Creepy little wizard men kill each other as Zombie Lincoln goes to the theater in Ugly Americans
OK, so maybe I forgot to mention in last week’s recap that this show has some of the sickest sense of humor on television. But for an Augenblick Studios production, that’s just par for the course. Be warned: This week’s episode “Kill, Mark, Kill” has tons of hyper-violent scenes, such as the lovely one pictured above.
While loving on a mermaid, Leonard almost releases his nemesis from his big-screen TV when his magic wand falls in the hot tub. Luckily, our wonderful wizard traps the bizarro-Leonard in a Phantom Zone-type poster prison as he tries to comes through the dimensional divide.
Later, Mark tries to convince Leonard to buy a new wand, breaking his old one just as Leonard was trying to explain the wand is his life force. Blood and guts splatter all over the asphalt along with little balls that turn out to be eggs of mini-Leonards later on… 500 of them.
Mark is told he has to kill every little guy except for one. Due to his touchy-feely nature, Mark fails to comply, but he doesn’t have to because carnage ensues soon after these wizzies learn that as each of them dies the others grow slightly until the last one alive becomes the magically reconstituted Leonard.
As the mini-Leonards pop each other like bloody water balloons, Leonard’s nemesis, still trapped in a poster, teams up with Mark’s evil demon boss in a plot to re-assassinate Abe Lincoln’s zombie, who is attending the theater for the first time in 145 years. One of the last two kid-sized Leonards foils the assassination in the last minute, dying in the process. Finally, the last surviving wiz, a jittery and merciless pill popper, becomes the new Leonard.
I forget the sensory overload I can get from watching a show like this. Most of the scenes that have way too much going on in the background make me want to re-watch it again and again to catch little details I missed. Some of these scenes in this episode are truly disturbing. I mean, watching a mini bearded man dip a towel in a blood-filled sink, twist the contents of it into his mouth and then wear the towel like a Superman cape can really mess with you if you’re not expecting it.
But that’s the appeal of Ugly Americans; you never know where it’s going to go. The show switches effortlessly from silly pop culture gags to ultra-violent gory messes, often due to some really morbid premise. Its stark, comic book-like animation makes these images more jarring than any other adult-themed cartoon, well, at least not any such toon in the U.S.
Consider this episode a low-brow—yet still incredibly fun—counterpart to last week’s intelligent commentary-laden episode. It’s almost as if the showrunners chose to re-establish Ugly Americans‘ smart premise in the beginning only to turn around and say “OK, now let’s find different ways to kill man-faced babies!”
The result: Magic!