This is one of those shows that at first, you gotta wonder, "How on Earth did they get the money and backing for this?", but when you sit down and watch it, it all makes sense. As a fan of The Aquabats (the band) since I first saw them on an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba, where they played their toddler oriented "Pool Party", and about 2 years ago I got more serious, listening to all of their music and I am not ashamed to say that I know the lyrics to over two thirds their songs by heart. Now to the show. As a fan of the old Adam West Batman series, as well as a person who values aspects of childhood, I have to say that I love this show. For one thing, the Batman references are all too obvious and cool, especially when they had John Heder as a guest star, which is doubtlessly a more subtle shout out to the guest stars on the old Batman series. The real value of this show, and their music, has to do with a deeper message that these 5 crazily dressed musicians convey. They show the value of all the simple childhood interests that we all had. People today are so bent up about growing up, becoming adults, and "maturing", but in that, they lose desire of what is actually defines "maturity". Don't deny the fact that if you could go back to watching cartoons on Saturday mornings and playing with action figures, that you could. To get to the show, I feel that this show does that. It reminds me of the simple things that made me happy as a child, and it is a 30 minute escape from the responsibilities and stress of the "grown-up" world. As far as the show's content is concerned, it is totally awesome. They have all kinds of funky and unique villains to fight, and there are some really cool songs that they also have during the show. I still get the "brother" song from the John Heder episode in my head every now and again. Another really neat thing that they threw in that I feel is so cool, and totally supports my views of why this show kicks butt, is the "cartoons" that they show. These little clips of the team watching a cartoon during the show is very in tune with the messages of their songs and the show, and the values that Christian Jacobs seems to have in the whole "superhero" persona, in that it shows that even adults and people who are socially viewed as "mature" can still sit down and spend some time as a child. Overall, I love this show, and I really hope that they start to incorporate some of the stories and characters from their songs into the show.
Dear Aquabats, make an after school special depicting some cool story behind your "The Wild Sea" song.