What's Changed: Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1

Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 is the new Adult Swim series from the creators of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Actually, it's the same show with a new name. Meatwad, Frylock, and Master Shake are back to solve crimes and fail miserably. If you know anything about Aqua Teen Hunger Force, you know the crime-solving aspect introduced in the pilot was very rarely picked up on again. I can think of one other episode (the leprechauns scamming people out of their belongings) that involved an actual investigation. The rest of the time, random things happened to talking food products. It's funny because of the absurdity.

Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, if the creators stay with the premise, takes place nine years in the future. Master Shake freezes himself in the hopes of waking up to a world of bountiful crimes to solve for all detective levels. Instead, he wakes up to a world where everyone is on the honor's system. If you do something bad, you're vaporized.

I don't think the practically perfect in every way world or the time traveling will be canon. What does seem to be a permanent change is the quality of animation. The series has never looked this good before. There are textures and lighting effects that other animated shows have used for years while Aqua Teen Hunger Force stuck to flat graphics and spliced in explosions.

If Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 is just a better animated version of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, it should be a good show. May it run for another hundred episodes.

You can watch the two-part series/season premiere at the Adult Swim website.