with this season. Damages is off to a good start. I think I'm out. If someone tells me it gets better, maybe I'll give iTunes some of my hard earned money and revisit it, but as it is now….no way.

    -MilkFromACow

  8. That reminded me of something I'd forgotten to mention. How did CTU let yet another felon in? CTU get's infiltrated by bad guys more often than a prison. How does this continue to happen?

    And did anyone else find it funny that this is the first time we've heard David Anders in his actual voice and he's playing a russian?

  9. I had much less problem with him in the first couple of hours, but – I'm not sure if he needs Forrest's help again or what. I REALLY want to like him too but just seems way out of his league at this point. Maybe that's where they want it to go? Not sure how that would help us all “understand” the value he was supposed to provide to the President to re-open a shuttered and lost hope cause like CTU. Thanks for your comments, Strich!

  10. @MilkfromaCow: I'm with you on almost all points, but have been able to find little shiny pieces to try to steer my attention span to finding the pieces I like.

    I DO like (and we'll be focusing on this on in our next 24Podcast) that it DIDN'T end on a cliffhanger. Using this as a tool to give some different ebb and flow is much more productive than say, more “say mah name, say mah name, if you gonna' beg, say mah name” crap from Kevin. We were talking about how I'd much rather see some of the other scenes drawn out longer than deal with ANY of the Kevin stuff recently

    Thank you for your concise input and hang in there! We are and we're hoping for more of the quality peppered through this recent episode. Cheers!

  11. The feedback that we've gotten recently from our podcast is resoundingly negative, because we've been pointing out many of the negative aspects that all of your are pointing out as well. I am truly disappointed that people will “eat all of this up” and then take exception to us saying that storylines like the “Kevin/Jenny” stuff is lame – well – it is, and I don't understand how the writers sit in a room and contemplate that this is going to be the “next cutting edge and final gargantuan” 24 season and think it's going to be great. It's not and as an “investor” (of millions) I require that we be provided something better.

    It's though to like a show so much that you've reviewed each and every episode for 5 years but even harder when people tell you “you're not a fan” or “you don't like 24.” Umm, right.

    Your point about CTU is SPOT on. Of the organizations that would spend copious time vetting potential employees, that they miss someone even because of a juvinenile file sequester is a giant stretch. IT'S CTU! :)

    Thanks for your comments and WE ARE WITH YOU, Strich!

  12. Right, but if the audience (correct me all, if I'm wrong but you ALL HATE this current Kevin/Jennytastic storyline) has no pathos at all to the CURRENT, how does that bide for future potential care? See, I don't get that and plead that the writers do something different (which since the season is already shot is, in vain).

    Thanks for your insight and keep it coming!

  13. It would take an amazing feat to get me back into 24 after this garbage startup. I am a massive fan too, and have been let down.
    If this is supposed to be their last season, what an utter failure. I didn't realize they were bringing Renee Walker back…if I had, I would have suggested that they Reboot the series with a 24hrs surrounding Renee Walker infiltrating the Russian Syndicate with a Cameo by Jack Baur to pass the torch. They could possibly even pass the torch to Freddie, but I think a strong female lead could have been a big win for 24. Now all we get is Kieffer pulling a “You're not ready for this” like a broken record.
    It's really sad that the season is shot already. A course correction is in dire need to retain viewers.

  14. Mike,

    That sounds like Star Trek fans when “Enterprise” was running, defending it no matter how awful it was.

  15. I think the whole point ofDanas storyline is that she will be using her position to assist in aheist at a time at time that CTU will be focusing theieir energies on something else.
    They may catch her doing something at a time when Jack needs them focused on something else.
    it could also be a plan to get dana fired to put a mole in her place.
    or someone more inexperienced will take her place .
    The Dana soryline isnt about what is happening with it right now,
    Its about what it is building to.

  16. Actually, it was quite clear to me in the previous ep that Ziya only had his thumb removed. She was cutting at an angle, and the shot of the digit was very apparent on the floor.
    Still, she went full Bauer on that one.

  17. Actually if she went went full Bauer on him,
    He would have lost his head!

  18. Episode 8 is where season 6 started to bleed millions of viewers, so – I guess I”ll use that as a primer/meridian line to gauge it. The benefit that '24' has is that “it's filmed”. They can't “pull the rug” out from underneath them like they have with so many other programs and while I'm happy we'll “see the end” there are MANY other shows that weren't so fortunate. I hope that you'll stay in for the ride, or – AT LEAST my reviews here at Screen Rant and our podcasts. If nothing else, they offer some entertainment to those who have not feel the “investor love” that I know I require from shows that I spend this much time covering/watching, etc.

    Thanks again for your comments! They mirror much of the fan feedback I've received and there are CLEAR trends being conveyed. Cheers!

  19. Ha. I blew my “collective 24-in-60+!” wad on that episode by stating that the hand had been removed. Oops! At least my mea culpa will be more entertaining than the DanaJennytastic storyline. ;) Thanks for your comments!

  20. Ha! Well said! We got a lot of input where people said that her deeds were worse than Jack's and clearly you remember the “get me a hacksaw” moment – or even the Chapelle moment. GOD those were good seasons…

  21. One thing to consider when it comes to 24 story lines, one of the greatest 24 twists of all time came from a storyline that for the first 6 episodes was completely off-topic and boring. I am talking about the Kate and Marie Warner storyline. Am I saying this Dana thing isn't boring? No I completely agree… this storyline sucks. But who knows??

  22. One thing to consider when it comes to 24 story lines, one of the greatest 24 twists of all time came from a storyline that for the first 6 episodes was completely off-topic and boring. I am talking about the Kate and Marie Warner storyline. Am I saying this Dana thing isn't boring? No I completely agree… this storyline sucks. But who knows??

  23. Yknow what? I'll give you that totally and what a very satisfying, productive end that was. we just finished out this podcast review of hour 5 and – strangely – one of the most hated episodes (Tony) became one of the greatest review episodes in recent history. Look for more links via my Twitter feed and thanks again for remembering pieces of the past that this “boring and out of place” storyline could take us. Cheers!

  24. I can't agree with you more there, Vic. Enterprise, while not the worst of the STAR TREK Brand (>Koff Voyager<) had some fugly episodes to be sure. I have been dealing with The 24 Defenders since we started a reasonably-nitpick-laden but very productive podcast 5 years ago and they ARE out there :) Thanks for your comments – I find STAR TREK and very “like” environment for passion when it comes to television programming like “24″. Cheers!

  25. Jack has one of his best ever ” Damn it” moments when he realises he was following the wrong car. Classic.

    Does anyone else think that Jack has sorta been sidelined in his own show here, he hardly has anything to do anymore.

  26. Also does anyone else think the nuclear rods might end up inside the spy drones above the city???

    They had to have introduced those things for a reason.

  27. Annie Wersching rocks. Renee is scaring me a bit so far this season, though, making me really nervous. I love her character and I hope nothing seriously bad happens to her. I'm so excited to see where her relationship with Jack goes this season. I think Jack will be able to stabilize and help her.

    Not sure I trust President Hassan yet… And I agree with TV Obsessed, I don't get the correlation of Dana & Kevin's story… I just know I don't really like either one of them, especially Kevin.

    I only started watching 24 last season and I am very sad to hear that this may be the last!

  28. it better build up soon. I wish they just show the JAck and Renee storyline the whole time! I love it and that is sort of the only reason i want to watch this season.

  29. what's up with this board? Except for the podcasts, Mike seems to have gone AWOL, and no one else has posted for days – and we had a new episode last night!