Logo // 2008 // 160 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // March 5th, 2009
Toys acting rude for twinks!
The second season of Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World opens with a masculine lesbian in labor screaming while the entire cast sings an ode to the wonders of sperm. A bulldyke pushing out a baby while everyone jazzes to a jingle about jizz. Ah! To be young, queer, and crude! Rick & Steve is the gay answer to South Park, a politically incorrect stop motion animated comedy made with what looks like Legos acting proud without any shame. The show is so rude that during its early days the series even faced a law suit from the tiny plastic brick company for everything looking way too close to their toy line. The whole thing was created by Q. Allan Brocka who was the guy behind great queer films such as Boy Culture and Eating Out. He based this one on a short film Rick & Steve from 1999 that had become a festival favorite back in the day. Featured on the disc is the spoof of The Wizard of Oz, a showdown between the moms of Rick and Steve, the very special lesbian death bed episode, a Gay Pride show, a discussion of racism, and a holiday themed finale. Guest stars this year included RuPaul, Lance Bass, Mark Hamill, Andy Dick, and Star Trek legend George Takei.
The cast of toy characters include:
Rick & Steve -- An intensely smart 30 year old Filipino American and a gym buffed not so bright real estate broker. Rick and Steve are meant to represent an average male couple facing the usual problems of same sex relationships. Voiced by Will Matthews and Peter Paige (Queer as Folk).
Chuck & Evan -- A 50-year-old paralyzed AIDS patient who plays sugar daddy to a 19-year-old kept boyfriend. Voiced by Alan Cumming (X2: X-Men United) and Wilson Cruz (Coffee Date).
Kirsten & Dana -- A lipstick lesbian and her bulldyke partner. Voiced by Emily Brooke Hands and Taylor M. Dooley (Boy Culture).
Dixie -- The baby girl named after Dana's brother...well, his drag name anyway.
Condoleezza Ling -- The fag hag who lives for her gays. Voiced by comedian Margaret Cho (It's My Party).
Pussy -- Rick & Steve's cat who sometimes talks to people. Voiced by voice actress Liza Del Mundo.
The second year is only eight episodes long, and they are all in unedited form without any bleeps for language on DVD. Transfers are fullscreen with an accompanying stereo soundtrack. The picture is clear and free from artifacts with strong colors that pop well. Extras include seven shorts which are extra scenes revolving around a single joke. Then we have interviews with Margaret Cho, Peter Paige, Coco Peru (Trick), Robert Gant (Queer as Folk), Wilson Cruz, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, comedy legend Bruce Villanch. There's a behind the scenes featurette which includes a nice interview with creator Q. Allan Brocka and other members of the crew as they create a sequence of the gang playing Rock Band. Also included are what Logo calls "More Gay Crap" which is footage from their other shows such as a comedy special with Margaret Cho, a sequence from RuPaul's Drag Race, and a cartoon from Alien Boot Camp.
Rick & Steve is unapologetically gay, crude, and out there enough to make you giggle at its irreverence. It's always nice to see gays and lesbians making their own jokes rather than being the butt of anybody else's. Rick & Steve: The Complete Second Season shows more comic teeth than the first year of the show, and this is certainly a fun batch of episodes. Logo has done a great job packaging the toy inspired show for DVD with plenty of extras and nice transfers.
Congrats to Rick & Steve for taking it to the next level and giving us a reason to stay tuned for another year. So let's all join hands and sing a song about sperm in the next Pride Parade!
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 160 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Shorts
* Official Site