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May 20, 2004


24: the final hour approaches

It's been another bitch of a day for the terrorism-fighting forces of CTU, and the writers of 24 have finally managed to come up with some worthy plot developments to close out the season. True to form, they have resorted to killing off major characters in surprising and violent ways as their main strategy. Lady MacPalmer: DEAD! Julia, the wimpy and numb-skulled wife of evil millionaire cripple Alan Milliken: DEAD! And she shot herself in the head too, the first decisive action she's taken all season. You might be wondering, as I was, that with all this picking off of major recurring characters, how is it that Kim Bauer is still alive? It would have been perfect...

Julia: You're not telling me what to do anymore, Sherry! [blows Lady MacPalmer away.]

Wayne: Julia!

Julia: Wayne, I won't go to jail. I'll die first! [puts gun to her temple]

Wayne: Wait! Hang on just one second there. [Wayne teleports to CTU, returning seconds later with a caterwauling Kim Bauer.]

Wayne: OK, Julia, let 'er rip! [Julia shoots Kim in the face, before turning the gun on herself.]

Entire World: Now that's what I'm talking about!

Alas, it was not to be.

I guess the show is going to have to come up with a few new perennial villains for next season: Nina's dead, Lady MacPalmer is dead. Perhaps Saunders' daughter will turn renegade after her bioterrorist father gets savagely killed by the U.S. government, for the second time.

Also, I would like to thank the writers for providing us with the show's best action sequence yet: two fighter jets out on patrol changing course, tearing through the sky, flying lower and lower, until they fire on a landed helicopter and blow it to smithereenies IN DOWNTOWN L.A. Very nice.

Just one more week to save the world and keep Tony Almeida out of federal prison for the rest of his life!

categories: TV
posted by amy at 4:37 PM | #