Outstanding episode with great production values. With the Michelle virus-gambit, sending her back into the fire, the gun battle, and some air-to-air action, it was certainly an end-of-season spectacular and gives me hope we'll be ending with as big a bang as last season.
Agreed on the good production values. Some unintentional humor...JACK: I need you to go back in and get captured on the slim chance that Saunders will personally arrive at the exchange to watch the exchange take place, rather than let his thugs do it as would be more sensible. MICHELLE: Or you could just come over here, trace my cell phone signal. Oh, and I saw the address on the front door too. But ok, let's do it your way!
Great episode. I'm just afraid the the next two hours will be somewhat downhill after tonight's action-filled ending. The show's format doesn't require the writers to wrap up every loose thread but it seems like two hours isn't much time to wrap things up.
Enjoyed the episode, but I'm not clear on why they didn't trace Michelle's cell and go to that location. How did Jack know that Saunders would come to the drop? And WHY did Saunders come to the drop? He looked shocked at the soldiers repelling off the bridge. And I'm also surprised he didn't have anyone watching the pay phone. Still, lots of cool action, and I'm glad Michelle survived.
I figure the reason was because, should Michelle have successfully escaped, Saunders would have relocated. It was my understanding that they didn't expect Saunders to be there but were instead going to track where the bodyguards go. However, when Saunders made an appearance, they have the troops ready to go.
I wonder how they can top this with the last two episodes, seems like all we can expect now is evidence-hiding and interrogation scenes...if not another villain pops up. By the way, why was this episode about 2 and a half minute shorter than the others? Is Fox quietly trying to move down from 43 minutes episodes to 40 mins to squeeze more commercials into the hour?
I guess you could tack it up to being a case of Jack knowing his enemy really well. This was played out more explicitly when he and Tony were arguing in front of the pay phone and Saunders called back to offer Tony a concession on the hostage situation, proving Jack right (as usual).
I would be interested to see Jack face a villain he is unfamiliar with next season.
For a moment there, I thought Saunders was going to escape at the last minute. If he HAD escaped, it would have been utterly ridiculous. I was ready to chuck the remote at the TV and never watch the show again. (Well, maybe..)
At any rate, I like that, this season, they haven't dragged out events artificially. The few moments that I thought would last for several episodes have been wrapped up quickly. For example, Chloe locked in the bay by Tony, Kim captured when impersonating the daughter, the escapee from the hotel, the death of Chapelle, etc.
In past seasons, they've carried these types of plot points on way too far, but not this year. This is why I think this season is the best yet. I hope Day 4 continues this trend.
So, on the Palmer Keeler thing. Since Keeler has evidence now, and did not turn it over to the authorities immediately, is he not an accomplis as well. I would think this puts him in a position that if he would say anything after waiting it would make him guilty as well.