Originally Posted by tighr
The editing in the final few episodes was absolutely atrocious. I know they were trying to shoehorn things in, and had limited time, but events were happening without any clear explanation for how or why. The wife was rescued out of nowhere, the Speaker of the House feels he needs to Budd Dwyer himself with NO explanation, Autumn Reeser's boyfriend (not sure, it seemed like she banged at least three dudes in this show) kills himself in the hotel room for no reason... was Autumn Reeser's dad good or bad? Did he want the President killed or saved? So convoluted.
Why did Chaplain stay on the boat if the F-18s were coming to blow it up anyway? He said something about blowing it up with dry missiles, but the jets fired on it, too. He could have escaped with everyone else. Why are all these people perfectly willing to kill themselves?
On the flip side, why does the SEAL not kill the Chinese dude at the end? Just because the Sierra Doll tells him not to kill? That Chinese guy was bad. And as mentioned earlier in the thread, Serratt should have been killed back in episode one.
Even simple things were edited poorly: like when the ship hit the sandbar, we do not see a reaction shot of the bridge like we do of the Captain and XO. But we do later see the people on the bridge, and they're all bloodied and bruised. That's a rookie mistake by an editor.
I thought most of your questions were pretty obviously answered, even if not precisely in dialogue. These are all my take on what I saw, but to me they all seem obvious.
Speaker of the House killed himself because he was informed that the plot had been foiled. Someone flipped and told the president about the plot. The Speaker was given the opportunity to "fix" things (and save his co-conspirators that were still unknown) by committing suicide. And no, this wasn't all spelled out with clear precise dialogue in the show, but sometimes you gotta fill in the blanks given what else you see and hear on the show. If he had been arrested, I'd guess he'd be tortured in ways that would make Gitmo look like summer camp to ferret out all the names of the co-conspirators.
Reeser's lover was clearly explained. The President wanted her to kill him as a sign of commitment to the cause. She couldn't do it, so he did it for her - probably in order for her to survive (likely she'd be killed if he didn't die). What I didn't get a clear understanding of was the first part of the scene when she came in and he was explaining something about someone getting killed, and then the killer putting the weapon in his hands - I assume they set him up as a murderer?
Reeser's dad - well, clearly in bed with the president. He owns a weapons company. By manipulating a crazy president into attacking Pakistan, he gets to sell a lot more weapons. He is also a loving father, and wanted to save "daddy's girl", hence why treated he Reeser's character the way he did. Did he know she'd try to kill the president. Not sure. At that point, the president had served his purpose, so perhaps he wanted him dead. But at the likely cost of his daughter's life? I tend to believe that he didn't know what she'd do, and assumed she had joined the dark side.
Chaplin has been explained above.
Um, "Sierra" (nice reference, loved that show) told him explicitly she didn't want him killing any more. And then he takes off to take out the Chinese guy. Why did he stop? Love!!! It makes all of us males do really stupid things sometimes (like not taking out a very vicious criminal just because your girlfriend tells you not to)