So the leak has been revealed. 24: LEGACY has a packed third hour that brings everyone together more or less. As the storylines become clearer, we watch as Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) and CTU try to get the USB of sleeper cells from Ben Grimes (Charlie Hofheimer). This is why most people are wary of junkies and the paranoid types.
Using the C4 he strapped to one of the officers, Eric blows a hole in the wall to escape as he’s pinned down by SWAT in the evidence room. However, Keith Mullins (Teddy Sears) manages to intervene as after Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto) and Andy Shalowitz (Dan Bucatinsky) are briefly interrogated. Using a squad car given to him, Eric meets Ben as the two make their way to the USB while Rebecca goes to confront Nilaa Mizrani (Sheila Vand) about the leak.
Eric wanting to keep Ben alive as Ben made him jump through hoops to not only get the money, but to also get the USB is irritating. This guy has put his life in danger over the course of three hours is already high in the number of times. Eric is only looking out for himself as he got his whole squad killed and is now looking to profit from something that could potentially wipe out the United States is selfish. Eric should have dealt with him when he had the chance. There is only so much someone can look out for when they keep stabbing you in the back. To make matters worse once Ben takes Eric to the location of the USB, they’re ambushed by bin-Khalid’s men which leads Thomas Locke (Bailey Chase) to call out Eric’s name that they’re ambushed. Eric gets pistol whipped by Ben as Ben gets attacked by bin-Khalid’s men leading them to get the upper hand as well as the USB. So not only do they get away with the USB, now Eric has to deal with Ben’s injured self. It’s way past time to put Ben out to pasture.
In high school (sighs), Amira Dubayev (Kathryn Prescott) gets a call from her brother Khasan Dubayev (Themo Melikidze) chastising her over the death of Drew Phelps (Zayne Emory). Khasan reminds Amira not to lose the teacher as he is needed. She reminds him that he is committed. As they clean up, a student knocks on the door for the teacher for tutor time to go over her test. As Amira and the teacher play along and tell her to come back. Well, Drew is not quite dead and he slipped out through the window to the soccer field for help. Amira and the teacher chase after Drew who is desperately trying to get the attention of the soccer team. He passes out from the head trauma before he can get their attention just as the teacher and Amira arrive. As they’re about to carry him away, a soccer ball rolls over and a few players see Drew calling for help which leads the soccer coach to calling an ambulance. I’m sorry but this whole story line is stupid and disgusting. I hope they can roll this into the main narrative soon, so this can be done. These characters are uninteresting and repulsive.
Speaking of dumb storylines and uninteresting characters, we’re back in the projects with Aisha (Tiffany Hines) and Nicole Carter (Anna Diop). Eric on his way to meeting Ben calls his wife to check in. Nicole tells him that Aisha has been making suspicious calls and manages to forward her number to him to which Eric hands off to CTU analysts. They manage to send Aisha’s calls back to Nicole who now can confirm that Aisha is sending Issac (Ashley Thomas) to her death. However, Aisha is also planning to take her out as well. And to top it off Aisha demands that Nicole hand over her phone as she’s supposed to be laying low. What doesn’t make sense her is how Nicole just hands over her phone without a fight. It makes no sense. And why didn’t she just say she was talking to Eric. This is trite writing and it’s annoying that this show rests on the worst stereotypes when it comes to the characters of color.
Finally, we have Rebecca isolate Nilaa for the leak. Nilaa has a solid alibi with her praying and then jogging as she always does. Well, we find out that Senator John Donovan’s father, Henry Donovan (Gerald McRaney), is behind the leak of the Rangers and the frame of Nilaa. The reasons for it remain to be seen, but like I said before in the previous reviews, the culprit is almost always never who it seems to be. Henry also managed to doctor footage of Nilaa accessing a terminal that he’s feeding directly to CTU.
Overall, this was fairly entertaining episode. The way Eric’s predicament at the police station as well as Rebecca being integrated were handled fairly quickly to be honest. And now that Andy and Mariana Stiles (Coral Peña) are getting along, I assume most of these storylines will be resolved at an even faster rate. Where are they taking this plot with Henry, I don’t know but I’m very interested. I just hope the execution is strong, as the execution on Amira and Nicole’s storylines are awful to be frank. It’s nice seeing Eric take the call to action, but he’s making some bush-league mistakes so far. This is the strongest episode of 24: Legacy yet, but it still has some improvements that need to be made.
Season 1, Episode 3 (S01E03)
24: Legacy airs Mondays at 8PM on Fox
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