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Ethics in Live Another Day

As a final assessment of the ninth season of 24, I wrote a guest blog for Blackwell’s Philosophy and Pop Culture series, which highlights the moral reasoning of Jack Bauer and Margot Al-Harazi, evaluating what truly separates them, despite the fact they both declare they are doing “what must be done.” Along the way, I […]

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The Final Sacrifice: The Last Hour of Live Another Day

Jack finishes as martyr. He has played this role many times through the series, sacrificing his humanity in the nightmarish choices he has made in service to his country and the unnamed thousands he has saved from various terrorist plots. So despite my issues with this episode, needing a death to ramp up “revenge rage” […]

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To Make It Right: Hour 11 of Live Another Day

Despite the silly move Mark made last episode, calling Anatol Stolnavich to give him Jack’s com link code, as a way of getting back at Audrey after a tiff over whether she’d changed since seeing Jack again, Mark took on a central role in this episode. Over halfway through the episode, Mark must confess his […]

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All Your Work Has Led to This: Hour 10 of Live Another Day

The plotlines converge in a powerful way in this episode, offering us two poignant confrontations: on one side, Jack Bauer and Kate Morgan drill Steve Navarro on the consequences of his betrayals, and on the other, Chloe asks Adrian Cross to look around and see the results of his failed anarchist ploys. As the episode […]

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So Jack Had a Plan: Hour 9 of Live Another Day

The conversation where Jack convinced President Heller he and Chloe could pull a fast one on the Al-Harazis must have been on a need-to-know basis. It is a lazy turn for the writers, and I’m not too happy about the cheat, but those who picked up on the absence of a silent clock at the […]

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It’s a Personal Decision: Hour 8 (200th Episode) of 24: Live Another Day

Near the start of the episode, President Heller and Jack Bauer have a heated discussion about Heller’s plan to hand himself over to Margot Al-Harazi. Heller argues that his choice to sacrifice himself is a personal, not a state, decision. This scene is the heart of the episode, and the rest is the execution. Heller […]

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Please Don’t Leave Me Here: Hour 7 of Live Another Day

Though this episode is largely an extended cat-and-mouse game between Team Al-Harazi and Team Bauer, there are a few crucial moral moments. In one particular scene, Jack is hurriedly escorting a wounded Simone out of the hospital, reporting that Simone’s mother is sending a drone to destroy the hospital to eliminate her. When Simone expresses […]

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It’s a Lot To Ask of You: Hour 6 of Live Another Day

In a crucial scene, when Jack finally explains his risky plan to Kate, he says, “If you don’t want to do this, I can’t force you. It’s a lot to ask.” This episode, along with some important reveals in other plot lines, juxtaposes two scenarios where someone asks someone else to do something very risky: […]

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Mistakes & Apologies : Hour 5 of 24 : Live Another Day

Since the two-hour premiere (and earlier for those who heard in advance which characters were returning for this season), we’ve been waiting for the drama this episode delivers. Jack finally reunites with both Audrey and her dad, President Heller. Unfolding in the midst of the storm surrounding the Al-Harazi’s hijacking of six drones, these powerful […]

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“I Believe You!” : The Politics of Trust in Hour 4 of 24: Live Another Day

Early in this episode, Jack Bauer seeks the help of Chris Tanner in locating the flight key from the drone which the terrorists hacked. Because no one else has believed him, Chris naturally wonders whether he can believe Jack’s intel about a terrorist attack. Jack responds, “Son, the point is, I believe you,” and then […]

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“What Must Be Done” : Ethical Reflection in Hour 3 of 24: Live Another Day

Although I favored titling this meditation, “It’s the Only Way Forward,” after Jack’s poignant comment to Chloe, I decided upon further reflection this episode seemed more a portrait of the twisted reasoning of this season’s terrorists, the Al-Harazis. Despite important scenes with Jack, Chloe, Audrey, Mark, and President Heller, what felt most important were Margot’s […]

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“I Don’t Have Any Friends” : A Review of the Premiere of 24: Live Another Day

“I don’t have any friends,” or so says Jack Bauer to his Serbian associate Belcheck, just after breaking Chloe out of a CIA black site, near the end of the first hour of 24’s new season (which breaks with the past and only shows 12 hours out of the pivotal day). Chloe later upbraids Jack, […]