My big issue is that I don’t get what the point is, storywise, in killing Renee. It didn’t feel earned. Was it to make it personal for Jack? To give him a truly intense motivation going forward? That easily could have been accomplished with Hassan’s death, which Jack obviously felt extreme grief and guilt over. Learning there were other elements behind that death still out there would have been enough – or hell, have Renee wounded too, so Jack is extra pissed. But why kill Renee at this point? Just so we can be reminded, again, that Jack Bauer’s life sucks? We’ve already been through Jack losing someone he loves, and there wasn’t enough unique about this scenario to make it feel worth it to go this route again.
There are many moments in television that are simply unforgettable, and the moment Jack was told that Renee has been killed ranks among the most gripping I’ve ever seen. There seemed to be so many emotions bottled up in his eyes. For all the things he’s seen, all the predicaments he’s lived through, and all the bullets that have whizzed past him, THIS moment seems beyond his comprehension. It was a finely tuned, well-oiled moment of epic drama.
That means, CTU Chief Brian Hastings (Mykelti Williamson) is out as the head of CTU for all the screw-ups in the last 17 or so hours. In his place, temporarily, is Chloe, who takes charge like no one’s business. No more of this “you’re wrong Chloe, if we do this, it will do this, this and this.” Now it’s Chloe saying “do this, because I know that I’m right” and of course, she is.
I’m lovin’ it. After six seasons of being told she doesn’t know what she’s doing, she’s finally given the confidence that she does know what she’s doing, and she’s going to be one of those kick ass and take names later kind of chiefs.
Finally a competent head of CTU!