Since a few other guys have started day-to-day bad guy pages detailing all of the various baddies, from mastermind to moron, I thought I'd get in on the action with what is my favourite season, Day 2. So put on some Rammstein, and let's get into it.
Joseph Wald's Gang of "Patriots"
Wald was the boss of the bunch. A man who self styled himself as a "true American patriot", he was thrown in jail after Jack went undercover in his gang, without Wald knowing. After getting out, Nina got him involved in the oil consortium's kooky and twisted plan, which involved bombing the CTU building. Wald had his boys led by Eddie Grant bomb the HQ in what Wald believed was "giving power back to the people". Unfortunately, Wald was too forgiving of Jack, who killed Eddie and his boys and tracked Wald to his pad in the Simi Valley. Wald locked himself in a panic room in his shed, but after realizing that he was conned by Nina, he told Jack all he knew, before turning the gun on himself.
Grant was Joe Wald's right-hand man. Operating out of a garage, he and his men planned for the bombing of CTU that day, when Jack "Roush" walked in, looking like a million bucks. Eddie was understandably distrustful of Jack, whom he believed (rightfully so) was responsible for getting Wald locked up. But Eddie was proved wrong when Jack procured the severed head of one Marshall Goren, and it was like old times. Hoping that Jack was on their side, he defended Jack from the accusations of Chris and Dave, and didn't even seem to care when Jack broke Dave's ankle (though who would?). After he, Chris, and Scott were successful in blowing away CTU, he realized his griveous series of errors when Jack pulled a gun on him. He met his end when, trying to run Jack down, he was shot multiple times in the head by Jack, who then proceeded to steal his car. Classy.
Chris was Eddie's own #2 man. He was working at the garage's desk when Jack confronted him, and sensed immediately that Jack wasn't some faux Klansman. But his complaining to Eddie went unanswered, and the bombing of CTU went according to schedule. After the gang found that Cam Strocker had escaped Jack's care, Chris and his usual paranoid self got into a fight with Jack before Eddie broke it up. When Jack tried to arrest Eddie afterwards, Chris was the first who noticed, and took a shot at Jack, whom promptly returned fire and shot Chris several times when the latter tried to run off.
Man, I hate this guy. Anyone played by Gregory Sporleder is someone I'm bound to dislike. First it was bitching to Ed Harris in The Rock, and now it's trying to be another tough guy. Adolf, as I like to call this guy because of his crappy haircut, is the gang's technical expert. He's also the loudest critic of Jack, whom he believes is a fed and not someone who likes to go around, taking down the Zionest conspiracy. Eddie finally gives into Dave's bitching and has him check up on Jack, and it turns out that Dave is just another naysayer when the results come back in Jack's favour. The last straw for Dave is when Jack hangs around afterwards despite Eddie telling him there's nothing to do that day. Dave admirably takes a swing at Jack, who then, tired of Dave's whining, breaks his ankle. Eddie doesn't seem to care that much, nor does anyone else. As a result, Jack takes Dave's place on the bombing team.
Ah, my personal favourite of Wald's crew. Why is he my favourite? Because he doesn't do a damn thing. I don't even recall this guy saying a word. The only other member of Eddie's team who comes close to being as stoic is Frank. So, Scott is clearly the heavy of Eddie's team. He, along with Chris, helps Eddie rig CTU HQ to blow, and then accompanies the team back to the hills outside of town. When Jack pulls a gun on Eddie, Chris is the one who takes the initative and fires at Jack, while Scott looks more like a deer lost in the headlights, and proceeds to fumble around. Jack puts two in Scott's chest, and he keeps that same dopey look on his face as he goes down.
This guy is my second favourite, after Scott. Look at the guy, he just looks like a big badass. That is, until Eddie asks him to check the bag Jack was carrying and proceeds to nearly pass out when he finds Marshall Goren's severed head. I think this is why he's not seen afterwards, because Eddie probably fired him for not showing any strength. He and his muscle-bound friend are the only two of Wald's guys to not feel the pain, but I doubt Frank would've have gone far before being pulled over and arrested for his clear lack of intellect.
Remember the thug who Frank would be a sidekick to, mentioned by Blue Rook over in the forbidden characters page? This chap is that thug. He's a real mean SOB. After Jack follows Chris into Atlas Auto Wreckers, this guy clocks Jack from behind and proceeds to hit him again on Eddie's orders. Like Scott and Frank, he doesn't say much. Unlike either of those two clowns, this guy actually does something. After Jack breaks Dave's ankle and heads off with the rest of the boys to bomb CTU, Frank and this guy presumably run off somewhere in the hopes that a real criminal mastermind will hire them.
Ah yes, Mr. Ali. Syed is the first in a long line of Islamic terrorists who turn up as mere pawns in the twisted games of caucasian dudes in burgoise suits. The leader of Second Wave, Ali is first introduced in a brutal scene where his man Mohsen tortures Paul Koplin, Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon style. Ali isn't to be trifled with either, as he gently cuts at Kate Warner's face in the hopes that he'll get her to divulge what she knows. When this fails, he heads out to a mosque for prayer, where Jack promptly tracks him down. At this point, Ali realizes that setting fire to an innocent man to cover your tracks isn't a match for Jack, who finds Ali hiding in the basement and proceeds to try to beat the location of the nuke out of him. Of course, Ali is one of those "I believe in my cause so firmly that I won't talk" type of terrorists, and so he has to witness the "execution" of his youngest son before finally breaking and telling all. After that, he's about to be thrown in jail for his dirty deeds when he takes a sniper rifle slug in the back of his head from Jonathan Wallace.
Marko was Ali's right-hand man. He's a rare breed alright, a sympathetic terrorist. When he, Basheer, and Omar are driving the truck to the airport, chance has it that one of their tires blows out. After being helped by a friendly pool repair man named Rick and seeing children playing nearby, Marko seems at a loss that the people he's trying to kill aren't just stereotypical bullies. He ultimately completes his face turn by refusing to go on with the plan. Unfortunately, Basheer doesn't share Marko's sentiments and promptly shoots him three times in the chest. In his last moments, Marko puts two of his own in Basheer.
Mamud Rasheed Faheen
Faheen was a crafty guy. He faked his own death sometime before Day 2, this way no one would think he was still around to help develop a nuclear bomb. Working out of a thrift store in Visalia, Faheen was tracked down by Jack through Nina, and then got himself knocked out by the latter. On the plane trip back to LA, Faheen spilled what he knew to Nina. But he spilled more than that, when Nina slashed his throat with a gift card she had picked up earlier. Such a wasted presence.
Of note, I'm picking up how several Arabic surnames sound so similar to Irish surnames. In this instance, Faheen sounds similar to the Irish Feehan (much as Shaheen sounds a lot like Sheehan). This obviously is not important and has no bearing to the topic at hand, but I just found that interesting.
Ah Daisy, what have ye got yourself into this time? I don't know how such a girl got mixed up with terrorists, but that Ali must be one hell of a charmer to pull it off. Oddly enough, I find the other terrorists here a tinge more sympathetic, if only because they don't come off as complete sociopaths. Marie is the definition of a spoiled child. An affluent, well off girl, wanting to rebel agaisnt "the man" and join Ali's crazy plan, while her sister Kate handles things with maturity. For some reason, this reminds me of the Michael Douglas/Robert Duvall polar opposites in Falling Down. Where Douglas's Bill Foster was a man who felt like he was owed something and chose to rebel against society, Duvall's Martin Predergrast realized that things weren't always fair, but he would make the most of life. As it stands, Marie's blonde, All-American persona is merely a facade, a means to get what she wants. I somehow want to excuse it all simply on the basis that Laura Harris is ah, well, let's call her gorgeous. But willing to kill one's own sister for petty reasons eliminated all sympathy I had for her up to that point (which is to say very little). Evil may be sexy, but it feels wrong. She's probably still in jail, preaching to whoever will listen. Good for her.
One word may describe this bloke. Useless. That's what he is. Why? Well, because he's introduced bring tortured in such a gruesome way that it's likely to make those with weaker stomaches throw up. Park seems to be a Korean associate of Faheen's, and as such, is interrogated by a few of his own countrymen. After telling all to Mina and Deng, he presumably was thrown in jail and repeatedley picked on for being so weak as a member of a terrorist outfit. For shame.
One of Ali's top guys, Mohsen is first seen brutally interrogating Paul Koplin in a way that reminds me of how Al Leong tortured Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon. After Ali kills Koplin, he orders Mohsen to take care of Kate before heading out. Before Mohsen can act on this, Jack busts in to save the day. But before Jack can beat the information out of Mohsen, he kills himself with a cyanide pill rather than give in. Unfortunately, he was unaware that Kate could understand what he was saying.
One of Marko's closest companions, Basheer didn't have the same sympathies that Marko had for the LA populace. During the drive to the airport, it's Marko who has second feelings about it, while Basheer seems at best indifferent. When Marko finally snaps and refuses to go on, Basheer puts three slugs in his friend's chest. Unfortunately for Basheer, Marko had the strength to return two into his own friend's chest.
Another of Marko's accomplices, Omar was really only in the job for the money, a quality rarely seen in fundamentalist terrorists. Thanks to Marko and Basheer killing each other over who wanted to kill the most people, Omar pressed on to the airport, where he helped Marie install the nuke's trigger and then got into the Cessna he thought was holding the bomb. After being apprehended by Jack on the runway, Omar told all he knew with little prodding.
I didn't really know where to put this guy, since he's not really a member of Second Wave, but he is mentioned by Nina as a mutual friend, so he fits here better than anywhere else. Not much is known about this blokey, other than he shares a similar last name with the creators of The Matrix.
Bomb Technician #1
When you want a nuclear bomb made right, you call the duo of Baldy & Dumbass. This chappy was the principle scientist working on the nuke, while his friend just stared. For his hard work, he was brutally murdered by the terrorists after they had done the dirty deeds.
Bomb Technician #2
Unlike baldy, dumbass just stood here looking at the pretty colours. I'm guessing he wasn't an Oxford graduate. The best I can tell, he looks kind of like John Cho. Fitting that Harold ends up killed by those naughty terrorists for his effo...excuse me, lack of effort. He should've gone to White Castle that day.
This guy enjoyed the view of the brilliantly exhilarating bomb making process from a catwalk above. After murdering the two scientists working there, chappy hung around the entrance in case anyone else decided to show up that day. In the hours that passed, this guy somehow got a completely different look, shaving his beard, trimming his hair, getting a bit paler, changing his clothes, and ditching his Uzi. He finally got some action when George Mason, Sergeant Arroyo, and Officer Barber all walked in to find out what all the hubub was about. Barber got it the worst when this guy plugged him in the back with his Kalashnikov before being gunned down by Arroyo. During the chaos, he stupidly shot out the glass to the bomb-making booth, releasing radiation into the air and poisoning poor Georgie. Thanks a lot, guy!
The best I can tell, the first guy kind of looks like Michael Hilow, but I'll let someone with better judgment discern that.
Don't be fooled. The clerk at Crescent Collectibles may just seem like a friendly employee, but she's secretly a loyal member of Second Wave. After frisking Nina to make sure she's clean, she sends her down to talk with Faheen. During the ensuing gunfight between her guys and the FBI agents, she produces an Uzi and starts firing at the agents, even managing to take one down, before being pegged herself.
Store Terrorist #1
The Rabid Wolverine unfortunately couldn't take the time off to have a cameo in this episode, but his Muslim lookalike was able to. Unfortunately it was a brief one, as while he did take down an FBI agent from the stairwell, he was immediately shot several times by Jack.
Store Terrorist #2
Michael Hilow makes his cameo here as one of the terrorists who gets shot by the FBI agents in the store's entrance.
Store Terrorist #3
Much like Benoit, George Lopez just couldn't fit the time into his schedule to film a terrorist cameo, so his Muslim stand in did just as well. He was Hilow's buddy, and was shot alongside him in the entrance by the FBI agents.
This dude let Nina into the basement where Faheen was chilling. But he let his perviness get the best of him, and wound up with a bullet in his head for paying too much attention to Nina's rear.
Kate and Paul's Kidnappers
These two goons beat up Kate and Paul before throwing them in the back of a van to be driven straight to Syed Ali's pad.
Thought Omar was the man who's destiny it was to take out greater LA? Think again. This guy was the real man. After helping Marie and Omar put the finishing touches on the nuke so dutifully completed by Baldy & Dumbass, this guy got in a truck with the bomb and made a run for it. Just when he thought he was in the clear, CTU pulled him over and when he attempted to return fire, he was quickly gunned down by a crack agent. Give him a medal, folks.