This is not an “Oh my God — did you see that?” kind of wow. It’s more of an “Oh my God, I must have missed something — from here it looked like a whole lot of nothing!”
I want to just head right to the end of these final two hours (which appeared to end five minutes too soon – or was that due to the timing of the commercials?) and wallow in disappointment. Even now it’s hard to admit my frustration. When I heard my peers and other fans express their dissatisfaction with this season six earlier on – I kept quiet. I enjoyed watching each hour tick by, usually intrigued by the conflicts, and amused by the inconsistencies.
And speaking of inconsistencies, I’ve always poked a lot of fun at the show, but with a familial protectiveness; much like the big sister who is merciless with her goofy little brother – until outside forces try to interfere, then the older sister becomes the fierce protector. I could make fun of 24; I did it from a loving place, if you will.
I had the right.
Now, I’m not abandoning the show at all. I’ll follow all press releases, news, and fan sites from now until season seven. But now I don’t see the point in holding back my surprised displeasure with this much-touted season finale. But I’ll get to that after discussing some of the last two hours not in any particular order.
Daniels and Subarov evidently have offices right next door to each other. Why else would they have the same sunlight coming in their windows? The only explanation that comes close to being satisfying is that we must assume that the 4:00 hour is Pacific Time. And the outdoor footage there is still in appropriate darkness. Therefore it has to be approximately 7:00 AM at the White House. But that doesn’t jive with the previous episode, which occurred between 3:00 and 4:00 AM (Pacific) and between 6:00 and 7:00 AM (Eastern). If you recall, in the scenes with Lisa under surveillance at Bishop’s apartment, it was quite dark. Middle of the night dark. And now at the White House, things seem to be quite bright.
However Moscow, which is eight hours ahead of Washington, seems to enjoying the same sunny morning, when in reality, it’s 3:00 PM. But hey, if this were the least of the 24 problems – we’d be in good shape.
Something about Josh Bauer has bothered me. He hasn’t been all that believable. He makes me miss Derek Huxley from season five. I was pleased however, to see him give the elder Bauer a much-deserved beat down. Phillip Bauer was despicable.
Believable or not, I did like the seeing the major players, even Bill, and Daniels too, work together either to help Jack, or to exonerate Bill and Karen. Without spelling it out, Karen agreed to cover Jack’s ass, and Lennox agreed to help Karen. (By way of not being a tattle-tale.) I knew that in time, both Doyle and Nadia would come around and be willing to follow Jack’s plans.
So, Chloe is pregnant. We may get to see a pregnant Chloe, and what fun that would be, but I doubt it. One reason is that the 24 writers tend to set each season at least 12 to 24 months apart. Chloe could have a couple kids by season seven, and all we’d get to see is her changing diapers, back to her slim and snarky self. Most likely is that she’ll either not have much face time next year, or the pregnancy will not last. 24 characters don’t live in the mundane world.
Again, last night I was afraid that Doyle was going to get killed. I’ve grown to like him, and hope he returns next season, but allowed that if something had happened, at least that would have been exciting. Well, seeing his face blown off was definitely unexpected. I guess he’ll be running Denver CTU with an eye patch.
Previous to last night’s show, I and other Blogcritics compiled our predictions and general thoughts about the season. There, I mentioned my hope for closure on “missing” characters. I was joking, actually, but now that plot lines and/or characters seem to have just up and disappeared, I have to raise my hand and ask, “WTF?”
Okay, there was a slight mention of Wayne Palmer, when Subarov passed his wishes for recovery of the ill President along to Vice President Daniels. But you know, that’s just not good enough. The fans deserve more.
I had also joked about the appearance and crazy stabbing antics of Martha and Charles Logan, referring to that bit of action as "shark-jumping". I stand by that; they definitely jumped the shark there, and even if it was just done as a ratings stunt, it was a fun diversion. But no mention of this again? A former U.S. President was stabbed, by his ex-wife no less, and no one brings it up? No one wonders, “Gee, wonder how Logan is?” But they barely asked about Wayne, why would Logan get more notice?
Dear Audrey was dealt with. The message – and not just coming from Dad, former SECDEF Heller – was that this was the end of the line for Jack and Audrey as a couple. In retrospect, having Jack actually spend time with Audrey in her wasted state was much more effective then talk of a restraining order. And that brings me to the last scene. Seeing that gun in Jack’s hand was chilling, more so than the panning shots down the cliff-side of Heller’s property. I had forgotten that he had that same gun trained on Dad just moments before, and seeing him with it as he watched the surf pound, gave me a sick premonition.
I would have been angry if he did kill himself, but at least the night would have lived up to the hype.