Am I the only one who misses 24? I long for the days where Kiefer Sutherland’s raspy voice would yell at me from my TV screen on a weekly basis. I miss Jack Bauer’s unquestioning, “JUST GET IT DONE” mentality, ACLU be damned. I miss a show that tried, every week, to give us a thrill while trying to adhere to the brutal strictures of a real-time format. I miss the unending series of broken relationships and destroyed lives that were left in Bauer’s wake, serving as a constant reminder that the costs of serving one’s country can be high, and that maybe my life isn’t so bad after all.

Anyway, enough of my reminiscing. According to a recent interview with 24 executive producer Howard Gordon, Bauer was supposed to meet a different end than the one that befell him in the series finale. Hit the jump to find out what it was, though it’s not too hard to guess if you’re already a fan of the show. Spoilers for 24 (the entire series) obviously follow.
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TV Review: 24 Season 7 Premiere – What Did You Think?

[The following contains spoilers for the first 4 episodes of 24: Season 7]

It’s been a little bit over 18 months since the last season of 24 (not counting 24: Redemption) and after the general awfulness of Season 6, I was quite concerned that one of my once-favorite television shows had lost its magic for good. With the first four hours of the current season now past us, I wondered: Does 24 still have it? Kind of.

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