"If I had just listened to you, none of this would've ever happened."
There wasn't the level of fan service in the last episode of 24 as there was in Lost. I was wondering if maybe we'd run into one sneaky cameo at the site of Jack's assassination, and couldn't remember if the Mandy The Spy from the first episode might still be alive. (Wikipedia says Yes.) Instead, we got another person in law enforcement who knew Jack Bauer's background, a reoccurring theme this season. We also got that line, the line that would've made 8 days far less dramatic.
If they hadn't made it so clear they were definitely doing a movie, the moments before we know where that last scene was truly going would've been far more interesting. Still, the phone calls from the President and to Chloe were both strong. Chloe and Jack's conversation was as emotional as any scene last night on Lost, maybe because it was the only moment where we all got to say goodbye.
I was pleasantly surprised by how President Taylor was treated. The peace agreement being signed under threat of war would've been too cynical, too depressing even for this show, but I thought they might take the easy way out and try to redeem Taylor in the end. Instead, while she did all she could to stop the damage from going further, she also admitted to compromising everything she believed in. In the 24 universe, the presidents have gone "popular, murdered out of office", "nearly killed in plane crash, never seen again", "impeached, suicide out of office", "nearly killed, coma", Noah Daniels, "impeached". People must've hated Noah Daniels!
Dalia Hassan was superb the last two hours and should get some award recognition. In the end, Cole stood around, pointless to the plot, and that seemed about right too.
If Jack's last message to Kim (specified by name in the captions, one of a couple bits which were cut out of the audio) was on that data card, does that mean there was another data card with the audio? I guess it's possible the same card could've worked with both. That would've been crazy future tech back when this started.
This series had lot of bad stretches, lots of plot lines that should've never seen the light of day. I will not defend the entire breadth of the season. Still, when 24 was at it's best, and it usually got there a few times a year, it was as good as anything on TV. I already miss it.
Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you... I can't help but think of a joke George Carlin made in one of his last HBO specials in regards to Logan, who's so inept that he can't even commit suicide properly:
"Suppose I miss... people will be laughing at me. Suppose I live! I'll have a big fvcking hole in my head! I'd have to wear some kind of dumbass hat."
I'm hoping from here that Jack gets the happy ending he deserves once the movie is done.
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In the 24 universe, the presidents have gone "popular, murdered out of office", "nearly killed in plane crash, never seen again", "impeached, suicide out of office", "nearly killed, coma", Noah Daniels, "impeached". People must've hated Noah Daniels!
Don't forget VP Gardiner, who took office when Logan was impeached. Nothing happened to him that we know of. As for Daniels, who short of JCVD is going to mess with Powers Boothe?
I loved it, even though my love of the show has dwindled a bit over the years. I am still waiting for my Arrested Development and Deadwood movies, so I am not holding my breath on a 24 flick. However, they did set it up perfectly, with essentially the entire world on Jack's trail. Sort of a Dark Knight ending. If there is no movie, then maybe this was not the best way to go out? Either way, I will always remember the last few minutes, and how it almost brought a tear to my eye.
Run Jack, run!
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
It was alright, though I question a couple of the changes they made from the source material. Largely removing the two princes from the action in the second 'act' (after the first happily ever after) removes a lot of the comic relief.