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For me the weakest of the 6 seasons so far, although it still has it's share of surreal, insane, funny moments.
Sadly the best thing on the disc is an extra: Carl's series of rants about the NY Giants football season, done to reflect the real fortunes of the team. But unless you happen to be into US Football, these probably won't mean much to you.
There's also a great faux documentary on the making of Aqua Teen called 'Radical Axis Presents Radical Axis', but both these extras are better than almost all the regular episodes themselves.
There is a fascinatingly disturbing, unaired episode called 'Shake Like Me', which deals - in a very politically incorrect way - with Shake turning black. While some might take offense, to me it was in the spirt of Lenny Bruce's attacking racism by making us face our own absurd attitudes and stereotypes.
If you're into the show, it's worth a look, but doesn't compete with the first 4 seasons.
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Aqua Teen is back and better than the previous season25 Dec. 2008
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Minor spoiler warning for this review.
Packaging and Menus: This packaging continues with the trend of Williams Street releases in that it's really minimalist. In fact, it might be their most minimalist release. The entire artwork on the DVD cover, the menus, and even the stickers it comes with consist of simple shapes. The DVDs are themselves just solid color. Although simple, it's attractive and very bright. It's simple done right, just like the show itself with it's limited animation.
Video and Audio Quality : Maintains the broadcast quality pretty perfectly. There's only one case of audio inconsistency and that's in a webisode extra. Everything else is fine.
Disc 1 : Houses the 9 episodes that Adult Swim has aired already with commentary for 3 of them.
Episodes : This season opened with a different formula towards the beginning. The Aqua Teens are gone and the spotlight is cast on Carl and the new vampire/landlord Markula. Carl and Markula attempt to rent out the Aqua Teen's home to different tenants that don't stay long and are usually monstrous.
After three episodes of this, The Aqua Teen's return and do their usual routine of experiencing gay zombie gorillas, super-power eye surgery, murderous dummies in love, Canada, religious fruit, low-life genies, parasitic mermaids, radioactive African Americans, multiple scamming infomercials, and the unspeakable horror of furries.
The Carl/Markula Episodes : A fresh break for the viewers and for the writers (who admitted they were burnt out on the main characters). Even though Sirens was weaker than the other two episodes, the Markula highlights made it enjoyable. He was a really great character and he made the run really unique. I'm sad he only got 3 episodes to shine.
Reedickyoulous : After Carl Orders a genital enhancer from an infomercial, his radioactive waste creates zombie animals.
The opening montage was sweet until the sinister turn to a pet cemetery parody. Some thought this episode crossed the line with the killing of animals. I don't think it did. It's Reedickyoulous (see what I did there?) to be so offended by a cat dying when humans have died multiple times previously. Anyway, the toilet humor here with Carl wasn't done especially well for ATHF. An otherwise deliciously absurd episode with a 360 that starts with cat murder and ends with a gay banana bus.
Hoppy Bunny : Because of Carl ordering a flute from an infomercial, Furries take over the Aqua Teen's neighbourhood.
Carl needs to stop ordering things off the telly. Totally wouldn't expect a jab at furries on Aqua Teen. It was a well done jab, though, and that's all that matters. Beginning with the exercise video was a little weak, but it went uphill from there. The massage scene and what follows "I have the power of a thousand suns!" was hilarious, and one of the best moments on ATHF for sure. On a side note : I was amused that they actually had to censor the furry peeing. The FCC is comedy in it's own right.
Laser Lenses : Shake steals Frylocke's contact lenses (apparently the source of his power all along) and all hell breaks loose.
Fantastic episode. Shake being bestowed a great power brings out the quality we all love in him best. I really like the concept that Frylocke's lenses were the source of his power. I also really love the ending, it's just a huge absurd reality collapse where multiple offbeat things are going on all at once. Probably one of the funniest ATHF-style abrupt endings in the show's history.
Dummy Love : Murderous dummies haunt the Aqua Teens and Carl.
I loved the twisted take on the horror cliche that no matter what..the antagonist will keep coming back illogically. I didn't really get the repetition of "KILL..KILL!" from the dummies, but when they started "getting along" while repeating their respective words, I died. I also love how Shake takes advantage of their regenerating abilities. The exact creativity that reminds me why I love this show.
The Marines : Meatwad and Shake find themselves joining the Marines while Frylocke finds himself in Canada.
Only one of 3 episodes this season that I found to be mediocre. To do a Saw parody is so unlike ATHF that it was off putting. The Marine goings on were pretty amusing but the end just petered out into rehash. I'm glad they realized they rehashed from the movie, but It just proves to me that they had the potential to do better. Instead they were lazy and made a joke from it instead of fixing it ala Family Guy.
Bible Fruit : Frylocke invites his new friends from myspace to come to a party and they turn out to be born again christian fruits.
Following a bad episode comes one of the best ATHF episodes yet. Same thing happens in the 4 exclusive episodes, a bit inconsistent this season. Anyway, this episode was grand. The humor is so black and dark and disturbing here and it's executed perfectly with great dialogue and great delivery. "Just pour me a little bit of a full glass of that rum." I might be enjoying this episode more because I know born-again Christians who annoy me terribly. So, the smack down on such people was really satisfying.
Commentary : Tracks on Reedickyoulous, Hoppy Bunny, and The Marines.
Yay! I was happy to see a return to commentary, since volume 5 didn't have any. The commentaries are funny and have lots of variety. The first is a standard cast & Crew thing, the second had 2 gents who helped write this season that were fired (so there was lots of anger towards the big wigs in it), and the third had a military dude who talked about military goings-ons. All three were funny thanks to Dana Snyder and the last gave an interesting spin on an episode I otherwise didn't enjoy very much (the Marines).
Disc 2 : Houses the 4 never before seen episodes and all of the extras.
Gene E : The Aqua Teen's find a Genie while dumpster diving.
I really, really loved the beginning of the episode. Once they all turn invisible, it goes downhill fast. It seems like they just came up with a plot device that would allow them to just animate objects floating as to save money. The first half or so was genius though, particularly Gene E's actions and the idea to open him up and make a serum from his "Genie Gland".
Shake Like Me : When shake is bitten by a radioactive black man he turns black himself.
Woah. I wasn't expecting the exclusive episodes to have an episode THIS good. It's honestly one of the best ATHF episodes ever made. It was so ridiculously and extremely racist but I just couldn't stop laughing. The inclusion of Boxy Brown to spice up the newly african-americanized Shake plot line was great. It's not an endless stream of black jokes, either, it's an equally racist episode towards whites as well. "Your new name is now..Mocha Shake-a Kahn" <- I was in stitches.
She Creature : Carl's Pool gets so dirty a monster grows in it, which he uses for seedy deals with mobsters.
I really liked fleshing out Terry as a mobster who views Carl as a loser. I also love the idea they came up with that takes advantage of the trend of Carl's pool getting dirtier and grimier as the series progresses. What I didn't like was rehashing the fake-out of "Oh, no, it was great!" that was in Broodwich, I also thought the ending would've been better if it had ended once Frylocke's head exploded.
Chick Magnet : Master Shake orders a magnet which works a bit like Axe Body Spray..or at least it's supposed to.
Another episode I found mediocre. I enjoyed it, like I do all ATHF episodes, but it can't compare to the other exclusive episodes. It rehashed the Shake Like Me concept of turning the Aqua Teens into something, and rehashed upon Hoppy Bunny's rehash of Reedickyoulous' concept of Carl odering something off an infomercial. There were some good moments, but it was a pretty boring episode.
Extras : The special features on this volume are Carl's webisodes from [as]'s website, The cutscenes from the Aqua Teen game, a short film, and a documentary of Radical Axis (the studio that makes Aqua Teen and various other [as] programs).
I'm Pissed : Carl's weekly sports rants.
I'm sure I missed lots of stuff, because honestly, I'm not in the know when it comes to sports. All I knew about when Carl was ranting was the Michael Vick thing, and that might be why it was my favorite episode. Nonetheless, they're still funny and amusing despite lack of sports knowledge. Just like a random loser on youtube making dramatic videos about something pointless. In other words : Great entertainment.
Zombie Ninja Pro-Am Minus the Explosions : Cutscenes and the special surprise from the ATHF PS2 game.
It's pretty cool to see it all together as though it was an episode. I'm a fan of the Broodwich short, it was a great payoff to a game I enjoyed..but this inclusion seems like they're filling disc space. Luckily they only did it once, I guess, unlike the ATHF 5 DVD in which half the extras were leftovers from the movie website.
More Funny Pete Stuff : A continuation of promos for this season of ATHF.
The inclusion is about as filleriffic as the above. The promos didn't really have anything new or exclusive (unlike ads that were on the previous dvds), plus some of it had Squidbillies footage. I do like them though, so in the end I'm glad they're on here to be archived for ages to come.
Terror Phone : A new short film (like Raydon on the ATHF 4 DVD).
Terrific. I was worrying it wouldn't be as good as raydon, but it's actually better. I was expecting a full, serious short film (again, like Raydon). So I was really surprised by the fake controversy with Dana. I also wasn't expecting the audio edit and insertions. Both of which, by the way, were hilarious. Even the long and drawn out credits were funny (the "Not available on Williams Street Records thing made me smile.).
I sensed undercurrents of Tim & Eric, too. Speaking of them, Dave & Matt totally deserve their own sketch show..because this was gold.
Radical Axis Presents..Radical Axis : A documentary mocked up to be like a 50's era industrial video.
I was expecting an actual documentary and behind-the-scenes type thing, but this was much better. They use glitching and errors to their benefit and the jabs they take at themselves and their show, crew, etc are really funny. This is one of the best behind the scenes type extra to ever be on an ATHF dvd (or perhaps any).
Conclusion : Some mediocre episodes, less so than Season 5. Some questionable extras, less so than Season 5's DVD. I'd say this season and it's DVD have improved over the previous season's worrying lessen of quality. I'm confident to say that this season matches the greatness of season 1 and even season 2, and some of the best episodes of the series are on here as well as some great extras.
"Shake Like me", "Laser Lenses", "Bible Fruit", and "Terror Phone" alone make the 30 or so dollars worth it.
I am writing this review as a serious fan, for serious fans, though. So If you happen to be a newcomer to the series, it's silly to come into a show you're a stranger to at it's sixth volume. Start at the beginning! Or perhaps check out clips at Adult Swim's website. The show is a very acquired taste, so be wary and don't just blind buy because you've heard of it or noticed it's popularity.
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Rims!17 Dec. 2008
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Vol. 6 of Aqua Teen Hunger Force contains some of the shows best episodes, ever! I liked seven out of the thirteen episodes, and out of those seven, two of them must be considered for any conversation involving "best Aqua Teen Hunger Force episodes ever". These classic episodes, in my opinion, are "Laser Lenses" and the never before aired "Shake Like Me", an episode that will create some controversy for sure.
"Laser Lenses" is similar in some respects to a past episode called "Unremarkable Voyage", but it's funnier, and pushes the shows patented surrealistic humor to the limit. Basically, it's an episode where Master Shake is being crueler than usual to his roommates and neighbor, which has been the basis for some of the series best episodes. The origin of Frylock's ability to shoot electricity from his eyes is explained. "Shake Like Me" was never aired, and once you see it, you'll understand why the network didn't touch it. It's an episode about race. Master Shake is bitten by a radioactive black man, and what follows is hands down one of the series top three best episodes. Just watch it and decide for yourself if the show went too far.
The packaging and DVD design is my favorite to date, I love the cover art! The 2-disc set also includes another sheet of stickers just like Vol. Five did which you could use to decorate the solid color DVD discs (although I wouldn't recommend that).
If you're a fan of the show, then this is a must buy for the four never aired episodes you can only see here. If you're new to the show, I would start with Aqua Teen Hunger Force - Volume One and work my way up.
Just one more thing... Rims!!! Put a spell on them hoes y'all!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
'Let's not put a number on something that's so %^(#ing cool.'6 Jan. 2009
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DISC ONE: 1. Robots Everywhere 2. Sirens 3. Couples Skate 4. Reedickyoulus 5. Hoppy Bunny 6. Laser Lenses 7. Dummy Love 8. The Marines 9. Bible Fruit DISC TWO: 10. Gene E 11. Shake Like Me 12. She Creature 13. Chick Magnet
I won't rant on and on, but this is HIGHLY recommended. Commentaries, live action short titled 'Terror Phone', all the cutscenes from the Aqua Teen videogame, all Carl's sports blogs and a quick look at the writing process.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Aqua Teen Volume 619 Jan. 2009
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One of the best in the series, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 6 avoids many of the annoying special features found in other DVD sets in the same line while delivering a experience you come to expect from the Aqua Teen's.
This season features more episodes of our favorite character Carl than previous seasons and is definitely a definitive purchase for you if you love ATHF.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Hunger Force are back in top form.25 Dec. 2008
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I was very happy to see this DVD set. After two mediocre seasons, the guys are back in top form.
I thought that Bible Fruit is one of their best episodes ever. I put it in my all-time Top 5 list.
I definitely recommend Season 6. I am really looking forward to Season 7, now that they are great again.