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One of the many admirable aspects of 24's first year was the fact that
the main event (the Palmer hit) was over after eight episodes, with the
rest of the season dealing with the sinister plans behind said major
storyline. Season 2 is radically different: twelve hours in, still no
sign of the dreaded nuclear bomb that could destroy Los Angeles any
time of the current day.
In order to prevent such a massacre, Jack has taken Syed Ali into custody, only to learn he has been following a red herring: the person who will take care of the final stages of the attack is Marie Warner, the most unlikely of suspects. Until her father reveals some new facts, that is: Marie never really got over her mother's death, and spent a lot of time abroad to cope with the loss. It was probably during that time that she became the threat to national security she is now. Speaking of national security, tension rises within David Palmer's staff as Ted Simmons keeps torturing Stanton and one of the President's advisers, Lynne Kresge (Michelle Forbes), discovers a connection between Stanton and Sherry Palmer. As for Kim Bauer and her recent problems with the law, she has managed to escape from the police and, after encountering a cougar in the previous episode, she seems to have found a safe place in the woods, where she meets a solitary hunter named Lonnie McCrae (Kevin Dillon).
It is the last plot strand that raised most of the negative criticisms aimed at the show when the second series originally aired: according to several people, the Kim character lost all her dramatic strength in Day 2, as her misadventures had practically no connection to the bigger chain of events and were deemed narratively pointless. That is totally wrong: in fact, a lot of lesser genre films have been lambasted for having screenplays that lay their foundations on a bunch of coincidences in order to connect everything. Why, then, should a product as intelligent and precedent-setting as 24 be scolded for aspiring to a heightened sense of realism, a factor that requires that not all sections of the script be linked all the time? Sure, the woods subplot may not be the most interesting part of the episode (that would be Penny Johnson stealing every scene she is in once again), but it deserves a re-evaluation, not least for giving Kevin Dillon his actorial dignity back an entire year before Entourage debuted.
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Jack realizes that the burnt corpse is not Ali from the clothes, and
eventually tracks Ali through a hidden underground tunnel and captures
him. Jack threatens Ali's family in order to break him and orders his
son's apparent execution in order to find out where the bomb is. Mason
questions Bob to learn more about Marie's motivations for helping the
terrorists, discovering that Marie became radicalized shortly after her
mother died. Kim is rescued by a mysterious hunter who offers her a
place to stay. Lynne receives a dire warning from Sherry.
In summary,here the events that happened during that hour:
1.Mike Novick informs President Palmer about Jack's interrogation of Syed Ali. Palmer authorizes Bauer to have any resources he needs to conduct the investigation.
2.Jack Bauer interrogates Syed Ali, to the point of authorizing the assassination of one of Ali's sons. Ali relents and reveals that the bomb is located at Norton Airfield.
3.Sherry Palmer confirms Roger Stanton's involvement with the crisis to Lynne Kresge.
4.Kim Bauer is found caught in a cougar trap in the forest. Lonnie McRae offers to shelter Kim for the night.
5.Marie Warner confesses to killing Reza Naiyeer and two CTU agents in a phone conversation with Kate. She installs the bomb trigger at Norton Airfield.
The episode has another interrogation scene with Jack asking Syed Ali but it does not come close with that when he interrogated Nina Myers.Still,the episode an excellent one.
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