After eight seasons of saving the world one day at a time (literally) CTU super-agent and unequivocal badass (and the one man you never want to see on the other side of an interrogation room — even if you are the one asking the questions) Jack Bauer signed off from Fox’s “24” last May. It was a thrilling, emotional ride that saw the very flawed hero (played with Emmy-winning charisma, anger and valor by Kiefer Sutherland) foil numerous nuclear threats and presidential assassination attempts, featured one ill-advised use of a cougar, and depicted a cornucopia of sad deaths (Tony Almeida), shocking resurrections (Tony Almeida) and vile villains (also Tony Almeida!). It immortalized the line, “Dammit, Chloe! There isn’t enough time!,” provided topical commentary on our world’s always shifting political backdrop and changed the way we think about serialized TV. In short, it was an awesome ride.
With the eight and final season — as well as the complete series — of “24” hitting DVD tomorrow (December 14), MTV News has scored an exclusive clip from the Season 8 DVD and Blu-ray bonus features. The clip, entitled “Goodbye,” offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the series’ last day of filming ever.
That final day on set saw Jack and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) facing off in a room, guns pointed at each other — and, as the producers note, really brought into focus the simple fact that the relationship between these two characters had become the driving force behind the show. The goodbyes caught on tape in this clip are teary to be sure… but they may not be final. After all, a big-screen “24” movie has long been on Sutherland and series co-creator Joel Surnow’s to-do list. And, if there’s one thing we’ve learned over eight seasons of “24,” it’s that it’s very hard to keep Jack Bauer from getting what he wants.