And plausibility goes out the window as the fourth hour of 24: LEGACY reveals motivations as well as takes the plot to new places. Confining Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) and Ben Grimes (Charlie Hofheimer) to CTU, this week’s action comes from his wife Nicole (Anna Diop).
With Jadalla bin-Khalid (Raphael Acloque) fully embracing his father’s jihadist campaign, he takes the USB back to his men but the files are corrupt and will take the time to decrypt the files. In the meantime, Eric and Rebecca (Miranda Otto) finally come face to face as she has brought Nilaa Mizrani (Sheila Vand) into CTU for interrogation. Ben tells Eric he can fix this as the guns bin-Khalid’s men were using is custom. Ben knows of only one man who sells those and that’s ex-military man Gabriel. Eric says he’s a ghost, but Ben believes not only did Gabriel sell bin-Khalid the guns, but he also smuggled the men into the country as he’s known to smuggle people. Ben thinks if Gabriel is still using the old location, then they can get him to cooperate and give up bin-Khalid once he figures out what they’ve been up to.
Leaving Eric with no choice, he takes this Keith Mullins (Teddy Sears) who rightfully denies the purposed operation. However, Rebecca backs up this bad idea and has Andy Shalowitz (Dan Bucatinsky) secretly give the schematics of a missile to use as bait to get Gabriel’s attention. As Eric is in the middle of a debrief, he ties the man interviewing him then throws a very high tech smoke grenade in the server room of CTU. Eric takes down two guards to get to Ben and the two escape as CTU loses power. Eric promises Ben that he will kill him personally if he is lying.
This storyline is ludicrous now, man. After everything, I don’t know how Ben wasn’t immediately sent to prison. And what’s more is Eric and Rebecca believe this insane theory about Gabriel. The sad part is that this has to be real as we still have eight episodes left and the plot must move forward. I don’t know how the writer’s room works on this show, but good God, guys. My other thing is how did Eric have such a high-tech smoke bomb stashed in his back pocket. I mean let’s just forget that he is a civilian and that it would be illegal to have that on his person, but to say he even bumped into someone and took it from them is highly questionable also, as no one is going to be carrying a smoke grenade.
(In Ron Howard’s voice) Meanwhile back in the projects…(sighs). Well, Nicole is begging Aisha (Tiffany Hines) to give her her phone back so she can check in on Eric. Aisha tells her no and goes out to make a call to the Dominicans to see if they’re still on to take out Isaac Carter (Ashley Thomas). As that call is going on, Nicole tells Jerome (Hajji Golightly) the henchman watching her to change the channel on the TV. As he gets up to do so, Nicole flips over the table making Jerome fall flat on his butt as she snatches her phone from him and escapes. Aisha and Jerome give chase shooting at her as Nicole begs for help. Nicole manages to sneak up on Aisha and get her gun as Jerome catches up and is forced to turn his over as she calls Isaac to warn him about the ambush. With guns on both of them, the police arrive responding to shots fired call as Aisha and Jerome escape. With Jerome confronting the Dominicans about the double cross and successfully making the deal, he arrives to talk to the cops who know him and are in fact in his pocket. Jerome says he will take care of them both greatly and they leave turning Nicole back over to Isaac.
This is a plotline that from day one infuriated me and just kept getting stupider and stupider. When Nicole had the guns on Jerome and Isaac and Aisha asked if Nicole was going to shoot her in the back really confused me as not only was both Jerome and Aisha facing Nicole, but they did conspire to kill Isaac and Nicole behind their backs. Also, they did shoot at Nicole as she was running away from them with her back towards them. When Isaac arrived and asked why didn’t she shoot them, Nicole responds “Was I supposed to shoot them in the back” and this is one of the most confusing excuses to have two threats come back into play later. I’m really baffled by the way this is being written and shot pretty poorly so far.
At the hospital, Amira Dudayev (Kathryn Prescott) struggles on whether or not to kill Drew (Zayne Emory) while her teacher/boyfriend makes the homemade bombs in the high school classroom (okay sure). After encountering Drew’s mother and calling her brother, she manages to get the courage to get into Drew’s room and grab a syringe and pump air into his bloodstream. However, she sees Drew lying there and can’t do it until he regains consciousness and a struggle ensues leading her to push the plunger on the needle killing him. My question is how did no one walk in as it was a long time during that struggle as well as when he flat-lined.
Senator John Donovan (Jimmy Smits) does an investigation of his own with some friends from the NSA to discover that footage of Nilaa has been doctored. In fact, he finds footage of her at the mosque protesting their ways saying Islam is a religion of peace. Henry (Gerald McRaney) is taken to task by his son saying that he has evidence of her innocence. Henry comes clean saying he bought a pipeline from ISIL unwittingly and was being blackmailed that he did business with them would become public knowledge if Henry did not give up the Rangers. Devastated, John calls Rebecca as John’s senior advisor who worked with Henry on the frame, tells Henry that there is no evidence and all he has to do is deny it.
How does one not know that an oil pipeline is owned by a well-known terrorist group is beyond me, but that is how I felt for this fourth hour of 24: Legacy. Just generally dumbfounded by how far it was reaching in its storytelling. Westworld is similar in that it has sprawling, disparate storylines that eventually come together perfectly fitting together like a puzzle. I have no idea if this will all come together or not but as of right now 24: Legacy is really insulting their audience by asking them to suspend their disbelief this much. I will give them credit for painting a female Muslim as an American who truly loves her country but that’s as far as I’ll go. And remember folks, Tony Almeida has still yet to rear his head and we have less than ten episodes left. The clock ticks ever on…
Season 1, Episode 4 (S01E04)
24: Legacy airs Mondays at 8PM on Fox
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