May Sweeps. Weâ€™re hitting the final stretch. With just 4 eps left including this one, there appears to be too little time to take down each bad guy that has cropped up over the season. Iâ€™ll spend some time on each of the loose-ends and perhaps throw a prediction out as to how I see them being tied up.
On to Hour 21.
1.Â Before I cover each tentacle in Loganâ€™s Legion of Doom, Iâ€™d be remiss if I didnâ€™t spend a few words talking about Jackâ€™s impromptu landing of a passenger plane on a stretch of L.A. freeway followed by his great escape from the Marines sent to retrieve him and the recording. With marshal law clearing the streets of the typical LA congestion â€“ and a little assist from the CGI rendering moxie of a PowerMac â€“ Jack brought the bird to rest on the road and fled the scene before Loganâ€™s heroes could snatch him. This season has held its fair share of over-the-top action scenes, and this sequence was so preposterous it left me with a great, goony grin. It was the sort of stunt that the Bond series has pulled off for years â€“ and it works well within this brand of alternate reality espionage. Well done.
2.Â Bringing us to Logan. With the news of Bauerâ€™s escape, Logan is called upon by Evil Opie (as Iâ€™ll start referring to Graham since actor Paul McCrane bears such an uncanny resemblance to Ron Howard). Both men decide that a trial would be devastating to the U.S. government. This leads to a bravura sequence of acting on behalf of Gregory Itzbin â€“ who proceeds to his office, pulls out a bottle of Scotch and a .45 caliber chaser. Of course, the clock is still ticking and before Logan can finish the deed, he gets a call from that Homeland Security weasel Miles (which I just realized is an anagram of Slime) offering to destroy the evidence. Within one unbroken shot, Loganâ€™s whipped dog morphs back into the loathsome jellyfish we all love so much. I predict, Logan is exposed and ousted by season end and Evil Opie goes all shadow government on us.
3.Â Not much was seen of Henderson â€“ although we did catch a glimpse of his chromedome in the trailers for next weekâ€™s episode. Henderson spouts some dire warning about the bad guys know how to hurt Jack. Great!!! And here I thought we had said goodbye to Kim for the season. I predict Hendersonâ€™s early season statement that he kept a close eye on Kim when he thought Jack was dead gets interpreted literally and we discover her shrink, Ponyboy, is in league with the villains. You donâ€™t invest good coin on C. Thomas Howell without seeing some dividends.
4.Â While perusing the litany of villains, Vlad Bierko made a brief cameo, as Karyn Hayes monitored his transfer from CTU to a heavily armed convoy tasked with transporting him to a secured holding facility. The scene held on Bierko a little too long â€“ and that knowing wink the driver gave him â€“ leads me to believe that the great, proud tradition of CTU moles lives on. I predict Bierko escapes and strikes at Logan. Wait, now I have to change the Logan prediction. Iâ€™m onto something. The mole is tasked by Evil Opieâ€™s organization to free Bierko in order to allow Bierko access to assassinate Logan. Thatâ€™s the plan.
5.Â Jack got a few moments of downtime with Audrey â€“ allowing him to show his tender side. Although, when he told her to close her eyes, the last thing I expected was the 24 version of the Armageddon animal cracker scene. I thought he was gonna cold-cock her. As much as Jack probably deserves a little R & R, I just get the nagging urge to shout â€œTHEREâ€™S NO TIME!!!â€ when ever he cops a squat. I predict Kim lives and Audrey dies.
6.Â Oh â€“ I forgot. Secretary Heller is alive but in critical condition. I think he wakes up briefly, cryptically utters the word “Michael” which gets misinterpreted by his doctor, and then fades away. Wait! Wrong show.
I get so Lost sometimes.