Comedian Jim Gaffigan stars in the series as both Pale Man and "Conan O'Brien". The pair fight crime using their extraordinary paleness, primarily that caused by The Lady Bronze (supposedly voiced by Eartha Kitt, but also voiced by Gaffigan). The result is a one-note joke done no favors when presented as a single-sitting. Gaffigan makes himself up to be the heroic, awesome, lady-killer type, while Conan is voiced with squeaky terror, often peeing his pants in the face of danger and constantly being misidentified as a woman. Every once in awhile, one of these jokes lands, but most of them are predictable. Each episode also usually involves faux celebrities, like Michael Rapaport, Nicole Kidman, Philip Seymour Hoffman and NBC president Jeff Zucker, which occasionally leads to some alright material ("Law & Order: Pale Force" isn't hilarious, but it's amusing).
Each episode was directed by Paul Noth, and the animation style is decidedly crude. In fact, there are times when "Pale Force" is kind of hard to look at, with its extremely basic color scheme and awkward caricatures. I suppose the show wouldn't be any funnier if it looked better, so I can't fault anyone for putting the bare minimum of effort in, but that still doesn't make the style appealing. Paul's brother Patrick did the music, which is much more critical to the comedy, and even helps form the best episode, "Pale Christmas".
The show was originally presented on "The Late Show", with Gaffigan introducing each episode. At a certain point, the show migrated to the internet, but the clips are all fairly PG-13 in nature (nothing worse than a set of crudely drawn fake nipples and a scene in which Pale Man's trailer rocks back and forth). I'm not saying that being crude would necessarily make "Pale Force" a better show, but it's a shame that the series doesn't stretch any with the relative freedom that the internet provides.
I realize this isn't much of a review, but there's not much about "Pale Force" that I can legitimately critique. This is a show where one of the episodes features The Golden Girls beating up Conan O'Brien, which probably sounds a lot funnier than it is. I've never listened to much of Jim Gaffigan's stand-up material, but sadly, "Pale Force" isn't much of an endorsement for the guy's comedic range. Ten minutes of the show will likely sate your desire for the particular style of comedy in question, and at over an hour, the viewer's patience will likely be broken. Call me when they release a compilation DVD of the "Walker, Texas Ranger" lever.
Note: The packaging lists the runtime as 84 minutes, but the runtime is actually 74 minutes.
The Video and Audio
Dolby Digital 2.0 is entirely unremarkable. You can hear the ridiculous songs and whiny voices as clearly as anyone should ever want to. No subtitles have been included.
One incorrectly-mixed deleted scene (0:33) is included, while a reel of three rough animations (1:44) wrap things up.