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Robot Chicken: Season Six

Score: 85%
Rating: TV-MA
Publisher: Warner Brothers Home

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/1
Running Time: 220 Mins.
Genre: Animated/Comedy/TV Series
Audio: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital:
           English 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH


  • Featurettes:
    • Making of Season 6
    • The Wilson Identity: From People to Puppets
    • They Came to Play
    • Our First Ladies
    • Kirkman on Kirkman
    • Outtakes
    • My First Time...
    • The Dirt on Seth and Matt
    • The Inside Joke
    • The Benefits of Robot Chicken
    • Who the F*** is Zeb?
    • Post-Apocalyptic Future of Holidays
  • Deleted Channel Flips
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Deleted Animatics

Robot Chicken: Season Six doesn't change its formula from past seasons. If anything, it seems to contain even more non-stop pop-culture references in a fast-paced succession of short clips that are timed just right enough to keep even the most ADD viewer's attention.

A running gag this season seems to be the G.I. Joes. In the first episode, the team faces an enemy bigger than anything they've faced before, while another episode has them being sent into a real world combat situation, and before the season is out, the Joes try to figure out what to get Snake Eyes for Christmas.

E.T. also makes a couple appearances this time around. In one skit, Elliot decides to go with E.T. and their life together isn't all Elliot was hoping for. In the other skit, E.T. uses his glowing finger professionally as he works in an E.R., but what does he do when he hurts the healing finger?

The rest of the season's skits are a slew of one-off jokes and a few old favorites returning. Characters like the Robot Chicken Nerd makes several appearances. In one, he saves Christmas from the Grinch, while another puts him in a Cabin in the Woods scenario. Another great Nerd-centric segment has him waking up after the Zombie Apocalypse. After wishing he had seen more of The Walking Dead for survival tips, creator Robert Kirkman (voiced by the same man) appears, but the advice he gives doesn't exactly help.

Some of the more noteworthy clips include 50 Cent (also voiced by the actual person) getting a new collaborator in PaRappa the Rapper, the Scooby Gang hiring The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander and what happened to Wilson from Castaway after he and Tom Hank's character part ways.

Other shorts includes Captain Kirk being told he has an STD and Bones tells him to inform everyone he has slept with during the five-year mission, as well as a few that focus on the Avengers. One of these shows just why Black Widow and Hawkeye are a part of the team, while another has the heroes' various weapons talking to each other.

This season also has a Christmas special. Besides the aforementioned short featuring the Nerd and the one with G.I. Joe, this episode also features a new Justin Bieber song, Santa trying to get a present to Jason Bourne, while Mortal Kombat's Kano tries to help the Cage family out during the holidays since he is the one who killed Johnny Cage.

This season had a ton of guest stars. Besides 50 Cent and Kirkman, it also features the voices of Joss Whedon, Whoopi Goldberg, Ke$ha, Sam Elliott, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Stewart (reprising his role from Dune), Christopher Lloyd, Breckin Meyer, Tom Hiddleston, Liev Schreiber, Olivia Wilde, Brent Spiner, Zachary Levi, Matthew Lillard and a ton more. In fact, there are a couple of special features that focus on the season's guest stars. One briefly interviews all of the first-time guest stars, while another goes a bit more deeply into some of the bigger parts.

Other special features involve interviewing Kirkman for his time on the show, a look at the two new writers, the first female writers that Robot Chicken has hired, as well as an in-depth Making Of. Season Six has a lot more to offer though. There is also a featurette on the making of a post-apocalyptic episode that uses live-action backgrounds, as well as one that shows the creators acting out a scene from the Wilson skit. There are interviews with the writers, creators and animators about everything from Writer/Director Zeb Well's background to attempts at picking up women by playing the Robot Chicken card.

Rounding out the extras include a slew of deleted scenes, deleted animatics, outtakes and unused channel flips. Needless to say, there are a lot of extras that comes with this season. While I wouldn't say that the extras clock in at the same length as the show itself, it probably isn't that far behind. Then again, given the show's short runtime, even the 20 episodes in this season go by fast.

As always, Robot Chicken is a non-stop ride of strange, nostalgic references thrown together with modern pop culture in a way that will appeal to pretty much any Adult Swim fan. If you've liked what this show has done in the past, then you will love what it offers this time around.

-J.R. Nip, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Meyer

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