Adam and I are watching Ninjago last week. It's a normal episode till the end when we were hit with the TO BE CONTINUED closer. Apparently there is a major season finally coming up next week in which one of the major characters won't make it and I'm on the edge of my seat because....this is the dumbest thing I've ever seen!!
We are talking about a cartoon for six year olds!! Not an episode of LOST where actual fictional lives are in danger every week. Yes I'm smart enough to realize this is all a marketing campaign tied to some toy line, video game, exclusive DVD release that are all timed to come out together and spur millions of zombie Ninjago kindergartners to steal money from their parents, hitch a ride in the back of a pickup truck under a sack of potatoes, and put money in the pockets of some corporate fat cat.
I just remember when cartoons didn't come with commitments. Jerry cracked open the fridge, took out the cheese, Tom showed up, swallowed a bowling ball, end of story. We never had to hold our breath for a week while waiting to see if Bugs Bunny would regret making that wrong turn at Albuquerque only to find himself in the starving clutches of Elmer Fudd for the last time. Bugs simply put his finger in the mussel of the gun, it exploded it Fudd's face, and it was back on the road for Bugs.