Review: Aqua Teen Hunger Force - A PE Christmas (season premiere)
by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 14th 2009 11:51AM
(S07E01) "Larger point: listeners ain't gonna know until they've already paid for the album!" - Shake
Those words, spoken by Master Shake, while recording his Christmas album with Meatwad, were intended to be a jab at consumers -- our Christmas album sucks but you won't figure that out until we have your money. On the contrary, the album (aptly titled "Have Yourself a Meaty Little Christmas") is an absolute goldmine of comical music hits for fans of the show.
However, last night's companion episode was anything but that. Paling in comparison to classic ATHF X-mas fare (like "Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From the Future"), "A PE Christmas" could have truly captilized on the idea of Shake making Christmas music, but instead never took the idea far enough.
When I first heard about this episode, my mind raced frantically as to what they might do and in my wildest dreams I prayed for a complete "We Are the World" rip-off, chock full of Aqua Teen enemies lined up as back up singers -- a group not assembled since "The Last One."
Instead, we got nothing more than a few minutes of Shake free-styling and the only actual album performance came from Meatwad belting his surprisingly enjoyable rendition of "Silent Night."
Fortunately, that wasn't the focus of the whole episode. The opening scene with the Aqua Teen's in church, trying to steal from the collection plate and confusing Santa with Jesus was gut-bustingly funny. Plus, did you see the Bible Fruit in the front pew?
Also, the realization that Shake had stolen the identities of Chuck D and Flavor Flav so that he could make "Bring Tha Toyz: A Public Enemy Christmas" had me excited -- at least until we realized that Flav wouldn't be making an appearance to reclaim his good name.
As for the eel diarrhea? Not even sure what to say about that, but I quickly forgot about it once the credits rolled and Carl's video for "I Won't Be Home for Christmas" (posted below) started playing. Granted, it's only a montage of Carl's past mishaps, but it brought back some good memories of episodes past. Not my favorite ATHF premiere, but it has me excited for the show's official return in February.
"Santa Claus did not die for our sins!" - Frylock