Monday, February 27, 2006

Hour 4 to 5 pm: In section 112 we trust

ATTENTION: Some spoilers ahead, if you live in a place where season 5 of 24 is not broadcasted this is the wrong post to read.

The game of cat and mouse Chloe, Edgar and Audrey played against Lynn was very funny, for a moment I thought I was watching an episode of Dilbert, Lynn fits the profile of a pointed hairy boss to perfection. Audrey pulled the section 112 card a little bit late but at least she got it right with Curtis' help.

Actually I don't think you have to be "crazy" to be replaced, but if you crack under pressure as Lynn did it should be more than enough for anyone better fit to take control of the situation and your position.

I started to notice how president Logan character is fitting in this whole situation. On previous 24s the president had some specific weight but somehow it was portrayed as a clockwork almost perfect persona, with president Logan is all the opposite, this guy commits errors, makes bad judgments and plays things by ear, those characteristics surely give the character more realism, it has been a good call by the producers of the show after all.

The ambush sequence was very cool, the show is putting every resource possible to deliver heart pumping scenes at movie quality. I laughed at the terrorists shooting and flaming the armored car president Suvarov, his wife and Martha were. C'mon guys where did you get your terrorist diploma?, from a cereal box?.

The story line for this episode includes facts from season 1, although Mason and Nina are more than dead Henderson played his card very well against Jack, he got fooled but that was bound to happen, after all he is human.

Seems that all this season crisis is just a vendetta against CTU and the government. I barely understand it but working for a government contractor, making good money and having a sexy secretary doesn't cut it to throw all of that to hell just to get some satisfaction, oh well, to each their own.


When I saw agent Pierce down after the ambush I thought: "What the hell is going on? Are they gonna take Pierce out too?", I know the good die young but please spare them. Anyhoo, another great moment for 24, an 8 out of 10.


Could it be the girl on the phone Mandy?, I don't think it was Henderson's secretary. How the vendetta against the US fits with the Russian terrorist is still to come, apparently they are being played.


Kim Bauer is back, Tony comes out from the mend, the Russian terrorists will attack and I forgot to close the back door of the house. Anything can happen on the next 2 hours of 24, it has to be some serious stuff coming on for FOX showing 2 episodes back to back.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

24: Geeks with guns

Is a dog eat dog world out there, geeks are not safe anymore.

Today geeks carry pdas, cell phones, laptops and glocks to face whatever comes in their way.

Derek please shut your mouth ;).

Monday, February 20, 2006

Hour 3 to 4 pm: Somebody get a valium for Lynn McGill

ATTENTION: Some spoilers ahead, if you live in a place where season 5 of 24 is not broadcasted this is the wrong post to read.

We don't have president Palmer anymore but Martha is filling the gap to the extent of her reach, sending a couple of persons to an ambush is wrong in so many levels that it defies the reasoning of president Logan. Maybe she is riding the motorcade with the Russian president to buy some time, call the attention of her husband or trying to even the playfield if the attack is successful, at least people will say or think that if the first lady was a victim of such attack there was nothing Logan office could do to avoid it.

McGill has officially lost it, he is running up and down, left and right without making any sense. Playing big brother over 100 people in a time of crisis should be the last of his priorities, at least Bucanan is clear in getting the situation resolved but pointing fingers at people won't bring the canisters back.

President Logan reaches a new low on this episode, considering to give the terrorists the route of the Russian president motorcade without getting anything in exchange gives him the old fashioned donkey ears. C'mon president Logan, at least you could have gotten the canisters instead of trusting to the word of terrorists, sure they claimed their bone was with Russia but what guarantees they won't go cuckoo?. Seriously, a SAT test should be mandatory for those who want to seat on the presidential chair, at least for the good of the country.

Wonder why CTU didn't look for time shifted satellite imagery of the deposit where Erwick was?, they need to get possible clues like license plates or car makes that could give them a lead. Actually nobody put too much of a thought of where the canisters could be on this episode.

Who is the person in the government that gave Nathanson the clearance to access encrypted DOD hard drives is a good question, that same person gave Spencer a post at CTU. Walt "The Weasel" was a middle man and president Logan was too dumb to come with such a plan. One of my favorite suspects is Mike Novick, remember he turned his back on president Palmer, assuring oil supplies for the US has dollars written all over and I don't think Mike will continue being the server of any other president.


Why Mike Novick was talking with the terrorist?, wasn't the president supposed to tell the terrorist the route of the motorcade?.


This episode really started fast on the twists, the sudden change of command from the terrorists side was very dramatic. Erwich and Nathanson got what they deserved for being loose cannons. We didn't have the chance to meet the rest of the people that got killed but this sure was a fast "clean the house" kind of operation. This is a 7 out of 10.

Good to see the creators still have the potential to surprise the audience in the most unconceivable ways.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Need some help here....

Remember this scene:

Can somebody explain to me how do you fake real video of a person entering a building without raising any flags of it being doctored?, I'm drawing a blank here, thanks in advance

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

24:The Game, coming out on February the 28th

Want to fill the gap between seasons 2 and 3?, want to get access to CTU technology and use it as Jack to stop the terrorists?, well, this might be the game for you.

All the main characters and their voices played by the actors of the series are in the game.

Due to come out on February the 28th only for the Playstation 2.

More info HERE

And the trailer of the game HERE

Monday, February 13, 2006

Hour 2 to 3 pm: Instead of going to the mall I'll start shopping online!!!

ATTENTION: Some spoilers ahead, if you live in a place where season 5 of 24 is not broadcasted this is the wrong post to read.

Jack cleverly exploited the fact of the terrorists didn't know how Russler looked to have them at an arm reach. Knowledge is power.

Tough day in the office for CTU and Jack, it is frustrating seeing your efforts not going as good as you expect. It definitely was an error letting the terrorist going that far with the gas, CTU could have captured them for interrogation and then set Erwich up.

McGill started good but now is going down, considering to spare the lives of children was VERY low of him. Jack tried to manage the situation but he kept pushing on the gas being released. Misleading the president that needs help tying his shoes wasn't very clever either. What if it is you or me in that mall at that time?, I don't want someone in office getting me the wood suit because he is incapable of looking for alternatives and solutions. Bucanan precense once again proved to be useless.

Mike you old fox, everything is going your way, it seems you can buy that big Yatch or plan for a wealthy retirement, your office just dodged one bullet capable of killing Godzilla itself.

Sooooo Martha, you were saying what about who?. I don't criticize you, the truth has to come out, I'm all up for that but hurting your friends in the process is not good either, tough call Martha, hope things get better for your from now on.

Well at the end they got to get Polakov's cell phone and from there they can get to where Erwich is, seasons 1 and 4 showed how this is possible and it should be easier this time because the terrorists don't use any kind of encryption.

20 people join to the casualties on this season. Geez this has been quite of massacre. See what happens when good politicians like Palmer are not in office.


This was a solid 8 out of 10, I don't know what it was, the gas being released or Jack walking itowards a time bomb. When the gas got released I was yelling: "Oh my god they are killing Jack, you bastards!!!!", good he pulled a move with the antenna to get the keys for his handcuffs and get released.

When I saw Erwick waiting outside for CTU and Jack to go inside the deposit I thought he was activating a bomb remotely, but Polakov ended blowing his head off, Russian terrorists inmolating themselves?, go figure.


The mastermind of the attacks helping Jack to find the canisters?, that's a new one, maybe he is only interested to hit Russia and not the U.S., talking about ethics and values maybe?, who knows, but looks like a great episode, can't wait to see it.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

24 equipment: That 70s Truck

Used in episodes 4 and 5 this old delivery truck served as bomb diversion at ontario airport, as escape S.W.A.T. truck for the bad guys and official S.W.A.T. truck for the task force working with CTU to attend the hostages crisis. Sure the producers put this truck to work :).

I can barely make the plate for this shot.

I've seen this truck somewhere else.

Same truck huh?.

The plate reads 9WL5128.

The plate reads 1323615.

The plate reads 9WL5128 this is what you call superb continuity supervision.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Excuse for the errors

Due to technical errors one draft of this blog got posted in the main page, plus many others that have nothing to do with it. I'll keep an eye from this to happen again.

Thanks for your understanding.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Hour 1 to 2 pm: Taking Justice Into Your Own Hands

ATTENTION: Some spoilers ahead, if you live in a place where season 5 of 24 is not broadcasted this is the wrong post to read.

24 pushed the envelope of evil dom with Russler: an old guy that is a top player in the subversive world with a fixation for young girls?, what else can you ask for?, this guy is despicable, pervert, low and many other things that comes to my mind and I rather not say, good the chick got her vengeance, we all have been there and seen that, remember season 1 and Palmer's assistant affair with one of his hunters?. If you haven't seen season 1 is time to hit the video or electronics store, at least wait for this season to end in order to use it as a bridge while waiting for season 6 (yep FOX has signed for it).

President Logan is officially lost, this gentleman is play-doh in anyone hands and is about to be casted by his wife. She is up for no good and she will surely play a Lewinsky on her husband. Although this is kind of a gut reaction without any second thought will spell doom for her lifestyle, is small price to pay for what he did to her. At least it will send a clear message to president Logan: "Quit Politics!!!!". Where Walt the Weasel failed Martha's will succeed.

Mike learned his lesson when he turned his back on President Palmer on season 2, he will not stand there watching Martha placing him in the unemployed line. I think he most likely "ordered" to kill Walt to take care of the problem from it's root.

So, the Weasel is dead, ding dong the witch is dead!!!. Serves him right, I'm not going to miss him at all, traitors deserve worse.

Seems that in 24 every CTU leader has a troublesome personal life (and who doesn't in real life without being a leader), lets see, Mason's son didn't talk to him, Erin's daughter suffered schizophrenia (I think) and McGill sister is a junkie, is there a connection between being kind of successful and have troubles at home?, maybe there is no connection but work make wonders on keeping people minds busy.

Spencer comes back to the scene as an useful idiot, he helps Jack and Curtis from being slaughtered and all he gets is a kick in the ass, he was following orders and was cleared, he could have gotten a promotion and get to be everyone else boss, but his boss got screwed and that's how office politics work.

Edgar smiling when they took Spencer away?, keep dreaming pal, I don't think you are anywhere close to Chloe's league (if there is one at all).

Somebody said specialization is for insects but in 24 it doesn't work that way, we have had nuclear technicians, computer hackers, guided missiles techs and now Russler as a remote controlled warfare guru. Job market in 24 doesn't suffer of shortages when it comes to evil affairs.

Seems Kim Bauer is set for a return, Jack asked Audrey to get her to CTU for him to say good bye. At least the girl will have some closure after the shock of realizing her dad wasn't dead at all, weird ain't it?.


Although the needed bad guy is killed again, you can't stop from jumping off the seat wondering what the heck CTU is going to do. I give it a 5 out of 10.


Is difficult for me seeing high tech terrorists having phone conversations without any sort of encryption, Marwan used it and made CTU's lives miserable, what happened to these guys, couldn't they buy one of those systems from Ebay?.

Sure land lines are theoretically easier to trace back but using direct communications when they are talking about an "Axis Delivery System" seems a little off, these "terrorists" are either hacks or plain dumb.

Another issue was Jack and Curtis facing a guard with an automatic weapon. Every security expert out there advices to never face a guy if he has an automatic weapon and you don't. More awkward was Curtis getting shot just once.


"Trust me, you don't want to go down this road with me"

--Jack Bauer before opening a can of whoop ass.


Jack once again is forced to work for the bad guys, we can assume that Jack will break them from within.

What has happened to the guy in the "control room" pulling Walt's strings?.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

24 Toys: Mike Novick's Blackberry

24 is full of gadgets, without them the evildoers would get away with it.

The Blackberry has become one of the many "indispensable" devices for the business man on the go. Some people say Vice President Dick Cheney has one and FOX's American Dad used this fact as part of one of its sub-plots.

This is a snapshot of Mike having an Instant Messaging conversation with Jack for them to talk on the phone and arrange a meeting. This particular model is the 7250, if you want to know how I figured it out just write a comment and I'll post the answer there.

FYI: These devices can be tapped as any other communication apparatus so keep it in mind when you use them and MORE if the blackberry belongs to the company you work for.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

On this season Jack will get....

Lets see during the past seasons Jack have suffered many accidents that come with his job, he has suffered an induced heart attack, have been hit with any blunt object imaginable and for few minutes he has been declared dead.

What else could happen to this hero is the question of this week poll.

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