Without question, the third season of The Boondocks, the most intelligent and funniest animated series to date, had the best season ever. At least half of the episodes surpassed, yes, even superseded the season 1 blockbuster Return of the King (for those of you all not familiar, it is about Martin Luther King Jr. returning to “black America” in 2006, during the time of the Bush administration; suffice to say, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the Civil Rights establishment did not approve). The Boondocks, as a comic strip and a cartoon seem to be operating out two different universes, coming from a fan of both. The cartoon t.v. show seems to be a critique leveled against mainstream liberal black cultural politics as the philosophical differences between Huey Freeman and Uncle Ruckus are blurred. Uncle Ruckus is severely critical of African Americans from a conservative, right-wing perspective, while Huey (and by association, as the voice of Aaron McGruder), deconstructs the image of black people from a left-of-center agenda. Quietly, McGruder has become a Bill Cosby figure of sorts, but certainly maintaining a progressive ideology.
However, the first half of last night’s season (and prayerfully not series finale “what would I do with my life!”) was pretty disappointing. E W spoke the most for the first ten minutes, and that is never a good sign because his use of profane language is censored. Huey Freeman remains haunted by his revolutionary past, and Grandpa, Robert Freeman, admits that the world would be a better place if everyone listened to Aaron McGruden, I mean, Huey Freeman. The episode did get better however, and in the end, McGruder’s parody of Jack Bauer brings a certain terrorist to justice. I am not giving away any spoilers, but think Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 meets 24. There were some hints given that perhaps The Boondocks will “move to a different neighborhood other than the cartoon network; one can only hope the series remains as a light in the darkness of an entertainment industry run by anti-intellectuals, dilettantes, and aficionados of vampires.