Here's the situation going into tonight's episode:
-- Despite the best efforts of fearless super-agent Jack Bauer, the terrorists are still at large with 19 deadly nerve-gas canisters and at least that many accents.
-- The president of the United States continues to display the leadership qualities of a dead conch.
-- Nobody at CTU has been able to stop the terrorists or – more important – make Audrey shut up.
In another alarming development, troubling cracks have begun to develop in the plot. In the blog comments regarding last week's episode, commenter Jimmyk offered this analysis:
Ok, I don't mean to take any of this seriously, but here's the situation: The canisters are useless without the 'chip,' as far as CTU knows. So (they) send Jack out to the terrorists with the chip, GIVE THE CHIP TO THE TERRORISTS, allow hundreds of women and childred to die, just so they can make sure to get those other canisters, WHICH WOULD BE USELESS WITHOUT THE CHIP THAT THEY JUST HANDED TO THE TERRORISTS… Can someone help me?
Jimmyk -- I was thinking the exact same thing, re: if the terrorists need the chip for the nerve gas to go off, why give them the freaking chip? At first, I was thinking, surely it's not a chip that actually detonates the device--it must be a tracking device! But, no! It's the real thing, and now CTU and Jack have actively participated in giving the terrorists back a functioning weapon, which they must now move heaven and earth to prevent from functioning. I don't get it, either.
My own feeling is that the main problem with the canisters
is that they are boring. I've decided I'm going to give this season one more
episode to improve, and if it doesn't, then, dammit, I'm going to keep watching
anyway. Because that's the kind of American I am.
UPDATE: The beautiful woman on House is actually a man!
UPDATE: There's going to be a twist we won't believe.
UPDATE: Oooh. An early stabbing. Good sign.
UPDATE: I have NO idea what's going on so far, but it's violent, which is good.
UPDATE: Does it seem like every 15 minutes, they (a) set up a freaking perimeter, and (b) take Jack back into custody?
UPDATE: I can't put spaces between my updates.
UPDATE: Jack choked his own guy. That wacky renegade loner Jack!
UPDATE: OK, I am experiencing serious technical difficulties with my update capability. I will try setting up a perimeter and downloading the schematics, but you may be on your own for the rest of this episode in the comments section. This is probably a good thing, as I do no remotely understand the plot any more.
UPDATE: I can't be certain, but I think the president is on T-Mobile.
UPDATE: Maybe the Hobbit will shoot Audrey.
UODATE: It's all about oil!
UPDATE: Why is Jack suddenly helping the guy who shot Palmer? Who are the hostiles? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
UPDATE: I admire how they get excellent phone reception, even inside a building with a hail of bullets.
UPDATE: I have no idea who that guy was, and now he's dead.
UPDATE: Chloe's gonna data-mine the files and keep it under the radar. God, I love Chloe.
UPDATE: The president reminds me more and more of Lincoln.
UPDATE: Why is the Hobbit in such a snit? Does anybody understand that? Or anything else? No? OK, then.
UPDATE: Omichron! I KNEW it!
UPDATE: This episode was written by the Random Plot Generator.
UPDATE: The first lady TAKES ACTION.
UPDATE: What was the twist we don't believe? I am SO confused.