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24: Live Another Day Review: To Russia, Without His Love

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Honestly, 24: Live Another Day Season 1 Episode 12 left me horribly unhappy.

I was prepared for someone important not to survive, but who they killed left me wanting to turn off the TV and walk away.

With less than an hour until all out war broke out with China, Jack scrambled to find Cheng to stop it. A task made all the more difficult knowing that Cheng had a sniper trained on Audrey.

I had no doubt that Jack would sacrifice her to save the world. He's a big picture kind of guy but that didn't mean he wouldn't do everything in his power to save her. Unfortunately, he couldn't be in two places at once, so he sent Kate Morgan. 

I kept wondering why Kate was letting Audrey walk around in the open even after the sniper was killed. They had absolutely no idea what counter measures Cheng had in place. Shouldn't her team have surrounded Audrey and gotten her into a vehicle and out of there ASAP

Kate sounded so broken when she had to tell Jack the women he loved was dead... on her watch. Jack Bauer was simply broken. I've never hated the silent clock more.

First they killed off Teri, which I thought was a brilliant way to end the first season. We got the message, no one on 24 was safe. Then Audrey was tortured and ended up in a catatonic state. Next girlfriend Renee Walker was killed almost immediately after hitting the sheets with Jack, and now they brought Audrey back just to have her tragically killed.

It's become kind of ridiculous. Can't they give the poor guy something to hold on to? Every time we get a glimpse of hope that Jack still has the power to feel something, it is crushed under the weight of grief and it's become almost unbearable to watch. 

I understand the show's need to continue to ramp up the shock value, but killing off each of Jack's lovers for dramatic effect just seems cruel. Even having him get his revenge by beheading Cheng doesn't make up for it. 

But Jack Bauer wasn't the only broken man at the end of this season. President Heller's words in this 24: Live Another Day quote managed to rival even the look of grief on Jack's face…

I won't remember anything that happens today. I won't remember anything that happens period. I won't remember that I had a daughter that died in such a horrible fashion.

Heller

It makes his Alzheimer's all the more horrible. Some might say that at least he'll forget it all, but how sad that he not only won't have Audrey there to help him through this terrible illness, he won't even have her memory as comfort. 

And as if pouring salt on an open wound, Jack turned himself over the Russians to save Chloe, his last remaining friend. 

You were right about what you said earlier about being my best friend. Thank you. Look in on my family when you can.

Jack

Seriously, wasn't having the man tortured by the Chinese for a year enough?

As much fun as most of this season has been, I almost wish they wouldn't have done it. At least at the end of the original series it felt as though Jack was left with some hope. He was on his own but he was free.

Maybe FOX will renew it to come back next summer - but for what purpose? How broken does Jack Bauer have to be before they stop? Audrey Heller seemed like Jack's last chance at a happy ending. Even if the two never got back together, just having her alive in the world and knowing that she loved him gave Jack a modicum of hope and peace. 

I want to say that 24: Live Another Day has been good TV, and it has. Anything that makes you feel this much has done its job admirably. But much like Heller, in this moment, I wish I could simply forget this final hour happened. 

Your turn, TV Fanatics. What did you think of the 24: Live Another Day finale?

 

Review

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Wow, I could not have said it better myself. Audrey was my favorite character ever on 24 and I am still in shock and mourning her unnecessary death. Like you said, it was repetitive and ridiculous, and I almost wish they hadn't brought 24 back just to a) make Jack's life even worse, b) kill off my favorite character, and c) get us fans all attached only to break our hearts again. I loved almost the entire season, but I really, really hate the way it ended.

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Ho hum, just another day of Jack Bauer playing the role of noble martyr. The one good takeaway from this episode -- we finally got rid of Audrey. I imagine if Fox decides to trot out this series again, Jack will return, still unappreciated, still hunted, still whispering, with a whole new set of characters to let him down. It's too bad that he doesn't have a personality to match his physical prowess. But as it stands now, the viewer never has any expectation of Jack truly prevailing. The writers should take a page from the Liam Neeson school of Man vs. the World.

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If the series continues, they should bring back Tony Almeida, who was rumored to be in this run.

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Amy-jackey

I loved it. I want more and I'm devastated How could they?

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Even though it wasn't promoted as a Series Finale, I think it should go down as one of the best. The final scene, a rare if only scene I can ever recall of Chloe in bright sunlight, watching Jack ride a military helicopter off to the Promised Land was brilliant. Job well done.
When you do Best Series Finales features in the future, I think this on has to be included.

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12 hours later?!?!?!
We got screwed out of half a day of Jack Bauer's awesomeness!

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@ tgribar

He probably spent that time crying on and around the toilet. It would have made for very boring/depressing/uncomfortable viewing

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Now Kate and Chloe team up and go to Russia to rescue Jack! Can't wait!

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Movie?

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Odds are that Heller might not seek reelection if 24 comes back for Season 10. His Alzheimer 's disease is getting very bad.

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@ Blue Dogs

If I recall correctly, Heller already instructed someone to make the arrangements for transfer of power to the Vice-Preaident as soon as he gets back home.

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@ wolfshades

So, the VP (whoever it is) will be the new President when 24 comes back next season. I'm hoping they bring back the show next year.

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@ Blue Dogs

More likely, he'll have to resign, because he said he won't remember anything in a year.

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24: Live Another Day Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

At this point I think I'm the only friend you have left, whether you want to admit it or not.

Chloe

Adrian lied to me. The only thing I did wrong was to believe him. Please let me make this right.

Chloe
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