The ’24’ Finale may not be the end of Jack Bauer’s last bad day, but was surely the end of his worst bad day so far. The ’24’ series finale was about bad choices, worst choices, and their horrific consequences.
Spoilers surely follow.
Some other commentators have suggested that Jack Bauer is being very extreme about the death of his FBI girl friend. But really, Jack Bauer is carrying with him the accumulated weight of all of the bad days he has experienced, ever since Season 1 started almost in the shadow of 9/11. He has been shot, stabbed, and beaten times without number. He has been tortured, addicted to drugs, and has had his good name besmirched. He has lost a wife, lovers, and friends. He has been obliged to do terrible things to save his country time and time again.
When one thinks about it, it is a wonder that Jack Bauer had not snapped sooner. And it is not as if all of the Russians and other bad guys whom Bauer has turned into ghost did not need killing. Even the Russian President would improve our world immensely with his absence.
There is only one person who can take Jack Bauer back from the brink. Chloe O’Brien has been Jack’s friend for many years and has risked her career and more for him. She alone is able to convince him that the best revenge is to broadcast the data card with evidence of Russian involvement in the terrorist operations of that day and the subsequent cover up participated in by President Taylor.
President Taylor herself gets possession of the data card before it can be transmitted. She has done terrible things also, for the sake of a peace agreement in the Middle East, including telling President Dalia Hassan that she will obliterate her country if she does not play along. But what Jack Bauer says on the data card moves her from the brink as well. There will be no peace agreement based on threats and lies. President Taylor will soon resign her office for what she has done.
At that point, everything starts to unravel. Former President Logan, an evil man who thought he was orchestrating events, finds that it is too late for him. He murders his loyal staff aid and then tries to take his own life.
One suspects that Russian President Suvarov is not long for public office or for this world. He has done evil as well and the powers that be in Russia will not like the embarrassment the revelation of those things will cause.
As for Jack Bauer, who has done so much for his country, not much can be done for him except to give him what is left of his life and to give him a head start for his new career as a wanted fugitive. That is the only thing Chloe can do for him.
But, of course, there is a ’24’ movie in the works. The world is not quite done with Jack Bauer yet. There will be one more go for America’s version of James Bond, the man who will suffer anything, do almost anything, to stand between his country and those who would destroy it.
Source: 24, Series Finale, TV.Rage