'Sealab 2021 - Season 4'
(Harry Goz, Erik Estrada, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2000) 2006 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The year is 2021. Deep below the ocean's surface, looms a vast, magnificently high-tech compound: Sealab. A multi-national scientific station with an annual budget in the trillions, dedicated to the research and exploration of man's final frontier... Sealab's crew is charged with exploring the possibility of underwater colonization. As the Earth's surface, by this time, has gotten just generally crowded, hot, and icky. However, as most government-funded agencies usually are, Sealab is manned by a motley collection of malcontents and screw-ups who were unfit for work in the private sector.
DVD Verdict: 'Sealab 2021' was a great show and was such a great idea to resurrect a well aged cartoon targeted to kids and putting a new spin on it by voicing a great cast and aiming the content more upwards towards an adult audience with it's crude humor. Full of unexpected antics and it's references to pop culture in such a small, and yet easily attention always kept to its own time frame, it was surely a refreshing thing to watch and well to the naysayers, if you didn't get it ... you just didn't get it. Us fans sure did though! The fifteen minute episodes regularly managed to pack in twice as many laughs as your run-of-the mill half-hour sitcom - it was fast-paced and hilarious. As for this season itself, however, the show had started going downhill slightly (I think) during the episodes found on the Season 3 set (although "Red Dawn" and "Craptastic Voyage" are still a couple of my favorites). The (final) episodes on these Season 4 DVDs continued this trend, and the show was just not quite as good for its last few episodes. However, this one does have some good stuf - I liked "Shrabster" a lot, though I don't think all my fellow fans agreed on that one. We all agree, however, on "Cavemen." And, of course, none of the episodes are as bad as "Der Dieb" (probably the least funny episode of the series). If you haven't seen 'Sealab 2021' yet, do yourself a favor and pick up Season 1 first - it's the best; you'll laugh your head off through "Stimutacs." This one's for completists, but they'll be completing a great show - ya gotta love 'Sealab.' Fignuts! This is a Standard Version Presentation and comes with the Special Features of:
13 episodes on 2 discs
Legacy of Laughter (alternate ending)
Joy of Grief (deleted scenes)
Best of Sealab/Sunken Treasures