24: Live Another Day: Day 9: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m
May 13, 2014 9:48 AM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

A hunted Jack Bauer tries to thwart a presidential assassination

Jack finds Fake Edward Snowden dead, his fake girlfriend escapes thanks to Chloe's fake family, Fake Ronald Reagan prepares to speak to Fake Parliament, Mark fakes a signature, Fake Julian Assange fakes helping Jack, causing Jack to start a real fake riot.

Real London looks cool. Real Stephen Fry continues to be awesome in just a few lines.
posted by MCMikeNamara (7 comments total)
Seeing "And Stephen Fry" in the credits turned this from background into active watching. Hope he gets more to do.
posted by Etrigan at 10:28 AM on May 13, 2014

Quite pleased by the general geographical accuracy of London - it's not perfect but not so wrong that it bothers me as a Londoner. However I wasn't that enthused by the ep overall; yeah, creepy mum is creepy, white people are the evil ones, Agent Kate is the new Bauer, etc, but there wasn't anything that grabbed me. Only really perked up at the end with Jack's neat riot idea at the end.
posted by adrianhon at 3:24 PM on May 13, 2014

At first, the "warm loving terrorist family" thing seemed a little too close to the Araz family from Day 4 for my tastes, but once we saw the husband expressing his doubts I felt a little better that they weren't copying that wholesale.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:24 PM on May 13, 2014

The evil daughter and especially her even more evil mother kept reminding me of Marie Warner, the pretty white girl from day 2 who was a radical terrorist sympathizer. Seems it's a bit of a trope.
posted by shivohum at 9:07 PM on May 13, 2014

It was awesome when Jack shot random British protesters in the legs so he could escape into the American Embassy. Classically ridiculous 24. I missed this show.
posted by something something at 9:00 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

As much as I would be fine with never seeing the "woman who uses her sexuality to get close to a mark" trope again, I could do without "that woman having a jealous partner who gives her shit about it" about 1000 times more, so I was glad that seems like it might have totally been a red herring.

Speaking of overused tropes for women, on the other hand, sad-dead-family Chloe was a pretty effective.

Using other drug dealers as a threat is pretty much an illustration of every horrible abuse of power that makes me feels squicky about liking this show, but using that to freak Basher out was also a pretty television-friendly torture device.

Forging the presidents name on an executive order - there's a real world procedure that stops that, right? I didn't like Tate Donavan when he was Jimmy Cooper and don't like him now.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:13 PM on May 18, 2014

Also, I really like the sense of place that London gives it -- so much more compact than L.A. which gives it all a much more claustrophobic.

(I didn't watch the New York season so can't really compare that aspect.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:16 PM on May 18, 2014

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