24: Live Another Day (2014) season 1, episode 7
"Day 9: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m."
WRITER: TONY BASGALLOP
DIRECTOR: JON CASSAR
AIR DATE: JUNE 9 2014
Well, here we are over halfway into the summer series, and things are just getting that much more intense. At some point soon we'll see the jump ahead a few hours that must happen- while the series is twelve episodes long, the series will play out over a twenty four hour time span. After things going somewhat for the better last time out for Jack Bauer, things get worse this time out. Being attacked by a hijacked drone will do that. Jack and Kate Morgan have just gotten themselves out of their encounter with his arms dealer's gang with a lead on Margot's possible location when events take a drastic turn. Margot's daughter Simone is in the hospital, injured thanks to bad timing. They need information, and Jack tends to be a bit overzealous when it comes to asking questions.
Margot's busy being the Big Bad. Michelle Fairley's been playing her to the hilt as a formidable and obsessed villain. Margot might well believe she has every right to do what she's doing- the mark of a good villain- but she's gone past the point of no return a long while ago. She certainly is demonstrating that this time out. If it means killing her own daughter to safeguard her own revenge, she's perfectly willing to do so. And so we have our resident Big Bad making good use of one of those hijacked drones to launch an attack on a London hospital. That's like using a bazooka to kill a fly.
The production values of the attack make things work. From the sheer panic of a hospital under emergency evacuation to multiple explosions in and around the building, the sequence feels very much like it's happening. It also reinforces the impression we have of Margot as a monster. And by extension it demonstrates the sheer resourcefulness of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) as he struggles to keep himself, Kate, and Simone alive while under attack.
with Simone's niece
There are other plotlines playing things out as they go along. Jordan Reed (Giles Matthey), the CIA computer expert at the London station, finds himself a target while running an errand for the mole within the Agency. The mole's contact is also revealed- we're left to wonder what their agendas might be. William Devane's President Heller realizes his physical condition is hindering his ability to serve and makes more than one decision about his future. His son in law Mark (Tate Donovan) finds himself in a difficult dilemma with the Russians over a forged signature.
Emily Berrington has been playing Simone since the beginning of this series, and we've seen her under the influence of her mother. She's already killed people, stood back and did nothing to spare her husband- and yet beneath that there's still a human being. She's not as far gone as her mother. We see that in her performance, playing the character as conflicted about the fate of her sister-in-law and of her niece. And we also see it this time; as reluctant as she might be to come clean with Jack and Kate about her mother's plans, in the midst of the attack, seeing the carnage around her- she's horrified by what her mother has done to innocent people, and that she's the target.
There's also a great character moment, and it comes for Yvonne Strahovski. As ferocious as we've seen her already last time out (killing a hired gun while still tied up will do that), she's tender and kind with Simone's young niece, who has suffered the death of her mother. It's a human moment, conveying the depth of the character.
As is always the case, this ends with a tense cliffhanger. Two enemies come face to face remotely. Where will it lead them?