Netflix’s adult animated series Farzar delves into the conflict between humans and aliens on the titular planet. At the epicentre of this chaos is the planet’s Czar Renzo, his son Prince Fichael and the alien baddie Bazarack.
The plot opens by explaining how the egotistical yet powerful Renzo defeated invading aliens on the planet of Farzar and set up a human colony on the planet.
He encased it in a dome of powerful energy and named it Dome City. He then married the old and withered Queen Flanny to cement his position as the planet’s ruler.
In the present, we see Renzo unwillingly turn his son Prince Fichael into a General on his 30th birthday. He assembles a squad of good-for-nothings for him to lead.
Fichael, now the leader of the S.H.A.T. (Special Hostile Assault Team) Squad sets out to bring back Bazarack’s head when he realises that his father made him a fake General due to his incompetence.
The SHAT Squad do somehow find themselves in the alien’s lair who reveals a shocking truth to Fichael. He reveals that Renzo is the real villain who invaded Farzar and created a massive divide between humans and aliens.
Bazarack initially asks Fichael to join him and overthrow Renzo but the Prince vows to change his father’s treatment and ideologies about aliens so that peace can prevail.
The voice acting in Farzar is top notch. All characters are uniquely outrageous and hilarious.
Special mention goes to Dana Snyder who voices Bazarack and Fichael. His performance as both characters stands out and is an absolute treat to watch. He’ll have you breaking your ribs with laughter from the very first scene.
Furthermore, Lance Reddick, Grey Griffin, Kari Wahlgren, Jerry Minor, David Kaye and other cast members are impeccable as well.
Farzar may be an over the top adult comedy show but it uses the platform to talk about extremely relevant issues plaguing the world at the moment.
It can easily be labelled a satire which talks about colonialism, revisionist history, propaganda, class divide, capitalism, corruption, Government injustice and more.
The animation is exceptional. The artists and animators have no stone unturned in making the final product feel pristine.
With its sci-fi themes and crass comedy, the vibes you get from it are almost identical to that of Rick and Morty and Futurama (something the show mentions as well).
Creators Roger Black and Waco O’Guin use this alien planet setting in an exceptional manner. The pure absurdity in this show is beyond anything most of the audience has ever witnessed.
Unfortunately, the bad part about Farzar is that the narrative relies too much on sex jokes and toilet humour. Even though it is initially hilarious, the comedy starts getting stale after the first few episodes.
You can only go so far by constantly making fun of the characters’ fetishes, fantasies, traumas and other horrendous experiences. Sometimes it just feels forced.
Despite it being an animated show, people who have a low tolerance for dark comedy, gore, and just all-out weirdness will absolutely not have a nice time watching this.
This limits Farzar’s audience severely. The series could have been the perfect blend between adult humour and satire but just misses the mark.
In its entirety, Farzar should be watched at least once for its brilliant animation, relevant discussions cleverly blended with comedy and whacky storytelling. However, if the aforementioned tropes aren’t your cup of tea, you know where to find the exit button.