Teen TV Critic

Seinfeld was hyped to go out with a bang. Instead it went out with a whimper.

By Vivian Rose

After viewing the long-anticipated, highly publicized final episode of Seinfeld, I was left staring blankly at the tube and thinking. . .That's it? It's not that the last episode wasn't humorous; I was just expecting something a little more. . .spectacular, I guess.

I don't claim to be Seinfeld's most devoted fan, but in the two hours before the final episode aired, I got a crash course in Seinfeld with "best memories" played from various previous episodes. By the time the final episode started, I was familiar with all the characters.

On the finale, Jerry finally gets his own show. (Apparently he did a pilot for NBC five years earlier, and the new president of the company decides he likes it.) So Jerry is off to California, but first he takes a vacation with his dear friends, Kramer, George, and Elaine, having been granted permission to use NBC's private jet. They all take off for Paris, but have to make an emergency landing in Massachusetts. While waiting for the jet to be checked for damage, they do some sightseeing.

And what a sight they see. A fat guy is robbed, and they stand around taping it and making disparaging remarks. "The thing about robbing a fat guy is that he can't really chase after you," cracks Elaine. "The robber's actually doing the guy a favor," adds George. "This way he'll have less money to buy food!" This proves to be the funniest bit of the episode.

After the incident, they are arrested and thrown in jail for breaking the "Good Samaritan" law, which makes it a crime not to help somebody in danger. Taken to court, they hire an amusing lawyer, and many witnesses are brought in to testify--against them. (From what I gather, these people appeared on earlier Seinfeld episodes, and all are still mad at either Jerry or one of his friends.)

The episode finally winds up with the troupe being hauled off to jail to serve a year's sentence. Despite that fact, once they are locked up again, they sit and chat amicably like nothing happened. I don't know if this was intended to be comical, but it didn't seem like much of an ending to me.

Think about it: these well-loved characters conclude their program and say goodbye to their many devoted fans as criminals? Does that make sense to you? Perhaps it's something that would only appeal to a longtime Seinfeld fan. As for me--I liked the clips from all the earlier shows better!

Totally Teen TV! is delighted to welcome Vivian Rose as a regular contributor. Best known for her daily film reviews on the popular Teen Movie Critic website, the Winslow, Arkansas native began her career at the age of 9 on a local radio show. Now 15, Vivian has been writing celebrity interviews for the Tampa Tribune for the past three years. She also reviews movies with adult anchor Steve Voorhies on the local CBS affiliate KFSM-TV in Fayetteville-Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

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