Spoilers abound. Don’t read further if you don’t want to be spoiled.
So it happened. After nine years and 194 hours (if you count Redemption), Jack Bauer finally leaves our TV screens. And though it was a pretty graceful exit, I don’t feel as satisfied as I think I should. Mainly, I feel like there were a few convenient cop-outs at the end. But it doesn’t take away from a glorious back-half of the season that you can put up against practically any stretch of 24. This show literally redefined television, and it went out in a good way.
The first half of the season, with the Dana Walsh subplots and what not, was slow and not very good, with the Dana mole reveal being one of the strangest moments in not just the season, but the series. But things kicked into high gear after that, especially since the 2-parter when Hassan died. Since then, we’ve been in God-tier 24 mode. It was a shame to see it end here.
What I didn’t like about this episode was President Taylor’s sudden reversal about the peace treaty. Part of that was that they did not show the full confessional Jack left Kim (which can be watched here – it’s great, watch it if you’re a 24 person) in which Jack explains a little bit more of the whole peace thing. The other part is that I just don’t feel like after going so far over the edge, Taylor should have been able to come back like that.
But that was pretty much my only gripe (though it was convenient for storyline sake). Other than that, Jack’s storyline played out pretty well. Chloe talking him down by talking about the possible war he was starting was a nice touch – Jack wouldn’t have responded to anything else but the danger he was putting his own country in – and Jack’s final scene was well done. It’s been known for awhile that they were penning a 24 movie, but I always stood by the premise that Jack could die in the finale, and the movies could be about his black ops life that occurred before Season 1. Alas, it would seem I’m wrong. But I’m happy about that. Taylor helped give him time to get out of the country, which was good. And Chloe’s “Shut it down” was a very adequate and meaningful way to end the series.
In the end, I thought President Taylor broke character by coming back so suddenly to her senses, but I was happy. I look forward to the movie.
What did you guys think?