Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Mall Threat

I must say, that I liked this week much better than last week -- especially watching Jack deal with the ethical dilemma inside the mall.

I also like how Audrey seemed to make a harsh criticism of theoretical utilitarian philosophy!

But Dick says this episode was slow compared to last week.

What do you think?


Blogger Bea Scott said...

I thought it was much better than last week. Logan continues to twist in the wind. The First Lady, though I respect her ideals, was knocked off her high horse. What about Rudy? What will happen with his sister? And when will Tony return?
Hmm, do you think Audrey was letting her feelings for Jack affect her decision making?
I found it interesting that Jack made it a point to save that little girl. His own daughter thinks he's dead. Hmmm.

8:36 PM  
Blogger The Dean of Cincinnati said...

But I understand why the First Lady didn't want to devastate the widow. What would the truth accomplish in that scenario?

Sure, Audrey's decison making may have been influenced by Jack -- but she was right: the dead at the mall were real, the potential dead are still hypothetical.

As for Hobbitt -- what about that stolen key-card for CTU? What's that mugger going to do with it?

I don't know about Tony. What about President Palmer's brother, looking over the memoirs for more clues. Will he be back, or forgotten?

9:03 AM  
Blogger Wilke said...

I am totally down with the whole "guilt-riddled dad" thing going on in Jack - he was also real kind and sweet to the 15 year old Russian girl in the apartment of the computer programmer (forgot his name). Its very believeable and very well portrayed!

As far as this one being slower, I couldn't disagree more. I thought this one was brisk, well dialogued, and had some more ass-kicking than last week's snoozer.

The the first lady's realizing the political implication of the truth was beautifully complex. Of course, the truth is the best course of action, but by saying "he loved his country" she wasn't lying. He had a fanatical love of country - the kind that breed arrogance and dominance, but she knew she couldn't let his wife live with such damning truth - its morally ambiguous, but real to me. Its classic spin - she didn't lie, but she didn't tell the truth either. That's the art of politics, and she just got a major lesson in it. Whoever is portraying the first lady is one helluva an actress!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Bea Scott said...

Yes, Jean Smart is an excellent actress! And I agree that she couldn't have done it any other way. It was one of Logan's few smart moves to ask her to tell Walt's wife.

I was wondering about the Hobbit (Rudy) and his keycard too. I agree, Wilke, Kiefer does a good job portraying such the range of emotions.
I don't think Palmer's brother will be forgotten. I don't think they do things and leave them hanging.

1:58 PM  

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