I love the show...just starting watching it, believe it or not, this season.
As for last night's show, I too thought it was a bit of a "lull" - I guess from the previous episodes building up to next week's finish.
As I stated, I started watching the show this season...and then starting catching up, via Netflix, from Day One.
I've seen the first three seasons, or days, and to me, seasons 1 and 3 are the best so far.
I really liked Dennis Haysbert's character, and was sorry to see him killed off...although I guess he had to be so he could do more insrance commercials and start a show on another network!
And obviously, Jack Bauer has more lives than an entire kennel of cats...