Unless you’re living under a rock or were too busy watching EVO, Cartoon Network aired a special crossover episode of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes with Sonic The Hedgehog. It was previously announced at San Diego Comic Con last month during the Cartoon Network panel. To say this episode was something special would be a massive understatement. It was essentially a love letter to the Blue Hedgehog’s entire career.
If you don’t know already, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is a series on Cartoon Network that stars the titular character and his effort to become the world’s greatest hero while working at Gar’s Bodega. Before this episode, the series already had a few episodes dedicated to crossovers and references to video games. It’s been very successful and is currently on its 3rd season, there was even a game based on the series released last year on all major platforms.
The Sonic episode itself follows Sonic, Tails and K.O. as they try to rescue his friends (Enid and Rad) from Lord Boxman. There is an absurd amount of fanservice from beginning to end. A few examples include Sonic Adventure 2, the OVA and even Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. However a majority of them come from Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog, the first show based on the video game character. I got a kick out of the music cues and references that ended up fitting extremely well with OK K.O’s tone and style. My favorite was the ending which hilariously has the Sonic Sez PSA and him saying “That’s no good.”
I’ve been binge watching the show lately because of this crossover. It goes without saying but it’s one of the best things to come out of Cartoon Network in years. For me it’s been about 2-3 years since I’ve seen Regular Show which was the last CN show I watched. I kinda lost interest in Steven Universe and Adventure Time since most of the shows I watch are either from Netflix or YouTube. OK K.O. reminds me a lot of classic Hanna Barbera cartoons which makes sense since that was the main inspiration for the show. If you want to catch up on the series it’s available to watch on Hulu and Cartoon Network. I highly recommend you check out the show as soon as you can.