STUDIO: Warner
MSRP: $24.98
RUNNING TIME: 187 min.
Shrabster Forward
Legacy of Laughter alternate ending
Joy of Grief deleted scenes
• Best of Sealab/Sunken Treasures

The Pitch

“If you’re looking for me, reruns is where I’ll be.”

The Humans

Voices of Bill Lobley, mc chris, Erik Estrada, Angela Gibbs, Michael Goz, Brett Butler, Kate Miller, Ellis Henican

"Two gallons in twenty seconds. Beat that."

The Nutshell

The grossly unsupervised denizens of Sealab continue to behave inappropriately, breed abominations against nature, and blow themselves up on a semi-weekly basis. The series’ final 13 episodes introduce the Shrabster, Sharko (son of Marko), a trillionaire with a jetpack, and El Chupacabra.

The Lowdown

There are two ways to watch an Adult Swim show on DVD. You can hit Play All and just have it run in the background of whatever else you’re doing, or you can huddle up with the remote and go through it frame by frame, unearthing nuggets like this:

Nobody just sits down to watch an episode of Sealab 2021: at ten minutes each they’re over before you can get comfortable on the couch. But they’re like Tater Tots—you can’t have just one, and when you get up you always find a couple that rolled off your plate and got sat on. The theme song alone will stick in your head for days.

I’m not a big fan of the heavily-manipulated video-effects approach to animation. Call me old-fashioned, but I like Sealab best when it’s vintage footage from the original ‘60s show with new voices dubbed on. Four years in, I guess the animators were getting sick of looking at the same twelve shots, so OK.

"Sorry, I didn’t realize this party was shaded-and-rendered. I’ll go change."

The Package

The theme for this set is vintage marine diagrams. Not a striking as Season 3’s Soviet Propaganda look, but nice. As for the extras: no commentaries this time out. Shrabster Forward is a linear edit of the particularly baffling episode Shrabster. The best bonus is Nightshift, a throwback to the show’s stock-footage roots in which background characters hold down the fort and try to order pizza. I kind of wish the main series had stuck with stuff like that.

7 out of 10