What can I say about this episode? Not enough. It might sound trivial to call the finale of an animated Cartoon Network series creative genius, but this is without a doubt one of my favorite series finales of all time.
This episode and the entire lead up completely reward the viewers who have held on with the show through all the seasons. Even though these last two seasons have seemed to jump the shark, my expectations for them were easily exceeded.
But this finale gives you everything you want. It still cracks the same cheesy jokes and makes the same weird references that made you fall in love with the series. It returns many notable characters (Baby Ducks, Death, Gary, Giant Babies) that have become a staple in the series.
But this episode hits on an emotional level too. Like the more suspenseful and higher-stakes tone of the entire eighth season, this episode manages to make you feel sad, and happy through a very bittersweet end.
The whole dynamic of Pops vs Anti Pops paralleling the forever persistent battle of good vs evil make you feel attached to the story and characters in a way you have never felt prior. And the support of all the other characters in the show in the final battle just remind me of classic Regular Show.
One of the saddest parts of the entire episode is when Muscle Man cracks one last "my mom" joke before being erased from existence (albeit temporarily); while he has been a character I've always felt indifferent towards, it still amazes me how much I care when he's erased.
And of course the callbacks to previous works, like JG's original cartoons as well as the first episode "the power" really keep you satisfied till the very end.
But the ending, with Pops sacrificing himself is bittersweet, though absolutely perfect; we never think anything of him until the last season, but as it turns out he's the strongest character both mentally and physically.
His sacrifice makes everyone come to appreciate their life a lot more. The other characters' abilities to move on with their lives in spite of what they experienced in space and in spite of the fact that they haven't changed for the most part in seven years just shows that everyone in the show is three dimensional.
Everyone but Benson quits their job. Mordecai goes back to art school and moves on from Margaret and CJ deciding to settle down and commit with someone else and have kids; Rigby does the same but appears to live happily in the reversed role of stay-at-home dad. Muscle man and Starla raise a bunch of kids. High five ghost and Ceilia become DJs in Prague. Skips is a mechanic.
Best of all, Mordecai and Rigby, 25 years later, reminisce over what they were 25 years earlier and realize how stupid they were, going to show that even the most immature people can grow up. The bittersweet moment of Pops pulling the VHS reading "Regular Show" out of the VCR felt just about right. And hearing one last "Jolly Good Show!" was the perfect way to end the series.
So I've pretty much summarized the entire last episode in essay format. My point of all of this is just to say that this episode was the ultimate payout. Jolly Good Show!
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