Yeah, it’s a crappy photo. I took it with my phone while watching the episode on my laptop when we were approximately 25000 feet in the air, winging over Indiana or Illinois or one of those states somewhere in the middle, between Boston and Phoenix. Not the best logistics for watching this show, either: my laptop isn’t one of those small laptops, and the guy in front of me insisted on reclining his seat, so I had to tilt my computer so the screen was on my lap and the keyboard was against my chest. But I wanted to see what happens next, so I sucked it up.
As for the plot machinations, I was sad to see Tony’s bad-guy ally bite the dust, as he was an interesting character, if villainous. Could they be sowing the seeds of another fall from grace for Tony Almeida somewhere down the road? And how will the First Husband get out of the mess he is in, since there are two bodies in that apartment now that have his fingerprints all over everything, even if we know that he’s innocent of their murders? Did I miss it, or was there an explanation of just how Bill and Chloe, Jack’s CTU compadres, just happened to have handy some clothes to give to Agent Walker, now that her old clothes are all bloody? How long can it be before the Bob Gunton character is revealed to be the bad guy? (Because Bob Gunton is always the bad guy, which kind of stinks because Bob Gunton is one of my favorite character actors working today and I’d love to see him in a role where he’s not the jerk or bad guy. The best he’s had, in a memorable episode of Star Trek: TNG, was a good guy who’d gone horribly awry due to emotional trauma.)
What I’m really thinking about in this picture, though, is how I’m sitting there in a passenger jet watching an episode of a teevee show in which the terrorist bad guys make their point to the President by using their techno-gizmo to hijack the nation’s air traffic control system and crash two passenger jets together in mid-air, killing everybody and making a nice big fireball in the sky that’s visible from the Oval Office window. This kind of made me think of the scene in Airplane! where the in-flight movie starts off with a depiction of a very fiery plane crash.
If I ever go on a cruise, I’m watching Titanic.