The Boondocks trailer “leaked” earlier in the week and had the Internet going nuts. In case you’re new to Aaron McGruder’s animated series, Boondocks premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim channel back in 2005. I can’t think of any other black work of art that’s as funny and fearless as Boondocks.
Get past the obvious humor and what lies beneath is a show that compels us to confront the same issues we hide from in our daily routines without being too preachy. No one’s safe from the wrath of McGruder’s wild little cartoon characters. As we count down to the May 2nd season premiere, what can we expect from The Boondocks Season 3? Here’s what we know from the 3-minute trailer.
1. Thugnificent is broke
I only say that because his crib looks like my first apartment and that’s not a compliment. Plus, the episode description of Bitches to Rags references low record sales.
2. Huey Freeman rediscovers his passion for kickball
Huey is seen slinging a red ball in the trailer…OK, I cheated on this one. Adult Swim aired a spot confirming that the second episode of Season 3 finds Huey returning to kickball after a self-imposed exile from the game.
3. Tom goes to jail and gets anally raped
Tom walking through a prison shower with a wife beater and boxers can only mean one of two things: he’s either having nightmares about going to the pokey and getting anally raped. Wait, is that a phallic symbol in the background?
4. The kids are all grown-up
The kids look like they’ve added a few inches since we last saw them. I don’t remember Jazmine Dubois being that tall.
5. Ruckus throws some darts at Obama…literally
I imagine that Ruckus was shit-faced when Obama won the 2008 presidential election. No one is more suited for the job of throwing darts at the first black POTUS than the self-loathing, impossibly hilarious uncle Ruckus.
7. It’s the final season (say it ain’t so)
Boondocks is so addictive it should be classified as an illegal narcotic. That said, if McGruder feels that he can no longer sustain the production without sacrificing quality, then it’ll be wise for him to go out while the ovation is loudest.
Bonus: Episode Titles & Info
1. “It’s a Black President, Huey Freeman” (May 2, 2010)
A German documentary follows the Freeman family during the election of the country’s first black president.
2. “The Red Ball” (May 9, 2010)
Kickball legend Huey Freeman returns after a self-imposed exile from the game.
3. “Bitches to Rags” (May 16, 2010)
When his new album tanks, Thugnificent is faced with the horror of getting a real job.
10. “The Fundraiser” (July 4, 2010)
15. “The Kentucky Fried Flu” (August 8, 2010)