Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Volume Two
(Region 1 Edition)

Starring: Space Ghost
Warner Home Video
RRP: $29.98
Certificate: Not Rated
Available 16 November 2004

What happens when a classic '60s Hanna-Barbera superhero gets his own late-night talk show? Now you can find out as Space Ghost humiliates celebrities before they realise what they've let themselves in for...

The quotes on the back of the DVD box says it all:

"Sadly unsatisying" - Hollywood Reporter
"Only amuses itself" - USA Today
"Needs some work" - Phoenix Gazette
"Incomprehensible" - Cable World
"Tasteless, offensive, and a pain to watch... if this is the most creative show the Cartoon Network has to offer, the future looks very bleak" - Californian

Now, while it's clear that all of the above quotes give a true overall view of this series, there is something about the show that is hypnotically appealing.

As with Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Volume One, the majority of the stars interviewed will be unfamiliar to British viewers. However, there are enough familiar faces (Matt Groening, Penn & Teller, Elvira, and a blink and you'll miss it appearance by Cameron Diaz) to keep you interested. And even those interviews with unfamiliar guests are worth watching.

If the links, and what passes for a script, had been cut back to let the interviews take centre stage, then this would have been a lot more entertaining. Space Ghost Coast to Coast is at its funniest when Space Ghost is ripping the proverbial out of his unsuspecting guests.

The episodes on the first disc are very hit and miss and are only worth watching for the interviews - the linking animation is poorly scripted. However, the episodes on the second disc seem a lot more polished. The jokes are funny, the plot has a beginning, middle and an end, and the interviews are a lot funnier. The opening title sequence has also been jazzed up considerably.

All the material could easily have fitted onto one disc, so it's a little surprising to see that Warner Bros has stretched this over two discs.

Extras include the raw interview footage of Matt Groening (16 mins); audio commentaries for every episode; a live action re-enactment of some of Space Ghost's "classic" interviews; the original pilot; and the 1993 pencil animation tests. The live action re-enactment is very funny and the Matt Groening interview is interesting because it shows how crap the original interview questions are, and how new questions are added later on to make the show's creators appear a lot more cutting and witty.

The audio commentaries are pretty dull. None of them actually reveal much of interest. It would have been a lot better if they had concentrated on what the guests were like - were they game, or did they just not get it? Then everything falls apart during the audio commentary for Freak Show. The voice artist who played Space Ghost tries to hog the microphone talking about himself, while one of the other guys tries to explain some of the events that are appearing on screen. And don't even bother listening to the audio commentary for Surprise - it's just a bunch of drunk idiots talking total rubbish.

You'll either get what the producers were trying to do with this show, or it will go whizzing over your head. It's bizarre, it's offbeat and it is entertaining. But is it good television? Um... the jury is still out on that one.

Darren Rea

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