It has been about two years since the last season of Robot Chicken aired and fans have been dying to know what's on tap for season 9. With production mostly wrapped up, the Robot Chicken Team revealed a trailer during SDCC 2017, featuring tidbits from the upcoming season. There were references to Mad Max, Westworld, Star Wars, and other various sources of pop culture. There was even a moment focusing on the most arguably controversial episodes of Black Mirror.
However, what else can fans expect from Robot Chicken season 9? Screen Rant got a chance to chat with Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer, and Michael Rooker at a press conference, where we discussed the upcoming Walking Dead special, the upcoming new season of Robot Chicken, and Yondu Mary Poppins.
“This season is all current pop culture... But as far as another special goes, it’s always a conversation. The specials always come from weird places.”
There is one particular sketch from season 9 that features a new character that holds a special place in co-creator Matthew Senreich’s heart. He is hoping the character takes off in a similar way that the Nerd character has taken off since its inception:
“There’s one character this season that I am hoping takes off. There’s one this season that Breckin [Meyer] plays where we do a Sailor Moon sketch and we have Sailor Earth, which we have Breckin doing this lethargic ‘the Earth is doomed anyway’. It’s so apathetic the way it plays, but I am hoping it takes off because it’s probably maybe my new favorite character.”
As was explained by Green during the press conference, in the Sailor Moon series each Sailor Senshi are representative of the planets and embody the emotional characteristics of the planet. For those familiar with the Sailor Moon franchise, which has been facing a resurgence recently, examples of these planetary characteristics are Mercury being connected to intelligence and fluidity and Mars being fiery and spiritual. In the case of the newly introduced Sailor Earth in the ninth season, the characteristics are fairly emo and dismissive in a way.
All in all, the new season will definitely rely heavily on pop culture properties that have been facing a resurgence in the past couple of years. That also means everything that has been recently rebooted to tap into nostalgia will likely be fair game in season 9. Some properties might not get as big a reaction as others because they might be more obscure, but fans of Robot Chicken will probably be satisfied nonetheless once the episodes air.
The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking premieres Sunday, October 8 at midnight on Adult Swim. Season 9 of Robot Chicken will be airing in fall of 2017, but no official premiere date has been announced. Season 8 of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22 on AMC.