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The Passion of Ruckus 

Ruckus' message of hating black people in order to get into White Heaven catches on. Huey tries to save a radical who was wrongly convicted of murder from being executed.

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Tom Dubois (voice)
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Uncle Ruckus (voice)
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Crowd Member (voice)
Gabby Soleil ...
Jazmine Dubois (voice)
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Eli Gorbinsky / Armstrong Elder (voice)
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Rashon Khan ...
Shabazz K. Milton-Berle (as Rashon Kahn)
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Ronald Reagan / Governor (voice)
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Ruckus' message of hating black people in order to get into White Heaven catches on. Huey tries to save a radical who was wrongly convicted of murder from being executed.

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On the DVD release, this episode is titled "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus". See more »

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Uncle Ruckus: God bless you, Robert. How are you this fine morning?
Robert 'Granddad' Freeman: You're not a Jehavoh's Witness now, are you? 'Cause I'm in the Jehovah's Witness Protection Program.
Uncle Ruckus: Hahahahaha. Robert, I'm dying. That's right. Went to the doctor this morning. I only got six months to live. Tumor on the back. They call it Biggus Backus Tumoritis or some other big word that my tiny Negro brain and big lips can't pronounce.
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I Believe In It
Performed by Isabella Antena
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Season 1: Not perfect but refreshingly sharp, cool and quite funny
19 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I originally reviewed The Boondocks off the back of the pilot episode because I figured that, being in the UK and only seeing that by virtue of being in California that same week, that I'd probably not be able to see any more. I was right of course as it has never made it here formally so I imported the season 1 DVD to check it out for myself and see if it lived up to the promise of the first episode.

The answer is "sort of" because Boondocks is not as good as it was in strip form and at times feels stretched by the demands the show puts on it, but mostly it is pretty good stuff. It is at its best when it maintains the base of social or cultural commentary that it always had and builds some more accessible gags and humour on top of that. It Is never brilliant by any means but when it does this I find that the episodes are engaging, edgy and quite funny – the Martin Luther King and restaurant episodes being good examples of what I mean.

However it does have weaker moments where it struggles to maintain this base and ends up being silly rather than smart in its conception. When this happens it does feel a lot lesser of a product but to be honest across all the episodes in season 1 it only happens once or twice - and even then only because the base is not strong enough to hold a whole episode. Mostly though, the season does build on the promise of the strip and the show by having quite a searing edge of commentary as the central reason for it existing. Credit to the makers because they have stood the show as it has come under fire from those who would choose to shoot the messenger rather than consider the message. To me the reason I think Boondocks is better than just being a basic animated comedy is because of the challenge and food for thought that it brings. In itself it cannot affect change but where is the harm in having entertainment that holds up a mirror and sparks debate - we already have plenty of identikit detective shows, family sitcoms and so on. I genuinely defy anyone to watch the reimagining of history with Martin Luther King in THAT episode and not laugh at the comedy while also be impressed at the imagination in the writing and the sheer cutting edge of the commentary on modern black culture in the US. This is the best example for me but the season as a whole has plenty more of the same to offer.

It isn't perfect though and those expecting it to be hilariously funny will perhaps have some complaint because it isn't. The incidental humour is at times a bit flat but where the show is relying wholly on that material then it is weaker anyway for moving away from the base - although, like I said, this doesn't happen too often. As with the books that compile the strip, the whole package is presented in a cool martial arts and hip-hop style that starts with the brilliant opening credit sequence but also is used in some "action" sequences that overcome how silly they are by being cool and funny. Also it is hard to dislike any show that takes the time to promote Madvillain! Season 1 cost me a penny or two to bring over from the US in lieu of any television channel that I have doing it for me but it was worth it as it turned out. The show continues the strengths of that first episode I saw and delivers plenty of searing social commentary packaged up in reasonably good plots and delivered with an acerbic and aware type of comedy that is actually funny. The great voice work form the key staff and the names lining up to take part help this, while the selection of music and cool visual style help make it a punchy and entertaining show. You won't agree with all of it and often will be amazed he "took it there" with some of the writing, but McGruder's Boondocks is a refreshing piece of entertainment that doesn't deserve to be shot down.


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