Stop and think about it: The last chunk of 24 ended between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. That’s the middle of the afternoon. Such a sleepy, winding-down time, for most of us. A time for an afternoon cup of coffee or soda to get through the rest of the work day. But not for Jack Bauer.
The last half of this final season set Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer loose as what he was trained to be and always tried to transcend: a remorseless killer. And it couldn’t come too soon, as far as I was concerned. I’d gotten used to only half-listening to any of the high-flown prattle about either the peace treaty (“the most important diplomatic action in generations!”) or the death of Hassan (he was handsome, he was a rake, he died — get over it). This eighth season of 24 was uneven — part dud, part exciting action-adventure. By this measure, one of the clear high points of last night was when READ FULL STORY »