Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 Vol. 1 - 5 out of 5
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is, next to Metalocalypse, my favorite cartoon on Adult Swim. The humor is off-the-wall, offensive, ridiculous and, sometimes, quite witty. So, after having a movie and reaching their 8th season, creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis (also creators of the great Adult Swim cartoon Squidbillies) decided to freshen the show up the only way they could. So, using their unique creativity, they decided to re-brand the show and call it Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1.
New title card...I have no joke to insert here.
ATHF was about a group of three anamorphic pieces of food (a shake, an order of french fries--or freedom fries if you're still riding that one--and a wade of hamburger meat) living in South Jersey and getting into absolutely insane situations with the likes of one-dimensional moon aliens, angry talking trees, suicidal and depressed toy dolls, an onion monster named Willie Nelson and their middle-aged, over-weight rocker of a neighbor--one of my favorite characters--Carl Brutananadilewski--Don't even try to pronounce the name and Carl suggests you just say "Smith" or "Jones."
Carl with no mustache?!? Where's your god now?
After 8 seasons and a movie that had an underground campaign that ended up causing an uproar when a Light-Brite was mistaken for an explosive device (if you didn't hear about this when it happen, Google it), it was decided that the show needed a fresh start--even though it wasn't getting stale--so, it doesn't take a genius to realize that this was done at the request of the network. So Maiellaro and Willis took the trio and made them detectives as they slammed a bottle of champagne into the animated cells and re-christened the show Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1. The show offered meta-jokes in the first episode as it openly acknowledged it was a show, made references to the old formula and broke the fourth wall by saying this was a new show. But despite these gags, the new direction was abandoned after 3 episodes and the show returned to its already familiar glory--with a new theme song written by Queens of the Stone Age members, Josh Homme and Alain Johannes.
The show and its humor hasn't change. Even the attempt at changing the formula contained all the wit and completely f-ed up situations we've come to know and love from the Aqua Teens--with tons of great special guest voices to boot! The season, sadly, only lasted 10 episodes but it also contained the last 7 episodes of the show's previous incarnation (episodes that haven't been released on DVD), so the season's short length makes the DVD collection worth buying.
If you've never experience the insanity of these three, try it. If you dare.
The reality is, if you're a fan of the Aqua Teens, you already enjoy this show and couldn't care less about what I have to say and if you've never seen it, the show is almost nearly impossible to sell to you unless you take the time to sit down with someone who already likes it to take in a viewing. The Aqua Teens don't belong on any other network because there isn't a network ballsy enough to contain them. The offensive parts are too offensive and the absurdest parts are too absurd. So, this entire review was kinda pointless as, basically, I'm talking to myself and people who are already fans of the show. That being said, I'm going to go make myself a sandwich.