24: Live Another Day Review “10:00 p.m. – 11:00 a.m.”

24: Live Another Day Episode 7 Day 9: 6:00 PM-7:00 PM (5)

24: Live Another Day ran its 12th and final episode on Monday night. The episode spans a full 13 hours in the life of Jack Bauer. It’s the first time in a season of the show where a time jump has occurred. When the original conception of the miniseries came out, I incorrectly assumed the show would bounce around and play with the flexibility a twelve episode order gave them. Instead, the creative team behind 24 got together to make another season of 24, for better or for worse. In some cases, the typical tropes the show dragged us through seemed tired. (You could feel the collective eye roll of America when yet another mole was discovered.) But in many cases, the show was just as exhilarating as it always was. The best action hero America has is not on a movie screen. Regardless of if he returns from Moscow or not, the name Jack Bauer has become synonmous with kicking ass. He’s one of the few television characters who will live on long after the people at Fox are finished making the show with Kiefer Sutherland. Therefore, if this is really the last we’ve seen of Jack Bauer, then the show had him go out almost exactly as he came in.

The extended action sequence on the Cheng Zi’s boat plays like one of best video games you’ve ever played. With Chloe getting the band back together to run coms, Jack and Other Guy run roughshod through a boat full of, you would think, well trained soldiers. It is cold and tactically efficient. That is until Jack finds out Audrey is dead. Sutherland is outstanding when he hears the news of Audrey’s demise. Blind rage makes for engaging television, but that quiet moment when he first hears about it is great work by Sutherland. Oh yeah, he also cut a dude’s head off with a samurai sword. So there’s that too.

It was impressive to see 24 find an incredibly capable companion for Jack in Yvonne Strahovski’s Kate Morgan. She kicked plenty of ass as well throughout the season, and she was able to function as a solo and as Jack’s partner. It was a really well written and arced part, and they found a great actress to get it done. Strahovski was great again tonight, although I’m not entirely sure why she’s more torn to pieces over Audrey Boudreau than she would be over the agents that died. But that’s nit-picking. We can all only hope that her turning in her badge is the signal that she’s going to step in as the new Batman. Time will tell on that one I suppose.

Overall, it’s easy to determine how you felt about this season. If you grew tired of the show as the seasons and the hours mounted, then you were probably a little perturbed that the event series was really nothing more than way to generate those ad dollars. However, if you were sad 24 went off the air, then you probably enjoyed this season immensely. It doubled-down on what worked and hoped four years was enough gap to make people forget how much a slog the last few seasons could be at times. And for a lot of the season, it really worked. They were fortunate enough to get some great performances from Strahovski and William Devane and be able to upgrade the material a little bit. So Jack was Jack for 12 episodes. Regardless of how you felt about latter seasons, you know you got excited when you saw that Jack was back.