24: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m. (2002)
Season 1, Episode 7
9/10
Who can be trusted?
9 December 2007
Having brought things to a whole new level in Episode 6, the writers now raise the suspense so much that waiting to see the continuation on DVD was, for me, as unbearable as it usually is to wait three months for the next season of your favorite show to begin. Such is the power of 24.

Tensions are high from the very beginning, Jack having been controlled by the evil Ira Gaines for the past hour. Now, merely 90 minutes before David Palmer is scheduled to make a public appearance, he has to return to CTU and exchange some important evidence with a forgery so that the assassin, posing as a photographer, can work undisturbed. In order to do this, though, Bauer has to deceive his collaborators, and given he didn't trust some of them earlier on, any suspicious behavior is going to cause the same reaction in them. Similar difficulties are faced by Jack's wife Teri, who has just realized the man helping her is actually working for her daughter's kidnappers. Trust is also in short support in the Palmer family, with the Senator uncertain about his wife's loyalties after the discovery that she and their kids tried to keep a dangerous secret hidden from him.

This is probably the most tense hour of the entire season, due to the plot gimmick of everyone double-crossing everyone else and the real exasperation that emerges from Kiefer Sutherland's wounded performance. In addition, the identity of the mole inside CTU is finally revealed: it might not be who you expected. Still brilliant.
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