Are You Ready for Some Eggball?

Episode Commentary: Eggball

A pinball machine, birds in the shape of a man’s private parts and a giant homosexual baby highlight this episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which just like the first two episodes this season, is a winner.

However, it’s the most random episode of the season, taking an obvious deviation from the more “practical” comedy the series started off with in this run. Nevertheless, it works because of who the comedy centers on.

Master Shake hasn’t taken a back seat at all this season, but most of the hi-jinx has been built around Meatwad and how he interacts with the rest of the group. In “Eggball” however, Shake is in the driver’s seat and thanks to the always excellent voice acting of the incomparable Dana Snyder, the episode is extra witty and even more rambunctious.

If you’ve never seen the show before, this is an excellent episode to start, due to the fact that we see Shake at his best. Simply put, in his eyes, the entire world revolves around him and he can do anything he wants to, whenever he wants. His give and take relationship with the world, with the world giving, and him, taking, of course, is put on full display here. Naturally, because of his attitude, most of the time, things don’t go as planned. Unlike the other characters on the show, Shake has the worst of luck and is usually the brunt of his own jokes. Seeing this happen again [and the way it does] is another great part of the episode as well and brings the show back to its roots after a weird few spots of randomness.

That randomness, however, comes in the shape of weird-looking birds, shooting out “egg balls” that Shake needs for his custom pinball machine and a giant homosexual baby that just so happens to control the uncharted island where Shake has led the team.

Lost you? Something not making sense here? Well, good, that just means you’re still sane. Off the wall and totally outrageous, this episode of Aqua Teen lives and dies on the talent of Snyder and the naiveté of Meatwad and again, continues the recent stretch of quality and freshness that has begun with the start of the new season.

It’s not as smart as the first two episodes, but in its own way, “Eggball” is a more than worthy addition to the Aqua Teen library of episodes.

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