24 just finished here in Europe. (Yeah, nearly a week behind the times.) I really didn't know how they would end it. I knew how I would've liked them to end it, but those two concepts are usually incongruent.
I've been there since nearly the beginning, when Linh got me hooked just after season 2 got started. I even spent a few nights watching all of season 1 to get myself up to speed. I got the season 2 DVD set for a Christmas.
I, like so many others, damn-near idolise Jack Bauer. (Really, who wouldn't've loved to "go Jack Bauer" on someone at some point over the last decade?) I saw the highs (season 2), and the lows (season 6), and saw the good (Jack, Nina, Renée), and the bad (the Logans, President Taylor, Ryan Chapelle). It was a great show, but over the last few years, it has been in decline. I mean, how many nuclear strikes can happen on U.S. soil by terrorists? (But what do I know?) I think they outdid themselves early, in season 2 -- where do you go after a nuclear strike? Biological weapons, fine. But, then it alternated between nuclear strike and biological weapon for the next few years. Season 6 was the low point, and while the subsequent seasons were good, it lost a lot of its momentum. Fox rightly pulled the plug a few weeks (months?) ago, and the final hours just aired.
Eight full days plus a two-hour stint in Africa, and now, it just wrapped up. Honestly, I hoped for something more. I wanted a happy ending for Jack. I was hoping for something other than this particular ending. But, I guess this just shows that Jack can't outrun his life. It ended the way the other seasons played out, with Jack on the run and still fighting. Good to see that he was fighting until the end, though.