24 reaches the halfway point with Episode 6 with the drone strike having taken out some of Navarro’s men, yet Prime Minister Fry is demanding that Heller allows his government to allow full access to all their drone-related info so he can save London and hopefully get re-elected in 2015. Meanwhile, due to the fact that this programme takes place over a 24-hour period, this means Heller’s Alzheimer’s condition must show itself far more quickly than is humanly possible by manifesting itself in front of his English buddy.
On the plus side, our President’s befuddled condition means he will happily sanction a go-it-alone mission for Bauer. Well, I say go-it-alone – Jack wants to take Kate Morgan with him, although they won’t be tracked by the powers that be, so he has carte blanche to track down the baddie behind everything.
Also, Naveed’s sister, Farah, ends up in the mix when she unwittingly calls her brother’s phone just as they’re carrying the body out to the trash, so Simone is sent off to find out how much she knows by staring into space like she’s off her head on crack, as usual.
The man Jack and Kate are off to meet, Karl Rask, isn’t a massive fan of Jack’s and will most likely want to turn him into brown bread, so how can our hero get the man to log into a fake bank account that Chloe’s set up with a technical doohickey that’ll infect his system with a virus? Will he tell him that Mr Jurgundy Burgundy from Nigeria wants to give him a large inheritance in return for a small claim fee??
There’s also a brief chat between Audrey and Boudreau, since the latter doesn’t trust Bauer one iota. Unfortunately, these two are still as dull a pair as watching paint dry. Their marriage must be a real blast. Bet they haven’t had sex in years.
Urgent questions never get answered in 24, however, such as – when Kate’s driving at speed towards a roundabout one moment, when the camera cuts to inside the car, how come she continues driving forward at the same pace without any kind of navigation? She must’ve physically driven THROUGH the structure!
Kate says: “I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around you working for someone like Rask”. And not about her wrapping her own head around a roundabout sign?
Still, that’s the least of her problems, as Jack’s complex plans to sort out Rask involve making him believe that Kate helped to expose him to the government, and that to stop this baddie interrogating her, she has to be unconscious which will be achieved by Jack administering a quick dose of propofol. This is meant to give him time to sort out Rask, but don’t you just know that it’s going to backfire on him? Oh, and propofol was the drug which was given to Michael Jackson a number of times, including the occasion which killed him in 2009, and look how well that turned out(!)
And who’s playing Rask’s underling, Radko? Evil Trevor from Eastenders, who beat Little Mo to a pulp! So no wonder Jack was scared to go back! He’s also sporting a piss-awful South African accent, one so bad that’s not been heard since Joss Ackland starred in Lethal Weapon 2!
Rask, himself, is played by the wonderful Aksel Hennie, who a lot of people will remember best as Roger Brown from 2011’s Headhunters.
Oh, and at one point in Bauer’s plan, Kate looks like she’s about to be in real danger, but relax… it’s just a drill… yes, an electric drill! Bwahahahahahaha!
Some neat little twists and turns, plus a dodgy accent from the Eastenders baddie, has made this the best episode of the series to date.
Dammit count: 0
Director: Omar Madha
Producer: Iain Smith
Screenplay: David Fury
Music: Sean Callery
Jack Bauer: Kiefer Sutherland
Chloe O’Brian: Mary Lynn Rajskub
Naveed: Sacha Dhawan
Kate Morgan: Yvonne Strahovski
Margot Al-Harazi: Michelle Fairley
Ian Al-Harazi: Liam Garrigan
Karl Rask: Aksel Hennie
Radko: Alex Ferns
Farah: Tehmina Sunny
Steve Navarro: Benjamin Bratt
Mark Boudreau: Tate Donovan
President James Heller: William Devane
Erik Ritter: Gbenga Akinnagbe
Simone Al-Harazi: Emily Berrington
Caroline Fowlds: Miranda Raison
Jordan Reed: Giles Matthey
Audrey Raines: Kim Raver
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: Stephen Fry
General Coburn: Colin Salmon
Belcheck: Branko Tomovic
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