TL;DR – A blast from the past that does the twin jobs of bringing closure to the past but also propelling the series forward.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Back in the day, there was an irreverent, abstract, absurd series about an alien
trying to conquer the world. Who spends more time yelling at the camera that accomplishing
anything. This was a show that created a world that was based around a power hierarchy
of who is the tallest among them and it just works. It was a series that was a half-ridiculous
and half-scathing commentary on the modern world. However, it was a show that
kind of just ended rather than going out on a strong note. Well, it seems this
is the year of the rebooting old cartoon shows, and I could not be happier.
So to set the scene, it has been ages since the alien Zim (Richard Steven
Horvitz) and his companion Gir (Rikki Simons) have been spotted on Earth. While
he has been hiding, his nemesis Dib (Andy Berman) has been focused on nothing
else, including staying on a chair watching cameras forgoing all things like
bathing. But when Dib was at his lowest, Zim returns because Phase 1 is complete
and Phase 2 ready to start … if Zim could just remember what Phase 2 actually
TL;DR – This is a very
interesting reboot of a beloved cartoon from the 1990s but I am not sure that
it hit its mark.
I grew up in the 1990s, so for me when I think about those cartoons that
situated my life for the weird and abstract toons of the peak-Nickelodeon.
Shows like Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Angry Beavers, and of course the weirdly
absurd Rocko’s Modern Life were very
much a part of that. Rocko’s Modern Life
is/was a show that used its abstract art style and storytelling to shine a
light on the world. Now, it has been years since I have watched an episode so
when a new special was released, well I knew it was time to jump back in.
So to set the scene, since the end of the last season of Rocko’s Modern Life, Rocko (Carlos Alazraqui), Heffer Wolfe (Tom
Kenny), Spunky, and Filburt (Mr. Lawrence) have spent the last twenty years
flying around space after a rocket took their house into space. After all that
time, at least their mutual love of the Fat Heads brings them together. But tragedy
strikes when the VCR of the show dies, the one thing keeping them sane.
Thankfully, at that moment they find the remote for the rocket lodged in Heffer’s
posterior. But when they arrive back to O-Town, a lot has changed.