No joke is too low, no bodily function to gross, no sexual pun is off the table.
From the twisted minds that showed us just how fun nature can be with Brickleberry, then dusted off the police puns for Paradise PD, Roger Black and Waco O’Guin this time take on a sci-fi setting for Farzar.
Netflix has been investing heavily in animation aimed solely at the adult audience over the last few years and it shows no sign of slowing down. Farzar takes that by the hilt and runs off into the distance with it dropping every F bomb they can along the way and making more dick jokes than even your mum could take.
We follow the story of the egotistical Czar of Farzar Renzo (Lance Riddick) who saved his home from the invading aliens before marrying his much, much older Queen Flammy (Grey DeLisle) to get his hands on the power that comes from the crown. Their son Fichael (Dana Snyder) is not exactly hero material but wants his father to make him a General for his 30th birthday. So, to keep the queen happy Renzo puts together the Special Hostile Assault Team, yes S.H.A.T. you read that right. Made up of the bottom of the barrel what was meant to be a joke squad continuously gets itself into situation after situation all in the attempts to defeat Renzo’s evil arch nemesis Bazarack (Snyder).
Farzar centres around the S.H.A.T. squad for the majority of the story line and the mayhem its members get up to. Consisting of Fichael’s best friend Scootie (Jerry Minor) the human turned robot somewhat addict, Mal and Val Skullcruncher (Kari Wahlgren) the conjoined twins one of whom is a disgruntled warrior the other a preschool teacher, Barry Barris (David Kaye) his quirks are best left to find out and the hybrid creature Billy (Snyder) made from left over animal and human parts that Barry threw together and has a habit of self-release whenever he can….
After their first meeting with Bazarack doesn’t go exactly to plan we spend the rest of the series following their antics and insane out of this world story lines as they try to battle and defeat one another for the glory of planet Farzar.
Like their first two outings Roger Black and Waco O’Guin have used a multitude of characters in similar role types and if you have seen either Brickleberry or Paradise PD you will quickly recognise these characters and voices. Farzar is once again animated beautifully yet the stand out here is the voice acting. Some real talent is on show especially from Dana Snyder, he has used his Dusty voice from Paradise PD to make sure that Bazarack is anything but maniacal.
I have to admit while the jokes were layered one after the other a lot of them did nothing to progress the story, if anything they stifled it. Farzar is very much third rate when compared to the work that Black and O’Guin have done before, or maybe the jokes have just been done too much before. I should have been laughing till my sides hurt with Farzar, like I did with Brickleberry and Paradise PD but I only lost it once and that was during a Family Guy style cut away.
Unfortunately, Farzar hasn’t given me confidence on if they will continue the story after their first season. While familiar characters are good for returning audiences this is a case where third time is not the charm. The story setup and character plot that worked for Brickleberry, was recycled for Paradise PD didn’t work this time around.
Farzars while good in parts seems to lose its story for each episode to focus on trying for the cheap gross out laugh. Language, nudity and gross out comedy in an animated series can always have a place and when done right is an absolute godsend but sometimes it does miss the mark.
Farzar is out now on Netflix and season 1 runs for a total of 10 episodes.
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