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Series: Sealab 2021 Season 4


If there’s one kind of review that I really try to avoid doing here on elroyonline, it’s reviewing a season (or volume) of a show and then double dipping with another review of another season. Most of the time I feel like I’m just repeating what I’ve already said, however there are a few occasions where I feel like going another round! Usually it’s one of two things that make me want to post about a show again: The show itself has changed dramatically and I think it’s worth considering it as something completely new, or I’ve enjoyed the show so much that I really want to put it out there again.

SEALAB 2021 SEASON IV falls into the latter of those categories, but that’s not to say that it didn’t change, it most certainly did. And by ‘change’ I mean it went the way of all of the great Williams Street / Adult Swim titles, in that it completely lost the plot.

Almost a year ago I reviewed season 3 of Sealab 2021, and that was pretty much my introduction to the series. I’ve since bought the first and second season on DVD, which should pretty clearly indicate what I think of this show: I love it. But even I can see that this is an acquired taste. It’s just so insane that you’ll either feel compelled to watch, despite wanting to look away — like those videos you see of a skier tumbling down a mountain, with their legs flailing about like a rag doll — or the shear lunacy of the show will fail to make a connection with you at all.

Season four is the last we’ll see of Sealab 2021. Sadly, I don’t think it’s the strongest, but it is a fitting end to a series that just got wackier and wackier. Continuity is completely abandoned as Sealab is destroyed by the end of just about every episode. If not that, then the crew are killed by zombies, or by Chupacabras, or a psychotic grief counselor only to have everything reset at the beginning of the next episode. Except for Marco, who dies early in the season and — defying the show’s own conventions — actually manages to stay that way for several episodes.

One of the show’s co-creators is on record as saying that this series contains the worst episode of Sealab 2021 ever. So it’s fair to say that even those making the show saw that the show’s spark was fading. While I agree, Sealab still managed to end with me still wanting more.

If you’re yet to familiarize yourself with Sealab 2021 I wouldn’t suggest you start with season 4 (because that would be stupid), instead start with one of the earlier ones, perhaps even the first! Although, it doesn’t really matter, as I said before, continuity isn’t really this show’s strong suit!

I also said before that I don’t like double dipping, but with the release of this DVD I really wanted to take the opportunity to put yet another good word out there for this show. Now, don’t make me say it a third time! [source]

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    I gotta say it took you this second time to convince me to even check it out. I just YouTubed some Sealab action – very classy.

    The AdultSwim stuff just usually falls under ‘a bit random, cant be bothered’ usually for me… I just need to realise that this category is fricken awesome.

  • That surprises me actually. I think you’d really get a kick out of a lot of Adult Swim dude. I’d particularly peg you as a Birdman kinda guy!

  • Birdman is probably my favourite too, but I actually own the first two Sealab Collections, and not Birdman.

    I dunno what it is about it, but I think it has something to do with just being so insane that it hurts my belly when I watch it and I often end up borderlining on an Asthma attack