Unlike most South Park recaps that lack the content rights that we’ve paid billions for, we’re able to actually show you the episode right here, right now, until its rights window closes.
Why do YOU tune into South Park?
Is it the shock of seeing animated children use dirty words? Is it the anticipation of watching the show’s unique takes on recent events? Do you enjoy its visually pleasing palette of primary colours? Are you looking to waste time before visiting the dentist for the third time this week because you can’t get enough of his/her anecdotes about other patients with worse teeth than yourself?
No matter what you love about the show, the mystery of what Chefs Parker and Stone will cook up every week is part of the fun, a culinary method that we will try to reflect these weekly peakies into the latest episode. I had no idea what this “review” would entail until I received the ingredients (the episode), fired up the grill (my computer) and began meticulously preparing (typing) this meal (blog). Whatever ends up on your plate this season, rest assured they will be as silly as possible and include as many cooking metaphors as I can cram in.
After watching the first season in its entirety and reading/hearing interviews with Trey Parker during the off-season, I, along with legions of whatever stupid name people have for South Park fans, was confident the show would return to standalone episodes rife with adventure and outrageousness. We knew it would ditch the serialization that went down Season 20 and I myself was thinking maybe the show would go back to its gnarled roots where some monster or alien or other zany thing would land in South Park and trigger a series of wacky situations and misunderstanding. But last night’s season premiere tasted very similar to last season.
Cartman is having problems with his girlfriend Heidi, a holdover from last season, and turns to his Amazon Alexa for advice and comfort. Randy and Sharon have started their own home renovation show, called “White People Renovating Houses,” that’s being constantly interrupted by the town’s rednecks, who are incensed that Cartman’s beloved subservient personal assistant and its counterparts are taking their jobs—or terkin derjerbs.
Parker insisted this season would avoid Donald Trump because he’s unavoidable on every other TV show, and true to his word, the floppy orange man and his surrogate Mr. Garrison are nowhere to be found. But the show did still touch on the white nationalism movement that has been justifiably linked to Trump and his base, making it feel like an extension of last season’s storyline. It’s tough to spoof circumstances like Charlottesville because of just how serious they are, and because some of it is so ridiculous it sort of spoofs itself. The rednecks in South Park brandish tiki torches, which would be an even funnier joke had the buttholes in real life not actually done it themselves.
Thankfully, it was still a very fun instalment of comedic television. Any episode where Randy is a key player is always a delight, and the kids forcing Alexa to repeat dirty words back to them truly captured the rambunctious spirit of youth.
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