Since David’s been in Italy, I hadn’t watched the season finale of 24… hoping we could watch it together one popcorn-filled night. However, I finally broke down and pressed “play” on my TiVo… All I can say is that it was more than disappointing.
Jack has a conversation with Agent Walker about how he tries to save people because, in a way, he hopes he can save himself . This introduces the idea of “self-salvation” to the 24 season that continues on to Jack’s death bed. (Or is it? Kim — surprise! — decides to try the experimental adult stem cell surgery that could save his life.)
Jack is having pangs of conscience because he’s done so many “bad” things in life. Whom does he call? The Muslim imam whom he’d previously accused of having terrorist sympathies. Does the imam come in and explain how the Quran emphatically explains there is a Day of Judgment on which God will decide the fate of each person according to their deeds? The Quran states:
But those who disbelieve say, “The Hour (i.e. the Day of Judgment) will not come to us.” Say, “Yes, by my Lord, it will surely come to you. [God is] the Knower of the unseen.” … He may reward those who believe and do righteous deeds. Those will have forgiveness and noble provision. But those who strive against Our verses [seeking] to cause failure (i.e. to undermine their credibility) – for them will be a painful punishment of foul nature. (Quran, 34:3-5)
Nope. This wasn’t mentioned. (Not that I regret that 24 didn’t delve into Islam.)
Had Jack gone nuts and called a Christian pastor, priest, or reverend, he would’ve heard about the bad news of the gospel (that he is, in deed, guilty of grave sin against God) and then the good news (Jesus paid the price). But instead Jack calls in an imam… who doesn’t even get a chance to explain his own theology. It’s almost as if the show’s producers wanted to allay their critic’s fears — see, we aren’t just an extension of the FoxNews network. We’re the first “carbon neutral” television series, after all. Haven’t you noticed all our annoyingly ubiquitous public service ads? — but didn’t have the guts to finish the job.
Jack confesses his sins to him, and then… the imam offered the same advice Oprah Winfrey would’ve in a similar situation. He grabs Jack’s hand, closes his eyes in what looks like a prayer. However, “prayer” indicates you are praying to someone. The imam, however, just makes a statement. “Let us forgive ourselves.”
So now we know that 24:Redemption (the original 2 hour movie that started this whole mess) was referring to “self-redemption.” The whole wonderful season was cut off at the knees with some watered down narcissistic relativism.
In honor of 24′s awful finale, I think we should all say a prayer to ourselves and take a moment to learn a few songs that we can sing to ourselves if we ever feel down:
Final verdict? 24 should’ve stopped at 23 this season. Let’s hope the producers get it right next time.