Paradise PD Season 3, created by Roger Black and Waco O’Guin, takes place right after the town gets deep-dish pizza-d and the police department has to deal with the aftermath of it while tackling personal problems on the side. It packs an unhealthy dose of pop-culture references, political commentary, and some of the weirdest moments a pair of human eyes have ever seen in their lifetime. Everyone from the voice actors to the animators, sound designers, directors, and writers bring in their A-game, thereby making it one of the grossest and yet fun viewing experiences.
Disclaimer: This review of Paradise PD Season 3 is based on the first four episodes of the show due to logistical reasons.
I think that every time I talk about Paradise PD, I must thank my permanent friend/ex-colleague for introducing me to it. Where would I have been without this show? What would I have been without this show? Who would I have been without this show? I really don’t want to know the answer to that. What I do know is that Paradise PD is the correct way of treating police officers on-screen. I am not kidding. I have said it in my Season 2 review and I am going to say it again here. There’s no need for them to be treated respectfully until and unless they stop being Government stooges and clean up their act. Woah! Did get that serious? Sure as hell did. I guess that’s the only way I can review this show because I don’t want to spoil a single second of it.
Paradise PD Season 3 is created by Roger Black and Waco O’Guin. At the time of writing this article and according to IMDb (The reason why I am saying this is because I got into trouble earlier for miscrediting someone by simply trusting IMDb, which should be updated by whoever runs a particular movie/show’s page), the show’s written by Black, O’Guin, Seth Cohen, Amy Pocha, Nora Nolan, Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko, Dan Signer, Steve Tompkins, Josh Greenbarg, Josh Lehrman, and Kyle Stegina. The casting is by Scott Muller, post-production supervision by Kevin R. Fintland, dialogue mixing by Oleg Belogorsky, sound editing by James Lucero and Kyle O’Connor, and a massive crew full of brilliant animators, background designers, and VFX artists for whom you should sit through the credits. It features the voices of Sarah Chalke, David Herman, Tom Kenny, Kyle Kinane, Cedric Yarbrough, Roger Black, Dana Snyder, O’Guin, Grey Griffin, and more.
As I was saying earlier, Paradise PD is the correct way to depict the police because it is a department that is notorious for taking bribes, harassing people, doing the bidding for the government even though there’s not even an ounce of justice in it, allowing drugs to vanish from evidence and blaming it on rats, carrying out extra-judicial killings, and the list just goes on. And while every other profession and community has been subject to immense scrutiny for a hint of a mistake, the police is one aspect of our society that somehow ends up bypassing everything. I know there are many other professions that are given such leeway but let’s just stick to the police for now. So, I can’t explain what kind of pleasure I derive upon seeing them boiled down to a ballless man, a man with a small dick, a man who extorts people for enjoyment, a drug-loving dog, a pervert, a man with serious psychological problems, and a trigger-happy woman.
There’s no doubt that the writing is hilarious. There are great puns, sexual innuendos, escalation of situations that seemingly look like they’re not going to go anywhere which are surprisingly stitched together with relevant real-life issues and storytelling issues in various IPs (Game of Thrones, Joe Biden, and Cobra Kai are metaphorically bludgeoned to death). But that’s all I can say without spoiling the show. So, just trust me when I say that that department has aced. And so has the voice-acting department. But it’s the animation department that has truly knocked it out of the park. It’s like animation was invented so that the people associated with Paradise PD could draw the things that they drew. Try imagining the wackiest shit you’ve seen via the animated medium and you’re still not going to come close to guessing the kind of images that are in the show. They will make you guffaw till you have an asthma attack. Simultaneously, they’ll give you nightmares. Terrible nightmares *shudders*.
Just go and watch Paradise PD Season 3 after watching Seasons 1 and 2. You have the weekend ahead of you. Dedicate it to this absolute batshit crazy show and I swear that you’re not going to regret it. I don’t endorse drugs. So, maybe get sleep-deprived to emulate that hallucinatory effect while watching it for the sake of some extra fun? In addition to that, I hope more and more storytellers start treating government-backed organisations such as the police like this until they get their act right. Which will be never, I guess. And that means more weird-ass shit from Roger Black and Waco O’Guin. I ain’t complaining.
Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India