Tuesday, May 25, 2010

[TV Review] 24 - Season 8

In all fairness, 24's eighth season is not the best season nor the worst one. Although 24 is entertaining, Fox, an American TV network, did the right thing by pulling the plug on this action show. After all, from a creative perspective, 24's pencil-pushers are out of gas.

In the final season, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), a former agent of the fictive Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU), lives in New York with his daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). Besides, Jack is embracing a new role: being a grand-father. However, a mysterious man and a reborn CTU seek his help to prevent the assassination of a Middle Eastern president, Omar Hassan (Anil Kapoor), at the United Nations' headquarters. In fact, the USA and some predominantly Muslim country (Iran?) are about to sign a peace treaty.

This peace treaty stipulates that the Muslim country must give up its nuclear ambitions in the name of peace in the Middle East. Nevertheless, there are people within the Muslim country's delegation, government and extremists who would like to have president Hassan killed rather then seeing their country kneel before the West. Besides, as the CTU's and Jack's investigation advances, it appears that non-Muslims also had a hand in the assassination attempt on president Hassan.


The eighth season is a proof that 24's concept was bound to reach the end of the road. In fact, while there's a minimum of originality (i.e. the peace accord) in this season's story, the scriptwriters decided to recycle many old ideas seen in previous seasons:
  • A nuclear bomb might explode in New York.
  • There are people within the American government who will disobey the president's orders.
  • There's a mole inside some law-enforcement agencies (which ones?).
  • Jack can smell a cover-up being cooked.
  • Some American-born citizens are willing to help the "bad guys".
  • Jack is misunderstood by the CTU along with the president herself.
  • To top it all, Jack will be chased by law-enforcement agencies, because he decided to go on his own.
Of course, just have that in mind, because you definitely don't want to have all the plot twists given to you on a silver platter.

Although 24's final season isn't a serious candidate for the Emmy Award for best screenplay, it deserves some nominations in the acting department. In fact, here are potential candidates: Mary Lynn Rajskub, Bob Gunton, Anil Kapoor, Cherry Jones, Annie Wersching and Gregory Itzin, who returns as former president Charles Logan.

Finally, while still being entertaining, 24's final season wasn't bad and couldn't really be improved speaking about the story. Nonetheless, who cares if the final season is not the best one? At least the whole show will rest in peace.

What did you, dear readers, think about this season? Was there anything you hated? Was there anything you liked?

Rating: 3/5


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