Ahoy Captain Cats here and today I’m going to review a special that was 20 years in the making, and that is Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling.
The main topics of this new special are as clear as day, letting go of the past, embrace the here and now and accept what’s coming in the near future, whether we like to or not. We see Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt coming back to earth after spending the last 20 years in space. Once they crash land back to their old town, and they see how life went on without the boys. We also see how they react to the new world they are living in and adapt to it well all except Rocko, who wants to see his old favorite show the Fatheads. The boys go an find the original creator of the Fatheads, Ralph Bighead, who goes by Rachel Bighead now and see if she can create a new special. After some crazy, odd moments of life spots, we get to the end with a great message.
Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling is something that I didn’t expect to see, and it lived up not only to the hype but the message it was going for as well. The way they introduce Ralph as Rachel and how the way she was portrayed in the storyline was great. They didn’t need to do any stupid gag or anything to make Rachel feel less of a person because of who she is. Instead, Joe Murray, the series creator, worked with Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation or GLAAD for short and took the topic of Rachel being transgender into a more respectful interpretation within the show itself.
Overall this special was a great way to close the book on this series on a high note, while at the same time teaching everyone a few lesson or two about the past, present, and future. As a whole Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling tells us that it’s alright to accept change, regardless if we like it or not and change is not a bad thing.