24 – Episode 7-13 Review

I’m not going to reveal what it said in order to protect those who were lucky enough to avoid it, but did anybody else read the latest edition of TV Guide? It totally reveals – quite nonchalantly, without warning – a major spoiler about a specific character not being as virtuous as he or she may seem. What kind of crap is that?

So we had our first silent clock of the season (and you just KNOW they had to do it after painting themselves in a corner with that lame excuse as to why it was okay to bring Tony back from the dead), and the super awesome Bill Buchanan has died. This was a genuinely sad moment for me, as he’s truly developed into one of the greatest characters on this show. It’s hard to believe that, at first, he was introduced as the uptight, unlikable new boss. His death was incredibly heroic and selfless, and if he had to go, I can’t imagine it happening in a more appropriate way.

I also appreciated the way Jack sat with him once the crisis was resolved. It wasn’t so much that Jack was in shock. Instead, it just seemed like Jack wanted to sit with his friend, not wanting him to be alone. It felt more like a tender, caring moment than a traumatic one.

Well, at least Agent Pierce survived. What does everybody think happened to Martha Logan? Went crazy? Died? Committed suicide? Went to jail for her attack (murder?) upon her former husband?

Was anybody else a little….unsettled by how willingly the President gave in to Juma’s demands by reading that statement? Yes, they killed an innocent man right in front of her eyes, but she agreed to read the statement before that happened. Does she not understand how damaging it is to have our PRESIDENT proclaiming that she committed unprovoked acts of terrorism while standing right in the White House? And even after the takeover failed, she didn’t even seem all that concerned with damage control. She’s talking about how the American people will feel at ease knowing that their President is in the White House. Yeah, I’m sure that’ll make everything ALLLL better.

Oh, and what a bitch her daughter turned out to be, huh?

You do have to love, though, the….um….lower region measuring competition between Jack and Moss. I’m particularly fond of the fact that neither character is necessarily “wrong” here. On the one hand, Jack is disobeying all of these orders, which could have severe consequences. But, as Walker noted, he’s constantly been right. And yet you have Moss, who seems like a genuinely good guy. He’s simply trying to do his job and follow protocol. And for that matter, he’s done some good as well. And while having an anti-hero like Jack is all fine and good, overall the system simply wouldn’t work without a guy like Moss. That being said, you can also tell that he’s allowing his heart to make some vindictive decisions. He’s clearly hurt by Walker’s faith in Jack, which has made him resentful towards Jack. But at the same time, you can have sympathy for the fact this girl he’s known and cared about for nearly a decade has become practically unrecognizable after meeting some guy that morning. Through thick and thin, though, you do sense that these two have a certain sense of trust and respect for one another. Hence why Jack called Moss after going on the run.

But how great was it when Moss placed his hand on Jack’s chest, and Jack just looked down, resulting in Moss removing his hand?

Matt Basilo has been writing for Inside Pulse since April 2005, providing his insight into popular television shows such as Lost, Heroes, Prison Break, and Smallville. You can visit his blog at A Case of the Blog.