As Season 7 comes to an end, here are 10 ways we loved the year.
I sing to you of "24," Fox's gloriously preposterous television show, which comes crashing to its Season 7 close tonight, proving that love means never having to say you're sorry, even for a life devoted to torture.
Never mind that the whole all-in-a-single-day conceit is old and unnecessary or that the dialogue consistently makes "Scooby-Doo" look like Tennessee Williams. Forget all the ridiculous inconsistencies.
Put aside even the absurd image of a ruthless dictator with a doomsday weapon whose only goal is to take over some crap country called Sangala. (No sacks of gold bullion? No nuclear weapons? No "I'll take all the red states and 10 lifetime passes to DisneyWorld"? My God, man, what kind of tyrant are you?) Put all these niggling matters out of your mind because "24" is terrific television, this was a great season, and here are 10 reasons why.
-- Mary McNamara
Photo: Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer on "24."