What seemed like the quietest launch in the Adult Swim lineup, Black Dynamite is back for season 2 and has picked up where season one left off.
The New Boondocks
When Black Dynamite originally aired, the series would draw comparisons with fans of The Boondocks. Both shows drew on satire and black culture with episodes that not only made us laugh but also made people think. But after the disaster that was season 4 of The Boondocks, it’s good to know that BD and the gang have taken up slack.
The first episode, Roots the White Album, or The Black the Community the Deeper the Roots, makes fun of Al Sharpton, Roots, Martin Luther King, race relations, and slavery. The show begins with Al Sharpton stating that he was paid to attend the first event of black history month and unveils a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. taking a dump on a “whites only” toilet. After the statue’s unveiling, Black Dynamite and the black community head over to Roscoe’s to watch the premiere of Roots. Of course the reaction to Roots didn’t go as planned and Al Sharpton leads the black community to initiate white slavery. The rest of the episode details the rise of the black community and the beginning of the white plight, with a full white slave spiritual in tow. Of course things don’t go as planned and at the end of the episode, things come back full circle.
The Return of Smart Comedy
I’m surprised this episode didn’t catch a lot of flack, but then again it did air over the weekend(more importantly Spelhouse Homecoming weekend) so I’m sure it didn’t catch the eyes of the mainstream public. If the first episode is any indication of what to expect from the rest of season 2 then we are in store for quite a treat. Black Dynamite is the return of smart, black comedy. If you were a fan of The Boondocks season 1 and 2 then you need to tune in Saturdays at 10:30pm on Adult Swim.
Shout out to LeSean Thomas who is the creative producer for the show and also featured in The Initiative