There is brilliance, and then there is brilliance. And there there is — in a category unto itself — The Boondocks. If you did not see last night’s episode on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, find someone who has it on Tivo, or get a copy via BitTorrent. I thought the first episode was promising. Last night’s episode fulfilled that promise.
Spoilers follow after the jump.
Last time around Aaron MacGruder introduced us to this familiar looking guy; the Iraq war veteran from wealthy family, who bears more than a passing resemblance to another guy from a wealthy family who’s been to Iraq … but only to deliver some Thanksgiving turkey. Well, it’ turns out this guy has a friend — also an Iraq war veteran — name “Gin Rummy,” with a gift for poetry.
I’ll give that a minute to sink in.
Without giving too much away, there’s a scene in which the guy wearing the “W” and his buddy Gin Rummy shoot up a Mini Mart because they believe (or want folks to believe that they believe) the clerk (guess which nationality he is) has a weapon. A cop who happens to be there actually asks if there is a weapon and (after being berated by the gun-weilding war veteran duo) says under duress “I want to believe there’s a weapon,” before he gets shot to death in a hail of bullets that wouldn’t have happened if …
Well. Suffice to say , the presidential looking fella above, and his buddy Gin Rummy walk away hailed as heros.
Given the above, I just hope MacGruder adds Condoleeza Rice to the mix before he’s done. I’d love to see what he could do with a character based on her.