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3May 28, 2010An End of Era for 24 – Jack, you will be missed

Posted May 28 2010 12:00am

Many times on this blog I have mentioned that I am big Jack Bauer/24 fan – one that has watched from the very beginning. I am very sad that the last episode (forever) of 24 aired Monday and I just wanted to highlight some of my favorite 24 memories.

(1) Jack’s Testimony

No one knows how to tell off a smug politician like Bauer and he got to do it in the first hour of Day Seven. During a Senate hearing on “human rights violations” perpetrated by CTU and its agents, Jack is brought in to testify.

Senator: Did you torture Mr. Haddad?

Jack: According to the definition set forth by the Geneva Convention, yes, I did.

Jack: Senator, why don’t I save you some time. It’s obvious your agenda is to discredit CTU

Senator: My only agenda is to get to the truth!

Jack: I don’t think it is, sir.

Senator: Excuse me?!

Jack: Ibrahim Haddad had targeted a bus carrying 45 people, 10 of which were children. The truth, Senator, is that I stopped that attack from happening.

Senator: By torturing Mr. Haddad!

Jack: By doing what I deemed necessary to Protect innocent lives.

Senator: So basically, what you’re saying, Mr. Bauer, is that the ends justify the means, and that you are above the law!

Jack: For a combat soldier the difference between success and failure is your ability to adapt to your enemy. The people that I deal with, they don’t care about your rules. All they care about is a result. My job is to stop them from accomplishing their objectives. Am I above the law? No, sir. I am more than willing to be judged by the people you claim to represent. I will let them decide what price I should pay. But please, do not sit there with that smug look on your face and expect me to regret the decisions I have made. Because, sir, the truth is, I don’t. (I melted when Jack uttered this last part.)
(2) Aaron Pierce taking down Charles Logan (the weasel of all weasels)

Former President Logan is my favorite character to hate. This is a man who thought only of himself even when he committed suicide in the show’s finale. Agent Pierce was a former Secret Service agent assigned to protect Logan. Pierce was also a strong patriot and a man who stood by his principles. When he finds out that Logan was the mastermind being Day 5, Pierce would not betray his principles. He tells Logan, “There is nothing that you have said or done that is acceptable to me in the least. You’re a traitor to this country and a disgrace to your office. And it’s my duty to see that you’re brought to justice for what you’ve done. Is there anything else, Charles?” When he called him Charles instead of Mr. President, you knew that any respect Agent Pierce had for Logan flew out the window.

(3) Edgar Stiles’ death

Edgar was likeable and he was the one character the audience could relate to. He was usually stepped all over, but he also stood up for himself when he was pushed way too far and he cared for Chloe dearly. On Day 5, terrorists released Senotex nerve gas at CTU. Some of the personnel made it into airtight rooms. As Chloe seals the room she is in, we see Edgar stumbling into the main control area. Chloe and her fellow coworkers that are in the sealed room watch as Edgar dies from nerve gas poisoning. Edgar’s last word was “Chloe.” I got all choked up there as I watched Edgar die and the look of horror in Chloe’s eyes.

(4) The Voiceover at the beginning of Season 1

For the first time, we hear Jack Bauer say: “The following takes place between midnight and 1 a.m. on the day of the California presidential primary. Events occur in real time.” Those last four words really sent a chill down my spine and it was unique because it was the first a series did not cut ahead or flash back. My ten year old says that it always creeps him out.

(5) Teri’s Death

Nina kills the person who discovers she is the mole. That person is Jack’s wife, Teri. One thing we have learned about 24 is that good guys don’t always get a happy ending and this was just the start. The end of day one was the most emotional moment of Jack’s day. You really felt with him when he held his wife’s limp body and cried, “I’m sorry” as the clock ticked to midnight. Every season I root for Jack and every season Jack’s day ends hellish.

Poor Jack. Maybe, he will have some happy endings when the 24 movie airs on the big screen.

What were your favorite 24 moments?

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