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!
(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?