As Jack Bauer’s final hour as a CTU agent came to a close, I couldn’t help but feeling an overwhelming sense of nostalgia wash over me. It helped to flush away the bitter taste left over from any disappointing seasons or episodes that the show produced over the last eight years and instead helped me to remember the show it should be remembered: as one of television’s greatest and influential dramas. “24” took an idea (each episode being an hour in a day) and turned it into a television show that combined cliffhangers, twists, turns, double agents, action sequences, moles, and an infectious tick-tock sound effect that acted as the segue way between the show and commercials. “24” grew better over time, and while some shows lose their popularity over time by sticking too closely to a format, “24” remained watchable even when it was considered mediocre. Fortunately for the show, a mediocre season of “24” was better than the best season of some other shows, and it’s final season, which was frustrating at times and brilliant at others, ended on a surprisingly quiet note. There was still plenty of great action scenes, and we got to see Jack Bauer doing what Jack Bauer does best: killing terrorists, getting justice, and just being an overall bad-ass. However, the final scene of the show decided to trade in a game-changing cliffhanger for some subtle yet emotional character development. While it may not have been the perfect series finale, it was still great and reminded us of everything “24” does good.