“It’s that time in everyone’s lives again. Where we all come together and return to the lives of Dante and Randal: our favorite Quick Stop employees. And when I say everyone’s, it’s more of an encompassing generalization than specific to every person. From the 1994 original, the animated series, The Flying Car, Clerks II, and through the newly-released trilogy-capper, Kevin Smith’s Clerks series has found a way to speak some honest truths.
“After Kevin Smith figuratively and literally closed the book on the View Askewniverse with 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Smith dipped back into the lives of Dante and Randal with a six-minute short film that debuted on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in early 2002. A handful of years before Dante and Randal took their particular set of skills to Mooby’s with Clerks II, Dante and Randal found themselves in a car ride for the ages.” — Robert Chipman, “Dante’s Inferno: What Would You Do for the Flying Car?”, FilmObsessive, 2023.