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The Colbert Report “Series Finale” Review

19 Dec

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“That was FUN!”

For nine years and 1447 episodes, Stephen Colbert crafted one of the greatest television characters in TV history. However, when he looks at the camera at the end of the series finale and exclaims “That was FUN!”, there is no difference between Colbert the character and Colbert the person; he truly means it, and as an audience, I’m sure we can all agree that that statement is 100% accurate. It has been a blast to watch this extremely brilliant political satirist do his thing four nights a week, and his closing half hour is a bittersweet, beautiful, and simply perfect end to the show.

The episode begins with some light banter between Colbert and Stewart, as always, and as it progresses, we’re reminded of exactly why we love this show. We get one final “The Wørd” segment, Stephen ends up killing Grimmy in a “Cheating Death” segment, and at the end, an eclectic group of celebrities comes together for a rousing rendition of Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”. It’s a testament to the incredible influence the show has had in all aspects of society, and it’s only fitting that these people all come together to send Mr. Colbert off into the night.

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In the end, whether your fondest memory is of the Super PAC or the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear or the branded ice cream flavor or the formidable opponent debates or the WristStrong bracelets or the bears or the wonderful guest interviews or the Election Night coverage or the time he ran for President or the scathingly brilliant speech at the Correspondents’ Dinner, what it ultimately comes down to is appreciation of a comedic genius’s body of work. His show premiered at a perfect time, at a time during which “truthiness” was the status quo for our national affairs, and this was a comedy show written with that idea as its bedrock. The brilliance of The Colbert Report was derived from its eerie similarity to the media surrounding it, to the methods used by the administration at the time, and those who understood the humor understood the very relevant context. On top of the political satire, Colbert also managed to create one of the most hilarious and lovable characters on television, and he maintained that for nine straight years.

And so, Nation, as I say goodbye to Stephen Colbert, I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. His final address to the Colbert Nation is a perfect encapsulation of everything that the show is about, and as he flies off with Alex Trebek and Santa and a Captain America shield, he leaves behind a studio full of indelible memories and laughs and, at the end, tears. I salute you, Stephen. In the words of Jon Stewart, “Thanks for the report.”

I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.

GRADE: A

SERIES GRADE: A

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OTHER THOUGHTS:

-Colbert did get his Emmys:

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-In case you haven’t read it already, check out this interview with Allison Silverman, Colbert’s first head writer:

http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/colbert-report-first-head-writer-remembers-allison-silverman.html?mid=twitter_vulture

-Here’s a compilation of Colbert breaking character:

-Here’s the Correspondents’ Dinner speech again, because it’s amazing:

The palpable tension in the room is the best part of it all.

-Here’s the “We’ll Meet Again” segment:

-Colbert’s explanation for why he pronounces it “Coal-bear” will always be wonderful.

-That’s Neutral Milk Hotel over the credits.

-A list of some of the celebrities there: Big Bird, Katie Couric, Danny Sullivan, Ken Burns, James Franco, Cookie Monster, Charlie Rose, Andy Cohen, Patrick Stewart, Ariana Huffington, Mandy Patinkin, Pussy Riot, Mike Huckabee, Dan Savage, Nate Silver, Mark Cuban, Keith Olbermann, Howard Stern, Elijah Wood, Alan Alda, George Lucas, Bob Costas, Vince Gilligan, Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, Bryan Cranston, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Henry Kissinger, J.J. Abrams, Smaug the Dragon, Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Barry Manilow, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Willie Nelson.

-Favorite moments from the show? Quotes? Guests? Share below.

-Good luck to Larry Wilmore. As for Colbert, I’m sure he’s going to be fantastic as host of the Late Show. He certainly deserves it.

Photo credit: Comedy Central, The Colbert Report

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3 Responses to “The Colbert Report “Series Finale” Review”

  1. Mel December 19, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    My favorite was the end of the last Formidable Opponent segment it had two of my favorite moments. With Stephen saying fuck you to Bill O’Rielly and the last part when his conservative half fades away. (I nearly cried)… Now here it is your moment of zen.

  2. Hepburn3 December 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    I will mos def miss the Colbert Report because it was wonderfully witty, funny, spot on and it had Stephen Colbert. He is going to be stellar as the new host of Late Night!
    This is my favourite scene. 🙂 Sums him up and it kills me!
    http://sandandglass.tumblr.com/post/105342970332

  3. CMrok93 December 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    I’ll forever miss the Colbert Report. However, I’m excited to see what happens next with Colbert on CBS. Ought to be interesting. Nice review.

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