Aqua Unit Patrol Squad – Season 1 + Robot
Chicken – Season Five (Warner/Adult Swim DVDs)
B/B- Sound: B Extras: C/B+ Episodes: B+
should/would be Aqua Teen Hunger Force:
Volume 8 is now released on DVD as Aqua
Unit Patrol Squad 1. It may seem that
the creators of the off center, creative, animated comedy have decided to take
the series in a different direction (or spin-off), but in actuality all they
did was throw fans off and lose people who already were tired of waiting for new
episodes and consistent airing sequence.
gripe with Aqua Teen (now Aqua Unit) is the inconsistency of
their seasons. In the beginning the
series aired each Sunday for a set season, then fans would anxiously await each
following season and/or DVD box set.
Over time, however, the combination of popularity, a demanding
production/writing schedule, and what can only be the creators’ pompousness
lead to large gaps between seasons, odd airing times, and many lost fans. There was even a period of time that I
thought Aqua Teen was off the air;
and if not for each subsequent DVD set release I would have never known the
series was alive and well.
fact is true; Aqua Teen is alive and
well, even under the new heading of Aqua
Unit Patrol Squad. The series
remains fun, well animated, creative, and COMPLETELY insane. The big part of the ‘joke’ is that with the
exception of the name change, nothing else has in fact changed. The boys (Frylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad)
are all still together, they live in the ‘same’ house, and they still live next
to Carl. The only difference is that
they are now in Seattle, instead of New Jersey; and perhaps
now are back into crime/mystery solving (like the series originally boasted),
though that part is still unclear.
includes the final 7 Aqua Teen Hunger
Force episodes and 10 new Aqua Unit
Patrol Squad episodes; all really one in the same, save a new opening
sequence. The series is very abstract
(odd) and hard to explain to new viewers; so I suggest reading prior DVD set
reviews. And though little has changed
for the series over the years the one thing you can always count on is utter
insanity and chaos.
episodes on this set include:
Allen: Parts I & II
Last Dance for Napkin Lad
A PE Christmas
Hands on a Hamburger
Kangarilla and the Magic Tarantula
Larry Miller Hair System
no point in describing the episodes; each and everyone of them is amazing. One would expect that over time Aqua Teen would have lost its charm,
but it hasn’t yet and I expect more great things to come; even if I only see it
Robot Chicken – Season Five continues on the same action
figure filled, nostalgia boasting, slightly inappropriate humor path it has for
years now; but it is just as great as ever.
unique brand of slap stick comedy (WITH ACTION FIGURES!!) continues to
impressive old fans and new viewers alike.
The zany humor coupled with a brand of nostalgia that draws inspiration
from films, TV, and pop culture creates a series like no other.
amazing. More of the same, but better
technical features on both of these sets are quite similar; both nice and
appear to have slightly improved over previous seasons in terms of
quality. The picture on Robot
Chicken and AUPS is presented in a bright, colorful, and incredibly
crisp letter boxed 1.78 X 1 Widescreen image that is consistent
throughout. Robot Chicken is the more improved of the two, whereas AUPS generally stayed the same. Granted most of the animation and stop-start
is done exclusively on computers, nevertheless it looks amazing. As always, the image transfers on the Adult
Swim sets standout as incredibly well done with precise detail
attention. The sound again has been upgraded to a Dolby Digital 5.1
Surround that is nice. Whereas both
series remain dialogue driven, there is also a fair bit of action in which the
surrounds kick in. The directionality is
nice and ambient noises are used at appropriate times to heighten the already
chaotic atmosphere. It was nice to
finally see the series get the treatment they deserved.
for AUPS is horribly minimal as the
only extra is Terror Phone III
a live action, odd sequence by Aqua Teen’s creators.
Robot Chicken has a variety of well done extras,
- Uncensored ‘Blue Rabbits’ MP3
- 52 Deleted Animatics
- 7 Fully Animated Deleted
- 7 Behind the Scenes
- On-Air Promos
- Commentary on all 20 Episodes
(Really funny engaging tracks!)
- Michael P. Dougherty II