“Dinosaurs”: The Most Traumatizing Series Finale Ever

The extinction of the Sinclair family was a blow to childhoods everywhere. But the episode also delivered a powerful message.

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The series finale, “Changing Nature,” aired on July 20, 1994, and the episode began with the Sinclair family gathered at a picnic awaiting the annual return of the bunch beetles. The beetles, much to the disappointment of the family, never show.

The series finale, “Changing Nature," aired on July 20, 1994, and the episode began with the Sinclair family gathered at a picnic awaiting the annual return of the bunch beetles. The beetles, much to the disappointment of the family, never show. We learn, in a bit of foreshadowing, that the reason the beetles never returned was because they had been eradicated after the dinosaurs had, irresponsibly, built a plastic fruit factory over their swamp breeding ground.The beetles played an important role in the ecosystem of Pangaea, by feeding on a type of climbing vine. Without the beetles, the vines began growing out of control.
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We learn, in a bit of foreshadowing, that the reason the beetles never returned was that they had been eradicated after the dinosaurs had, irresponsibly, built a plastic fruit factory over their swamp breeding ground.

The beetles played an important role in the ecosystem of Pangaea, by feeding on a type of climbing vine. Without the beetles, the vines began growing out of control.

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Of course, Earl was put in charge of an environmental task force responsible for solving the vine problem. The environmental task force's solution to deal with the vines is to spray the planet with defoliant. The mass poisoning, however, not only kills the vines, but all plant life on Pangaea.
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Of course, Earl was put in charge of an environmental task force responsible for solving the vine problem.

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