Carter's wild day comes to an eventful close.
The 24 clock may have just ticked for the last time.
And if that’s the case, let’s pour one out for a once revolutionary and great franchise. Over 8 seasons, a miniseries, and a reboot, 24 gave us a legendary TV action hero, a cougar joke involving Elisha Cuthbert on Happy Endings, and an Emmy-winning fifth season.
There were a lot of terrible, recycled plotlines, but there were just as many ridiculously awesome moments. Unfortunately, Legacy, which has not yet been renewed or axed, far too often fell into the former. With a new hero and an entire new ensemble (minus Tony), the reboot reverted to old tricks, almost always failing to replicate the perfect blend of crazy and entertaining that 24 had made into an art form. It’s hard to say if Legacy‘s struggles were a result of casting, writing, fans having tired of the 24 tropes, or a combination of all three.
Now, there were some positives to the Corey Hawkins-led series. The Straight Outta Compton star faced an uphill battle replacing Jack Bauer and while the show didn’t always do him justice, Eric Carter eventually served as a suitable Bauer stand-in. Initially on the sidelines, Jimmy Smits proved to be the Legacy standout, demonstrating in this finale why you hire Emmy-winner Jimmy Smits.
One of the highlights of the show should have been the return of Tony Almeida, but, other than showing that this is the same 24 universe, the good guy-turned-bad guy-turned-good guy-turned-I-lost-track guy was wasted. After his share of face-offs with Bauer, Tony does at least get one showdown with Carter.
Legacy‘s season finale kicks off with Carter and Ara (Naseri’s daughter) bracing for the armed arrival of Tony and crew. While Carter manages to take out a few of Tony’s lackeys, the two men soon engage in an all-out brawl. Just as Carter appears to emerge victorious, having broken Tony’s arm, Sidra and her gun join the party. Not scared by threats of shooting his kneecap, Carter refuses to divulge where Ara is hiding. Luckily for him and his knee, Tony gets a call from… JOHNNY D! Donovan updates his former romantic rival on the idea of a swap: Ara for Rebecca. Without giving an answer, Tony hangs up. Terrible phone etiquette. He does showcase better real life etiquette, giving Carter the go-ahead to take the girl and make the deal.
Carter may have the little girl, but he’s got one big problem: They don’t know how to contact Naseri. The urgency only increases when Khalid goes live with his broadcast of Rebecca. Going out on a limb and guessing this won’t be a romantic comedy. Yep, definitely a public execution. It’s all good, though, because Ara pulled a total ’90s move and memorized her dad’s phone number!
Despite the fact that it’s kind of rude to answer during the boss’ big show, Naseri picks up. After briefly letting Ara talk, Carter takes the phone and, in exchange for Rebecca, offers to send Ara to her family in Yemen. If Prison Break is any indication, sending her to Yemen right now might not be the best idea. Before answering, Naseri hangs up. What is up with all these people leaving us hanging about their decisions? Really selling that he might kill Rebecca, Naseri holds a knife to her throat, only to then kill all of his comrades, except a shocked Khalid. “Alright Mr. Carter, we will finish this conversation,” Naseri says right into the camera. I mean, you could just call the guy back.
What follows is mostly exposition. Here’s the summary to save us all time: Rebecca takes responsibility for kidnapping Ara, Carter must meet Naseri alone, Carter will try to kill Naseri and Khalid after saving Rebecca, and Ara will be brought to the Jordanian embassy.
After killing some time, Carter arrives for his rendezvous with Naseri. Once the terrorist sees his daughter safely at the embassy, he allows Rebecca to head toward Carter. Unfortunately, Naseri did a terrible job of securing his boss, as Khalid comes up firing, taking down his own man and Rebecca, who jumps in front of Carter. Upon dispatching with Khalid, Carter tends to Rebecca. She looks in rough shape and keeps calling for John. With an ambulance on the way to his wife, John gets word and heads to the hospital, leaving behind a panicked and gun holding Simms.