Sunday, 19 January 2014

Space☆Dandy - Episode 3

Life is still hard in the alien hunting business for Dandy and company - it seems that nothing they snag will pass muster, and even trying to dress up Meow as a rare alien doesn't manage to bag them any money.

With nothing but food that's 10,000 light years out of date to eat, the only saving grace seems to be Dandy's Boobies loyalty card, with enough points saved for a free meal.  But, with only two hours until the card expires, is there time to make it to a suitable venue in time?

Of course, the answer to this is no, and Dandy's attempt to use his ship's broken warp drive only makes things worse, dumping them onto a supposedly lifeless planet in the middle of nowhere.  However, the planet isn't as uninhabited as first assumed - in fact, it's home to a beautiful woman trying to escape the clutches of some horrific monsters.  Dandy is quick to intervene and save this damsel in distress before looking at repairing his ship to escape this cursed planet - clearly, this is a man who has never heard that old adage about not judging a book by its cover though...

After a couple of mildly entertaining episodes that have been more fun to watch for their visual style than their content, this finally felt like the moment where Space Dandy succeeded in distilling what it does best into a single episode.  As well as looking great, this episode had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions and made full use of its cast and premise to deliver that comedy - it's still throwaway entertainment, but that's no bad thing and if it can keep up this level of laughs now it's seemingly found its feet then the rest of the series could prove to be a lot of fun.

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