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Season 5 has been one great hour after another. The 21st hour, 3:00
A.M. to 4:00 A.M., proved to be not only the season's highlight, but my
favorite episode of the entire series. Now, the highest rated episode
according to TV.com is an earlier episode where CTU was attacked by
terrorists with the Sentox nerve gas. People loved that episode mostly
because a friend of Chloe's died. I personally don't care much about
that guy, so the episode wasn't significant for me. President Charles
Logan, on the other hand, is one of my two favorite characters on the
show (only behind Bill Buchanan). This hour is his absolute shining
Basically, in this hour, he prepares to shoot himself in the head. Yes, you read that right, the President of the United States is about to commit suicide. Where else do you get to see such an outrageous story, other than on 24? But this is not why the episode is so brilliant. It's all in the actor's performance. He really, really could act. His facial expressions were amazing, as he sat there in his office, quietly, thinking about everything. What does a man think about when he's about to die in ten minutes? Deep stuff. It's deep, man. And the actor really pulled it off.
Once again, Graem/Graham didn't disappoint. He calmly, but authoritatively, talks to the President over the phone, and basically advises him to kill himself. This man has got some serious balls, and the actor conveyed that very well.
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With Graem's help, Logan decides to launch one final attempt to destroy
the plane Jack Bauer has hijacked, thus securing the recording that
implicates him in the conspiracy surrounding the day's events. The
military scrambles an F-18 from Point Mugu with orders to shoot down
the plane. At CTU, several agents begin working with Jack, Chloe, and
Buchanan. Jack is able to land the plane, having recovered the
recording and is extracted by Curtis as Logan sends in the military to
take him into custody. Tensions continue to rise in Logan's retreat as
the President, on discovering that Jack has escaped with the recording,
contemplates suicide. Meanwhile, Bierko is transported to another
facility, and Miles Papazian, one of Karen Hayes' people, attempts to
further his career by erasing the recording to gain a favor from Logan.
In summary,here the events that happened during that hour:
1.Jack Bauer learns that President Logan has authorized an F-18 Hornet to shoot Flight 520 out of the sky. Jack forces the co-pilot, Scott Evans, to make an emergency landing on the 118 Freeway.
2.Karen Hayes informs Vladimir Bierko that he is being transferred to a primary holding facility at District Headquarters.
3.At Counter Terrorist Unit Karen tells Jack about a scheduled conference call with the Attorney General regarding the recording that incriminates President Logan. Jack gives the recording to Chloe O'Brian to clean up and prepare for playback. Jack visits Audrey in the medical clinic and tells her that he secured the recording and that President Logan will pay for President Palmer's assassination.
4.President Charles Logan speaks with Graem and agrees that the country would not be able to handle a sitting President on trial for murder. President Logan loads a handgun and prepares to commit suicide, but receives an unexpected phone call from Miles Papazian, who offers to intervene and destroy the recording. President Logan encourages Miles to act, so Miles distracts Chloe and points a laser at the recording.
As they try to destroy Jack and the recording that implicates President Logan,the villains of Day 5 try to shoot down the plane that he is on.Good thing that Jack isn't alone this time on trying to outwit them as he gets help from Buchanan,Chloe and CTU.Or else,everything else would have become cheesy.
Also,it was great on how Jack was able to land the plane safely and how he was able to evade his enemies.Aside from that,it was also intriguing to see how President Logan almost contemplated on killing himself after that.
Great episode indeed.
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