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Was anyone else disappointed with Season 3's ending? (SPOILERS)

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Let me just start by saying that while I haven't posted much, I love Sam and Max. Some episodes (S1E4, S1E5, and S2E4 especially) were just brilliant. I also loved Season 3.

Until I got to the ending that is.

I had two major problems with it.

1. Max went completely out of character. After Max has been built up as evil for the entire series, it's not believable that he would die just so Sybil wouldn't have to give birth outside of a hospital. I don't think Max would even care if Sybil died, honestly.

2. Girl Stinky died despite the fact that she's alive in the future. This was a pretty glaring plot hole.


The worst part about it though is that I can SEE a brilliant ending in Season 3. Had they not made those mistakes, I would want that to be the finale of everything Sam and Max, just because of how beautiful an ending it would have been.

#1 could have easily been fixed if it were Sam who Max died for instead of Sybil. Sam is the only person I think Max would die for, and it would still get across the point that Max isn't completely irredeemable.

So yeah, thoughts?

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  • not really u can gress from wat max says at the end of ep 5 where sam was the one that turned into the monster u can see its a different max

  • No it's the same Max from Season 2. They just diverged during the temporal split. Consider it like this: It's the exact same person (when talking about memories) up until about a year ago, when their memories change.

  • @ryannumber1gamer said: if u think about it he might of had something to do the plot of the penal zone because in ep 5 we see that super ego had a astro projection toy in max's brain and he could of used that to tell that skunkape was coming and anyway if the tumor was still in max it would have still blown up

    That sounds like you are refering to the powers of the future vision rather than the astral projector, the first tells the future and the second tells peoples memories and the memories of their ancesters (?).

  • okay, i compleatly agree with (ryannumber1gamer) because i do not like how they replaced max with another, even if it was a year ago it still isnt the same one and if he did come from a year ago then what the hell none of that would have happened because max was in the future with sam savy?

  • @Sausy Gibbon said: That sounds like you are refering to the powers of the future vision rather than the astral projector, the first tells the future and the second tells peoples memories and the memories of their ancesters (?).

    yes but if super ego is inside maxs mind he can use maxs powers which means he can still tell

  • @Sam+Max Furever said: okay, i compleatly agree with (ryannumber1gamer) because i do not like how they replaced max with another, even if it was a year ago it still isnt the same one and if he did come from a year ago then what the hell none of that would have happened because max was in the future with sam savy?

    yeah it is not the same max!!! it does not matter if there memorys r the same up to a year ago if sam turned into the monster does that mean that sam has the powers in that differnent universe that the new max come from and the thing that annoyed me most that this was my first telltale game i mean i played act 1 and 2 of wallace and gromit flight of the bumblebees when i got it on disc but my sister lost it =| but i never played a full episode of telltales game then i heard about sam and max when one of my favourite reviewers on youtube mentoned them then i made a telltale account but didnt buy any games yet so then on christmas day i got my ps3 and i got sonic adventure and some ps1 games then i played the demo of sam and max season 3 the penal zone and i loved the jokes and the gameplay in the demo so the next day or the next 2 days i got it on my ps3 and loved the episodes but inagine my anger and surprise after playin my first telltale season that i found out the max i enjoyed all 5 episodes DIED!!!! and then a new max just pops up i mean i think my ending would have suited all fans here and then i got season 1 and 2 and loved them and was more pissed off that max died and then i played tales of monkey island demo loved it and brought tales of monkey island and the rest is history but back on track ITS NOT THE SAME MAX!!! he came from a different universe hes not the same one! and heres a paradox if max didnt have his powers how did he not get brainwashed in sam and max save the world episode 1

  • Has Max ever been faced with Actual impending destruction as opposed to the chaotic expectation that there might be destruction?

    I think his last act there was his true nature. I feel there were always shades of being good - the animated start to the original game shows him helping out by destroying the bad guy, only to drive away and leave her tied up, not in danger but otherwise not helped any more than necessary.

    Whereas here he is in a perfect no-grey-area situation, he still helps as much as is necessary, it just means his destruction, and the real Max comes through just for that moment.

    Eh, then again, maybe not :D

  • I'm a tiny bit drunk and this is an anonymous forum, so let me embarrass myself. Played the games again, and I still love the ending. The way they have a brief, awkward pause, and then immediately get over it is brilliant writing.

    I read the comic books I had endlessly when I was younger, and when I first sparked an interest in comedy writing, I scanned over them tons of times to try and see what made me love it so much. One thing I noticed was how Sam and Max only actually care about something when it risks their ability to hang out together.

    Neither actually get bothered about the other getting hurt or maimed, but if it ends up preventing them from the status quo, that's when they start to care. Max wouldn't hesitate to shoot Sam, but if he died or even just gained other interests, the lagomorph'd probably be inconsolable. It's selfish and just a little sweet, and it makes their amusement at all the crime and danger a lot funnier, seeing them as three dimensional characters. They don't make quips cause they're cartoons, they do it cause they don't give a shit (especially Sam, who pretty clearly knows better)

    If there's a season 4, I imagine it'd be most in character that they never mention the time clone thing again, aside from a single handwaving remark. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

  • @lookingintoittoomuch said: I'm a tiny bit drunk and this is an anonymous forum, so let me embarrass myself. Played the games again, and I still love the ending. The way they have a brief, awkward pause, and then immediately get over it is brilliant writing.

    I read the comic books I had endlessly when I was younger, and when I first sparked an interest in comedy writing, I scanned over them tons of times to try and see what made me love it so much. One thing I noticed was how Sam and Max only actually care about something when it risks their ability to hang out together.

    Neither actually get bothered about the other getting hurt or maimed, but if it ends up preventing them from the status quo, that's when they start to care. Max wouldn't hesitate to shoot Sam, but if he died or even just gained other interests, the lagomorph'd probably be inconsolable. It's selfish and just a little sweet, and it makes their amusement at all the crime and danger a lot funnier, seeing them as three dimensional characters. They don't make quips cause they're cartoons, they do it cause they don't give a shit (especially Sam, who pretty clearly knows better)

    If there's a season 4, I imagine it'd be most in character that they never mention the time clone thing again, aside from a single handwaving remark. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Can we all just agree to this? Because this is absolutely correct.

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