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FIST OF THE NORTH STAR #3 - - Watch & Learn

He's dressed for the occasion. It's a funny show, damn it!

You should all know that I pressed the Five Second Rewind button on the my Hulu viewer about twenty times while watching this. What could I have possibly wanted to re-watch that many times? What short snippet of screen time was so intrinsically amusing that it made me chortle, over and over?

Well, there’s a part where Ken steps forth from the shadows to interrupt another scumbag’s sadism session. The villain smirks, wryly remarking, “What’s this? I’ve never seen one so eager to be sent to hell.

And what is Ken’s response? Is there a clever comeback? Does he trade witty barbs with this jerk? Not quite…

Ken goes straight to shrieking, flaring his battle cry. A powerful aura surges around him. His chest swells enough that it literally just bursts right out of his denim get-up. And then he fans his arms around… more ready to throw down than anybody on the planet.

Sure, this exact same scene plays out, with minor differences, in every single episode of FIST OF THE NORTH STAR. Sam called it out correctly during our recent Vice Pit - - the ultra-violence in this show is taken to such an absurd degree, and so insistently, that it basically plays like TOM & JERRY. Of course, I never enjoyed TOM & JERRY that much when I was a kid. I said I t was because the slapstick gags were predictable (it was more so because I could never get behind a ‘Tom’ losing every time), but I think the quality that keeps this funny business from getting stale is that it’s juxtaposed with such a direly grim setting.

Like, the world of the show is so incessantly grim that Ken’s shrieking tension releases are always that much more cathartic. It’s like some stand-up getting on stage and delivering some ultra-serious monologue for ten minutes that's punctuated with him getting an abrupt pie to the face.

A pie stuffed with cherry filling of such a crimson hue that it looks like entrails spilling out, of course...

Watch this episode, “In the City Without Light, a Lone Fist Burns! The Furious Death by the Five Exploding Fingers” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk
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