24 continued unabated and the clock ticks on consecutively in Episode 3, even though they’re going to have to make a massive time-jump at some point.
So, since a woman scorned and all that re: Simone (Emily Berrington) from last time, as she plunged a knife into Yates’ head, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) proves it’s still possible to make the man-bag look fashionable.
The first “Dammit!” comes just 3:43 into the episode when he realises the scale of the problem in trying to track Simone down after she murdered Yates.
After deducing that the girl with her new-found case is travelling on the tube via the Northern Line, Chloe’s doing the navigating and she seems perfectly in tune with the directions around the capital even though she won’t know the London streets at all. Later, Simone gives them both the slip because Chloe’s pre-occupied with her family, for a situation in which she blames herself and thinks she could’ve prevented. And despite her tear-less crying, her eye make-up is still perfect. Not bad for a Goth who lives in a squat!
As the episode lumbers on in predictable fashion, there’s some other guff about Boudreau playing on Heller’s amnesia, and discussing it with Audrey, but it’s tedious by comparison.
Elsewhere, Kay Burley‘s presenting Sky News without making any gaffes, for a change, and the plot seemingly deepens with the Al-Harazi family, but it’s a road we’ve been down many times before with femme fatales and it can only surprise those new to this franchise. And despite the drone killing army people last week, the anti-drone brigade are still rightly angry about it all, but it doesn’t make for any kind of engaging programme when Heller gets heckled.
But there are many questions which need to be answered and which we will never know:
Dammit count: 2
Director: Adam Kane
Producer: Iain Smith
Screenplay: Sang Kyu Kim and Patrick Somerville
Music: Sean Callery
Jack Bauer: Kiefer Sutherland
Chloe O’Brian: Mary Lynn Rajskub
Simone Al-Harazi: Emily Berrington
Kate Morgan: Yvonne Strahovski
Steve Navarro: Benjamin Bratt
Mark Boudreau: Tate Donovan
President James Heller: William Devane
Erik Ritter: Gbenga Akinnagbe
Adrian Cross: Michael Wincott
Jordan Reed: Giles Matthey
Ron Clark: Ross McCall
Captain Greg Denovo: Duncan Pow
Chris Tanner: John Boyega
Chell: Mandeep Dhillon
Lt Lucas Miller: Nick Donald
Margot Al-Harazi: Michelle Fairley
Audrey Raines: Kim Raver
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: Stephen Fry
Checkpoint Marine: Tim Seyfert
Belcheck: Branko Tomovic
Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.