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"A Regular Epic Final Battle" is the three part special and the twenty-seventh episode in Season 8 (and two hundred and forty-fourth and final episode overall), it serves as the series finale of Regular Show. It first aired on January 16, 2017.

It is composed of three 11 minute segments.

Synopsis

Part 1:An epic final battle begins. 

Part 2:An epic final battle comes to its dramatic conclusion, and the fate of the universe is decided. 

Part 3:It all begins in the first episode

Plot

A Regular Epic Final Battle Part 1:

The park crew arrives at Lolliland, the birthplace of Pops and Anti-Pops. They meet a group of Lolliland natives: Frivola-Kranus, Quadravi-Kranus and Weird Mushroom Guy. The natives explain Pops and Anti-Pops are really named Mega-Kranus and Malum-Kranus, respectively. The natives show the park crew ancient tapestries of the previous battles between Pops and anti-Pops, which detail prior incarnations of the park crew fighting alongside Pops.

Knowing that all of the prior battles have ended in a stalemate (resulting in the universe resetting), Mordecai comes up with the plan of setting traps for anti-Pops to give Pops an upper hand which he didn't have in previous battles.

After Anti-Pops arrives in an Uber-like taxi, Pops tries to convince him not to fight due to them being brothers. Anti-Pops refuses, and attacks Pops, but is caught in the traps laid by the park crew. The victory is short-lived however, as Anti-Pops easily escapes the traps.

A Regular Epic Final Battle Part 2: 

To ensure the survival of his friends, Pops makes a deal with Anti-Pops: whoever lands the first blow in battle gets to decide the fate of the universe. Pops successfully injures Anti-Pops, whom breaks the deal and continues the fight.

Meanwhile, the park crew, HD DVD, Blu-ray, the Baby Ducks, Toothpick Sally, Recap Robot, Chance Sureshot (whose prior "death" is revealed to be that of a clone), the Guardians of Eternal Youth, Gary Death, Carter and Briggs, Party Horse 42699, and the Guardian of Lolliland fight against Anti-Pops's minions and Streaming Modem.

Sureshot successfully kills the minions by shooting their ship to the elbow of the Guardian of the Lolliland. The heroes transform with the baby ducks into the final form of Hyperduck and almost obliterated Streaming. HD DVD and Blu-ray unlock their destructive weapon named 5.1 surround shockwave and it sends Streaming to the ground, killing him. Pops punches Anti-Pops away, as he sees his no-good brother disappear.

However, Anti-Pops unlocks his titan form and begins erasing Lolliland. Muscle Man and Hi Five Ghost try to escape, but get hit with an erasing beam. Muscle Man says his final "my mom" joke and high-fives Hi Five Ghost, before they both get killed by the beam. Witnessing the death of his friends, Pops becomes so angry that he unlocks his titan form. Anti-Pops erases everyone but Mordecai, Rigby and Pops. The brothers are about to collide fists before Mordecai remembers that this is what causes the reset of the universe, he attempts to stop it by flying in between them but is unable to eject, therefore causing the supposed end of the universe and seemingly killing Mordecai and Rigby.

Part 3 (The Power):

The episode begins the same way as the first episode of the series, including its title sequence. While fighting with the doll of Beef Burrito, Rigby gets a strange sense of deja vu and remembers all past events from the show. Mordecai doubts that Rigby can see into the future, so Rigby proves it by bringing him outside and digging up the futuristic Blu-Ray boxset from "Cheer Up Pops. Although still doubtful, Mordecai remembers the events of the entire series simply by touching the boxset.

Looking around, Mordecai realizes that his co-workers are not present in the universe, and soon Mordecai and Rigby discover their interference with the reset caused a glitch in time. Hopeful that they still have the chance to help Pops to save the universe, they use The Power to reach the end of the universe once again. In the battle, Pops is knocked back to "The Naive Man from Lolliland" student film. He escapes and dodges giant letters that form "Regular Show", and tries to save Rigby but is knocked back by a giant swarm of Adhesive Notes. Mordecai's surroundings are turned into a storyboard, and Rigby turns into more adhesive notes. Anti-Pops describes this as describes as "the fabric of reality unravelling". To save Mordecai and Rigby from another blow from Anti-Pops, Pops launches himself into his brother, hugging him, which shrinks Anti-Pops from his titan form to his regular form. Pops realizes the only way he can save the universe from being erased is by sacrificing himself along with his brother by flying into the Sun. Distraught with himself, Anti-Pops finds remorse for his actions and they both die, finally two brothers made with each other peace, undoing everything damaged and reviving everyone Anti-Pops had erased.

After having spent 3 years in space, the park crew lands the dome back on Earth. They then reunite with their friends and families, including Muscle Man meeting his three year old daughter. Rigby and Eileen share their first proper on-screen kiss, and Mordecai notices Mr. Maellard crying in the crowd, obviously grieving over the loss of his son. A memorial service for Pops is seen with a monumental statue commemorating his sacrifice.

Sometime later, we see Mordecai and Rigby part ways as they quit their jobs at the Park. Over the next 25 years, Mordecai goes on to work as an abstract artist, and Rigby settles down with Eileen and has two children with her. Benson continues to manage the Park, and has got back together with Pam. Skips too continues to work at the Park. Muscle Man and Starla go on to have five more children. Hi Five Ghost and Celia go on to become successful DJs in Prague, and they have a child together. Mordecai ends up finding the love of his life in Stef, a bat woman who also works as an artist. They have three children together. Mr. Maellard unfortunately passes away at some point during this time too.

25 years after leaving the Park, the gang gets back together for a reunion, and they take a group photo by Pops' statue, and a newly erected Mr. Maellard statue. Mordecai and Rigby reminisce about their time at the Park, before deciding to go and find the old arcade games from "Just Set Up the Chairs". They give one last "hmph-hmph!" and a final "OHHH!" before laughing at how juvenile they used to be. The screen goes static and is shown to be played on an old Hanatronic TV in some sort of afterlife, where we hear Pops' voice exclaiming "Jolly Good Show!", ending the episode and series.

Characters

Part 1 Credits

Part 2 & 3 Credits

Part 2 & 3 Credits (cont.)

Videos

Trivia

  • JG Quintel's other series, "Close Enough" was hinted in this episode when Sureshot mentioned one of his clones was "Close Enough Shot".
  • This episode reveals that the first seven seasons of "Regular Show" take place over the span of 6 years.
  • It is revealed that by the time of this episode, the Park Dome has been in space for three Earth years.
  • In the final montage, Mordecai is seen with three paintings, resembling CJ, Margaret, and Rigby.
  • Pops and Anti-Pops' real names are revealed to be Mega Kranus and Malum Kranus.
  • Chance Sureshot, Toothpick Sally, and Recap Robot are revealed to have survived their previous encounter with Anti-Pops in "Space Escape."
    • Chance reveals that he cloned himself in order to survive.
  • The shot of Pops hugging Anti-Pops in his Titan form was guest-animated by James Baxter, who has worked on films for Disney and DreamWorks Animation. To Cartoon Network viewers, James Baxter is best known for his guest animation/voice role of the fluidly animated James Baxter the Horse on Adventure Time from the episodes "James Baxter the Horse" and "Horse and Ball."
  • These are the futures of The Park workers:
    • Pops sacrifices himself to save the Universe and a statue of him is built within The Park in his honor.
    • Mordecai and Rigby leave The Park.
    • Mordecai becomes an abstract artist, marries a bat artist named Stef, and has three kids.
    • Rigby and Eileen get married and have two daughters.
    • Benson and Pam get back together, get married, and have three pet cats and Apple Sauce.
    • Skips still works at The Park, but now wears shorts instead of jeans.
    • Muscle Man and Starla have a daughter and many other kids.
    • Hi-Five Ghost and Celia get married, travel the world as famous DJs, and have a son.
    • Mr. Maellard dies, a statue of him is built next to Pops' in his honor, and Benson becomes the new owner of The Park.
  • The new workers at The Park are: a tree man, a hedgehog, a zebra, and a fat human guy.
  • The new park workers also resemble some of the main characters:
    • The zebra resembles Mordecai.
    • The hedgehog resembles Rigby.
    • The fat human guy resembles Muscle Man.
    • The tree man resembles Hi-Five Ghost.
  • This episode premiered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • It is still Unknown what happened to Toothpick Sally, Recap Robot, Chance Sureshot, Gary, Guardians of Eternal Youth, Carter & Briggs, Death, Party Horse, Baby Ducks, HD DVD, Blu-Ray, Loliland and Andy after Pops sacrifice himself to save the universe

Episode Connections

Pop Culture References

  • The song played during the montage at the end is the 1977 song, "Heroes" by David Bowie, who passed away over a year before this episode was aired.
  • The colors of one of the new park employees (the grey/pink hedgehog) resembles Boots the Monkey from the Nick Jr. TV Series Dora The Explorer, as well as resembling Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • The Lolliland anthem slightly resembles the Christmas carol "Oh Christmas Tree."
  • In Part 1, Anti-Pops orders his ship to move to warp-10, a loose reference to Star Trek's famous "warp-factor nine."
  • The app Anti-Pops uses to get to Lolliland is a reference to the app Uber.

Production Notes

  • This is the series finale of Regular Show.
  • Mordecai's wife, the female bat, was never given a name. During an AMA on Reddit with Matt Price and Calvin Wong, Matt gave her the name "Stef" because "JG loves Goonies so I'm going to say her name is Stef".[1]
  • Rigby and Eileen's children were never given names.[2] Neither were Mordecai, High Five Ghost, or Muscle Man's children.
  • Although Thomas was supposed to appear in the episode, the writers decided against it, seeing as the Thomas arc had officially ended on a good note. This makes Thomas one of the only characters not appearing in the finale. His last official appearance was during the Season 7 finale, Rigby's Graduation Day Special, having a brief cameo as he watched the dome launch into space.
  • Matt Price explained why Mordecai didn't end up with Margaret or CJ:
    • "We felt like the Margaret / CJ story was complete, and they were both on their own path already. We also felt like Mordecai had moved on in his life. He finally left the park to pursue art, and we thought it'd be cool if he met someone while doing that. But we love Margaret and C.J., and we're sure that they're happy without Mordecai! He was too wishy-washy with them!!"[3]
      • He also revealed what happened to Margaret and CJ in the future: " I imagine that Margaret has advanced in the new world, and she's currently traveling the world reporting on global events that finally get her out of town. She's definitely still friends with Eileen and keeps up with Mordecai. They still laugh about how weird their brief relationship was. C.J. moved on to play professional dodgeball, but she doesn't talk to any of them anymore."
  • This is one of the highest rated according IMDb episode Part 1 Being 9.9 Part 2 and 3 being 9.6

Goofs

  • In Part 1, during the scene where the Park Dome fires at Anti-Pops, Muscle Man isn't seen with the other park crew.
  • Colonel Rawls is credited, along with his voice actor, but did not make an actual appearance.

References

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