Will The Boondocks Really End Sunday Night?
This season of Aaron McGruder‘s award winning, satirical comic-turned-cartoon The Boondocks began on a bittersweet note. The promotional trailer opened with the words “The Final Season.” However, with only one episode to go, details on the truth in this statement as well as reasons for the departure of the hit series have been virtually nonexistent. To make matters worse, the network (Adult Swim) remains ambiguous as to whether or not we can all kiss Huey, Riley, and the gang goodbye.
For one thing, in the promos that have aired all week the upcoming and final episode is touted as a “season finale,” not a “series finale.” On top of that, BoondocksBootleg.com, described as the “official unofficial website of The Boondocks” and launched/approved by McGruder himself, has a thread that allows fans of the series to pitch ideas for new episodes for the series. Hit animated series Family Guy has employed this same tactic, so it may be that some of the ideas get used or that they at least provide starting points for episodes and story arcs for the series. At any rate, the series may not be over yet.
If we haven’t seen the last of The Boondocks, we have quite a few questions to mull over as we wait (for who knows how long) until the next season’s episodes are released. Why begin the trailer with those words if they weren’t true? Could this have been a warning to the network? Has an agreement been reached between the representatives of the creative interests vs. the commercial interests of the show?
If we indeed have seen the last of The Boondocks, we have a number of questions as well. Why did Huey take such a back seat in the final season of the show? Why allow hopeful fans to post episode ideas if there were no plans to use or incorporate any of them? Were the goals of the series all accomplished in a mere three seasons?
The season finale is entitled “It’s Going Down” and centers around an expected terrorist attack in Woodcrest with Huey as the main suspect.
From here, we’ll just have to tune in to see how the story that started on the campus of The University of Maryland will end… if it actually does.
At any rate, we have plenty of thought-provoking material to watch over and over again. From R. Kelly‘s trial and Grandad’s love affair with a prostitute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s disappointment with the passivity in our progress, from a brutally honest look back at the election of President Barack Obama to the merciless lampooning of Tyler Perry, McGruder has provided us with art of the highest value because it caused us to do what is often most difficult: go soul searching. With artwork, sketches and animations instead of live film, The Boondocks has turned the lens on us and allowed us to see ourselves clearly and completely. Although three seasons is far too soon, we remain grateful for the 30-minute nuggets of truth we’ve been afforded.
Having said that, we’re not fooled. We’ll be around for Season Four, whenever it drops. Until then, here’s to the good times in Woodcrest.
“It’s Going Down” will air Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. EST on Adult Swim.