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(Huffington Post)   Simpsons showrunner offers up an idea for the final episode. We go back to the beginning, because life is like a continuous loop. A donut of life, as it were. Covered in rainbow sprinkles of change. Mmmm, rainbow sprinkled donuts... *drools*   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 148
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2014-08-25 08:15:48 AM  
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2014-08-25 08:25:40 AM  
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2014-08-25 08:30:14 AM  
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2014-08-25 08:46:38 AM  
I'd rather see the last episode being shown to Tracey Ullman and having her say "It's not very good, is it. It'd never work."
briankrobertsdirector.com
 
2014-08-25 09:41:31 AM  
Isn't that basically how Futurama ended? Reach the end and then go back to the beginning?
 
2014-08-25 09:50:37 AM  
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/and then Homer wakes up next to Suzanne Pleshette
 
2014-08-25 10:35:15 AM  
ashtonsteeledotcom.files.wordpress.com

Gee... wherever could they have gotten that idea?
 
2014-08-25 11:20:16 AM  

ArkAngel: [ashtonsteeledotcom.files.wordpress.com image 474x266]

Gee... wherever could they have gotten that idea?


Except they didn't go back "to the beginning," they just went back to a point in time before Professor Farnsworth invented the button. They're not at all analogous.
 
2014-08-25 11:22:51 AM  

ArkAngel: [ashtonsteeledotcom.files.wordpress.com image 474x266]

Gee... wherever could they have gotten that idea?


that
That was the second greatest ending of a TV series ever.

This one still edges it out, only because it was entirely unexpected

tvseriesfinale.com
 
2014-08-25 12:00:34 PM  

kronicfeld: ArkAngel: [ashtonsteeledotcom.files.wordpress.com image 474x266]

Gee... wherever could they have gotten that idea?

Except they didn't go back "to the beginning," they just went back to a point in time before Professor Farnsworth invented the button. They're not at all analogous.


I thought Farnsworth invented the button in the first episode (as far as timelines are concerned).
 
2014-08-25 12:01:22 PM  
Mmm...finale donut...
 
2014-08-25 12:05:37 PM  
The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.
 
2014-08-25 12:10:51 PM  
Just before Calvin & Hobbes ended, there was a long article about the strip and what it meant, along with the author's suggestion of how it "should" end:

Calvin is doing whatever he does (plot world domination using an army of miniaturized snowmen), when he asks Hobbes a question. Hobbes doesn't respond. Calvin looks at him, and "sees" what everyone else sees in Hobbes - a stuffed tiger. Calvin says "Huh", and walks out of frame.

I think if you try and make the last episode into something like that, you run the risk of "it was all a dream!"-ing the audience, making them hate you a little. The other side of that coin is The Sopranos, where if you just try and END it, no one is happy.

Personally, after 600+ episodes when all is said and done (anyone think they can make it to 1,000?), I'd prefer it if it was just another episode. There are episodes that end with digs at the viewers, Fox, and everything else, so why not take the last chance and take another shot at the audience without making the whole episode some soggy love-letter?
 
2014-08-25 12:16:19 PM  

Jenny Piccolo: The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.


Aw, I was hoping to be Weeners that.
 
2014-08-25 12:17:04 PM  

Lumbar Puncture: Jenny Piccolo: The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.

Aw, I was hoping to be Weeners that.


I really should've seen that filter block coming.
 
2014-08-25 12:18:35 PM  
But this time Homer has Lenny's horn to help him in his travels.
 
2014-08-25 12:18:37 PM  
A lone a last a loved a long the
 
2014-08-25 12:21:25 PM  
No matter what they do, it has to be better than the Lost finale
 
2014-08-25 12:21:45 PM  
There was an ending.

It was called "The Simpsons Movie".
 
2014-08-25 12:22:21 PM  
I think they should just kill Brian again and leave him dead this time.
 
2014-08-25 12:25:57 PM  

Felgraf: There was an ending.

It was called "The Simpsons Movie".


I'm okay with this.

I remember reading somewhere that the success or failure of the movie would determine the future for the show. If the movie bombed, they would begin to think about the end game for the show. If it succeeded (which it did), then Groening would keep the show going until it crashed and burned into the ground.
 
2014-08-25 12:27:11 PM  
Simpsons did it.
 
2014-08-25 12:27:45 PM  

The Dynamite Monkey: I think they should just kill Brian again and leave him dead this time.


Well, there is that crossover episode coming up.
 
2014-08-25 12:28:23 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Just before Calvin & Hobbes ended, there was a long article about the strip and what it meant, along with the author's suggestion of how it "should" end:

Calvin is doing whatever he does (plot world domination using an army of miniaturized snowmen), when he asks Hobbes a question. Hobbes doesn't respond. Calvin looks at him, and "sees" what everyone else sees in Hobbes - a stuffed tiger. Calvin says "Huh", and walks out of frame.

I think if you try and make the last episode into something like that, you run the risk of "it was all a dream!"-ing the audience, making them hate you a little. The other side of that coin is The Sopranos, where if you just try and END it, no one is happy.

Personally, after 600+ episodes when all is said and done (anyone think they can make it to 1,000?), I'd prefer it if it was just another episode. There are episodes that end with digs at the viewers, Fox, and everything else, so why not take the last chance and take another shot at the audience without making the whole episode some soggy love-letter?


I believe the count on this marathon is 552, and it's supposed to be every episode...
 
2014-08-25 12:30:17 PM  

ArkAngel: [ashtonsteeledotcom.files.wordpress.com image 474x266]

Gee... wherever could they have gotten that idea?


I loved how the original airing of the last episode, Comedy Central didn't air the end credits for it, and with no commercials, it rolled right from the last episode to the first episode seamlessly.
 
2014-08-25 12:33:41 PM  

NeoCortex42: The Dynamite Monkey: I think they should just kill Brian again and leave him dead this time.

Well, there is that crossover episode coming up.


"Uh oh, I smell another cheap cartoon crossover."

/Funnier because they advertised the FG crossover episode during The Critic crossover episode
 
2014-08-25 12:34:43 PM  

cretinbob: ArkAngel: [ashtonsteeledotcom.files.wordpress.com image 474x266]

Gee... wherever could they have gotten that idea?

that
That was the second greatest ending of a TV series ever.

This one still edges it out, only because it was entirely unexpected

[tvseriesfinale.com image 355x288]


That was the second greatest ending of Futurama, still not better than Devil's Hands, if only because Seymour had died after waiting a lonely lifetime with that knowledge of continuity.
 
2014-08-25 12:35:49 PM  

RoxtarRyan: ArkAngel: [ashtonsteeledotcom.files.wordpress.com image 474x266]

Gee... wherever could they have gotten that idea?

I loved how the original airing of the last episode, Comedy Central didn't air the end credits for it, and with no commercials, it rolled right from the last episode to the first episode seamlessly.


I loved how Comedy Central never properly syncs their start and end times with Tivo, so I've never seen the end of the last episode of Futurama.
 
2014-08-25 12:36:26 PM  
"Your theory of a donut-shaped universe is intriguing... I may have to steal it."
 
2014-08-25 12:41:40 PM  
Simpception!
 
2014-08-25 12:43:19 PM  
As much as I'd hate to see it end, I would also hate for it to continue to decline in quality until its just a bad satire of itself.
 
2014-08-25 12:43:25 PM  

Trainspotr: A lone a last a loved a long the


riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

Came here to say that
 
2014-08-25 12:44:30 PM  
The only way the Simpsons can end is with Homer inadvertaintly killing off most life on earth, issuing in a new ice age and the end to the rein of man.
 
2014-08-25 12:46:01 PM  

Saiga410: The only way the Simpsons can end is with Homer inadvertaintly killing off most life on earth, issuing in a new ice age and the end to the rein of man.


Oh I wish, I wish I hadn't killed that fish.
 
2014-08-25 12:46:23 PM  
The Simpsons once again trying to rip off Finnegans Wake.  For shame.
 
2014-08-25 12:47:50 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Saiga410: The only way the Simpsons can end is with Homer inadvertaintly killing off most life on earth, issuing in a new ice age and the end to the rein of man.

Oh I wish, I wish I hadn't killed that fish.


Quiet, you.
 
2014-08-25 12:49:00 PM  
WTF is a showrunner, and why should we care what some guy thinks?
 
2014-08-25 12:49:05 PM  
I know I will be pilloried for daring to have this opinion, but I'm OK with the show continuing on until...well I guess when Groening kicks the bucket.

Sure, its not the same show it was in seasons 1-3, or 4-7, whatever the die hard fans hold up as the "best" version of the show, but that doesn't mean it isn't a whole lot better than the other crap they put on TV.
 
2014-08-25 12:49:41 PM  

mcmnky: I loved how Comedy Central never properly syncs their start and end times with Tivo, so I've never seen the end of the last episode of Futurama.


Dude, screw TiVo. When I had cable, I used my Ceton InfiniTV 4 card to record up to 4 channels in HD at once. Never had problems with time syncs or the like. I don't have cable anymore, but still have the PCIe unit if you want to buy it. Records everything, including premium channels assuming you get them.

The only limit to recording is how big of a harddrive you have. No monthly fees (aside from what your provider charges, since they consider it an additional "cable box", but it is still less than what TiVo charges).
 
2014-08-25 12:53:26 PM  

Jenny Piccolo: The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.


This is why I want meet Stephen King, so I can shake his hand for the most epic 7 book troll ever! Ka is a wheel, classic...
 
2014-08-25 12:53:40 PM  

cretinbob: ArkAngel: [ashtonsteeledotcom.files.wordpress.com image 474x266]

Gee... wherever could they have gotten that idea?

that
That was the second greatest ending of a TV series ever.

This one still edges it out, only because it was entirely unexpected

[tvseriesfinale.com image 355x288]


i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-25 01:00:47 PM  
C'mon. Just kill the Simpsons at this point. There's no reason for it to still be around.
 
2014-08-25 01:02:08 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: I know I will be pilloried for daring to have this opinion, but I'm OK with the show continuing on until...well I guess when Groening kicks the bucket.

Sure, its not the same show it was in seasons 1-3, or 4-7, whatever the die hard fans hold up as the "best" version of the show, but that doesn't mean it isn't a whole lot better than the other crap they put on TV.


Nah I agree with you.
 
2014-08-25 01:04:22 PM  

RexTalionis: C'mon. Just kill the Simpsons at this point. There's no reason for it to still be around.


Groening wanted to replace Simpsons with Futurama initially. Sad that never came to pass.
 
2014-08-25 01:04:27 PM  

Marshall Willenholly: WTF is a showrunner, and why should we care what some guy thinks?


A showrunner is someone who runs a show. And no1currr if you're interested or not.
 
2014-08-25 01:07:00 PM  
Last episode....

Old man Jasper walks around town with sign 'The End Is Near'. Similarly, Ned Flanders warns Homer to "prepare for the end". (Some public announcement about an eminent disaster), with all of the town eventually fleeing, but the Simpsons stay behind as the only people left mostly out of Homer's relaxed attitude/ignorance.

Marge worries and tries to convince Homer, along with Bart, to flee like the rest. Homer and Bart use their last hours to engage in antics and pranks, while Lisa philosophizes about meaning/existence. Marge eventually stops trying to convince they leave/sticks with Homer.

When 'the end' starts, everything starts going backward with a traveling/sucking sound (dramatic violins, etc.), their voices are slowed as the family appears to be sucked into a black hole...graphics and moments from past episodes whiz by for several minutes...at the very end is nothing.

The Simpsons are the only thing visible, standing in darkness. Homer says, "Hey, this is not so bad...let me just grab a beer...wait, THERE'S NO BEER IN NOTHINGNESS?!" [lets out a short scream] Then the black hole/sucking sounds start again and they disappear/fade to black...

Shot of traveling in galaxies fades in, then our solar system...then approaching earth...then down to Matt Groening's home town when he was a boy...then (real-life) shot of classroom...

...then teacher holding Matt's ear and saying "Don't you ever draw these stupid drawings in my class...do you hear me young man?!"

Matt sighs, "Worst...class...ever."
Teacher "What was that?!"
Matt: "I said, yes, ma'am."

Teacher continues to rant/her voice fades into distance..

Close up of Matt staring at crumpled paper of drawing at top of garbage can.

Matt (quietly): "d'oh."

End.
 
2014-08-25 01:07:24 PM  

Mikey1969: Dr Dreidel: Personally, after 600+ episodes when all is said and done (anyone think they can make it to 1,000?), I'd prefer it if it was just another episode. There are episodes that end with digs at the viewers, Fox, and everything else, so why not take the last chance and take another shot at the audience without making the whole episode some soggy love-letter?

I believe the count on this marathon is 552, and it's supposed to be every episode...


Currently it's at 552, and IIRC they're under contract for more seasons. Suffice to say, I'm expecting that they top 600 before all is said and done.

// I'd like to see them top 1,000, just 'cause
// [Frink] Large numbers! With the zeroes, and the orders of magnitude, and approaching infinity, and GOOGOL-glayven...[/Frink]
 
2014-08-25 01:08:02 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: I know I will be pilloried for daring to have this opinion, but I'm OK with the show continuing on until...well I guess when Groening kicks the bucket.

Sure, its not the same show it was in seasons 1-3, or 4-7, whatever the die hard fans hold up as the "best" version of the show, but that doesn't mean it isn't a whole lot better than the other crap they put on TV.


I sort of think the same thing. I mean sure the current episodes aren't as great as some of the classic seasons, but no other show on tv right now is that good either, so I am ok with that. The episodes on right now usually make me laugh, and my 3 year old likes them. I really think though the show will be done when a main cast member dies. I mean most of them are in their 50's and 60's (although Harry Shearer is 70). Marsha Wallace was 70 when she died last year, and she only did the voice for Mrs. Krabappel. If they were to lose Shearer or Azaria or one of the cast members who plays a family member they would be done.  I guess Groening too, although I am not sure how much input he still has on the show.
 
2014-08-25 01:08:55 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: I know I will be pilloried for daring to have this opinion, but I'm OK with the show continuing on until...well I guess when Groening kicks the bucket.

Sure, its not the same show it was in seasons 1-3, or 4-7, whatever the die hard fans hold up as the "best" version of the show, but that doesn't mean it isn't a whole lot better than the other crap they put on TV.


The idea of a world without The Simpsons plodding along, whether edgy or not, just seems empty and sad to me.
 
2014-08-25 01:12:43 PM  

RoxtarRyan: mcmnky: I loved how Comedy Central never properly syncs their start and end times with Tivo, so I've never seen the end of the last episode of Futurama.

Dude, screw TiVo. When I had cable, I used my Ceton InfiniTV 4 card to record up to 4 channels in HD at once. Never had problems with time syncs or the like. I don't have cable anymore, but still have the PCIe unit if you want to buy it. Records everything, including premium channels assuming you get them.

The only limit to recording is how big of a harddrive you have. No monthly fees (aside from what your provider charges, since they consider it an additional "cable box", but it is still less than what TiVo charges).


Have life time service on Tivo, so might as well keep it until the hardware dies.

And I'm not sure how changing hardware solves the issue of shows not keeping to the schedule provided NY the channel.
 
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