As the great John Cena has said many, many times: “Your time is up, my time is now”. You can say that this applies to our friend Tylor Tuskman, but it also applies to the fact that this is the last episode Monsters at Work has to offer in its initial season. It has been a ride full of ups (and some downs) that I’m glad I took part in. But the fact remains that there is an episode to review and sentiment to put aside. With that said, join me as I ask one more time, does this last episode live up to the standard of quality set before or does it fail in delivering? Let’s find out one last time (for now)…
Monsters at Work is back with its last new episode this week after an aggressively average episode last week. The season finale has finally arrived and with that, resolutions arrive with it. Not only that but there’s also interest to build if this show is actually getting a second season. Lastly, there are expectations to fulfill, meaning that this finale has a lot to work through. I’m thrilled to say Monsters at Work nailed the finale.
In this episode – titled “It’s Laughter They’re After” – Tylor (Ben Feldman) gets promoted to his dream job as a Jokester but feels torn about leaving MIFT. Laugh Power is threatened when Mike and Sulley are told they need to generate more power or they’ll get shut down. It was great to see Mike and Sulley back in the fold, seeing as they’ve been absent for a couple of episodes now.
Monsters at Work had a heartfelt last episode. From goodbyes to heart-to-heart talks, this episode really packed an emotional punch. It is very reminiscent of the last couple of minutes of Monsters, Inc. where it took a somber mood for long until it gave us one final smile. Seeing the journey of Tylor from where it came to where it ended was fulfilling. A classic story of not fitting in and adjusting yourself that was executed really well throughout the season. It’s not to say it was all down in spirit, it also featured its trademark humor sprinkled in throughout.
As a regular episode, it works really well. It does enough to make you want more while giving you a satisfying conclusion. I’ll definitely miss Duncan P. Anderson, as no monster has made me laugh like that goofball. If there’s anything this episode proved, it is that I still have emotions. With all that’s going on, it’s good to have a show like this remind you of that. That will always make me content and I hope it makes others as well with this emotional end.
Monsters at Work‘s initial season was pretty good. Mike and Sulley are nice to see and hear as always, but they aren’t really necessary as proven by the last few episodes. As I mentioned in my first review, the new characters were going to make or break this show for me. Thankfully, they were really good and had a great voice cast to back their performances. For a debut season, I would say it was a total success and I hope to see more of the MIFT crew in the future.
Overall, Monsters at Work‘s last episode is full of emotions everywhere. Whether it be laughter, sadness, or nostalgia, it had it all. It was a compelling end to what was a surprising debut season. If the show continues to build on the foundation it laid, I see no problem with it coming back for more. The little kid in me hopes it will be back because they succeeded in getting the laughter they were after. – Kenneth Colon
New episodes of Monsters at Work premiere Wednesdays on Disney+.
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