Aqua Teen Hunger Force returns to the air for its 7th season on Adult Swim. Fans of the surreal animated comedy series will find Frylock, Meatwad, and Master Shake are still grappling with the bizarre and absurd down by the Jersey Shore.
After a decade of increasingly surreal adventures, the fast-food freaks of Aqua Teen Hunger Force
prove that they still have some life in them in Volume 7
, which compiles 11 episodes from the show's sixth and seventh season. Hardcore fans might find the collected stories here less than inspired when compared to some of the show's past highlights, but there are still a handful of flat-out hilarious episodes on hand, most notably "Rubberman," which concerns a monster duck created by Frylock out of refuse, and "Rabbot Redux," which finds the Aqua Teens moving to the other side of neighbor Carl's house, and the title monster, which debuted in the very first ATHF
, returning for more mayhem. Unfortunately, these are weighed down by such middling efforts as "Multiple Meats" (Master Shake accidentally creates a legion of Meatwads), "Der Inflatable Fuhrer" (Bill Hader voices Adolf Hitler, who's been reincarnated as a balloon), and the season closer, "The Last One Forever and Ever," a part live-action episode which sees rapper T-Pain as Frylock and one Dave Long Jr., who won a Carl look-alike contest. Diehards will undoubtedly forgive the lesser episodes due to the inspired nature of the standouts, though more substantive extras (or the Christmas episode, with Public Enemy) might have helped sway those viewers who regard ATHF
as on the decline. The core of the supplements focus on the live-action experiment, including a look at Long Jr.'s transformation into Carl. The remainder is dedicated to quirky non sequiturs like the musical numbers from "Rubberman" and the absurd live-action horror parody, "Terror Phone II: The Legend of Rakenstein." --Paul Gaita