SUPERHERO IRONY A BIT RUSTY AT TIMES.
When Cartoon Network first introduced its Adult Swim nighttime bloc, the notion of cheesily animated shows with corkscrew plotting and Dadaistic nonsequiturs was a fresh one. That was a while back, though, and since then, the floodgates have unleashed a torrent of shows that revel in their own randomness.
Eventually there's going to be a point of diminishing returns, which isn't going to help ``Freak Show's'' cause much. The show is crummily drawn, weakly animated and gleefully determined to offend -- all of which, some will say, adds to its charm.
Created by David Cross, one of the masterminds behind HBO's brilliant, too-short-lived ``Mr. Show,'' and H. Jon Benjamin (``Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist''), ``Freak Show'' concerns a misfit team of superheroes, Freak Squad. Its members include the World's Tallest Nebraskan; Primi, the Premature Baby; the Log Cabin Republican; and conjoined twins Tuck and Benny. They moonlight at a mom-'n'-pop carnival in the cross hairs of a global freak megaconglomerate.
We're not kidding
None of Freak Squad's superpowers are remotely daunting, or even useful (Primi's is pinpoint vomiting); underscoring their nominal use to the world is the fact that their exploits are overseen by a parking attendant at the Pentagon, who dispatches them on missions while dispensing change to the lot's visitors.
Likewise, their adventures are underwhelming. Apparently it's a lot easier to unspool ironic, meandering story lines with the occasional flatulence joke than to cook up taut or even vaguely interesting plots.
Still, some of the one-liners and withering attacks on pop culture carry more punch than any right uppercut that any Freak Squad member could manage.
FREAK SHOW - Two and one half stars
What: Animated series about freaks with lame super-powers. The anti-``Heroes.''
Where: Comedy Central.
When: 10:30 tonight.
In a nutshell: Random and intermittently funny.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Oct 4, 2006|
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