Frisky Dingo: Season 2 (DVD)
Season Two of Frisky Dingo takes a political turn as Killface and Xander Crews (Awesome-X) battle for the nation's top office. Killface claims to have cured global warming and teams up with rap megastar Taqu'il to spread the good news. Xander proves he puts his hot pants on, one leg at a time, just like you and I. Simon and his rocket launcher come out of the closet and Baby Lamont is adorable. Take that America!
It's too bad that this second season set for Frisky Dingo also serves as its swan song (the show was canceled in 2009), because the animated series was among the drollest and most irreverent on television. And nowhere is that more evident than in this sophomore season, which adds a healthy layer of political satire to its warped take on superhero mythology. This time around, the traditional roles seem to have been reversed, with arch-villain Killface now a hero for accidentally saving the world from global warming (an unforeseen side effect of his planet-smashing device, the Annihilatrix), while billionaire good guy Xander Crews--a.k.a. Awesome X--now reduced to poverty. Killface takes advantage of this change in fortune by running for President on the Democratic ticket, which in turn spurs Crews to get his act together and become the Republican nominee. What follows is a blend of Dingo's typical absurdity--Crews seems more interested in getting Fred Dryer for his running mate than winning the election and some pointed jabs at elements of the 2008, including calculated choices for VP (rapper Taq'uil becomes Killface's choice after assuring black voters that the alien will eventually be assassinated) and issues of patriotism and nationality (Killface's origins, which are revealed in this season, play a major factor in the race's outcome). Given the time, Frisky Dingo might've continued to layer more substantive humor like this onto its foundation of weird; as it stands, Season 2 remains a terrific suggestion of where 21st century TV animation can go. Extras are once again slim, with only a new short promoting the equally short-lived spin-off The Xtacles, based around the misadventures of Xander's hapless shock troops, serving as a reward for Frisky Dingo faithful. --Paul Gaita