24: Live Another Day (2014) season 1, episode 6
"Day 9: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m."
WRITER: DAVID FURY
DIRECTOR: OMAR MADHA
AIR DATE: JUNE 2 2014
Things always get worse before they get better. So it seems in the world of Jack Bauer, where getting better might only happen in the last ten minutes of a very long day. And even then there are usually consequences and fallout.
By the time we're done here, we're now halfway through the events of 24: Live Another Day. A trap set by our resident Big Bad Margot (Michelle Fairley) has had a devastating effect on a CIA team that's gone in to catch her, including Navarro and Erik. President Heller finally wises up and accepts he has to turn Jack loose and let him do things his way. That involves an arms dealer Jack has worked for - one who's annoyed with him and who has been the source of Jack's knowledge of the terrorist operation currently underway. And that also means Jack is asking for an unusual favour, bait in the form of Kate Morgan. He intends to set a trap of his own on his nefarious colleague, to track back information on Margot - if he can manage to keep his colleague and company occupied.
Stephen Fry's been involved thus far as the British Prime Minister. It's an unusual casting - Fry often plays eccentric character roles, and yet here we have the very serious world leader. It's actually inspired casting, and Fry's carrying off the role well. He brings gravity and believability to the character. He's losing patience at this point - the deaths of British soldiers, the threats to his homeland being understandable reasons - and he's learned that the President might not have all of his faculties. So it's understandable that while Jack might have asked not to be put under CIA watch as he carries out his work, the PM will personally have none of that, sending an MI-5 squad to shadow the rogue agent.
Another interesting turn of events involves Simone. After showing her loyalties to her mother last time out, she's being asked by Margot to verify a loose thread - and then to deal with it. This puts her in a personal quandary despite herself - the potential taking of innocent lives that have nothing to do with the operation. It leaves us wondering if there's any hope for her, if there's any trace of empathy left. What follows is a stunner, not quite what one might have expected.
Much of the episode concerns itself with Jack trying to bluff his colleague to get the information he needs. If that means Kate being strung up and tortured while he's off lying through his teeth about his true loyalties, so be it. We're seeing Jack doing what needs to be done to save the day. And even stranger is that Kate is showing her own resiliance and ability to cope with pressure. Kate holds up to torture with as much fortitude as we've seen Jack stand up to. She finds herself being manhandled, tortured, and with even worse to come - but ultimately proves just how formidable and dangerous she can be even with her arms tied behind her back. When the smoke clears, Jack and Kate are still alive, the opposition is down, and the plan seems to have worked. Though there might be a dead end at the end of that particular line of inquiry. Literally.
All the while, the clock ticks down to Margot's deadline. And this being 24, of course there's a traitor in the midst of the response team. But who are they talking to? Someone we've already seen? Someone yet to be revealed? Time will tell.