Aqua Teen Hunger Force season 5 rankings (+ thoughts)
by, 07-13-2012 at 03:04 PM (576 Views)
Season 1 was great, season 2 was fantastic, season 3, the less said about it, the better, and season 4 was okay. Now, we can see a steady decrease in quality, then a slight bump up. Hopefully this season can recapture the magic of the first two.
Well, it certainly was a novel idea, and risky. Trying to take on the Boston Bomb Scare as well as having a subplot with Carl obsessing over the band Boston. It was a funny premise, that, unfortunately, wasn't pulled off well. I got to see an exclusive look during the 2008 Comic-Con behind closed doors, but it wasn't finished, and wasn't very good either. Had some funny parts, like the Mooninites arriving in Boston in a ship piloted by the band. Worst of all, barely any Shake in this one. He died at the very beginning. Though his death, sucked up by an airplane jet, was pretty funny, and it was sweet revenge by Meatwad. 1.5/5.
2. Robots Everywhere
This episode debuted on the videogame 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am' and I didn't understand jack-crap about it, because it is the first part of a trilogy. Dumb to release one part in a game, but that's just their sense of humor. The Aqua Teens are trapped in a cave so Carl helps out their landlord, Markula, get a new owner. Unfortunately for them, the hot broad he was trying to sell it to was killed by robots who then took over the house. This one is frequently criticized for being boring, confusing, unfunny, and lazy. But I kinda like it. I dunno, the robots just seem kind of funny to me. And back then, we didn't know it would be a trilogy so it was kind of surprising to see Carl not die for a change. Markula was a pretty funny new character too, but he was pretty underdeveloped. 4/5.
The second in the "Markula trilogy" features mythical Sirens (also featuring John Kruk in casting brilliance) becoming the new renters of the Aqua Teens house. Carl is ecstatic until he finds out their hidden, sick little sex games which involve peeling John Kruk's skin off and pouring salt over his wounds. Carl is freaked out, until Kruk tells him it's just an illusion, and to do retarded things to get the Sirens to like him. This backfires, he goes back to his house, and Markula delivers the best line of this episode. This one is a step down, because it's more mature, sexual, and perverted, and I like my Aqua Teens TV-14, like the previous one was. Just a little overbearing on stuff, but it was okay. 3/5.
4. Couples' Skate
After the pretty good Robots Everywhere and okay Sirens it was time to get back to business, right? Reintroduce the Aqua Teens, and pretend this saga never happened. Well, almost. It starts with another renter, Paul, huge monster, who destroys the house right away. Then we see the Aqua Teens trapped in a web in Markula's lair. He tells them they are going to participate in his 4040'th birthday party which he is overly excited about. Frylock tells Carl to get garlic champagine from his room to pour on Markula during his party. They succeed, and Carl is captured by Paul, who accidentally squeezes him in half when he hears they are going to start Couples' Skate.
"It won't matter when we're playing "Pin the Tail on the Shake", and we "Bob for Meatballs", and then we'll play "Ignore the Fryman"."
"I'm playin' it right now."
"I TOLD YOU, NO PHONES. YOU'RE JUST MAKING ME LOOK STUPID!"
Back to the basics, Aqua Teens and Carl, the neighbor. However, Meatwad gets a new, cute, cuddly kitty cat that he must sing a song about. Of course, Shake has to ruin it by microwaving him. "Terrence, no!" "Terrence, BOOM!" This leads to what has to be the 1000th death of a pet at Shake's hand, and Carl tries out a new program called 'Reedickyoulus' that enlarges the schlong. A side effect is radioactive...crap. Which he puts on the Teens lawn, awaking every pet that died at Shake's hand. So they have unprotected sex with Shake and he becomes a zombie, then he must be (for whatever reason) be taken to the Gay Zombie Ape Party Bus. The Teens then celebrate with celebratory cigarettes which ignite the gas leak and kill Frylock and Meatwad. Man, this episode is disgusting, odd, creepy and disturbing. But I can't help but love it at how goofy it is. Shake not thinking Frylock and Meatwad accepting him for being a zombie, the unprotected sex thing, ("They're offering us free sex, and you are an idiot to turn that down. Sex is everything to me.") and the laughs are pretty fun. 4/5. Good effort.
Do you know what this means?
Yeah. IT MEANS NEW CARPETS, BITCH.
Yeah, it does! Finally, I been tellin' and tellin' the landlord!
Go, Frylock, go, Frylock!
6. Hoppy Bunny
Carl orders a flute just like the Pied Piper was meant for, though made for vaginas. This mystery flute attaches wires to his mouth so he must keep playing. Men dressed in animal costumed called "furries" dance to its pleasure. (Help 'em out, y'all!) The second half mostly includes the Aqua Teens having their family fun night, and then Frylock growing angry of the furries. Shake then proceeds to help Frylock by giving him a back-rub. This was all a ploy to steal the sacred jewel on Frylock's back that "HAS THE POWER OF A THOUSAND SUNS!!" and pawn it for twenty bucks. So pawn it he does. For a measly twelve bucks and a boombox that plays the MP3s. The first half is pretty laughless and irrating, but it is definitely all worth it for the family fun night and the pawning scene, which is the most out of place second half ever. 4/5.
7. Laser Lenses
Seeing as how the last episode proved that all of Frylock's powers came from his jewel, apparently his powers are now from his laser lenses. I just wish they wouldn't have broke it ONE episode later, but still, it is ATHF, after all. That said, this one is gold. This one got me back into the show. All the dialogue is so perfect, season 2-esque, the Carl and Shake interactions are some of the best in TV history, and the altercations at the end with Frylock getting an eye-boob-job, Shake getting a baseball bat for a penis extension, and Meatwad with Shake's laser eyes is screenshot worthy. 5/5.
All of it.
Note: My current profile picture comes from this episode.
8. Dummy Love
What starts off as an innocent parody of cliche 80s horror films turns into a gay love story between two dummies and their owner who uses them for profit. This episode is soo tongue-in-cheek that it is absolutely impossible to hate. The story goes a little like this, a dummy lands on the Teens doorstep, immediately threatens them with a knife and the word 'kill', and they think it's cute and want to keep him. Frylock leaves "before something happens" and cuts the power line for no reason, and Shake tells him enthusiastically, "Okay! We'll be very safe!" Meatwad then locks all the windows, and then proceeds to unlock one window "for some reason". They leave to go to bed with the scissors and Shake's collectible ax out, they'll be able to pick them up in the morning. Then, at the breakfast table, decide to go on a vacation to Mount Terror where a bunch of people got killed. However, before they do, they finally notice the dummy and try to kill him. The dummy proceeds to come back to life again and again. Finally, Frylock attempts to give the dummy to Carl, who already has one. The dummies fall in love instantly and Shake uses them for money. Meatwad then wishes on a star that they become real boys, and they do. However, Shake finds no use in them now and attempts to kill them. He fails, and ends up in jail. Hilarious, touching story of betrayal, love, and murder. 5/5.
Frylock: Well, I gotta run to dinner. You guys have fun. I'll be gone just long enough for something to happen, but if anything does, don't use the phone 'cause I just cut the line. Later haters!
Okay, we'll be very safe!
I wish them dummies was real flesh and blood boys.
Yeah-huh, I do.
9. The Marines
I have a problem with this episode. First of all, Meatwad enlists the duo up to get free (or discounted) gum. This is the exact reason that Bender and Fry signed up for the marines in "War is the H-Word". Just an Aqua Teen twist on it. Shake tries to kill himself, thinking they won't take him like that, but they sewed him up and took him like that. Frylock successfully flees to Canada. Which apparently in Aqua Teen-land is just a barn with a Saw Jigsaw knock-off who just wants to have friends. In the end, I don't have much to say, the Canada bits were funny, the "stealing from the movie" has been done (heh), it's kind of bleh. 1.5/5.
"Welcome to Canada, Frylock."
10. Bible Fruit
Frylock is setting a meetup with his friends on MySpace. My how times have changed. They happen to be born-again-christian-fruits. And, of course, the Aqua Teens accidentally bring out the abusive drug addicts in them. Props to David Cross, Kristen Schaal and John Benjamin for their voice work. David Cross really shines here out of the rest of them though, turning from "JEEEEESSSUUUUUS" to "GET OUT OF MY WAY. YOU ORANGE. WHORE!" in minutes. The resolution is, of course, blowing everyone up. "Badaboom!" It's a very interesting episode, with a somewhat predicable conclusion. Man, Frylock just don't care no more. 4/5.
Overall, I think this was somewhere in-between season 1 and 4 in terms of quality. Episodes range from absolute perfection to...eh. But it is worth checking out, and volume 6 is definitely worth your time, on average, I suppose this season gets a B+.
Note #2: I had to cut out some stuff for this to not be over the word limit.