Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Robot Chicken Season 4 (2008)
One of the merits of Robot Chicken's rapid-fire format is that if you don't like a particular skit, you never need to wait more than two minutes for the next one. And there's always the chance that the punchline will redeem the skit in any case. In this season, for instance, there's a sketch that starts with nothing but 30 seconds of a guy pooping in the toilet, and then in the last 10 goes in such an unexpected tangent that you can almost forgive the excessively long scatological opening.
Poop and flatulence related humour is, it should be noted, sometimes regrettably large part Robot Chicken's material. The show itself actually calls this out in a season finale musical number (to the tune of "It's A Wonderful World"). While such self-awareness is refreshing, it would perhaps be even better if they just didn't do so many of them, and instead had more of their other material.
Said other material generally consists of mocking celebrities, horribly corrupting your childhood memories (GI Joe, MASK and Strawberry Shortcake all come in for a hammering here), and incredibly nerdy gags. Sometimes all at the same time.
Robot Chicken will not be to all tastes, but if you've ever wondered how Wrath of Khan would look as an opera, or what would happen if you mashed Yellow Submarine with Hunt for Red October, or how to turn Horton Hears A Who into a tale of drug addiction and oral sex ... well, this is the show for you.