Back in January 2021 I wrote a review of the last season of “Last Man Standing” that was beginning at that time and I said the show was unwatchable. And it was, but being the stubborn fool that I am, I decided to watch the final season as a lesson to myself. And as predicted it was unbearable. Sure, every once in a while, Tim Allen would inject a funny moment. But the overall unfunny, bland, bad writing, the trivial plot elements and emasculated male characters was beyond awful.
But I stuck it out until the bitter end and I’m glad I did. Because in the last half of the final “double episode” Tim Allen injected a plot element that was an open metaphor for the hijacking of his series by the network. The story element was that Mike’s classic pick-up truck that he restored from the ground up was stolen. Now just in case the metaphor escaped anyone he even slips and says “show” instead of “truck” in one place. He stresses several times that he’s had the “truck” for ten years and of course “Last Man Standing” premiered in 2011.
At one point the characters are talking about the fact that they can’t find the truck because the tracking GPS is off the “network.” One of them asks if it could be found on another network and someone else says he’s heard of something like that and then Tim Allen says he doesn’t think it will work. So, he’s hitting out at both ABC and Fox with this statement. Later on, he asks “Who steals somebody else’s work like that?” And there is a mock wake where the various actors talk about their feelings for the “truck.” And finally in the Mike character’s final VLOG episode Tim Allen says just like Ronald Reagan after his 1976 defeat in the Republican primary that he is bloodied but he’ll get back up again.
So maybe Tim Allen thinks he has another show in him. But what network will play it without neutering all the normal masculinity that Allen is known for? I don’t see it happening. But at least it was something that he at least acknowledged that his brain child had been butchered by the powers that be. For that at least I salute him.
If he ever does start a new series, I’ll give it a look. Who knows? Miracles can happen.