My wife’s words were prophetic: “This show needs to end.” “No,” I told her. “It’s still got legs!” But it doesn’t. 24, I won’t be watching you anymore. At least not regularly.
24 was a good show. One of my favorite actors BEFORE the show took off, Keifer Sutherland, was the star. 24’s supporting cast, intrigue, conspiracy and pace were none like I had ever seen before. Every season ended with a small cliffhanger pointing to the next. It wasn’t overly cheesy despite the huge explosions that came from suspicious Geo Metros.
Soon enough, bigger-named stars would wander in and out of the show. Sam Gamgee (Sean Astin) was there. Rob Lowe’s brother (Chad) was there. Silver Spoons boy was here and he was almost as bad as Jack. 24 even gave Elisha Cuthbert a small movie career.
And then THIS season happened. Why in the hell did it have to end so badly? There was absolutely no point in Jack’s dad causing all that ruckus so he could live in China? Not take over the world, or start a new Cold War, or conspire with aliens but….live in China? That was his plan for years? Come on. Too much corruption for Babe’s owner to handle. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: never trust James Cromwell’s characters in anything he shows up in. He may be a nice guy in real life, but on film, he’s the kind-faced grandpa ready to stab you with his knife-cane when you turn your back.
And then we had to see Jack confront his no-one-cares-about-her girlfriend’s dad, Mr. Tough Old Guy (William Devane). Over what? Jack, we didn’t believe your romantic side in the first place. When 90% of what you do on 24 involves electrocuting someone, shooting someone, or shouting “Everyone get down! We don’t have time!” the romance is gone. The only romance we believe was the one you had for your country. And even America right now is going “hmm, I gotta break it off with you, baby. Heroes is on.”
It actually started to take a nosedive a little bit last season, but the Designing Woman (Jean Smart) saved the show. Corrupt president? Nifty trick. Jack caught by stereotypically pissed off Chinese people? Nice way to lead to the next season. But killing off all the cool characters like Palmer, Michelle, and Tony all at the beginning seemed kinda rushed. You distracted me with Designing Woman lady, though, and her intoxicating personality.
It was worth watching her melt down and destroys her First Man and flirt with the bodyguard. That’s when my wife declared the show to be on its respirator, and she was right.
So goodbye, 24. You’ve been replaced with Heroes, a show I thought would die after 3 episodes but quickly got better and grew on me. It was fun, Jack, but it’s over. Stop trying to throw pretty ladies onto the show to keep me watching. You made Chloe attractive, but that didn’t get me. You introduced Nadia, another cutie that was a character clone of Michelle, but that wasn’t enough. I don’t have time.