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  • Apr 25, 2015
    24 comes to its thrilling conclusion in its eighth and final season. Once again the show shifts locations (rather poetically) to New York City where one of Jack Bauer's former contacts brings him vital information about an assassination plot to kill the president of a Middle Eastern country at the UN peace summit, which forces Jack to sign on for one last mission with CTU; but things get personal for him when Renee Walker is sent undercover with Russian weapons dealers. Freddie Prinze Jr., Katee Sackhoff, David Anders, and Michael Madsen rotate into the cast and give fairly good performances. However, it takes a while for the season to get some traction (as a lot the subplots are pretty cliché and formulaic), but around mid-season there's a shift and the show starts to go all-out; as if nothing is off-limits and no one is safe. Some things are taken a little too far, but overall the story is incredibly exciting and action-packed. Season 8 of 24 isn't the most cohesive of the series, but it ends up being one of the most daring and intense.
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  • Mar 09, 2018
    not only is season 8 of this iconic television show completely underrated, but i'd go so far as to crown it the best best final season of any tv ever. so many shows go out with a major decline in quality but the official final season of 24 was exciting, thrilling, emotional, and as epic as the series ever was.
  • Feb 27, 2017
    Besides "LOST", "24" (before this year) was the only other TV drama I had been able to give 5-stars for every season. Unfortunately, Season Eight didn't quite live up to that billing, what with a prolonged stretch of dry episodes to start the season and a resolution that seemed more of a film set-up than anything else. This final season is still entertaining television, and at its best is equal to any of the previous efforts, but it started to show some serious cracks in the veneer this time around. Without spoiling too much of the story arcs for season eight, this cycle begins with "Grandpa" Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) once again being sucked into government/political espionage. Once fully on board, Jack is saddled with such priorities as preventing the assassination of a crucial foreign dignitary, tracking down a shipment of nuclear fuel rods, and finally undermining a government conspiracy that just may prove to be his ultimate undoing. What really hurt this season right from the get-go was two-fold: 1. Uninteresting use of Bauer for the first 12-15 episodes or so (little palpable drama; instead just fights or shoot-outs); and 2. Two new characters, Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Dana Walsh (Katee Sackhoff), fail to invigorate the proceedings, and instead actually bog things down with an inane side-plot that doesn't really lead anywhere. Only about half way through the season, when the primary plotline emerges and an "old friend" (a very popular recurring cast member from previous seasons) adds some much-needed plot intrigue, does the season really start to take off. Plus, Jack's relationship with Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) is also fleshed-out quite a bit, leading to some tense emotional drama that will have you on the edge of your seat. Unfortunately, the season comes to a head an episode or so before the big finale, and thus goes out with a bit of a whimper instead of the much-anticipated bang. Perhaps the writers/producers can't be crucified too heavily for this, as a feature film was already announced to be in the works, but it seemed as if the goal was more "wrap up this sub-par storyline" than "provided a whizz-bang ending to an incredible show". On a side note, the acting this season is still as compelling as ever. Prinze Jr. and Sackhoff's characters got a little annoying, but other than that it was one incredible performance after another from such vets as Mary Lynn Rajskub, Cherry Jones, and the "late-season special guest". The on-screen chemistry between Sutherland and Wersching is inspiring as well. Thus, although I am saddened to see "24" leave the airwaves after eight grueling, emotional seasons, I am glad that it is getting out of the game now that some serious cracks formed in the structure of the show. This eighth season, when really rolling, was as good as anything previous, but too often it lacked that "punch" that characterized the earlier material. I will look forward to a potential motion picture (or franchise) to give the Jack Bauer character a much more deserving send-off.
  • Jul 02, 2016
    The first eleven episodes are just alright, but at Episode 12 it picks up until Episode 18, with the exception of one bad episode, and 16,17, and 18 not being as great. I liked the performances of the supporting characters the whole season, especially because those performances made me care about the characters. I was surprised at Freddie Prinze Jr, I loved his character and thought his performance was great! But he was underused and wrongly used. That can also be said of President Taylor. This season isn't the best, one of the worst.
  • Oct 07, 2014
    its 24 bitches best tv spy in the world mutherfuckers
  • Jun 27, 2014
    The (imho) greatest TV show ever ended on a super-high note!
  • Jun 26, 2014
    24 was a phenomenon that had no right to sweep television viewers off their feet, unintelligent as they might have been. Although blessed by a decent baseline and mindless action, the show quickly veers into foolish impossibility and generic plot production. How this show made all my friend croon I will never know. 24 is dry, boring and dreadfully predictable and it has gone on too long.
  • May 24, 2014
    The final season of Fox's 24 is entertaining, action-packed, having great action, plot, some good twists, and sets Kiefer up to be one of television's biggest badasses of all time.
  • May 12, 2014
    24 didn't complete its initial run on the best note. It starts out alright and the first two thirds is pretty cool even it wastes Katy Slackoff on a strange part where her behavior makes little sense. The last third the series makes a complete left turn into idiocy totally changing the character of President Taylor suddenly and for no real reason. I'm very happy the show it getting a new run in the hopes 24 can get a more fitting conclusion than this season.
  • May 12, 2014
    After day seven, creator/producer/director Jon Cassar left the show in order to work on other projects, so understandably, many fans were worried how the show would do without him. Day eight seemed more like a money grab than anything, but the studio did want to give Jack's story an ending that fans could get on board with, which is how they marketed day eight. Without Cassar there, the show did lose it's trademark pacing consistency, but it really didn't suffer that much from his absence. Day eight (like day seven) takes place in New York city. It follows Jack's attempt to move with Kim and her new husband and daughter, but one of Jack's old contacts comes looking for his help. He's then dragged right back into the thick of things. Meanwhile, President Taylor is having peace talks with Middle Eastern leader Omar Hassan (similar to day five) and an attempt is made on Hassan's life (similar to day four), but an actually competent agent, Cole Ortiz (similar to Chase Edmunds in day three), prevents it from happening. Hassan eventually gives himself up to his countries extremists to prevent a dirty bomb going off in the middle of New York city. He's then executed live on webcam (similar to day four), which forces his wife to take over for him as leader in the peace talks. President Taylor then calls on ex-president Logan's assistance to bring the Russians back to the peace talks after they walked away when Hassan was killed. Obviously, Logan had his own agenda, which Jack was easily able to sniff out once the Russians foolishly had Renee killed. Jack turned into a man out of control in his pursuit of everyone involved, killing first and asking questions later. Eventually, Jack works his way up to Logan and President Taylor's complicity in his plans, but stops himself from pulling the trigger. Luckily, President Taylor comes to her senses and admits everything that had happened. Unable to return to society after the numerous murders of Russian diplomats, the newly reopened CTU turns a blind eye to allow Jack to escape. The show ends with him exchanging glances with a drone Chloe is looking through. The camera then shuts off and the credits roll. Day eight is awesome in that Jack goes on a massive, beyond bad ass killing spree; but fails to form establish any real consistency. It's still a great season of a great show, but it's one of the worst ones. I'd say that day 3 is better than 1, then 5, then 2, then 4, then 7, then 8, then 6, with Live Another Day currently airing and Redemption too short to include here (but if it was, it'd be last).

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