Fans should be pleased that this episode is finally out on DVD. Aired as a special one year after the season seven finale, “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” is a vastly superior sendoff for the boys than the atrocious 2nd film. Some people may object to its undermining the feel good ending of the series, but most should appreciate the old school vibe as Lahey returns to being a credible antagonist and the boys pin all their hopes on an ill-advised crime.
This isn’t the funniest episode of the series, but it’s far from the worst. The characters all deliver the kind of humour we’ve come to expect, but that’s a good thing for a farewell to the show. There aren’t many new jokes here, but most of them land and a few, like Julian’s new car, are inspired. The worst thing you could say about this episode is that it’s unnecessary, but no one ever watched TPB for its serialized storytelling.
Short on both information and entertainment, the extras on this disc are a bit of a disappointment. There’s a behind the scenes “montage” that doesn’t even qualify as a featurette, and collections of alternate takes and deleted scenes. None of these are really worth your time.
This show was never one for flashy visuals. The episode is available on Blu Ray but that’s utterly unnecessary as the DVD is a fine representation of what it has to offer. The extras are smartly set up as montages, a necessary format given how slight the content actually is.
Anyone disappointed with Countdown to Liquor Day should really check this episode out as it’s a far better sendoff for the boys. True to the characters and the world, “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” is more about revisiting old friends than seeing something new. Considering the price there’s really no reason for fans not to pick this disk up, particularly if you missed it when it aired.