NTSF:SD:SUV:: “Tijuana, We’ve Got A Problem” Review

NTSF:SD:SUV:: “Tijuana, We’ve Got A Problem” Season 1, Episode 6 – I’m always impressed by the caliber of guest appearances that NTSF:SD:SUV:: manages to pull in for this little fifteen minute show. For an Adult Swim series, the recurring cast is impressive on its own, and I find myself playing the “hey! It’s that guy!” game during every episode. This week, Gabrielle Union and Lorenzo Lamas stepped into the NTSF:SD:SUV:: world.

Gabrielle Union played Sandy Canyons, a NASA engineer and exotic dancer who is also known by her legal name, “Vagina Breasts.” I have to give props to Union for her impressive dance moves – without a doubt, she knows how to work it on that stage. What was even more impressive, however, was that even as she was grinding at Club Sin Diego, she managed to be completely hilarious without dropping her sexy act.

The strip club fight between Piper and Sandy Canyons was mostly fan service for the male NTSF:SD:SUV:: viewers in the audience, but it was all predictable hot-chick-cat-fight stuff and I felt like that scene lasted forever. I did enjoy the funny little lines thrown in there as they were fighting, but why do the hot girls in these kind of parody shows always end up in their dainties acting out teenage boys’ fantasies? Yes, I know it’s sexy, but women watch Adult Swim too and maybe sometime I’d like to see a Sam versus S.A.M. sexy mud wrestling competition.

Speaking of Sam v. S.A.M. this was totally my favorite gag of the night. Their rivalry is brilliant and I love that S.A.M. is a conniving “Judas-robot-bastard-sonuvabitch” that takes all of Sam’s glory while the NTSF:SD:SUV:: team lavishes their praises on S.A.M. I could watch Sam and S.A.M. duke it out all night and never get bored.

Trent discovers that the brains behind the terrorist plot to steal NASA plans and build a space shuttle to Jupiter to collect uranium and build a nuclear weapon is none other than Mexican president, Felipe Calderon. Lorenzo Lamas was fantastic as Calderon, and he played his ridiculous lines so straight that I found myself asking, “wait, are Mexicans really mocked because of low baseball attendance?”

Remember how I was asking for fan service for the ladies? The zero gravity fight between Trent and Calderon was not that. Funny, yes. Sexy, no. Sure, Lamas might be in his early 50’s but I’ve seen pictures of him on his most recent honeymoon and there’s nothing old about that guy’s abs. Seriously, he was stabbed by some 20 odd sharp objects at the end of their scene and his shirt didn’t even tear enough for a nip slip.

Maybe the juxtaposition of those two fight scenes was intended as some kind of commentary about sexual objectification (doubtful) but if it was, I couldn’t tell. I don’t watch very much of the source material for the type of show that NTSF:SD:SUV:: is parodying so maybe I’m missing out on a specific spoof here. Do the women in these crime shows end up in fights with torn clothing while the men stay fully dressed all the time? If so, then I suppose it all makes sense. If not, then how about sharing a little bit of that eye candy with the ladies who love these parody shows too? Next week’s episode with Jeff Goldblum looks like it may be somewhat promising on that front and I’m definitely looking forward to it.