Today, we finally conclude our discussion of Tenacious D’s “Post-Apocalypto” mini-series. It’s been a long and oftentimes frustrating journey, I know. After watching this last episode, however, I’m comfortable with the way things ended. It could have gone much worse, and I appreciate the willingness on Tenacious D’s part to tie things up in a pinch.
Last episode, our heroes dove into politics and social justice by infiltrating the White House and killing tons of Nazi’s. They accomplished part of their mission by killing the Gorgon, and obtaining the Crystal of Gilgamesh, with some help from Robot. We ended with our heroes boarding Air Force One, and heading off to Egypt to complete their mission, and save the world.
Chapter 6 – “Home”
In this episode, we join our heroes as they’re flying into Egypt on Air Force One. Once they land at the Pyramids, Robot guides them to a brick which opens up into an Egyptian tomb. Jack and Kyle follow Robot into the tomb, and there they see a pedestal made for the Crystal.
After they place the Crystal down, the two get an unexpected surprise. Jack’s son from the future has been waiting all along. He snatches the Crystal up, and explains how he set the whole thing up so that he could use the power of the crystal to conquer the world, and then the galaxy. Apparently, he was so resentful of not having a father, that he promises to torture and kill both Kyle and Jack. Then he sings a little song to drive his point home.
Song – “JB Jr. Rap”
JB Jr.’s rap is mostly providing context and history for the history. Other than that, he mostly just flaunts his new power. It’s the equivalent of the evil villain monologue, except with auto tune and sick beats.
Just as JB Jr. finishes his song, the pyramid bursts open, and the cave women from episode two are there to save the day. They come riding in on a penis-shaped dragon, and sing a quick metal song to declare their attack.
And who else is there, but Conchita, the woman Jack fell in love with, and JB Jr.’s birth mother. She comes in carrying a young JB Jr., and upon seeing himself as a baby, JB Jr.’s mind breaks, and the paradox ruptures the space-time continuum. Jack, Kyle, Robot, and the whole world are sucked into the swirling green vortex as time and space adjust to the paradox.
Suddenly, Jack and Kyle are back in their apartment. They’re playing video games, as if the whole thing never happened. After wondering if it was all a dream, they hear their landlord at the door again. This time they answer it, and end up making friends with their landlord, on the condition that they’ll all jam together. Also, turns out the landlord has a dog named Hope, who he lends to Jack and Kyle for the afternoon.
Our last shot of the series is of Jack, Kyle and Hope walking outside. But that’s not quite the end. A narrator chimes in here, and gives us some closure, along with the information that aliens have been watching the entire story unfold.
“There is still hope for humanity, so long as The D still have a contract with Sony Records, the world will survive.”
Overall, I think this episode brought a satisfactory ending to the wild romp of a story we’ve had so far. If the first three episodes had maintained the same level of continuity as the last three, “Post-Apocalypto” might be worthy of more praise than I’m currently inclined to give it.
But as I’m thinking back over each chapter, I suppose that honestly, only one real edit is needed (other than cutting out all the crude jokes and sex scenes). The story could do without Chapter 3 – “Space”. At its best, this episode is a one-off adventure that serves the story only to foreshadow the Robot in the last scene. Everything with Musk and the space station was resolved pretty quickly, and didn’t have any lasting repercussions. I’d much rather have seen a first encounter with Trump or the KKK, building more tension to Episode 5.
Still, I was glad to see a nice resolution that still felt like it was coming from Jack Black and Kyle Gass. “Post-Apocalypto” isn’t that great of a story, but it’s at least not a complete waste of time.
To close up our discussion and get a different angle, we’ll follow up with a final review of “Post-Apocalypto”, the album.