24's ticking clock ended its 10-year, eight season run last night and, while I won't spoil it for those who may have DVRed the two-hour show, the season--and series--ended in the right way.
In the rich history of 24 we've been treated to numerous plot twists, corrupt administrations, moles and double agents but throughout one thing has remained constant--the ability of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) to weather any challenge thrown in his path. The character of Bauer, as Sutherland said in a pre-show address last night to 24's fans, was "the role of a lifetime." Along the way, Sutherland helped create a guy who became a part of American pop culture, and involved in the political discussions on topics as varied as terrorism, interrogation techniques and torture.
Even though this season further bended reality (how many 10-minute trips can one take in the city of New York over a 24-hour period), Monday evenings will no longer be the same...and the promised 24 movie can't come soon enough.