in my opinion, LOST hasn't had a single moment that compares to any # of scenes from '24' and most LOST fans will tell you that the best scenes in the show ended after the S3 finale (which was pretty awesome).
ex: 24 - end of S1 - unreal. 1st ep of S2, first 15 minutes have your jaw dropped... there are so many others... a nuke exploding in the US? no way - but it happened on 24! killing presidents, killing anyone/everyone... 24 has simply had more "mind blowing" moments over the years imo. LOST has had some, but i feel that 24 has had more and better.
im with you here, i prefer 24 to LOST, i like both though for the reasons you mentioned. Its just a matter of opinion and taste really, i can understand why people prefer LOST, its more complex, the writing is better, less dumb sideplots, yada yada yada, but i prefer 24 for Jack Bauer (no character of LOST comes close to him in awesomeness) and also, the overall theme is a lot more appealing to me (real time, fight vs terrorists > sci-fi-life on a lonely island), i also liked LOST a lot more when it was "realistic" (not sci-fi i mean).
Can't believe we're two days away from the end. I'm gonna miss this show so bad, it made so many of my Mondays bearable in the past few years. I remember in the earlier seasons when we had a few college parties during the show and people did the damn it drinking game and all that. I can remember the shocked gasps and the shouts of "awesome" whenever someone died or when Jack got all badass. The rollercoaster ride 24 brought me on has been like no other. I've loved a lot of TV shows, but this one has probably had more impact on my life than any other.
I didn't think Jack would die preseason, but it seems like a pretty distinct possibility now. It doesn't seem like there's any way out of this really, even if the conspiracy gets out he's going to be ****ed.