24 will soon run its course, and it is clear the the writers and producers want to end the series with a bang. Recently we’ve seen one character dispatched with a gruesomely slit throat, and another got plugged after unwisely enjoying a few moments of passion with Jack Bauer. So now Jack, once again, is on his own and battling the forces of evil pretty much unaided. The only difference this season is that the faithful Chloe, who has been bizarrely elevated to head of CTU, may not have Jack’s back as he breaks the rules and flouts her orders while he exacts his bloody revenge.
As interesting as that plot development may be — and it holds great promise for all participants in this year’s 24 Death Pool, because we can only guess at the spectacular body counts Jack Bauer will rack up in his zealous quest for “justice” — the real pleasure of the most recent episodes has been the reappearance of former President Charles Logan. You have to give great credit to Gregory Itzin, who plays Logan, because he has given birth to one of the great characters ever seen on TV. Logan is evil, corrupt, smarmy, arrogant, devious, and craven, all at the same time. When he is on the screen spinning his conspiratorial webs the sleaze just seems to pour out of him. He is fascinating and riveting to watch, whether he is trying to wheedle the formerly upright President into taking her first step down the path to perdition or ranting that some flunky didn’t pay him the proper respect.
I expect that Jack Bauer will take out President Logan before this season is over. I suppose that’s only right, but I hope it doesn’t happen for a while. The machinations of watery-eyed and unctuous Charles Logan make an old favorite much, much better.