24: Live Another Day (2014) season 1, episode 10
"Day 9: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m."
WRITERS: ROBERT COCHRAN, MANNY COTO and EVAN KATZ
TELEPLAY: ADAM DASILVA
DIRECTOR: MILAN CHEYLOV
AIR DATE: JUNE 30 2014
The clock ticks on, and a monkey gets thrown into the wrench for Jack Bauer and associates. Just when it all seemed that the worst had passed on this bloody day in the United Kingdom, things get considerably worse in this episode.
Navarro's attempt to get away with the override device is somewhat thwarted this time out by Jack... but the device itself eludes our hero, now in the hands of the shady Adrian Cross, played of course by resident longtime villain role occupant Michael Wincott. Cross isn't quite as Big Bad as we assumed though. As he put it in an earlier episode, he's merely a middle man. An underhanded weasel of a middle man, mind you. But we see his client, and it's a familiar face. Cheng Zhi (Tzi Ma) has been in the 24 world before, having had kidnapped Jack and tortured him for months on end. So there's history between Jack and Cheng, and a whole lot of unfinished business. This cannot bode well for Jack, though he's occupied at the moment. Cheng is a rogue, cut off from the Chinese government, but his intentions are to make use of the override device and start a war- even if that means killing all of Cross' associates to make clear he means business.
Jack meanwhile is being his usual cranky self, getting rough with the captive Navarro to get the answers he needs. Kate is deeply unhappy with Navarro too - to find out that her dead husband's been framed by someone she thought she could trust is the sort of thing that'll annoy a person. Bratt's playing Navarro at this point as if he's been backed into a corner and has no idea how to get out.
And the other dangling subplot is still out there. Mark (Tate Donovan) has put himself into an awful position earlier in the day by forging the President's signature on a release warrant to hand over Jack to the Russians- despite the fact that the President has since fully pardoned Jack for everything he's ever done. The Russians know it. They're leaning on Mark. And they take matters into their own hands with an ambush attack.
24 has a long history of driving the audience up the wall with sheer tension, to great effect. It certainly is in force throughout this episode, as we see things progressively getting worse not only in London, but elsewhere around the world. With this episode ending on a huge cliffhanger - Cheng using the device to manipulate the Americans into firing on a Chinese target - the worst case scenario has been fully unleashed.
And we have merely two hours left to go. This can't end well.