Goodbye 24

by Ryan on May 25, 2010

in Anything Else,Culture,Pop Culture,War on Terror

Last night, the series finale of 24 aired in a two-hour special on Fox.  I’m kind of sad to see the end of a beloved series, but also completely OK with it.  I’d rather see 24 end the way it did last night than watch it suffer and die, like so many Lost fans feel happened to a show they once loved.

Season 6 of 24 was weak, puttering-out with about 6 hours left, ending anti-climatically.  I was apprehensive about Season 7, but it’s one of my favorites!  I liked how they got out of LA and into Washington DC.  Season 8 took the action to New York City, primarily at the UN.  I liked the changes of venue, but it was time to end things in my opinion:  every reasonable scenario was dealt with before getting too too rusty.   The show was about the post-9/11 world.  We love to think a Jack Bauer is there to protect us where law and politics get in the way, especially in an emergency.

But, it was time to stop and the writers understood that, so they ended the series with Season 8 — an entertaining “Day” with cool twists and turns, new enemies and old ones, intrigue, explosions, ticking-time bomb torture scenarios, etc.  Sweet!  I left satisfied with the end of a great series (if you’ve never seen 24 before, it’s kind of like crack especially if you get the DVDs).

Please feel free to discuss your opinions about Season 8 in the comments section where you can spoil everything.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Alin May 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

I am completely satisfield with the way 24 ended i was just hoping throughout watching the episodes that they didn’t kill off any main characters and they didnt =). Even though the ending was pretty good I am very upset that 24 has ended forever. All my favourite tv shows are finished
Lost- Gone Forever
24- Gone forever
Heroes- Gone forever
Flashforward- Gone Forever
numb3rs- gone forever
supernatural- one season to go
how i met your mother- coming back dunno when.
Why do the studios cancel the shows that have meaning to them but leave mindless things on tv like the amaxing race and the biggest loser. WHY????


Chris May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

As you may know, I now have a blog and I did an entry on the finale and also the days leading up.


Ryan May 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I do have a complaint about the way 24 ended. I thought they rushed through the good-bye at the end, and (as a co-worker pointed out) the goodbye into the camera stuff was a little too “Armageddon”-like.

I also thought it was a little predictable, but still was satisfying.


Sal May 27, 2010 at 7:03 am

I thought Logan’s fate was very appropriate, and that the Jack and Chloe scenes were priceless and just what you’d expect given their friendship since season 3. Some people I know thought President Taylor’s repentence was a bit far fetched, but if you stop and think about it, it may not be.

Taylor was built up as someone who had a moral compass, which she seemed to ignore in the last 10 or so episodes (thanks to the persuasion of Charles Logan). What people forget is that all of this happened over the course of several HOURS. So it is, in my opinion, reasonable to assume that Taylor slipped into political-think that plague most politicians, and a few hours later regretted her decision (remember, it was only a few HOURS in real time, even though it was multiple months of TV).

She was feeling guilt and you could see that she was struggling with her decision even before she saw Jack’s video-speech, which I think pushed her over the edge when she stood at the podium.

The ending was a little Armageddon-like, but appropriate, in my opinion. Jack was the center of the show and it made sense to focus on him before Chloe turned off the cameras. Overall, this 24-fan (and MrsSal, who is also a big fan) left our 24-viewing immensely satisfied.

Now, we just have to wait for the movie! I’m glad that even though the series is over, the adventures of Jack Bauer will return at some point.


Ryan May 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

It was great to see Logan screw up a suicide attempt that should make him s drooling vegetable in prison for the rest of his life.

I need to see the entire season again on DVD. I get your point, Sal, about the fact that this mental journey President Taylor went on was just a few hours long, when to us it was about two full months! Only on DVD does that come through better, which is why some 24 fans simply prefer to watch the entire season at once, rather than follow the show religiously.


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