My wife is off covering the Olympics, which means that I'm solely responsible for our five-year-old daughter. So I regret to announce that tonight I had to look into my heart and make a decision: Should I watch a silly, meaningless television show, or should I act as a responsible parent and take care of my child?
I'm sure she'll be fine.
I am not so sure about 24. The plot has been moving at the speed of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Last year, we had Air Force One getting shot down AND half the nuclear power plants in the United States melting down AND a nuclear missile heading to Los Angeles. This year, so far, we have: canisters. A large chunk of last week's episode was devoted to showing the reconfiguring of these canisters; in terms of dramatic visual impact, this was not unlike watching brake repair.
I'm hoping things improve tonight. President Manilow has turned over control of the United States to his unstable cleavage-flaunting wife, so that's a good sign. She seems like the kind of gal who just might do something wacky. And apparently the terrorists are going to take the canisters to a mall, which also holds promise for some action. Like the terrorists could try to set off the canisters in a department store, only to be thwarted when helpful sales clerks squirt them in the eyes with perfume samples. Or the terrorists could actually detonate the canisters and release the nerve gas, but nobody notices, because at the same time there's a major shoe sale. I'm just thinking out loud here.
Whatever happens, one thing is certain: When the trouble starts, a certain high-level federal agent will be on the scene -- a man who takes no prisoners; a man who shoots first and asks questions later. He's not perfect, but, darn it, that just makes us love him more.
UPDDATE: We have no update at this time.
UPDATE: What kind of moron watches Skating With Celebrities? Besides me, I mean.
UPDATE: They're advising viewer discretion.
UPDATE: Increased canister chatter!
UPDATE: They're probably going to kill Jack!
UPDATE: Edgar's on the schematic.
UPDATE: Mike thinks President Manilow is whipped.
UPDATE: Blah blah blah. WHEN IS THE SHOOTING??
UPDATE: Edgar is running the plates.
UPDATE: "Show time!"
UPDATE: Chloe knows how to install the chip. She is some woman.
UPDATE: I bet that voids the canister warranty.
UPDATE: How come nobody ever punches Audrey?
UPDATE: Why can't the president get a shirt collar that fits? He's the PRESIDENT!
UPDATE: President Manilow is definitely sleeping on the First Sofa tonight.
UPDATE: Twenty minutes and not a single shot fired. What is this? Sesame Street?
UPDATE: They obviously don't watch their own previews, or they'd have known the target was the Sunrise Hills Mall.
UPDATE: They never see anything, these people. They have visuals.
UPDATE: Toyota is having a Think Big Truck Event.
UPDATE: Chloe's in the server.
UPDATE: Oooh! Mall security! Those guys are good.
UPDATE: Gas the mall! Sounds crazy at first, but makes sense, now that you explain it!
UPDATE: This has to be the dumbest plot development yet.
UPDATE: It's a tragic choice, darn it, but what the hey.
UPDATE: I have this feeling Jack is going to....
UPDATE: OK, he's pretending to be knocked out, right? You can't knock out Jack Bauer just by hitting him really hard on the head!
UPDATE: The terrorists are talking to Canister Technical Support.
UPDATE: Yes! Neck breakage!
UPDATE: All teams are moving in.
UPDATE: Not the Food Court!!
UPDATE: Jack does not have a visual on the hostile.
UPDATE: It's either the nerve gas, or some bad mayonnaise at Chick Fil-A.
UPDATE: Jack is also of course a highly trained paramedic. Later, he will do everybody's income taxes.
UPDATE: He's on foot!
UPDATE: He's stealing a car! The bastard!
UPDATE: A perimeter! They should just put all of California in a perimeter and be done with it.
UPDATE: Hostile down!
UPDATE: They've got NOTHING! Which is pretty much what we got out of this episode. I don't know about everybody else, but my feeling is: enough already with canisters.