Aqua Teen Hunger Force season 4 rankings (+ thought)
by, 06-30-2012 at 04:58 PM (334 Views)
Season 3, compared to the first two, was a pretty big disappointment. There was still some to entertain, and rest assured that I have the DVD and it remains in semi-regular rotation along with the first three volume sets, but it just wasn't as good. A C at best, while the others were solid A programming. Now, season 4 I was less than anticipating, at this point the film was announced, I believe, and I expected even worse episodes, as working on a movie as well as the show would probably be hectic. Before this ATHF was a solid TV-PG or TV-14 show. Now they were venturing into more taboo territory, such as cancer, rape, gays, drugs, and dicks. Everywhere I turn, it's dicks! Yes, sir, this is Aqua Teen Hunger Force's first TV-MA season, and probably the most important in terms of its evolution today. I will give my thoughts for episodes I distinctly remember seeing during the airdate, downright love, or downright hate. Average ones or pretty bad ones that are just bland will have very little or no written thoughts.
Dirtfoot - I keep forgetting about this one for some reason. I don't know why, but everything except Granny is pretty damn bland. Dirtfoot cannot speak, he has barely any character, besides being allegedly (totally) gay. This one, looking back is pretty good, I guess. Meatwad was awesome and delivered his lines perfectly, and Carl had a very minimal, but funny role. 3.5/5. "I'm so sorry, I think I hit your dog...with my swords."
Boost Mobile - You need a boost? Because Boost Mobile has the boost you need! This one is classic ATHF, from Shake becoming a complete sell-out wannabe black guy with absolutely no idea he's being so awful and poor at it, to Meatwad being obsessed with going to Jeffy's house, this one really does have everything. First time I watched this it felt like I was watching some lost season two episode. I do think that the TV-PG rating was pushing it a little though. 4.5/5. "C'mon. You're into this. You're black! You...sound black...Where are you from?"
Star Studded Christmas Spectacular Starring Rhon Geremi - Yeah, I didn't like this one. Only good parts were Meatwad playing his movie, Meatwad and the security guard, and Carl and Shake's interrogation at the end. 1.5/5.
Dickesode - Dicks are gonna roll when you watch this episode. You can't skip anywhere in the episode without hearin' dick this and dick that. Dick, dick, dick! Carl wins a prize to get his dick cut off after playing Rip it N Win at the newly opened restaurant Wong Burger. Carl hides out at the Teens house until some rice or whatever stops by with necklaces made of dicks and try to find him there, Carl's house, up and down, no dick. Then Frylock decides to remove Carl's dick himself and Carl becomes a woman. Well, that defeats the dickin' purpose, doesn't it? The rice do get it by finding it in the trash can, and they go to get the dick back. They fail to stop Wong Burger, but save Carl's dick! Meanwhile, Shake eats a hot dog sittin' RIGHT on top of two soggy walnuts, blood flavored. Good episode, plenty of dick to go around, and can't ever get enough of Dick Nixon aka Samurai Lincoln. 4/5.
Handbanana - Wow, this is certainly already a controversial season. First, was about gays. Second has castration, third has major broom-on-ass action, and the last one said dick about 50 times and was the first TV-MA episode of ATHF ever. Well, Handbanana starts out great with Meatwad saying, "You know what...I want a dog." and Frylock actually agreeing to it, with Shake trying to take advantage of this. Seems like good 'ol classic Aqua Teen until we finally see the dog. Whom, Meatwad names Handbanana, because Shake's yellow hand DNA got mixed in with the chemicals used to make the dog, and yellow is, of course, the color of bananas, I guess. Well, he barks like a real dog, licks his crotch like a real dog...but then...tonight...you. Handbanana rapes Carl later, and then bakes muffins for the Teens. Carl complains, no one believes him, lather, rinse and repeat. Lather, rinse and repeat. Then, Carl decides to fight back with a dog of his own, and of course, they gang rape Carl. Shake jerks off to this, Frylock locks the door, and all is well. Oh, and we get to finally find out Shake doesn't have a room. Solid 4/5. Something about this episode though...Really creeped out the first time I watched it.
Party All the Time - Frylock gets cancer. Another taboo episode, it seems. Though this time, instead of being played on as a joke or something, it'sactually...pretty serious. I mean, sure, Shake and Carl are still lunatics, trying to lighten the sadness with their comic brand of hilarity, but, alas as Carl infamously later said, "Comedy doesn't work today." Though we are used to seeing Carl and Shake die pretty gruesome deaths, Frylock was never really that injured before, besides PDA, which he survived, and a computer simulation in Super Birthday Snake. When he said out loud to Meatwad "I have cancer." and Meatwad saying, "Well, did you tell him...that...you don't?" I did laugh. But that was about it for me, and rightfully so. It was a depressing story, but I was engaged in it, unlike many who just saw it as a bore-fest or was too depressing. Shake died twice in this very episode? Why should I care if the box of french fries dies once? Because he's deteriorating. He's dying a slow and painful death. And nothing can be done. He won't be back. Wait, a new checkup! No trace of cancer in the lymph notes?! Sweet! He looks fine! Oh shit, aliens. He's waking up, he's at the hospital, still deteriorating. No trace of cancer in the lymph notes?! Sweet! But he still might have it? It's not over? It ends? THE HELL?! Okay, besides the cop-out ending, it was pretty emotional, and though I didn't cry or anything, I was invested in the story. Another simple 4/5 here. "Him? Oh, he's dead. Dumbass ate a scorpion."
Global Grilling - From gays to castration to brooms up asses to dicks to rape to cancer to sentient mucus. Even through this list, this one is probably most likely to make your stomach churn during the beginning and end of the episode, where it focuses on this aspect. The middle and bulk of the episode focuses on a new grill that's turning a new, record-breaking, balloon popping heatwave. The grill eventually melts the polar ice caps and causes a flood in Jersey. Mucus Man comes to life and orders complete control of the planet Earth. With Meatwad being their king. Hilarity ensues, with Shake praising Meatwad. Oop, another dream ending. But this one has a nice payoff. Disgusting, but lovable episode. Still, another solid 4/5 episode. "Carl, don't you give up on me. C'mon, I need you to lick this toilet seat, it's our only hope!"
Grim Reaper Gutters - Remember that time when Aqua Teen Hunger Force had a clip show? Yeah, me neither. And after rewatching this, I still don't. People cringed at this episode even after it aired, because they showed like two actual clips from the series, then make believe, then it's own story. I guess it was too short to support 11 minutes maybe? Anyways, the actual story, with Dan from Grim Reaper Gutters and Tera Patrick is pretty hilarious, as well as the infamous bridges in New York Meatwad suicide ending. 4/5. "I'm Dan from Grim Reaper Gutters and I won't leave until I make a sale!"
Moonajuana - Well, a drug episode. And also it turns out the next Mooninites one. Neat. Shake complains about his bad "guacamole" and the Mooninites suggest using their "Moonajuana", which is nothing more than tires and sticks on fire while you're stuck in a glass dome shaped like Ignignokt. And it actually gets them high...somehow. Or just slowly kills them because they're poisonous tires or something, I don't know. Then they try to burgle, and fail, this leads to the Mooninites pouring their little hearts out and then for some reason decide to become Hollywood movie stars. Don't got much to say about this one. Pretty standard and average Mooninites episode. Better than Moon Master, not as good as Remooned. 2.5/5. "Oh god, I got so...arrested that day."
Bart Oates - Can't say I like this one. 2/5. "Black people been runnin' round here Carl."
Antenna - This is another one I don't have much to say about. Carl gets a new antenna put up by aliens, gets him a nosebleed, Frylock climbs it, meets George Lowe, that's about it. 1.5/5.
Ezekiel - A smaller sized Master Shake being more innocent and can barely speak a work appears on the Teens doorstep. Thinking it's Shake's son, he lets him stay with them. Turns out, he's 4,000 years old. Plus, he can beat chess dragon. Not much to say, other than hilarious. Ezekiel's voice, by guest star Patton Oswalt, is perfectly annoying, Shake's a shitty father, and it has a strange twist ending. It's hilarious, it's random, it's funny. 4.5/5. "I am Ezekiel, Ezekiel is...I am!"
Carl Wash - Meatwad gets a job promoting the local car wash. This car wash, see, is run by some familiar faces. Carl and Son from the episode "Chambraigne" from Space Ghost. Well, they're back, and less funny. Especially since Carl Jr. can now talk. He was much funnier in mumbles, and without the fake grinning teeth. Overall, it's choppy, but pretty funny in places. I'll give it a low 3/5. "Hello, Carl. I too, am Carl. And this is my son, Carl Jr. We are all...Carl."
Well, that's it. Didn't have much to say about this season, 4/5 episodes are commonplace, with a few duds sprinkled in. Overall, I'd give this entire season a...B-. Yeah, that seems fair.
I think I'll post my season 5 rankings tomorrow.