December 22, 2010

Justify My Netflix: Metalocalypse, Season 3

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)

Metalocalypse, Season 3

Today's DVD: Metalocalypse, Season 3, 2010 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Because this could possibly be the greatest deliberately adult cartoon now of all time, a brilliantly unique mix of death-metal tropes, teenage-boy fantasies, and bumbling workplace comedy used to tell the tale of The Greatest Metal Band In History, who live on a floating goth-haunted-house island and whose merchandising empire is technically the seventh largest economy in the world, extra-hilarious when compared to the near-retarded ineptitude we see among the band members themselves.

The reality: Whoa nelly! I have to admit, as a man now in middle-age, I try very deliberately to cut most former cartoon-watching out of my life, because I'm just increasingly feeling like it's pathetic for someone in their forties to still be doing so; but I also have to confess that I'm a sucker for the late-night "Adult Swim" programming from the Cartoon Network whenever I happen to be around cable television (usually during the holidays, when I'm visiting family), deliberately filthy and self-referential shows designed specifically for Gen-X Peter Pans like myself and my peers. And although the competition is fierce for the title of best show there (Robot Chicken is also brilliant, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force certainly has its moments too), in my opinion Metalocalypse edges them out, if for nothing else than for bringing together a bunch of strange random elements that I can't imagine very many people ever thinking would make for a good television show; because even as much of the laugh-out-loud humor comes from the moronic thoughts and actions of the members of "Dethklok" themselves, as they stumble their way through world domination, so too does its epic storyline enfold just a ton of the most legitimately disturbing scenes of violence and perversity an angry 14-year-old Juggalo could ever think up, many times crammed image after image into a tiny slice of time on the actual episode, say for example in the background during the closing credits, the exact kind of WTF mindf-ck that I used to gravitate to, say, when I was 21 and would take acid and then deliberately try to scare myself, just to see what would happen. In fact, a show like this reminds me just a little too much of those days, which like I said is why I largely try to cut such shows out of my viewing diet altogether now; but I have to confess that this one is a guilty secret that I'm a real sucker for, a wet dream of a show for anyone who ever drew demons with bleeding eyeballs on the covers of their notebooks in junior high, then went on in college to become huge fans of Monty Python and the like.

Strangest piece of trivia: One of the show's creators, Brendon Small, also writes the death-metal songs actually heard in each episode, which ironically are highly regarded in the real death-metal community, with two compilation albums now that both broke into the Billboard charts, adaptations for the Guitar Hero videogame, and a real-life version of the band that has now gone on three national tours.


Filed by Jason Pettus at 11:20 AM, December 22, 2010. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |