Update: I’ve got it on video via TVSquad, hit the jump to see it.
24, I’m sorry, I really, truly am. Anything I ever said about you not sending Jack off in the proper fashion with a rushed eighth season, I take it all back.
Last night’s episode was perhaps one of the best episodes of the show I’ve ever seen, and the two minutes where Jack raids President Logan’s motorcade dressed like a cross between Jason Voorhees and an Army of Two merc was perhaps the most badass Jack Bauer has ever been. And that’s saying something.
As he stormed down the tunnel, fully decked out in body armor, assault weapons and the most excellent helmet I think I’ve ever seen, my jaw was literally on the floor. This is how Jack Bauer is supposed to be, a walking, shooting death machine, finally unleashed on a revenge spree after years of abiding by our government’s petty “laws.”
This moment was great enough, but there was a similarly excellent scene later in the episode where it was slowly revealed that Jack had straight up butchered a room full of Russian secret service agents and murdered the Russian consulate with a fireplace poker. Though we didn’t actually get to see the mayhem as it happens, it was a very understated scene, and made it all the more terrifying when we just saw the wake of Jack’s destruction.
I’m very curious as to how 24 is going to end things now. Is Jack really just going to straight up murder the President of Russia? For ages, Jack has done everything for “the greater good,” often sacrificing innocent lives to prevent a terrorist attack or a war. But now, his actions are way outside the realm of anything he’s done before. If he goes after the President, he’ll be essentially single-handedly starting World War III, all in the name of “the truth” and Renee. Is that the kind of world he wants his daughter and granddaughter to grow up in?
24, you’ve managed to hook me once again, right when it counts. Keep up the excellent work, and I’ll look forward to seeing how you wrap this all up in next week’s series finale, (and how you’ll set up for the feature film).
Check out the video below, it’s only a minute of the whole two minutes of awesome, but it’s all the best parts “That’s Jack Bauer!”