I am, at this point, count the weeks until this season of 24 is over. Two seasons of go I was in love. They seemed to be able to nail the formal so well that there was never a boring moment. But after the trainwreck that was last half of Season Six and needless shark-jumping of the last weeks watching the show has become more of a chore then something I look forward to each Monday. Anyways, I was on vacation last week so this weeks post covers the last two episodes.
Hour 13:Official Torture: Attempt 1 / success 0 / accurate 0
Terrorist Torture: Attempt 1 / success 1 / accurate 1
Improvised (Bauer) Torture: n/a
For the first time since the 4th episode we see the official use of torture. Bauer is sent by the president's chief of staff (against the better judgment of the FBI) to see if he can get any more information out of Ryan Burnett. The FBI, who is over seeing Bauer, puts limits on what he is allowed to do. Hamstrung by beuorocracy, Bauer cannot use his own methods. Before he can get any info from Burnett as assassin is able to take advantage of the FBI's management structure, stun Bauer and kill Burnett. Given his druthers, Bauer would of been able to enter the room and quickly extract the info from Burnett he nearly got before the president shut him down.
Official Torture: n/a
Terrorist Torture n/a
Improvised (Bauer) Torture: Attempt 1 / success 1 / accurate 1
Nothing to amazing in this episode. Overall, the producers are continuing to to bend over backwards to make a case for torture. The logic is just becoming tortured. In last weeks episode, FBI agent Walker says something like "I think his [Bauers] methods are wrong but he has been right every time. If we would of just got out of his way, maybe none of this would of happened."
The torture count this week ticks up 1 in each column. As you can see in the second charge, just past the halfway mark in the season this season has has more uses of torture then in each of the last two seasons.
Next the torture totals from Season 5, 6 and 7 for some context.