As 24 draws to a close, the titanic struggle between Jack Bauer and Charles Logan is coming to a head.
Logan foolishly believes that he is on the cusp of redeeming his crippled reputation, but he knows Jack is out there somewhere, working to foil his conspiratorial plans. Jack, meanwhile, has become a kind of depraved lunatic. In yesterday’s episode alone, he recklessly endangered the life of an innocent civilian by using her as a decoy, repeatedly fired his weapon in a crowded department store, and then cruelly tortured an apprehended sniper. The torture scene, which involved pliers, acid, an acetylene torch, and finally a torso gutting, was so graphic and disturbing that Fox ran a special warning immediately before it occurred. The episode ended with Jack learning that Logan is behind things.
This necessarily means that Logan is dead meat. There is only one question to be answered: what kind of horrible humiliation will Logan experience when he is captured by an unhinged Jack Bauer? Will Logan begin with a show of false bravado, only to promptly wet his pants? Will he burst into tears and shriek like a teenager at a Beatles concert? Will he get down on his hands and knees, tearing his hair and begging for Jack to spare his sorry life? Or, will he be a man about it, admit he has been a complete sleazeball who betrayed his country, and take the kill shot with a level gaze and some small measure of class? Either way, I’m betting that Gregory Itzin, who has made Logan into a character for the ages, chews a lot of scenery in the next episode.