Maybe I've become immune to the shock of 24, but the finale was pretty ho-hum. Where have the "oh @#$#" days gone when Jack kills Chapelle or Palmer goes down in the first 10 minutes of the season? I know every episode can't be like that--and nothing will ever be like that first season with its shock value--but really, the writing has become formulaic. Granted, I enjoy the formula...but I miss those moments. Olivia was the new Sherry Palmer. Kim was kidnapped...again. Jack was forced to do something against his will. Moles moles moles! The finale did not feel finale-ish...it feels like we're going to pick right back up where we left off. Of course, we'll jump ahead and only learn by conjecture what has happened to Jack's trial, Olivia, the president's administration, and Alan Wilson.
Sorry, I don't mean to complain. I really did enjoy this season. The Tony thing doesn't really bother me now. Perhaps his story suffered from poor execution. (Like the Denny-ghost story in Grey's Anatomy.) Working for himself works out a lot better than making it seem like he was just "acting good" for the bad guys. He played both sides to get what he wanted...if that meant seeing through the horrible events of the day to get into the good graces of the top dog of the organization, then so be it.