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'24' Promises Surprising Finale
foxnews ^ | 5/22/05 | foxnews

Posted on 05/22/2005 9:49:08 PM PDT by bitt

Twenty-two hours down, two to go. "24" (search) plans to end its fourth heart-stopping season with a bang Monday night — a two-hour finale filled with suspense and surprises. "It's my favorite season ender — it's just been the most fun and I think the most surprising end. I'm not gonna tell you who dies, or if someone dies. But I will say it's a surprise," Howard Gordon, the executive producer of "24," told FOX News.

Aside from the finale (8 p.m. EDT on FOX), one of the biggest mysteries about the show is whether its star, Kiefer Sutherland (search), will be back. "I'm actually not gonna answer that. That's how — it's actually a very relevant question and it's one that I think people will be surprised at," Gordon said.

So how does "24" remain one of TV's hottest shows, four seasons later? Keeping fans on the edge of their seats, one hour at a time. "If you're not a little rattled at the end of the hour, it's not been a good show," Gordon said. And some of the threats confronting Jack Bauer (Sutherland) and the rest of L.A.'s Counterterrorism Unit are eerily realistic. "I long for the day when it goes back to being a fantastical work of fiction, as opposed to something that is actually mirroring events that are taking place in the world," Sutherland told FOX News.

For example, Bauer and his colleagues at the Counterterrorism Unit (known on the show as CTU) are currently in hot pursuit of Islamic terrorists who have launched a nuclear missile. CTU agents are trying to determine where exactly the missile may land and to round up the terrorists within the United States who are behind the plot.

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1 posted on 05/22/2005 9:49:09 PM PDT by bitt
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To: Cindy

>>>"If you're not a little rattled at the end of the hour, it's not been a good show,"

>>And some of the threats confronting Jack Bauer

I don't get to watch too much TV. I've seen many threads on it here at FR.

Is 24 the TV version of Tim Clancy?


2 posted on 05/22/2005 9:53:08 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: OXENinFLA

24 ping!


3 posted on 05/22/2005 9:55:31 PM PDT by secret garden (Go Spurs Go!)
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To: bitt

Okay... I'm a 24 geek. I was so disappointed that I missed episode 3 of season 3 that I just stopped watching and waited for the DVD set to come out so that I could watch all the shows back to back (3 "sick days" at work to make it through a season).

I've watched every minute of season four, and this promises to be a GREAT season finale. It's simply the best show on TV. But that's just one man's silly little opinion.


4 posted on 05/22/2005 9:56:40 PM PDT by Nice50BMG (AB 50 outlaws the use of this tagline in California.)
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To: bitt
I already know how it ends.

I signed a little piece of paper that prevents me from revealing the plot.

Watch it.

There will be some surprises.

5 posted on 05/22/2005 9:56:48 PM PDT by R_Kangel ("Liberals are like a broken pencil.......useless with no point.")
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To: bitt
"But I will say it's a surprise," Howard Gordon, the executive producer of "24," told FOX News.

WARNING! Spoiler:























The nuclear-tipped cruise missle stalks and threatens Kim Bauer.

(Show concludes with Kim defusing the bomb, dealing with radioactive heat by stripping down to her underwear.)

6 posted on 05/22/2005 10:00:04 PM PDT by Yossarian (Remember: NOT ALL HEART ATTACKS HAVE TRADITIONAL SYMPTOMS)
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To: bitt

The surprise: White Christians are behind everything, and The Islamic characters help save the day!


7 posted on 05/22/2005 10:03:03 PM PDT by Captainpaintball
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To: bitt
"And some of the threats confronting Jack Bauer (Sutherland) and the rest of L.A.'s Counterterrorism Unit are eerily realistic."

Yeah, like stealing a stealth fighter and shooting down Air Force One are at the top of the national security threats facing the country.

I love the show...I suspend belief for an hour each week and enjoy it for what it is... but that comment is absolutely asinine.

Here's my other big gripe. With all of Jack's superhero skills, the one I want the most, is being able to get to someplace in down town LA, and back to CTU... in a black SUV... and then back into the field, some place else in DT LA...in less than an hour.
8 posted on 05/22/2005 10:03:38 PM PDT by birbear ("I reject your reality and substitute my own.")
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To: Yossarian
(Show concludes with Kim defusing the bomb, dealing with radioactive heat by stripping down to her underwear.)

Gosh, I hope she has to run down another bumpy hillside wearing a tight t-shirt :)

9 posted on 05/22/2005 10:03:50 PM PDT by mikegi
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To: Calpernia

Sure is cal, lots of fun, come join us monday night.


10 posted on 05/22/2005 10:04:04 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: Yossarian

Actually, I have it on good authority that the missile will change its mind, do its patriotic duty, and take out Howard Dean.


11 posted on 05/22/2005 10:06:06 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: eastforker

Eastfork! Are you volunteering to assist with my parental duties? THANK YOU! ::teasing::


12 posted on 05/22/2005 10:07:06 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: R_Kangel

Trust me , post a link or I will kill you!!!


13 posted on 05/22/2005 10:07:29 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: Nice50BMG

The show is great for a cartoon.
The major plot twists are impossible but it is fun.
There is absolutely no way anyone could steal an armed stealth fighter.
There is no way they could get the transponder code for the football emergency beacon.
There is no way they could drive through the desert at night right to where they want to be without constant backtracking and trying new ways.
Why didn't Jack have the helo just shoot both jeeps while they were siting outside the power plant and failing that just have the helo shoot both jeeps as they left the power plant.
Corrugated tin is not bullet proof.
A little bit of brush in a can will not set off ten rounds in one minute. The first round that goes off will scatter the rest out of the fire.
It is beyond comprehension why Jack just walked Marwan out of the building that was just a few minutes ago a terrorist base. Drive the vehicles inside, out Marwan in, then speed out.
The show could be far more intense if it was believable.
There's more implausible stuff but this is a start.


14 posted on 05/22/2005 10:07:43 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: Nice50BMG

The show is great for a cartoon.
The major plot twists are impossible but it is fun.
There is absolutely no way anyone could steal an armed stealth fighter.
There is no way they could get the transponder code for the football emergency beacon.
There is no way they could drive through the desert at night right to where they want to be without constant backtracking and trying new ways.
Why didn't Jack have the helo just shoot both jeeps while they were siting outside the power plant and failing that just have the helo shoot both jeeps as they left the power plant.
Corrugated tin is not bullet proof.
A little bit of brush in a can will not set off ten rounds in one minute. The first round that goes off will scatter the rest out of the fire.
It is beyond comprehension why Jack just walked Marwan out of the building that was just a few minutes ago a terrorist base. Drive the vehicles inside, out Marwan in, then speed out.
The show could be far more intense if it was believable.
There's more implausible stuff but this is a start.


15 posted on 05/22/2005 10:09:26 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: Calpernia

Well I got ripped last night over "My First Post" but we have a live 24 thread here every monday night.Didn't know for sure if I would still be here today.


16 posted on 05/22/2005 10:10:03 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: chuckwalla

You ain't no fun. LOL


17 posted on 05/22/2005 10:11:13 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: eastforker
NO can do...............sorry.

Just watch the show.

18 posted on 05/22/2005 10:12:47 PM PDT by R_Kangel ("Liberals are like a broken pencil.......useless with no point.")
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To: Yossarian

Show concludes with Kim defusing the bomb, dealing with radioactive heat by stripping down to her underwear

but in the very last scene, a mountain lion jumps out from
behind a bush and leaps toward Kim...


19 posted on 05/22/2005 10:13:54 PM PDT by isom35
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To: chuckwalla

...There is no way terrorists could hijack 4 planes simultaneously and hit both WTC Towers and the Pentagon...


20 posted on 05/22/2005 10:15:11 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: eastforker

Your first post? I'm confused, you are not a newbie. I've obviously missed something.

Feel welcome to add me to your 24 ping list. I've not seen it yet.

But you said if follows Tom Clancy's ideas. I'm up to date there!

And if you are being harassed by a freeper, ping me. I will be honored to add my fly swatter to the thread!


21 posted on 05/22/2005 10:16:05 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

The missle splits in midair with the other half of the warhead going into the newsweek building and sending large bits of shrapnel into al franken's radio studio at err America.
Then the gov takes Rush off the air just to be fair so Rush joins the terrorists to get on al-jazeera and reveals the last half hour of the show and is called un-American for ruining millions of American's monday night and making the world wait another year to find out if Jack asks Kim to have a coffee with him at his studio apt in Studio City and they get there in two minutes during morning rush hour where Jack is in the bathroom for two hours.


22 posted on 05/22/2005 10:16:14 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: Captainpaintball

That's not the way Sutherland wants it. He wants to get back to fiction not based on real life perspective situations.:)


23 posted on 05/22/2005 10:19:33 PM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: FairOpinion

Since when do we keep airliners at secure bases with armed guards?
The crew chief owns the plane and allows the pilot to fly his plane and under no cirmstances would let a stranger with no stealth experience walk in with the pilots thumb and fly out fully armed.
It ain't like renting a car where you get to go in the lot and pick an F-117 with missles.
A lot of the radar is tied into gps and there is no way the US would keep the channel open to the stolen fighter to target a Dairy Queen let alone AF 1.


24 posted on 05/22/2005 10:22:05 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: bitt
Tony is soooooo dead. After he and Michele kissed and made up (out), he was definitely a goner.
25 posted on 05/22/2005 10:22:27 PM PDT by FreedomSurge
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To: Calpernia

Ping oxeninflorida to get on the ping list for 24, I got involved in a bad click last night, but unlike others, never resorted for backup. Damn, I was called a bastard last night and when I called all of them twat wads I got a reprimand from JR. But thats ok, his house , his rules.


26 posted on 05/22/2005 10:23:28 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: FreedomSurge

Horribly predictable plot.


27 posted on 05/22/2005 10:23:53 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: chuckwalla

I guess you forgot that someone had the top secret codes to the Air Force One on 9-11. They said it was all a "mistake" later one, but that's one of the reasons they kept President Bush flying around and stuck him in a bunker, instead of allowing him to return to Washington DC.

You are also forgetting that we keep hearing about Muslims in the military -- how do we know one of them couldn't be a high level official, with accesses to information we would rather not even imagine.

The world is full of true stories of deep cover spies and saboteurs, and I am sure the stories that we actualy hear are merely the tip of the iceberg.

Some things may have sufficient safeguards to make it very unlikely, but not necessarily impossible for terrorists to get hold of information and weapons.


28 posted on 05/22/2005 10:29:01 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: eastforker

I've had a similar situation. I had an absolute sweetheart (darksheare) come to my aid. But I couldn't understand why I was left out to the vultures an I was slapped by the mods. and freep mailed by them too as 'behave'.

I don't get all the posting rules at times. I'm very confused as too who gets a pass and who doesn't get ban.

I'll assume I don't know everything. I'll assume there are reasons.

Have a good night! I'm off to bed.


29 posted on 05/22/2005 10:31:57 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: birbear
"...but that comment is absolutely asinine."

Not at all. The operative word is SOME.

30 posted on 05/22/2005 10:33:05 PM PDT by Darkwolf (aka Darkwolf377 lurker since'01, member since 4/'04--stop clogging me with pings!)
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To: FairOpinion

We would all probably die of a heart attack if we knew everything that does not get reported.


31 posted on 05/22/2005 10:34:22 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: FairOpinion

No way there would be infiltrators "throughout" the military and in super sensitive areas. It would take an air base full of them to allow the stealth to be stolen. The story did not imply that the whole base was compromised.
Do you think they kept the same codes after knowing they were compromised?


32 posted on 05/22/2005 10:36:09 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: Calpernia

'24' is Tom Clancy filtered through the writers of 'Days of Our Lives'.


33 posted on 05/22/2005 10:37:17 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat

And Rocky and Bullwinkle.


34 posted on 05/22/2005 10:38:25 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: chuckwalla

You're so going to just love tomorrow night.

TV Land copout endings.


35 posted on 05/22/2005 10:46:38 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: chuckwalla
There's more implausible stuff but this is a start.

Could you do me a favor and transfer that to my screen?

My husband thinks they ought to figure out a way to "turn" Marwan and get him to work for the US since he's so much more effective with his plans than CTU or anybody else in our gov't, LOL! He's figured out how to be one step ahead of Jack and our guys, so if we could get him to work for us, then we might be able to stay one step ahead of the terrorists.

Why is it that Marwan is the smartest guy on the show, LOL?

36 posted on 05/22/2005 10:47:47 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Thanks for the heads up.
I'm preparing myself to try to suspend reality and enjoy the cartoon.
I write so it is good to see flaws and be sure I don't make them in my stories.


37 posted on 05/22/2005 10:49:18 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: dawn53

Young writers.
Don't know how to write a good plausible story.
It's a common mistake. They figure that if they wrote it must be true.
Besides if Marwan was captured early on the the series would be over as the writers don't seem to be able to compensate for reality.
Like James Bond movies where he is captured and given some elaborate slow death machine treatment where he always gets out.
It's a cartoon.
The only realistic aspect is that the terorists operate in closed cells and could continue without Marwan.
Or perhaps you just hit on the surprise ending.
They turn Marwan, save the US and Marwan becomes the next head of the DNC.
He already knows how to lie.


38 posted on 05/22/2005 10:58:33 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: Nice50BMG

I've watched every single episode of this season as well despite the astonishingly stupid plot twists and utter insane behavior of the so-called CTU experts.

It never ceases to amaze me at how CTU can be the top anti-terrorist organization but at the same time be constantly undermanned despite having several million military and law enforcement personnel at their beck and call.

Oh no, it's always send several CTU agents to secure a location or fly to intercept the bad guys from getting the nuclear football in a slow chopper instead of commanding a supersonic fighter to blast the bad guys into smithereens.

Now we have a "Stealth" cruise missile that can't be seen by radar (how convenient), the threat of the Chicoms going to war against the US (as if that won't be suicide on their part) and a Marwan that is slipperier than a greased pig during an annual fair.

I mean, COME ON! If America is so spineless that it can't beat China on the head in a time of supreme national emergency by storming the Chinese consulate or throwing a civil rights lawyer on his ass out of CTU or allow the torture of terrorists who know the whereabouts of a stolen nuclear weapon that's about to be launched against an American city; then it probably deserves everything that happens to it.


39 posted on 05/22/2005 11:06:11 PM PDT by Edward Watson
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To: FreedomSurge

No kidding. A real, "Top Gun" moment. He's a guaranteed goner.


40 posted on 05/22/2005 11:09:12 PM PDT by Edward Watson
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To: chuckwalla

The show isn't realistic?

You mean to tell me that you can't talk to pilots of a stealth jet on a cell phone? I'm so disappointed. (end/sarcasm)

We subscribe to Glenn Beck's online audio, and every Monday night after the show, they have a live webcast to talk about the show.

It's a riot, people call in with what they liked and disliked about a particular episode.

The funniest one was from a lady who lived in the state (can't remember which one) where they lost the missile, and couldn't locate it because of the mountains. Evidently that particular state is flat and there's not a mountain in the entire state.

Still it's a fun show, we watch it every week, you just have to suspend your sense of logic while you're watching it.


41 posted on 05/22/2005 11:09:32 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: chuckwalla

What about their utter inability to avoid professing their undying love towards each other numerous times within a single day period? Not even honeymooners say it so often within a single day.

Geez, the stupidities of the show nearly killed my desire to see the ending...


42 posted on 05/22/2005 11:11:10 PM PDT by Edward Watson
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To: Edward Watson

Good points.
Why did they let the aclu lawyer and terrorist suspect into the main operating room of CTU?
That seem incredibly dumb.
They should have kept them in some waiting room away from the super sensitive equipment and computer screens.
When the spy was found out and the enemy bombed her car wouldn't that have been a signal not to use her to go into the heart of the enemy's operation and try to access anything?
It just boggles my mind that Jack didn't order the helo to destroy both jeeps while they were sitting outside the power plant.


43 posted on 05/22/2005 11:13:52 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: Edward Watson

See post 22 for the ending.


44 posted on 05/22/2005 11:16:17 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: chuckwalla

My sons know I watch the show every Monday night and they've come to expect my outbursts of how stupid the show is in every episode (I think it's now a game with them of how long into the show before my first negative comment). They've asked me more than once why I even watch the show if I find it so stupid - I tell them it's entertaining despite being asinine.


45 posted on 05/22/2005 11:16:24 PM PDT by Edward Watson
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To: Edward Watson

I aks myself the same and can only think that with all the other junk out there it is the most entertaining.
A mental exercise to pick it apart.


46 posted on 05/22/2005 11:18:55 PM PDT by chuckwalla (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: eastforker
Google is your friend.
47 posted on 05/22/2005 11:33:29 PM PDT by blu (This post edited for brevity.)
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To: Captainpaintball

I got a buck says they blame Jews/Israel...


48 posted on 05/22/2005 11:41:37 PM PDT by Yehuda (America: Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE! [" Choke on it, pinkos!"])
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To: birbear

"With all of Jack's superhero skills, the one I want the most, is being able to get to someplace in down town LA, and back to CTU... in a black SUV... and then back into the field, some place else in DT LA...in less than an hour."

LOL that's what hubby said about last season.


49 posted on 05/22/2005 11:43:58 PM PDT by jocon307 (Legal immigrant Irish grandmother rolls in grave, yet again.)
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To: eastforker
Trust me , post a link or I will kill you!!!

Don't go here unless you really want to know the ending:

Warning! Season Finale Spoiler Link:

24 finale spoiler

50 posted on 05/23/2005 12:12:38 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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