I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Monday, March 7, 2011

Aqua Teen Hunger Force

some customers may get their dicks ripped off

There was a particular episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (ATHF, for short) titled "Dummy Love" in which a ventriloquist doll sported a knife and repeated the word "kill" over and over again. But the puppet was less like the frightening Chucky doll from the Child's Play franchise and more like a pet dog or cat, perhaps even a Pokemon repeating only its name. Sometimes he sounded menacing ("Kill! Kill! Kill!), sometimes questioning ("Kill?"), sometimes he said kill like a kitten purring ("Kill kill kill kill"). A joke that could get old quickly if told by a friend at a bar kept Amy and I laughing non-stop for the entirety of the episode. The thing about ATHF is that this reaction is the norm, not the exception. ATHF is a postmodern, self-critical romping comedy, the first and last of its kind, and I am a strong supporter of it staying on air ad infinitum. That's old people talk for "forever."

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