I don’t want to say that the season finale was disappointing, but it did seem to undermine itself. The first season finale was so amazing because it definitively wrapped up its storyline with a bang. (More specifically, a long series of bangs from Jack Bauer’s gun.) And then a twist. Nobody saw it coming. It was shocking. It ended the series on a high note.
The second season came and things seemed a little more assured. The creators were confident that they’d have a full season to play with, and not just the first 13 episodes. Thus, no amnesia storylines just past the halfway point of the series. No scrambling for storylines. OK, OK, so there’s every plot point with Kim in it that was completely unnecessary in the second season. I like to think that she represented the “average person’s” reaction to the events of the day, but I can’t sell that to myself. The sad thing is that she’ll be back next season to continue to derail the 24 freight train. Speaking of which, let me get back on track here:
The season finale. They spent so much time trying to set up season three that they never truly ended this season. We thought we had the big bad guy in our sights for this episode. Except he wasn’t. He was being controlled by a guy on a yacht somewhere. But, wait, in the season finale we find out that that guy isn’t in control, either. He’s reporting to some other guy. So when the bad guy we thought was the bad guy is done away with, there’s a completely hollow feeling about it. We know he’s nobody. There are two other people higher up the ladder to be worried about.
And, dangit, where is Nina?
That’s where the season 2 finale failed. The three or four episodes leading up to it were fantastic. Everything ran a mile a minute. Big things happened. Obstacles got thrown in Jack Bauer’s way that we thought he’d never overcome. (Well, we knew he’d overcome them, but it would be difficult and at a potentially great cost.) The tension ramped up.
When the final episode hit, the now traditional Jack Bauer gun battle scene occured, Jack lost, and the big big and big big big bad guys both got away, and the President was attacked.
I still love the series, as unrealistic and hokey as it can get at times. You really do need to suspend large levels of disbelief, but that’s the fun in the show. Don’t think about why nobody heard the helicopter until it was right behind them. Don’t question the lunacy and the paranoia of Big Oil starting WW3 and setting off nuclear weapons to affect the price of crude. Just enjoy the ride. It’s an old-fashioned Saturday afternoon serial on steroids for today’s network television.
Jack Bauer is, simply put, the man. But the writers undercut him at the end of season two.
Next season: Jack Bauer needs a pacemaker, and terrorists all over the world acquire microwave ovens to protect themselves from him. Kim goes psycho and catfights with Kate Warner for 24 episodes, guaranteeing a ratings bonanza.
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