Back to Reviews

Reviews Comments: Season One (It Kicks Ass) Titan Maximum season review by Eddie Valiant, Jr.

Cartoon Network, I've noticed, works in some bizarre perversion of a cyclical nature. It used to be that the Cartoon Cartoons (back when they were still called that) had semi-coherent cartoon plots that often veered off in bizarre and exciting directions, whereas the stuff on Adult Swim was superficially an ode to LSD, whereas their plots tended to revolve around the mundane. Nowadays, the rule seems to have turned itself on its head, with the eye-raping but conceptually boring The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack by day and this gem at night.

Though it's a clear homage to Voltron, Titan Maximum, with its hokey space-pilot premise and crude puppets for characters, bears a much closer resemblance to Thunderbirds. In other words, you take one look at it and what you see is the epitome of passé Science Fiction clichés. But dig a little deeper, viewer; hidden beneath its ugliness is what may be the Network's most brilliant creation since the long-forgotten days of Johnny Bravo and Cow And Chicken.

However, it must be said that, hilarious and iconoclastic as it is (like its spiritual sibling, Robot Chicken, it's dead-set on ruining your childhood forever), this series is an acquired taste. As a work of fiction, it belongs to that odd canon wherein your enjoyment of it depends on whether or not you dislike the characters. Palmer, Sasha, Jodi, and entourage are a grossly-irresponsible, vindictive, traitorous, self-obsessed, not very smart and downright sinful bunch, the kind of people you'd really hate to work with (but very probably do). But that's for the best, you see, because the show derives endless charm from their utter inability to thwart the schemes of its villain, Gibbs, who's an evil bastard, a cheap vulgarian, and the show's most charming character all at once.

This one's definitely worth a look-see. Here's hoping for season two!


  • crakhaed
  • 15th Dec 09
I really agree with you, this show is pretty damn funny in terms of the characters, though I think it still has pretty good plot too.
  • Dvandemon
  • 9th Mar 10
I really hope they pick it up for another season! Flapjack? EYE RAPING!? Completely irrelevant (or too drastic) and YMMV cuz that just irked me a little
  • 9th Oct 10
The characters don't look crude...
  • EponymousKid
  • 21st Nov 10
I think you meant to say (It Punches the Fuck out of It)

In order to post comments, you need to

Get Known