by: Ana Bruja-Khayos
As I’m navigating my way through my Netflix account I often find myself watching stuff I’ve never seen before. Some of the times it is a very good experience but some of the time it is just not a great experience. Robotomy was one of those series that I vaguely remember seeing ads for back when I had cable but I also remember it being gone just as quickly as it appeared.
At the time I thought the art style was interesting but it was nothing that I wanted to watch until now.
The first thing that I noticed is that the series was incredibly short. It was only 10 episodes compared to the standard 13 or 22 episode per season I’m used to seeing. That got me thinking... ok what do I have to lose? Put it on the background and is only going to be on for about 4 ½ to 5 hours tops. What could possibly go wrong with this?
The show follows these two robots that are in robot high school a name.... you know what who cares. In this world being a heinous evil robot is the norm, while being nice is completely off pudding. While you follow Thrasher and Blastus through the school you will be shown incredibly odd and at unrelatable situations that simply fall flat and are simply not funny. As you watch the show you get the sense that just like it’s main characters it was trying too hard to be the next big thing and simply filled the show with stupid unfunny fart jokes, and imagery that only Ah!!! Real Monsters could have pulled off back in the day. Both the main cast and secondary characters have very 2D personalities like school princess, jock, nerd that have a very cliche fell to them. After the first 3 episode I simply blurred out the show and it was just moving pictures with noise.
I’m sure someone out there likes the show, but is just not me. If you like it, let me know in the comments. Maybe I’m missing something, where’s the jokes?
About the Show
Seeing how bad the show was got me thinking what happened here. How did this get made and why. It turns out the show was created after a long losing streak of rejected production ideas. The show was in and off production for a few years due to changing management, and finally was finished in 2009 pushed out to be aired in 2010. Needless to say it didn’t go well. The show only lasted a measly 4 months on the air before it was cancelled. The show is the shortest running Cartoon Network original series along with the least episodes ever made by them. The show was so bad it was finally also completely removed from the CN website around 2011 as a listed show. I’ve rarely seen any network do that. Talk about sweeping it under the rug.
What really made me sad is that this show was directed by Christy Karacas who is known for his other project Superjail. I love Superjail. All in all you can’t win them all and this is one of those shows best left forgotten.
Only watch if you are severely intoxicated and looking to kill brain cells. Best recommendation is to skip it completely.