Well, I will say this...when 24 does it right, it really does it right. Sure, much of this season has been "idiot-plot" ridiculous, but tonight's two-hour episode was as good as anything I've seen on the show, since we started watching in Season 4.
The mid-season "almost climax" has become a tradition on the show, and tonight's was the best yet. Whether the rest of the season matches up is an open question, and there are still plenty of idiotic family members to dispense with. But it's good to know that the show can still be great entertainment, when it puts its mind to it.