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24: Season 7 - 3am - 4am

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24

Review by Lisa Duddy

INDIELONDON has singled out recent episodes of Season 7 of 24, so let’s take a look at the season a little further on to see if the excitement and exhilaration is upheld. The episode, entitled 3am – 4am, aired on Sky 1 on Monday, May 4, 2009.

As the story continues, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) has worked out that Tony Almaida (Carlos Bernard) is pursuing his own agenda and it seems that all along, he has not been working for the Government but with another organisation and the Starkwood employee, Calges who has escaped with the canister and has tried to kill a large number of Federal agents.

However, when Tony finally breaches the barrier and meets up with the Starkwood employee it is not long before a fight breaks out. Although Tony has wired him the money, he has hidden the canister and is demanding to know who the buyer is. Calges is no match for Tony and does not survive the situation.

Tony meets with a female member of the organisation (a woman we know little about), and suggests that they finish the job today using the one canister, instead of waiting the six months they had previously planned, which will allow the Government to regroup and become stronger. After much debate the group makes a unanimous decision to go ahead with the attacks on the U.S.

Meanwhile the FBI are searching for any leads that will enable them to track down the canister and prevent further attacks. With so little information to go on they find themselves with the daunting task of filtering out information that may be of relevance and for this they require the help of Chloe, who has been given permission to re-commission the CTU servers, which had been disbanded a few years earlier.

Meanwhile Jonas Hodges (Jon Voigt) is furious that his suicide was not successful, as this will put his family in danger – he doesn’t realise that the group think he’s dead. But it does give Jack the opportunity to interrogate him for information about the members who are planning the attacks and, if Hodges remains silent, to release a statement to the press stating that Hodges is alive and in Police custody.

Olivia Taylor has the unhappy task of securing Hodges into the witness protection programme for upholding his end of the deal, a task, which she is highly disgusted with. It was Hodges who was responsible for the death of her brother so she wants him to pay for what he has done and not be given the opportunity to live a comfortable life when he has taken so many others.

So what is Miss Taylor, the chief of staff and President’s daughter up to when she contacts Martin and arranges a meeting in the Whitehouse? Is she seeking revenge on Hodges? And how long will we have to wait until we find out what she has in mind?

This season of 24 continues to deliver excitement. The entire cast deliver outstanding performances and while some of their characters are likeable, others are contemptible. Moreover, each week we are left wondering what further surprises are in store and, of course, there are the never-ending questions: How is this possibly going to end favourably for the government? Is Tony Almaida going to get his just deserts at the end of the season? And how is Jack Bauer possibly going to survive from his exposure to the bio weapon?

The only thing I do know for certain is that it makes unmissable television.