When this show started, it was praised for not being like 24, for approaching terrorism with some subtlety, not with the blunt morality of Jack Bauer performing "enhanced interrogation" against the ticking time bomb scenario, over and over again.
Yet some people were wary, because some of the people who ran 24 also are key people on running this show.
Gradually the stories veered into implausibility, like turning an Iranian spy into a US puppet, after he'd slipped into the US of all places and killed his ex wife.
Now this season, they have Carrie and the bad girl Allison acting like James Bond with guns. Carrie had been a case officer, then drone queen, mostly working in the office.
But with this episode, the transformation to Jack Bauer is complete, as she's literally running to stop the timer, gun in hand, singlehandedly.
You can't roll your eyes enough.
The thing is, Showtime gives this show wide latitude, always renewing it. They don't have to resort to these action movie tropes to keep the show on the air.