After 13 Years, 'South Park' is a Shadow of Its Former Self
I've been watching the most recent series of South Park, and like a lot of people, I'm disappointed. There hasn't been a good 'South Park' since 'Mystery of the Urinal Deuce'.
Coming straight out of Team America', which is a great movie apart from the usual Parker-Stone self-defeating scene at the end, there was the excellent 'South Park' season 9, with 'Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina', a non-PC look at "sex changes", 'Die Hippie, Die', a fun episode about hippies, and 'Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow', a non-PC look at environmentalists, and then the also-excellent season 10, with 'Cartoon Wars', which dealt with Islamic extremism in a way that no other humor show had done, 'Manbearpig', in which Al Gore leads the boys into a cave and then tries to kill them with molten lead, and Mystery of the Urinal Deuce', which took on 9/11 paranoia and Alex Jones claptrap.
But that was three years ago. Since then we've seen the abysmal 'Hell on Earth 2006', 'Go God Go', 'Queefs', 'Fantastic Easter Special' which features Jesus being stabbed and dying over a period of about half a minute, 'W.T.F' which focuses largely on the stupidity of 'hicks' who 'think wrestling is real', 'The F-word' which attempts to redefine the word 'fag' as bikers, and now most recently 'Dances with Smurfs' which features the Cartman character as a lying manipulative version of Glenn Beck.
There have been a few OK episodes such as 'Night of the Living Homeless', and 'Major Boobage', but these are merely consolation prizes to the great South Park that it used to be.
Something has drastically changed at South Park Studios. I no longer expect a good show from them, but rather something that any 'Simpsons' or 'Family Guy' show could put out, if they were on late on cable.
The old ones are good though. They should be proud of the first 10 years. I hope they find that youthful spirit of sticking it to 50-year-old liberalist society again.
At the moment, 50-year-old liberalist society would be quite comfortable with 'South Park'.
|1:38 PM, Thursday 12th November, 2009||Category Media|