Huh. For something that clearly looked like it was headed off the rails, it turned out pretty great.
This episode was all about redemption. Not just for the character, but for the actors. It seemed like Elisha Cuthbert agreed on coming back if she could try and make up for every dumb character moment Kim has had, in 90 minutes or less. She knows how to backtrack camera feeds! Meanwhile, Carlos Benard apparently decided that if they were going to bring him back from the dead and link him with this role forever, he was going alllllll out for the Emmy in his last hour (this year.)
The best thing about the presidential plot? If Olivia is in jail and the husband is estranged, maybe there's no presidential plot next year!
This was all good bloody fun, from the simple Janis/Chloe goodbye, to the reaching explanation for Tony's action (I think that might have pulled it off - you just have to allow that Tony is off his rocker), to even leaving the endings uncertain - well, we know what the endings are, because it's a show on television, but we have no idea where they'll leave everyone the next day.
There was plenty of sillyness, but a lot more plots working out better than I thought. I don't know if this turned out to be the best season ever, but it was a lot better than the last few.
I was really beginning to wonder how things could be wrapped up as my DVR approached 1 hour 55 minutes, but they pretty much did.
A very good season overall, maybe in the top 3 ever for 24 (after 1 and 5). This show won be back over after a terribly disappointing 6th season. Maybe the year off helped take the bad taste out of my mouth?
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Oh, I was sold at "Helen Mirren with a machine gun" and it kept getting better. Malkovich nailed everything in sight, although they really should've given higher billing to the movie's true star: More Dakka (tvtropes.org).