Well, it's over. Personally I hope that this is the end of 24, as I feel that this is a massive improvement over the finale that aired in 2010. As a warning to all readers, spoilers will follow. At the end of last week's penultimate episode, we saw Audrey in the cross-hairs of a sniper sent by Cheng. Disaster was looming for the US if Bauer did not provide the Chinese government with proof that Cheng Zhi was still alive, and responsible for the attack on their carrier via the Override Device. Going into this episode, I expected death and heartbreak, and as usual, Jack Bauer did not let me down. Within a half-hour, Audrey was dead, a cruel trick played on the viewers by the writers, as we were initially led to believe that she was safe. Although she was never my favorite character, I was still shocked and saddened by her death. This sets up a climatic and epic final battle between a grieving Jack, and the despicable Cheng. (A special mention should go to Agent Morgan's phone call to Jack, which brought me to tears.) However tragic Audrey's death was, Jack's reaction to the news was emotionally devastating for a long-time fan of the show and the character. I had not considered the possibility of Jack ending his own life, but in a rare moment on the show, we are granted complete silence as Jack processes the death of his lover. I believe that Bauer did not kill himself for two reasons: A.) He wanted to fulfill Audrey's final request for Cheng's death, and B.) he knew that it would be a "selfish" act, as the country still needed him (When does it not?). The final battle between Jack and Cheng is as explosive and deadly as 24 has ever been. Using everything from a machine gun to a meat cleaver to a samurai sword, we see Jack going "Full Bauer" on Cheng's henchmen, before finally coming to the "Big Bad" himself. After sending a video recording to President Heller, (which gave me chills, by the way) we see years of rage and hate boil over as Jack viciously decapitates Cheng. (Am I the only one that thinks this mirrors Hershel's execution on "The Walking Dead"?) President Heller, in my opinion, has been one of the most tragic figures in a series full of tragedy. His reaction to his daughter's death brought me to tears. William Devane perfectly portrayed Heller's grief in another tear-jerking scene. With Cheng dead, World War Three averted, and with Jack mourning the loss of another one of his lovers, all seems to be coming to a close. But this is the world of 24, and it's never truly over when we think it is. Jack and Belcheck realize that Chloe has been abducted after they go back to where they left her. A mysterious phone call to Jack, and we are finally subjected to the long-rumored "time jump." As the day comes to a close, President Heller delivers a final monologue, ending his character's long arc on the show in a heartbreaking fashion. As someone who has personally witnessed loved ones succumb to the grip of dementia, his anecdote about not being able to recognize his daughter's face hit very close to home, and made me tear up once again. The fact that his Alzheimer's disease will be his only solace from his pain is perhaps the closest to a "happy ending" that this show can provide. Not to be forgotten, Kate Morgan was my favorite new addition to the show as the "Female Bauer", and was shown to have many parallels to Jack throughout the season (loss of spouse, plays by her own rules, problem with authority), and was seamlessly integrated into the story line. The look of defeat over letting Audrey die (blamelessly), as she turned in her badge and gun was another tragic end to another tragic character. In the closing minutes of the (series?) finale, we finally get the ending for Jack that we should have gotten four years ago. Chloe's relationship with Jack has always been my favorite part of the series, and seeing him finally acknowledge that Chloe O'Brien is his best friend is the closest that the series will ever allow Jack to go to saying "I love you." Jack Bauer is a man who selflessly has sacrificed for his family and his country, and in return has suffered the death of almost everyone he has ever cared about. His final act of sacrifice was, in a way, Jack's way of wiping the slate clean, and as the helicopter takes off to Russia, we are treated to the second "silent clock" of the episode as Jack is taken away with a look of peace on his face.
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