'24' Season 8. Episode 14 Recap: Ethan's heart just wasn't in it!

Before I address tonight's exhilarating episode, attention must be paid to Friday's news about the show's series finale on May 24. The announcement wasn't necessarily a surprise, but it was bittersweet nonetheless; it's always sad when an old friend leaves our living room for good, and it could be a long time before we see another terrific anti-hero like Jack (or The Shield's Vic Mackey!) on our small screen.

I had the opportunity to chat with Kiefer Sutherland about the news, and while he seemed bummed about saying goodbye to the cast and crew that he's spent the last eight years with, he also tacitly acknowledged that the show was starting to show its age. 'The writers are writing the equivalent of 12 films a year, which is unheard of, and we agreed very strongly that doing a ninth would be potentially damaging,' he said. 'To use the metaphor of a building, (head writer) Howard Gordon is our basement, our foundation. So you have to kind of go with that' (for more of the interview, click here). Anyway, this will give Sutherland and Gordon a chance to focus on the feature film, so at least we have that to anticipate (and to cast!). Until then, let's go to the tape...

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