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Korgoth of Barbaria: Pilot

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 5th 2006 3:42PM

(S01E01) korgoth of barbariaThe new Adult Swim series from SpongeBob SquarePants writer and storyboard artist Aaron Springer, Korgoth of Barbaria, which also features the talents of Bill Wray (Ren and Stimpy, Mad Magazine) and Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack) does not officially debut until September, but last night a sneak peek was shown. Actually, I don't think this is the first time the pilot has been shown, but it was the first time I saw it, and I have to say I thought it was pretty good, especially if you like creative violence.

Taking place in an apocalyptic future that has slipped into a new Dark Age where evil rules and mankind must battle against ferocious mutants and ancient creatures, Korgoth emerges as a Conan the Barbarian-type who battles evil and brutally slays anyone who gets in his way, or who kind of annoys him. There's a ton of blood and guts in this pilot episode, but it's done in the same kind of over-the-top style that made me fall in love with Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy all those years ago. In this episode alone we see a man take a meat cleaver to his crotch; another man has his arm torn off and the arm subsequently used to beat other men; several men and creatures are split down the middle like a piece of lumber; an evil wizard has candles rammed into his eye sockets; one man has his hand impaled when he high fives another man with a hook for a hand; and the best scene of all involves Korgoth tearing all the skin off the front of another man by yanking on the man's hair (and then throwing ale on the man's exposed viscera). Besides the fun cartoon violence, the episode also had some great monsters, the kind rarely seen outside of anime. While I don't want to make any absolute statements about the series based on one episode, I think Adult Swim may have discovered another great series in the same vein as The Venture Brothers. I'm looking forward to more episodes.

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Jake

I've been looking forward to this show for some time (a year now?) and though my opinions of the pilot are mixed, I can't wait for more. I have a full review on my blog as well.

June 07 2006 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James L. LeGade

Very very funny and witty... Straight Conan the Barbarian parody if you have ever read the books.

June 06 2006 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

It reminded me of the original Heavy Metal movie with the glowing eyes of possessed people and the animation style. Hilarious. Watched it both Saturday and Sunday.

June 05 2006 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

may have to check this one out.

"Taking place in an apocalyptic future that has slipped into a new Dark Age where evil rules and mankind must battle against ferocious mutants and ancient creatures"

Wasnt that the plot of Thundarr the Barbarian? If this is a more adult version of that similar plot line then count me in!

June 05 2006 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas

Any nipples though?

June 05 2006 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MW

I'm right with you on this, Adam. The show's a straight-up genre parody much like the Venture Bros. is, and if they can keep up the creatively funny violence (and there were some pretty good one-liners too), I'll keep watching it.

June 05 2006 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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