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** Also most of our beloved characters are no longer present: Ed Wuncler III, Gin Rummy, A Pimp Named Slickback, Gangstalicious, Thugnificent and his whole crew.
When I learned series creator Aaron McGruder would not be apart of the fourth season I was hoping it wouldn't show. Sadly that is not the case. After such a long hiatus you'd think they'd bring back some of the most memorable characters, yet the entire season seemed to focus solely on Grandad and a Uncle Ruckus. Leaving the true stars, Huey and Riley to appear as background characters. It's unfortunate to see a cartoon, amongst the best to come out in the last decade, hit such a rough patch that I'm not sure it will recover from.
If you have yet to see the Boondocks at all, I recommend watching the first three seasons and leaving it at that. The fourth was signifigantly less enjoyable than the first three. Though you'll get a few laughs here and there, ultimately its forgettable and you'd be better off leaving your memory of The Boondocks at the end of the third season.
From the first few minutes of "Pretty Boy Flizzy" onward, it appears that the characters have been co-opted by the forces for corporatist, feel-good, racial and socioeconomic stratification. Uncle Ruckus and Robert Freeman are handed most of the screen time, Riley is reduced to a sitcom character, and Huey appears to have been replaced by a smooth-talking sound-alike stunt-double with half the morals & absolutely _none_ of the real version's sense of honour. In other words, what we have here is a sort of 'Boondocks Lite', streamlined to remind audience members of what they need to think, and drained of subversiveness accordingly. But without the anarchism (may one kindly remind the producer and network that Huey is supposed to be a domestic terrorist?), there really is no Boondocks.
I read from creator Aaron McGruder's statement that there was no way he was going to be associated with the network's latest output involving the offspring of his imagination. I read from the network's press release that they have absolutely no clue as to what actually made the show work. I even have found attempts by certain associates of either of the parties to throw in their two cents as 'friends' of McGruder (shades of Dave Chappelle, anyone? Perhaps another reminder to those currently involved with the 'intellectual property' of the Boondocks -that McGruder is an artist and a gentleman, and that they are neither- is now in order?).
'Final season' designation notwithstanding, I predict that they will be able to milk this for at least another couple of years before the rest of the audience wakes up.Read more ›
Unfortunately for all of humanity, "The Boondocks" was resurrected nearly four years later with no themes, few ideas, and a sort of amnesia about why the show even existed. Creator Aaron McGruder, who was always a little prickly, bailed during production, and a skeleton crew salvaged 10 episodes from the wreckage. You will wish they didn't. With the partial exception of "Freedom Ride or Die," a flashback episode about Grandad's accidental Civil Rights heroism, these stories are witless and irrelevant.
Where to start with this mess? At least half of it rewrites -- badly -- solid previous episodes. Stinkmeaner is cloned and set up to fight Grandad in a boring parody of the character's first appearance. Grandad buys a phone with Siri, and learns that even computers can be dominating, crazy women. He dates a fake Kardashian sister and learns the same thing. He becomes a gigolo and -- ha, ha are you laughing yet? An on-again off-again plot has the family going bankrupt and being sold into a slavery theme park. It's painful to think of what a better creative team might have done with that joke. This one created a boring Very Special Episode, one of several that over-use Uncle Ruckus.
This set is a public health hazard that must be avoided at all costs. If you liked the show, pretend that it ended with season 3.
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This season has a few good episodes. Had to get it to have all seasons.Published 28 days ago by Patrick J. Ashley
not the best season. "the new black" was the only episode from season 4 that made me bust a gut.Published 4 months ago by Jonathan D. Evenboer
not the same as the other seasons...there have been a lot of changes. but it is still funny and I am entertained when I watch it...not the same sense of humor... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have all the Boondocks DVDs. And people saying season four. Isn't all that great.Published 5 months ago by Billydavid