-- Tonight's episode is the "big twist" they've been promising for the past week. Usually, whenever the Fox promo department gets this worked up, the president is revealed to be a psycho or a nuclear bomb goes off in Los Angeles or something. Given how relatively safe they've been playing it this season, it'd be nice to see something along those lines happen, but I'm not especially hopeful. If I were to predict tonight's twist as a percentage in terms of shock value, I'll say 60%.
-- So did Tarin have a magic gun or did someone forget to make the NYPD's bulletproof vests bulletproof?
-- I somehow doubt a probation officer can get access to a secure government facility at three in the morning, in the middle of a terrorist attack on New York. But I guess there's no reason to think this subplot should start making sense now.
-- I wonder if that's really what the Arabic version of Windows looks like. Regardless, I wish Fox would make that wallpaper available for download. You could put it on your computer and pretend you're President Hassad, with the big hair and the hot daughter and so on and so forth. Fun!
-- I was a bit annoyed we never heard about File 33 before this episode. But then I realized that if they had mentioned it beforehand and made us wonder what it was for a few weeks, the revelation would have been a major letdown, and right now, I'd probably be bitching about how lame File 33 turned out to be.
-- So this whole time, the terrorists were, like, a five minute drive from CTU headquarters? But then how did it take Jack and Cole almost half-an-hour to get...oh, never mind.
-- Oh, Christ, that wasn't even a 65% shock. At first, I figured it was a bomb in that car, and maybe the show was going to kill off a quarter of the supporting cast in one fell swoop. Maybe even Chloe. But an EMP? The only one who seemed to die was that idiot guard who tried to be a hero. 30%. At best.
Even worse, I just realized that since all the data Stephen Root wanted to look at is now erased, this prolongs the Dana subplot. Yay.
Jack's confirmed kills: 0 (10 for the season)
Jack's Words of Wisdom: "With all due respect, madame. Your family brought this threat to my country. We're doing the best we can."
Overall grade: B