24 Series Finale 8×23 & 8×24

May 25, 2010 · Print This Article

I can remember walking into the Deep-in one Friday night, a small bar in South Korea frequented by foreigners, carrying my new Dell laptop to show people there this awesome new show I had discovered.  I said you have to hear the sounds of the show and see how they use split screens and letter boxing.  I wanted to share with others how awesome the first season of 24 was.  Now on a different continent I will once again tell how awesome 24 was, for the last time.

I feel like two best friends have gone away.  First it was LOST last night, and now 24.  It is a hard blow for me and a breaking off point in my life ending my formal period of fandom.  Now there is truly nothing left to my fandom.  Nothing to look forward to.  Nothing to escape with.

24 has been a constant for me nearly my entire decade abroad.  In Japan I would watch the show on Tuesday nights.  Tuesday days were at one time particular long and hard.  What got me through them was knowing I would be capping off the day with Jack Bauer, and that I earned that respite.

Over the years Jack became the character I cared for most on TV, cared for more than 95% of the people I ever called friends or family in my life.  He used violence, but he was at his core a man of honor, and I respected that greatly.  That is why I was greatly disturbed by the darkness overcoming him in this final 8th season, and was greatly relived that he came down from the ledge before the clocked ticked to 24:00 for the final time.  The show, and Jack, ended with their honor intact.

24 was the acting out of how I imagine many viewers wished things operated, how they wished they could operate themselves.  How I wished I could operate.  Jack through his combination of extreme physical skills, extraordinary experience and knowledge, and his honor, was able to act directly and definitively in a world that others all around him plodded hesitatingly through in a gray cloud.  He was a man of action, for better or worse, but characteristically mostly for better.

Now I have lost him as a friend.  I feel real pain from it.  I will miss Chloe too, the very epitome of loyalty.  She was also a voice of reason when it was needed, who did not shrink from the harsh ways Jack sometimes had to treat even his friends with.  There was no greater loyalty ever shown on TV.

Now two old friends have passed on, 24 and LOST.  Perhaps the real pain will come Monday night when there is no 24, and on Tuesday, when there is no LOST.

My great thanks to both shows for helping me survive the past decade.  I will miss them.


One Response to “24 Series Finale 8×23 & 8×24”

  1. on May 26th, 2010 3:19 AM

    Jack definitely went out in style. He was the conscience of the President, and by extension of the country, and through his outright heroism, selflessness, and by the example he set, managed to change the course of global events by bringing people wavering on the edge of morality back into the fold.

    He was there for us after 9/11, to help us understand what that meant, and to help us understand what the reaction to it would look like.

    Of course he’s just a character made up by writers, but Kiefer Sutherland imbued him with realness. Some of the times when he suffered, it seemed inconsequential. He could always shrug off numerous injuries. But in this finale, the emotional wounds felt real. He lost Renee, his last shot at a happy and normal life. He lost any chance to see his daughter and grand daughter again. He lost it, and I felt it. To see the President apologize to him, to see her anguish knowing the pain she’d caused him, that was so meaningful.

    It’s a shame it’s over, but like with LOST, it’s good that it is. I feel this season was the strongest since season 2, season 2 being the last time I can even remember what the topic of the season was about. Good things have to end, or face tailing off into nothing. My feelings about 24 had been in that state for years. I’m glad they came back from that for a powerful finale.


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