By Gregory Robinson
Golan The Insatiable is, without a doubt, the most sadistic, shocking and irreverent animated show I have ever seen, which is why it is an outstanding addition to Fox's animated line up. Unfortunately, Fox does not seem to agree.
Let's go back to the beginning. Golan The Insatiable is not a 'brand new show' per se. It already aired six 1/4 hour episodes on Fox's yanked late night animated programming block Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD). Golan then underwent a reboot for its second season, which included a retooled cast, the expansion of the episode's runtime to 1/2 hour episodes, all in anticipation for its prime-time premiere.
In the show, Golan is accidentally summoned to Earth by Dylan. He stays with her after finding out that his acolyte Kruung has overthrown him for control of Gkruool during his absence. Besides learning about Earth's customs and causing havoc in Oak Grove, Golan plans to build up his power so that he can return to Gkruool and take revenge on Kruung. The plot is completely peculiar, demonic and odd and completely subverts the traditional suburban family motif which has become the staple of animated Fox sitcoms and it instead conveys the slightly disturbing relationship between a macabre little girl and her demon friend who reek havoc on her enemies, family and neighbours using witchcraft, magic and pure bloody violence.
A lot can go wrong when a series, which has already garnered a dedicated albeit small fan base, is retooled. Most of the original (unknown) voice cast were replaced my well-known, out of work actors like Rob Riggle (Golan) and Aubrey Plaza (Dylan). But the strength of the writing and directing and overall behind the scenes actions on Golan proves that once you have a strong foundation for a show, it will be spectacular anyway.
The most gruesomely funny episode has to be "On Golan Pond". During a weekend at the Knudsen Family Cabin at Leech Lake, Golan sheds his skin in the wilderness, leaving Dylan to protect him for 24 hours. Golan is abducted by a mother wolf, and one of the wolf cubs drinks Golan's blood and mutates into a monster. Meanwhile, Carole befriends a Party-Bot and develops a crush on it. At the same time, Keith Knudsen Sr. encourages his son Keith to commit outercourse with Alexis. The episode marks a creative highlight of the short season as the episode manages to balance the dark wit, demented scenarios and good animated sequences to deliver one of the best episodes from an animated show in recent memory.
Golan The Insatiable proves to be one of the most intriguing animated shows on television right now and should lead a new generation of adult animated sitcoms to Fox's successful yet aging Animation Domination block. The Simpsons have been around since the Fox Broadcasting Network's inception, Family Guy has become a multi-million dollar brand and Bob's Burgers is an underrated masterpiece. Apart from these three shows, there hasn't been many new additions to the block. American Dad, Seth Macfarlane's best show, was cancelled by Fox but picked up by TBS. The tragically bad Cleveland Show was rightfully binned, while the gone-too-soon Napoleon Dynamite series and the misunderstood Allen Gregory show were cancelled after only 6/7 episodes. Before the current animation staples reach their expiry dates, new, non-Macfarlane shows should be given a shot to excel and Golan is the perfect show to lead the pack.
Golan The Insatiable previously aired as part of ADHD, which also included other animated short-form programmes like Axe Cop and Lucas Bros. Moving Co. Interestingly, Golan appears to be the only programme from the bunch to achieve a full series order, which was reportedly the purpose of the block. This suggests Fox execs must at least see potential in the show in order for them to give it another series of full length episodes and to air them in primetime rather than late at night.
In just six full length episodes, the ambitious writing, splendid animation and macabre humour have already set Golan The Insatiable apart from all the other shows on Fox's Animation Domination block. It is stupendously superior to the awful Bordertown and, in a fair world, would have the prime post-Family Guy slot.
UPDATE: Fox has cancelled Golan The Insatiable