The Last Straw for "24"
I'm too lazy to re-type my entire discussion with a buddy of mine about this week's "24," so I'll just cut and paste what we had to say. There are spoilers in here, in case you haven't watched it yet. My friend demanded to go by the name of Evil Grossmouth, the bad guy in this Wisconsin Dental Association comic book.
Dennis York: You're right - 24 was outrageous.
DY: There wasn't a single scene without a hole you could drive a truck though.
Evil Grossmouth: Was there not a 100% chance that the worm Miles was going to rat them out to the President? Anyone with a GED or a certificate from a welding college could have figured that out.
EG: That was where I lost it. And I love how Bierko's henchman is driving the van taking him from CTU, and they give us no explanation how they set that up.
DY: So Jack risks the lives of 50 plane passengers to secure the recording, gets back to CTU, then promptly hands it over to Chloe to go see Audrey for 15 minutes.
DY: PLAY THE F---ING TAPE!
EG: Or better yet -- MAKE A COPY OF IT. He gives it to her, doesn't tell her to copy it, but tells her to "clean it up" And he tells her to work alone and let nobody near her and then you see her siting there working in a goddamned conference room?
DY: When he was on the plane, he was on the phone with CTU - why wouldn't he play the tape for them over the phone? Then, if they got shot down, which he knows the president was trying to do, the evidence would survive.
EG: Also, to prevent the country from having to deal with the agony of a sitting president being charged with murder and treason, Logan decides to blow his own brains out? Yeah, that would have really prevented a scandal.
DY: And Mike Novek was already on the phone with the woman from CTU a couple times that day. All it would take would be for one of them to call each other during the plane incident, and everything would be cleared up.
DY: He would never think to call Jack? Or CTU?
DY: When he knows something is going on?
EG: The more I think about it, the more angry I get. Thanks a lot.
DY: Actually, the Bierko scene was one of the least outrageous to me. I was just thinking "Jesus, how many moles can there possibly be?"
EG: And none of the eight guards with him noticed him nod at the driver and the drive nod back? Nobody would have caught that?
DY: But when Jack left the recording to be with Audrey, who he had already been told was okay, I almost had an aneurysm.
DY: Or when Karen, Chloe, and Bill Buchanan are in the conference room and Karen decides she has to tell Miles what's going on. Everything is going totally fine, and telling him would do absolutely no good, but could jeopardize the operation.
EG: Of course. He wouldn't need to prepare anything to brief the AG about the president being a traitor and a murderer. Karen telling Miles was really the last straw for me. I almost turned the TV off there. I only kept it on because I was hoping against hope that she was luring him into the hallway so she could tell him she knew he was working with Logan and then stab him in the throat.
DY: I actually considered just not watching anymore after 21 hours.
EG: I thought about it too, but I can't do that. It's the same reason I'm sticking with Alias despite its awfulness -- I've already invested enough time in the thing, I ought to see how it ends.
EG: I just hope they finally set 24 somewhere other than LA next season. Seriously, after the last five years, why would any president, government official or person ever go to LA?
DY: And, gee, what was the chance that Logan was going to get a call from someone right as he was about to kill himself? And I'm sure calls that come in to the retreat from a cell phone go right to him at 4 AM.
EG: That's usually how it works. "Yes, I'd like to speak to the President. May I tell him who's calling? My name is Miles. One moment please, sir."
DY: "Please hold all calls except any unexpected calls I might get from people named Miles."
Not exactly Pulitzer material, but I had to complain.