My eyes! What have I seen? God, help me!
BQB here with a review of Netflix’s Paradise PD.
There’s a part of me that says the master print of this show should be burned, the ashes dissolved in acid, the remnants of whatever is left put into a rocket to be shot into the sun. It’s that gross and I don’t know why, there’s just something about seeing cartoon animated disgustingness that makes me feel like my soul was warped upon seeing it. There are scenes that haven’t left me feeling this weirded out since I saw Sausage Party, which, although I laughed at, I pledged I’d never see it ever again and to date, I never have.
On the other hand, I haven’t had such a good laugh in so long. It’s hilarious – rapid fire jokes upon jokes upon jokes, jokes that are quick, jokes that you get right away, jokes that you get after you think about it after a minute.
Even better? It pulls no punches. It takes no sides. It whams, bams, and slams everyone and everything. It is an equal opportunity offender to one and all. If you haven’t been offended within the first five minutes, give it another five. Don’t worry. They will eventually get to something that offends you.
Ironically, that’s what unbiased comedy is. When comedians savage one side, one group, one idea, then leave the opposite untouched, it’s biased. We see that in comedy today when it comes to politics. Comedians have their sacred political cows and they won’t touch certain topics with a ten foot pole.
Here, liberals and conservatives are parodied with equal vigor. There’s a particularly funny episode that skewers the cable news channels – CNN, MSNBC and FOX, how they feature knee jerk commentators who skew things to fit their agenda.
I laughed. I laughed. I laughed some more. Still, there’s something about seeing a cartoon penis that seems wrong, even in a cartoon that is intended by adults, and by the way, please, I don’t care if this is a cartoon, if you kid tries to watch this show, please do whatever it takes to stop them from watching it, even if you have to take an axe to the television.
The set up? Kevin is a loser who ends up as a police officer under the command of his constantly angry police chief father, in the town of Paradise. There’s the super fat Dusty, the disgusting Hobo Cop (a hobo turned cop), the walking poster for police brutality Gina, the elderly Hopson (owner of the cartoon penis the sight of which makes me want to power wash my eyeballs), the drug addled police dog Bullet and Fitz, the African American cop who, in one wacky episode, accidentally shoots himself in the penis and then gets arrested for committing police brutality against a black man, i.e. himself.
Part of me wants to apologize to Jesus for recommending this. Part of me appreciates the good laughs it gave me as I watched it the past week.
The best description is that it is basically what you might imagine if Family Guy were able to take the freak outs that it does now but then crank it up to 1,000 with no holds barred.
Honestly, there should be some holds barred. It’s funny, but I hope this doesn’t mean we’re moving toward a future where all cartoons meant for adults end up this disgusting.
I can’t give it a shelf-worthy rating. I also can’t not give it one. See it if you want to laugh and laugh heartily. Don’t see it if you are easily offended, feint of heart, or if you just believe in common standards of decency…which I do, so why I watched this I don’t know.