Tuesday, May 27, 2014

24 Live Another Day: Ep 5. – 3pm to 4 pm

Jack and Audrey, Sitting in a Tree… almost K-I-S-S-I-N-G

We pick up at the embassy, where Sexy Agent Morgan is bickering with the army guy that she one-upped to get custody of Jack Bauer. He can complain all he wants, but the fact is, he got beat by a girl. And you know what we say about that… HA HA!

The army guys demand Jack tell them where the flight key is, but Jack just grunts and struggles with the guards. This gives Sexy Agent Morgan time to slip out with the key. Morgan also grabs Jack’s ear comm and uses it to call Chloe. I don’t know if I’d feel comfortable using someone else’s earpiece like that. It’s kinda gross, like using someone else’s toothbrush. But Sexy Morgan ignores the potential earwax contamination and does what she needs to do. She just hopes Jack had plenty of Q Tips in the Jack Sack over the past four years he’s been in exile. 
Chloe instructs Morgan on how to finish the encryption/upload process, which is basically to plug the thumb drive into the USB port. That was easy. Then Cross and Chloe spot the code that proves Tanner’s drones were hijacked. Navid and Ian work on taking control of the ten drones, but only get control of six of them once Chloe’s screen grabs of the magic code enable the good guys to shut down part of the hijacking program. Unfortunately, there are still six drones with six missiles each heading for London. To avoid detection, the drones blend in with UK traffic and drive on the left side, so there is no way to track them.

Back at the mansion, Margot visits Simone, who is in bed, nursing her pinky stub. Margot tells Simone not to blame herself for her lost finger. She can point the finger of blame Margot. Well no sh*t, Sherlock! (Not that Simone is in any shape to be pointing a finger at anyone)

Margot also releases a video proclaiming that her actions are in retaliation for the drone strike that killed her husband along with six children. But Navid tells Simone that he put something in the video code that would allow the good guys to track the signal back to their location.

Meanwhile, Mark Boudreau admits he was wrong about Bauer and has Jack brought to Heller. He also apologizes to Audrey, but she clearly has Bauer on the Brain. We find out that Heller was unaware of the civilian casualties of his drone strikes. Boudreau did not tell him in order to protect him. I don’t know. It seems like the President would be a little more aware that drone strikes often result in collateral damage. Anyway, Heller informs the Prime Minister that the biggest thing to hit London since The Spice Girls is potentially coming in the next few hours. (Unless Heller surrenders to Margot.) The Prime Minister is not pleased with this news, and also secretly wonders what Baby Spice is up to these days. You never really hear about her any more.

Ma Bauer
Jack and Heller meet and Jack tells Heller that the only chance they have of finding Margot is through and arms dealer that he knows. Heller asks for his name, but Jack won’t give it to him unless he gets put back in the field. He’s not going to let the government screw up their only lead. It’s like Jack’s mom, Ma Bauer, always used to tell him; “Dammit it, Jackie, if you want to do something right, you gotta do it yourself.”

But Heller refuses. Do you know what kind of hissy fit the Russians would throw if they found out Heller had Bauer and then let him go? Then Audrey comes into the room and it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Jack and Audrey… reunited and it feels so good. They obviously want to shag right there on the floor, but instead resist their primal urges after a tearful embrace. (Note: Shag is British for “have sex with.”)

Sure enough, CIA Programmer Jordan picks up Navid’s breadcrumbs and pinpoints the location of the compound where Margot’s hiding. Navarro and Ritter lead a team to the site. They must not have seen Zero Dark Thirty, because rather than taking a speedy helicopter to the compound, they decide to drive. But Sexy Morgan, who’s once again been taken off the case, calls Chloe who spots a redirect in the code and they realize the CIA team is headed to a decoy house. Suddenly, Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi hollers, “It’s a trap!” and Navarro desperately tries to evacuate his team before the missiles hit. The house blows up and not all of the CIA agents make it out.

Margot informs Navid that her son Ian has successfully learned how to fly the drones, so his services will no longer be required. He pleads with her not to shoot him, and asks her to consider Simone’s feelings for her husband. Unfortunately, Simone is watching the whole time and gives her mom the thumbs up to kill Navid, which is ironic since her mother had her pinky chopped off. So Margot shoots Navid in the head and now Simone is single.

Next week: Jack and Sexy Agent Morgan team up and search for the arms dealer. Meanwhile, Simone searches for a fingers dealer.

What did you think of this week’s show? Leave a comment below. 


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

24 Live Another Day: Ep 4. – 2pm to 3 pm

Afternoon Tea and Ladyfingers

First of all, did everyone’s TV sound freak out for a few seconds during 24 this week?  That was weird. I suspect it might have been Margot Al-Harazi’s son Ian hacking into the system, trying to hijack control of the show. I bet Chloe saw what he was trying and blocked his attack. Way to go, O’Brian!

So this week on 24 we pick up with Jack’s riot at the embassy, where he has successfully snuck into the building. Hot on his tail are agents Morgan and Ritter. Jack puts the sleeper hold on a guard and dons his jacket and credentials. Then he heads for Tanner’s holding room, with a little help from Chloe, who naturally has hacked into the system and has full schematics and camera control. Anything Jack needs to know, he just pushes a button and asks Chloe. She’s like a goth and socially awkward version of Siri.

Jack Man Fever
Jack makes it to Tanner’s room, tricks and overpowers the guard and gets the flight key. He tells Tanner he believes he didn’t perform the drone strike just before he leaves. Morgan and Ritter arrive right behind Jack and chase him through the building. Chloe guides him through the maze, like an ultra-violent Pac Man, avoiding the Marine ghosts at every turn.

The system is shut down, so Jack’s stolen keycard can’t get him out the basement door, so he heads for the communications room, takes hostages and holes up. But he is very polite to the hostages… in a Jack Bauer, forceful, kind of way. It’s the old, “I don’t want to hurt you, so don’t make me hurt you” routine. He even strategically shoots a couple of Marines in their flack vests, to hold them off, send a message, but still not really hurt anyone. Kinda like The A-Team used to do. Blow up a few cars and a building, but no one ever gets killed.

While the Marines gather outside the door, Jack and Chloe go to plan B, which is to upload the data from the flight key, but the file is encrypted, so the download will take a while. I guess they have to download the encryption code from one of those free AOL discs from 1997, on a dial-up connection. You know it’s done when it says “You’ve Got Mail.”

Meanwhile, Heller actually nails his speech in front of Parliament, while Boudreau gets the call that Bauer is holding hostages in the embassy. So the secret is out and he comes clean to Heller and Audrey about Jack. Audrey is pissed at him, and Heller wants to talk to Jack before anyone does anything else.

Jack gets a call from Heller and tells him about Yates device and Margot Al-Harazi’s plan of attack. Unfortunately, Heller ain’t buying it and authorizes the Marines to storm Jack’s room. But sexy Agent Morgan, who was denied access to Jack’s room earlier, climbs through the air ducts in an attempt to get to Jack before the Marines do. She’s taking a page out of Winston’s book, from New Girl, but Jack Bauer may be more dangerous than a badger loose in the air vents. (See below.)

Game over, man!
As she approaches the room, Jack shoots a warning shot and tells her to beat it, but she explains that she believes his story about Tanner, so he lets her in. The Marines also pick up her signal in the air ducts on their sensors. They must be using the same sensors the Space Marines used in Aliens

Meanwhile, over at Casa de Al-Harazi, Simone and Navid have a post-coitus conversation about abandoning the mission and running away together. However, Margot overhears their pillow talk and over a cup of tea with her daughter, gets Simone to tell her of Navid’s plan. Then she confronts Navid and says she will do whatever it takes to get him to pilot the drones. He refuses and says he does not care what she does to him. No problem. Margot has her henchmen grab Simone and they chop off her freaking pinky, like a Ginsu knife through a tomato.

Navid immediately knows what this means. First, Margot means business and will even harm her own family for the sake of the mission. Second, it means no more high fives for Simone… only high fours from now on.

What makes Margot such a great mother? I can’t quite put my finger on it. And now, neither can Simone.

Meanwhile, back at the Geek Cave, Chloe is at odds with Adrian Cross, who is reluctantly helping Jack for Chloe. She does not realize that he tried to get Jack busted, but eventually he makes her choose between him and Jack and so she leaves, because as I have said many times before; Once you go Jack, you never go back!

Don't shoot. I'm sexy.
Back at the embassy, the Marines prepare to move on Jack while Jack prepares to hold them off while the file finishes downloading, and also for his trial membership to AOL to start. Sexy Agent Morgan convinces Jack to let her have the key and she’ll finish the encryption. Then when the Marines burst in, Morgan already has Jack subdued and invokes the “Finders Keepers, Loser Weepers” clause and takes Jack into her custody. This is also known and the “You snooze, you lose” maneuver in England. 

So by the end of the show, Jack is in custody, but he’s also got a hot new ally. Also, Ian Al-Harazi has control of ten drones and Margot is ready to strike. So that kinda sucks.

Next week: Margot starts to play hardball with the drones, while Jack asks Heller to get him back in the game.

What did you think? Leave a comment below. 

See you next week for another 24 recap. 
You can follow me on Twitter at @BackinJack

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Doctor Sleep: A Review of the Sequel to The Shining

Monster Men Episode 60

Redrum! Redrum! It's been a long time since Danny Torrance uttered those words. It's been a long time since that unfortunate winter he spent at the Overlook Hotel. So what is he up to these days?

In the new book, Doctor Sleep, we find out. Stephen King's sequel to his legendary novel, The Shining, catches up with Danny many years after the events at the Overlook. Here's the synopsis from Amazon.

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. 

Join the Monster Men for a review of Stephen King's latest outing and find out if Doctor Sleep will keep you awake at night you send you off to dreamland. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

24 Live Another Day: Ep 3. – 1pm to 2 pm

24: Live Another Mother’s Day

Tonight 24 opens with Jack and Chloe in hot pursuit of Yates. They end up at the pub where Yates was hiding out and Jack finds him dead in the bathroom. There’s no sign of the drone override device, but there is a wig in the rubbish. (That’s English for dumpster.) This is good for two reasons; first, it means someone was with Yates, so they can possibly track them using the neighborhood security cameras. Second, this wig might come in handy if Jack, being the most wanted fugitive in the country, might need a disguise later. I’m not sure if they showed it, but I am pretty sure he put that wig in the Black Jack Sack… just in case.

At first things look bad. There were no cameras in the back alley. DAMMIT. (Drink up.)

But sure enough, Chloe is able to hack into every single security camera in the area and spots Simone boarding the Tube. (That’s English for the subway. Or the T if you’re from Boston, or the L if you are from Chicago.)  Chloe informs Jack that she’s headed for the Waterloo station. Of course, we all know that at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender, and if Jack has his way, Simone will meet her destiny in quite a similar way. So he and Chloe race to Waterloo in their stolen car.


Meanwhile, Kate is still back at the projects, questioning Basher and his henchmen, Bangers and Mash. One of them gives up Yates' name, but Navaro orders them to let everyone go before the Bobbies arrive. (That’s English for cops.) The CIA has no business being there and they don’t need to make matters worse after the drone attack earlier today. But Kate, in true Bauer fashion, does not let Basher go with the rest of his men. Instead she takes him to a tunnel in a seedy part of town where members of rival gang, I believe called the Tommer Boys, hang out. These guys look pretty badass, but they are no Van Buren Boys, that’s for sure. (They should be called the Tommy Boys anyway.)
Turns out they have a bone to pick with Basher and he is visible shaken by the thought of being let out of the car. He must not know the Tommer Boys sign. So before we get a Sharks/Jets type situation, Basher tells Kate that Jack was after Yates.

Over at the US Embassy, Heller prepares to go before Parliament, despite continued warnings by Chief of Staff, Mark Boudreau – even if this does piss off his wife, Audrey… who happens to be the President’s daughter and Jack Bauer’s ex. Mark Boudreau is also given the paper work that would be necessary if they were to hand over Jack to the Russian government. It has to be signed by the President, but like a kid with a bad report card, Boudreau forges the signature.

Oh yeah, at some point Tanner, the drone pilot, is brought to the building, which is surrounded by an angry mob.

Meanwhile Jack spots Simone on the train, but she spots him too. I bet the Black Jack Sack gave him away. So she pulls out her knife, but instead of stabbing Jack, she cuts her own leg, smears blood on her face and then when the train stops, she screams that Jack is trying to hurt her. Then she takes off while the chivalrous men of London try to subdue Jack. And there are lots of them, because London is where they invented chivalry. They can’t stop Jack for long, but it’s long enough for Simone to sneak into a maintenance area and lose him. Jack tells Chloe to keep an eye out for her on the cameras, but suddenly the sight of a mother, father and son walking out of the station distracts Chloe. This allows Simone to get away.

Jack can’t believe Chloe didn’t spot her and demands to know the reason for her brain fart. She tearfully explains that Morris and her son Prescott were killed by a hit and run truck while on their way to soccer practice. Chloe believes that it was a hit on her, because she was the only one that knew the details of Jack’s day before he went off the grid.

Jack is moved by the story and hugs Chloe in an attempt to comfort her and says:
You can’t bring back the ones you love. Trust me. But you can honor their lives by helping others. It’s the only way forward.

This is not only a lovely thing to say as a way to help Chloe deal with her pain, but it’s also a thinly veiled attempt to get her focused back on the mission. And it works. Jack and Chloe go back to the Open Cell hideout to talk to Adrian Cross and the Geek Squad to plan their next move.

RIP Morris and Prescott. Drink a social for Chloe’s family. No wonder she’s all goth.

Back to Simone. She gets home to Margot, who asks her if she’s been followed and is quite concerned about this American chap who’s been pursuing her. We also meet Simone’s brother and her husband Navid, who seems a bit upset about Simone’s slutty assignment with Yates.

Cross is cross that Jack has returned to the Geek Cave. (Cross is English for angry. It’s also the name of the guy.) He also points out that Jack’s way of demanding things at gunpoint is quite disconcerting. He’s got a point. Perhaps Jack would get more results if he used honey once in a while instead of vinegar when he wants something. Jack agrees and asks Cross nicely if he’ll help him present proof of the existence of the drone device to Heller. This also means Jack will need false credentials to get into the embassy. The Geek Squad can handle that in their sleep. So Jack heads for the Heller’s location and the angry mob that surrounds it. 

Back at the bad guy's estate, Margot sews up Simone’s leg, roughly, to remind Simone to stay focused and not get sloppy. I certainly hope Simone does not use wire hangers, because I have a feeling Margot might not handle that too well.

Later, Simone approaches Navid to try and address the Yates thing, as he pours himself a glass of whisky. It turns out he’s really just having second thoughts about the mission. Simone decides to calm him down by going down on him. Little do they know that Mommy Dearest is watching and listening to the whole thing on a spy cam.

Then we find out that Adrian Cross plans to double cross Jack and orders one of the Geeks to screw up his credentials so he’ll get busted at the gate. Quick question... if Cross double crosses you, is that a triple cross?

Heller heads to Parliament, and the Prime Minister also advises him not to do this now. But Heller is lucid enough to quote Winston Churchill, so he decides to do it anyway. Unfortunately, as soon as he is introduced, the heckling begins and suddenly it’s like he’s bombing at The Improv. All that’s missing is the tomatoes and lettuce being thrown by the angry crowd.

Then, we get the multi-square view of what everyone else is doing. Jack and Kate arrive at the embassy at about the same time, while Navid and Simone lie in bed. If this is in real-time, then that was either that was the fasted BJ ever or the whiskey was a bad idea for poor Navid.

Jack arrives at the embassy and presents his false credentials, but while the guards run them, Chloe senses something is wrong and tells Jack to abort. Jack knows he only has one chance to get into the embassy, so he backs away, ditches his Jack Sack (and the wig). Then he takes off his jacket and overpowers a Bobbie (cop) with it. He takes the Bobbies gun and starts shooting people in the crowd in their legs. This may seem a little extreme, but if a few legs get in the way of the mission, then hey, they gotta go.

Chaos ensues, so Jack takes advantage of the diversion and slips through the gates. Kate and Ritter attempt to follow, but the crowd is slowing them down.

Next week: All Heller breaks loose in the building. 
See you then.

So what did you think? Leave a comment below. 

I'll also be on the Internet radio show "24 More" with "The Vent Man" tonight, 05/13/14, at 7pm ET on BlogTalkRadio. See the details at http://tobtr.com/s/6439619. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

24: Live Another Day- Episodes 1 & 2

11:00 am to 12 pm

Welcome Back Bauer 
It’s been four years since Jack Bauer went off the grid, and quite a while since I have written a commentary/recap about his exploits. Tonight we are both back. They decided to throw two episodes at us right off the bat, so there’s a lot to cover.

From the looks of it, Jack Bauer has not lost a step in the layoff; in fact, he looks like he’s gained a step or two. Strap yourself in, the clock is ticking and the ride is about to begin.

We open with some thugs casing out a marketplace in East London. We see a variety of items at the booths including clothing, jewelry and handbags… and I wonder, are there any Jack Sacks hanging on those racks? As the camera roams the area, more and more thugs begin to gather until finally they converge at the door of a ratty old building.  A homeless man throws off his blankets and sends a roller robot cam into the building and spots their target… a man sleeping on the floor among the debris. It’s a high value suspect that had been spotted in the area.

The thugs are actually CIA agents under the command of Steve Navarro of the CIA London Station. This place looks a hell of a lot like CTU, with the all the monitors, glass walls and endless suspicious, dirty looks being shot back and forth between the agents. But it’s not CTU. I guess they use the same interior decorator.

We also meet Kate Morgan, the insanely hot agent who spends most of the first half of the episode packing up her desk. You see, it’s her last week at CTU, I mean the CIA. It turns out her stupid husband was selling secrets to the Chinese, and although she claims she did not know anything about it, it does not look good for her. It’s about the only thing about her that does not look good, by the way.

The CIA dudes storm the building, but the suspect was on to them and is on the run. One of the agents gets too close and gets taken out by the hooded fugitive and that’s when the robot cam catches his face. Holy crap! It’s Jack F*cking Bauer.

And like Batman, he starts to mop up the place with the agents.

As the action unfolds, Kate watches on the monitors and questions why Jack does not flee to the roof, where he surely could have escaped. Instead, they chase Jack out to the shores of a river where he is surrounded and captured. But the smirk on Jack’s face makes us wonder what he’s really up to.

Meanwhile, we learn that former Secretary of Defense James Heller is now the President. We also meet his Chief of Staff, Mark Boudreau, who immediately puts a gag order on the Bauer news. Heller already has enough to deal with today with his drone legislation and attempts to establish a new base in the UK. We also learn the real reason Boudreau wants to keep the Bauer news quiet. He’s married to Audrey Heller, the President’s daughter and former lover of the high value suspect himself.

Boudreau orders Navarro to hand over Bauer to the “Special Activities” people for some hardcore interrogation. But before the orders come through, Navarro decides to have a quick chat with Jack first, since no one ever comes back from Special Activities. Kind of like when a kid breaks the rules at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. You never hear from them again. (Oompa.) 

So Navarro questions Jack and tells him his best bet is to cooperate. Jack Bauer’s EKG remains flat lined as Navarro questions him. You see, Jack has superhuman, ultra-steady readings. He can’t be rattled. 

Also, it’s like 15 minutes into the show and we have not heard a peep out of Jack yet.

Then the order to take him to Special Activities comes in. But Kate is convinced Jack wanted to be caught, so she locks herself in the interrogation room with him. She starts to question him and she actually gets the needle to move. But that’s no surprise. That’s freaking Yvonne Strahovski.  She gets men's needles to move all the time.

It does not matter though, as they break into the room and have Jack transferred to Special Activities, where a Slugworth looking guy named Dean is working on another patient, and he is not playing nice. But wait, who is the goth looking chick on his table? Holy crap, it’s Chloe f*cking O’Brien.

By the way, it’s 11:40 am and Jack has still not uttered a word.

We also meet Lt. Tanner, a drone pilot who clashes with his mean Colonel who is on a mission in Afghanistan. They have an argument and Tanner gets his weekend leave revoked over nothing and is pretty upset. More on him later.

Jack is being escorted to Special Activities when he presses the skin on his wrist and signals a guy outside the building who has been hacking into the system. Soon the lights go out and Jack is loose. He quickly overpowers Slugworth and utters his first words, “Take me to her now.” In no time he has laid the smack down on Slugworth and rescued Chloe.  But Kate, who was told to leave the premises, was onto Jack and disobeys her orders again and pursues Bauer, with a little help from Jordan, who is her version of Edgar. (Moment of silence. Drink a social for Edgar.) 

Ironically, in order to capture Jack Bauer, she ends up pulling a Chloe and tazes a guard. (It wouldn’t be 24 without someone getting tazed. Take a drink, the 24 drinking game is full on.)

Kate chases Jack and eventually catches him, even though he blows up half the building with a gas explosion. She forces him to drop his gun, but he signals his buddy, who is on the street above them with a rocket launcher and he blows a hole in the ceiling. Jack and Chloe escape. This is the greatest “get caught on purpose and then break out” stunt since the Joker did it in The Dark Knight. And speaking of that, did you realize that President Heller was also the President in The Dark Knight Rises. Hmmm. Maybe Jack Bauer really is Batman.

So then, to be safe, Jack and Chloe split up, but Jack promises he’ll find her later.

We go back to Tanner, the drone pilot, who has just completed a successful drone mission. Then, suddenly, Tanner’s loses control of his drone and it fires on the Colonel and his men. Tanner screams for the Colonel to get out of there, but it’s too late. Boom. The military convoy is in flames. Tanner is in deep doo doo.

We zoom in on a bad guy watching a monitor who proclaims, “It’s done.”

On to episode two.

24: Live Another Day- Ep 2. - 12:00 pm to 1 pm

The Yates of Hell
We open with Chloe walking the streets of London and breaking into an abandoned building. She heads up stairs and punches a keypad. When the door opens we discover we are now in the secret lair of Chloe’s computer hacker team. You see Chloe has been working for a Wiki Leaks like group, led by the creepy Adrian Cross.

While Cross is debriefing Chloe on her last three days in captivity, Jack busts in (along with his Serbian mob sidekick) and starts to threaten Cross. Take notice that Adrian Cross is played by Michael Wincott, who was also a bad guy in the version of The Three Musketeers with Keifer Sutherland and Charlie Sheen. So now it’s officially “all for one and all for love” on 24. 

We find out the reason that Jack is being so rough is that he is tracking one of Cross’ hackers named Derek Yates, whom Jack suspects is involved in a plot to kill President Heller with a US drone. Unfortunately, Yates is not there.

Meanwhile, Tanner, the pilot of the drone, insists that he did not shoot the missile and that someone else was in control of the drone, even though his key thing says that he did it. We find out that four people were killed, including two Brits. That’s’ not good for Tanner and it’s not good for President Heller, who is at a party with the British Prime Minister when the news hits. So much for the new base… unless Heller can get in front of Parliament and apologize.

He orders that Tanner to be brought to London and turned over to the British for interrogation, even though that is against protocol.

Boudreau is totally against all of this, especially the Parliament part. You see, Heller is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and is slowly losing his memory. It should get worse in about a year, but this is 24, the show where Jack Bauer once kicked a heroin addiction in like four hours, so Heller should be drooling and not know his name by week five.  

So Boudreau preps the President for his meeting and pushes him hard, until Heller can’t remember the number of people killed in the blast or their names. Audrey is shaken up by this, but she ain’t seen nothing yet. She still doesn’t know that Jackie’s back in town.

We finally meet Yates, a junkie programmer who is holing up in a housing project with a big dude named Basher and his crew of drug dealers. Yates is the guy who commandeered the drone. With him is his slutty, Russian, blonde girlfriend. She’s all over him, even when he’s on the phone with his client, a mysterious woman named Margot. She is pretty shady, both figuratively and literally, as she is hidden in shadows when we first see her.

Back at CTU, I mean the CIA, Kate has been reinstated by Navarro, much to the chagrin of Erik Ritter, the agent that has designs on Kate’s job once she’s gone. Tough darts, baby. Kate’s the only one who has had any clue as to what Jack is up to, and she does it again when she has Chloe’s phones checked.

Back at the hacker lair, Chloe assembles the Geek Squad to track down Yates. They locate him at the projects and Jack and Chloe head out to get him. Chloe busts out some comms for them to stick in their ears so they can talk and she brings a couple of special phones. The same phones that Kate is tracking!

Once they get to the apartment building, Chloe temporarily disables the surveillance camera… because she’s Chloe and that’s very easy for her to do. It puts Basher’s men on alert, just like Jack wanted and now they are on the move and easier to pick off, one by one. Finally, after taking out a bunch of goons, Jack makes it to Basher’s flat. (Please note that “flat” is the English word for apartment. I know that because I am wicked smahhhht.)

The best thing about this assault is not the awesome ass-kicking that Jack Bauer performs. It’s that Jack is wearing a Jack Sack in this scene… and this time it’s black. Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce you to the BLACK JACK SACK. (BJS)

Jack tells Basher that it may look like he has the upper hand, but that Jack really does and he should just surrender and give him Yates. Naturally Basher does not listen and instead does what comes natural to him, he tries to bash him. This is a bad idea and Jack really does a number on Basher’s men, especially one guy who gets the Ginsu knife treatment… BIG TIME.

While this is happening, Yates and his mail-order bride bust out a window and take off. Jack is just about to apprehend him when Kate and her men arrive and surround Jack at gunpoint. Yates walks right by Kate and even speaks to her before he gets away. Jack begs Kate to stop him, but suddenly he is shot at and grazed by gunfire from Basher, who is still upset about the knife incident in the flat. (Again, that’s the apartment, for you Yanks.)

Jack takes off into the underground garage and manages to capture Kate. She seems smart, so he tells her that she’s after the wrong guy and informs her about the Yates plot. Kate tries to hit him and get away, so Jack goes all Ike Turner on her and clocks her right in the head. Then he escapes from the garage and Chloe picks him up in a stolen car. He’s impressed when he hears she hot-wired it. I love these two.

Jack had managed to get a thumb drive from Yates and Chloe puts it in her computer. It reveals the secret plans for the drone plot, but it also kicks off a program that erases the drive and starts to attack Chloe’s computer. This forces Chloe to shut it down and makes Jack Bauer utter that magic word we’ve all been waiting for. DAMMIT!

Woo hoo! (Now please drink.)

Meanwhile, Yates and his Russian beauty are hiding out, having a pint at a pub. (That’s English for having a beer at a bar.) Yates goes to the men’s room to take a leak and his dirty girlfriend sneaks in. Apparently all this excitement has made her randy and she’s ready for a go. (That’s English for “she’s horny.”) But instead she pulls a knife and gives him the Q-Tip treatment. She leaves him dead on the floor and exits with his case of drone stuff. Then, in true 24 fashion, she pulls off her blonde wig and ditches it, along with her fake Russian accent.

Then she calls shady Margot to let her know that Yates is dead and she has the package. Turns out, Margot is her mom. It also turns out that Margot is Catelyn Stark, Ned Stark’s wife from Game of Thrones. She must have had enough of the weather in Winterfell, but it can’t be much better in England. 

So now Margot and her daughter have the drone technology. Things are looking bad, but if you know Game of Thrones, you know it could be worse. Imagine if she got control of a few dragons instead? Then Jack really would really have his hands full.

See you next week. 

What did you think? Leave a comment if you'd like to chime in. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Meet the Cursed Man

We Monster Men are proud to present our interview with Keith Rommel. This was one of our favorite episodes we've ever done. Keith is not only an interesting person, but he truly has the spirit of a Monster Man and we are happy to have a new friend.


Keith is the author of THE CURSED MAN, great book that is also in production as a movie. His Thanatology series also includes THE LURKING MAN and the THE SINFUL MAN. Thanatology is the study of death and dying, and each of his books features death, in some form, as a main character. 

Here’s the description for THE CURSED MAN: 

Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill. 

With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death's preferential treatment. 

But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman. 

Keith is a fantastic author and a really great guy. You will love the stories behind his books as well as the process of making a book into a movie. To learn more about Keith Rommel, visit his website at http://keithrommel.weebly.com and buy his books on Amazon