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The Last Season of 24

April 2, 2010


Warning! Spoiler Rant!

Ranted by Alicia Glass

So, wait, it was announced recently that this will indeed be the last season of 24. And you geniuses, why is that? There is a good deal of great stuff in this last season, but then, also a lot of horrible stuff. On to it then!

First off, it’s great to have Jack Bauer back. And here he is once again, in the thick of things, leading his own elite CTU team off to chase down, what is it this time, nuclear fuel rods? Sure. Kiefer Sutherland in all black with a huge gun is always an awesome time. Renee Walker has been brought back after a stint with some hardcore Russians, to prove that she not only has become essentially a female version of Jack, but that she can do him one better – or crazier.

Counter Terrorist Unit or CTU, is back up and running in an all kinds of high tech great googly moogly, and yet wait, they get taken out by a single EMP blast that was in the car tunnel, and not even in the main hall? Come on.

Brian Hastings is the new head of CTU and frankly, I don’t much care for the character, he hasn’t been firm or loyal enough yet to compare to the former CTU leaders, and Bauer has signifigantly let him know that too.

Everyone’s favorite intractable analyst Chloe is back at CTU, and her loyalty to Jack is never in question. But now, she has to contend with a bunch of new people and a new CTU, plus a woman who seems to be more or less vying for her job – Dana Walsh.

Dana Walsh, the new character they waltzed in on the show’s last breath, is a mass of contradictions and I don’t care for really any of them. First she starts off as the go-to gal, systems analyst and engaged to field ops man Cole. Then her supposed past is catching up to her, former murder and jail time supposedly, and she goes from meek and mild and whatever you want, to theft and outright murder. And now, due to the happy little preview blurbs 24 has been winging at us die-hard fans, we know Walsh is in league with the terrorists threatening to blow up Manhattan. Right.

And here we come to the big bad threat for this final season: a peace conference between the middle east’s President Hassan and U.S. President Allison Taylor, during which it gets known that nuclear fuel rods have been smuggled into the U.S. to make a dirty bomb and a big ole statement. First it was the Germans smuggling and being mean to Jack and Renee, Jurgen Prochnow is a fantastic actor and always will be. Then it was President Hassan’s brother, and his cadre of bad guy middle-easterners. Now, soon anyway, it will be Dana Walsh and whoever else is working with her, plus the bad guys, detonating a big bad dirty bomb in Manhattan!

Or will it? Everyone’s favorite badass Jack Bauer had better save the day, the literal 24 hours of the show, once again. Of course, after all that funnery, ending the show without doing something horrible to the mainstay cast is unlikely. Personally, I’m all for Jack and Renee to get together, demolish the new CTU and go off to live short but expensive lives as mercenaries. What do you think?