Subject: Re: The Last Farewell Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:18 am
Yes, I think he was, everyone was so sad and blowing things up is traumatic. I'm glad he has the Little House replica at his home and it didn't burn later or get destroyed.
Mr. McCray has the Ingalls's figurine but was sad much was lost in fires later. An except from an interview talks of it:
C: And Stan Ivar, who played John Carter, does he have a replica of the Little House or does he have the original house?
K: He has the original house. He came in on his own after the show was over and took down the Little House and put it on a flat bed truck—he has a ranch outside of L.A. It’s in a barn at his ranch today.
C: Fans have been clamoring for a Little House reunion for years, but Ed Friendly would never give his permission. What happened to the rights to Little House after Ed passed away?
K: I really don’t know. I can’t answer that. Ed’s wife passed away first and then he remarried. I don’t know if the estate still controls the rights to it, I assume that they do, and his son is in the business, and he is a producer. I don’t know what’s going to happen to it.
C: So, it’s not very likely that fans will see a reunion show even if were a tribute to Michael, Victor, and the other actors who have since left us?
K: No, it’s tough because Ed controlled the merchandising of the show, which means he controls the show, the characters, and their likeness. He didn’t control the film, NBC owned the film; but he controlled anything that reproduced that because he owned the rights to the books. I don’t know who has that control now
I also asked if anybody kept any items after the explosion or any memorabilia and was told by Susan that nothing but wood sticks were left after the explosions, but Susan saved and treasures the little figurine that was on the Little House mantle. Kent bought all the props and wardrobe pieces from the show after they wrapped. All were housed in a large warehouse at the western location "Old Tucson", in Tucson, AZ where they had filmed numerous shows. One morning Kent and Susan were awakened with the tragic, heartbreaking news that there was a major fire at Old Tucson and all was destroyed. Melissa Gilbert saved her wardrobe dress and had it beautifully framed. It hangs proudly on a wall in Melissa's living room.
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Subject: Re: The Last Farewell Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:10 pm
I have not seen that episode in quite a while. When was the last time it aired on tv? I remember crying when they blew up everything. I can only remember one time in the LH marathon this episode being shown.
Subject: Re: The Last Farewell Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:29 pm
i just borrowed this from the library. It's the first time I've seen it since it originally aired. I've been rewatching the episodes on both INSP and Hallmark. I think they're up to 1981.
The Last Farewell was not so great through my adult eyes. I was about 8 years old when it originally aired and, while I noticed some inconsistencies, they didn't really bother me then.
It did seem rushed, not well written and fairly devoid of true character driven emotion.
Why didn't we see Carrie at the very least (one of the only original children left)? They couldn't have Mary and Adam make a cameo? I guess perhaps back in pioneer times people didn't just flit across country at whim but it detracted from the "feel" of the show.
I didn't care about the Carters or Jason and his bunny subplot.
I remember being shocked at a child when they started blowing up the town but as an adult, again, it seemed rather devoid of emotion. I didn't not feel Laura's true pain or sadness or Charles or Caroline. I don't know. I was disappointed in my rewatch. In fact, I was disappointed in my rewatch of all three finale movie. Disjointed and unfinished if how they feel now.
Subject: Re: The Last Farewell Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:34 pm
One of the first comments on this episode is that normally Charles cries at the drop of a hat. This time, the town he spent amost a decade of his life on is being blown up and he's Mr Stoic while everyone else is bawling. This is what I think. The themes of explosives and dynamite ran all through the series. Kind of think Michael was kind of a closet pyromaniac. While watching the buildings being blown up, maybe he was getting a "rush" out of it and "forgot" he was supposed to be emotional?
Oh, the scene where they come to the boarding house to tell the Wilders they have to leave. Almanzo and Mr Montegue both get knocked out with one punch, but Caroline fires the lever action and they all scatter. Go Ma! Hahahahaha!
The significance of the rabbits: After the town is reduced to scrap wood, the rabbits are hopping around the Little House. This signifies that Little House on the Prairie will never go away and will multiply like rabbits. Think of it, the show, the movies, the historical sites, the reunions, the festivals, the fan web sites, the Facebook pages. They grow like rabbits and Little House will always endure.
Subject: Re: The Last Farewell Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:13 am
It seems that I might be in the minority here, but I actually thought that this was good episode. Sure, there is a sadness that they are loosing Walnut Grove, and it's a bit sad when all of the buildings get blown up, but I thought it was an interesting way to end the series...
The people of Walnut Grove weren't going to give up without a fight, and even though they thought they lost it for a bit there, with the help of Laura they still fight it to the end and take the town they had built and cared for, away from Lassiter. It is classic that Laura was the one to start this plan too.. I thought it was great how she said that he may get the town, but he would have a lot of fixing up to do. I kept thinking of that line she said as they blew up the buildings! Yes, A LOT of fixing up!
I just love the scene when Lassiter and his gang show up to a bunch of rubble after they blow up the town.... and he thinks that he can arrest everyone. I love how Isaiah tells Lassiter that he may own the land, but the town was their's to do with as they all saw fit. The best part of all is when they all march out past Lassiter while singing "Onward Christian Soldiers". They had fought Lassiter to the end and they had won!
"That would be a fate worse than death." - Sara Stanley - Road to Avonlea
“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Subject: Re: The Last Farewell Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:17 pm
I'm sad the building were blown up. Stan and Melissa looked like the were crying the hardest. You can see tears in Victor's eyes when he blew up the mill. I wonder what they did with the church/school.