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Oct 11th 2019 at 3:59:21 PM

There is an ongoing story and some continuity, but it's still comparatively episodic in nature. Like the the most recent episode can be described far more as "Cartman refusing to get his vaccinations and it becomes a pig wrestling contest" than anything regarding Tegridy Farms and China.

Oct 11th 2019 at 4:06:54 PM

[up][up] Wait, they've been stopping people from deleting their accounts, how?

Oct 11th 2019 at 4:21:07 PM

[up][up][up]Do you have any source of Blizzard not allowing Winnie the Pooh merch at any convention?

Oct 11th 2019 at 4:38:50 PM

I confess to being underwhelmed by the 300th episode. Still, it is hard to top the 200th and 201st.

Oct 11th 2019 at 4:48:25 PM

Reportedly, they completely blocked the authentication system needed to confirm they want to delete their account. South Park is often too topical, but their criticism was only the beginnings of the wildfire that has started.

^ I think even they realized at a certain point it's not so big of a milestone once you've reached a certain number. The celebration here was more tongue-in-cheek about how nobody cares.

Edited by KJMackley on Oct 11th 2019 at 4:51:30 AM

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A Wink's As Good As A Nod To A Blind Bat
Oct 20th 2019 at 11:05:08 AM

The Goo Man in "Let Them Eat Goo" is clearly based on Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood.

There Will Be Blood was previously parodied in "Breast Cancer Show Ever" when Wendy announced she's finished after pummeling Cartman to a pulp.

I wonder what other movies have been parodied in multiple South Park episodes.

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Oct 20th 2019 at 11:22:20 AM

[up]Actually, Randy killing Pooh was done almost exactly like a scene in There Will Be Blood as well. Interesting to see it get multiple references in the same season.

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Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 27th 2019 at 7:36:04 AM

Doing short commentary on the last couple episodes.

Band in China

  • Well, I already know about this episode, thanks to all the news coverage.
  • Stan starts an unexpectedly hardcore rock band. We've seen this gag before with Korn. I guess South Park is now getting it's own Simpsons Did It.
  • Rather ironic that the studio guy derides records as being from the nineties, while trying to sign on a band that is SO much a stereotype of angsty nineties teen rock bands.
  • Why is this studio exec signing on Stan's podunk 2,5 week old band, again? This B-plot doesn't exactly have a reasonable setup, it basically just exists to tie into the A-plot. How's that for a cliched plot structure? "Every episode must have an A and B plot, no matter how necessary it really is".
  • Why are the Chinese prisoners chanting "fuck you"?
  • Winnie the Pooh is in the prison camp, too. That makes sense with the comparison to Xi... but why is Piglet in prison, too?
  • Does the Chinese mean anything, or are they just talking gibberish?
  • Wait, now Pooh and Piglet are back at Disney? So are they in Chinese prison or not? Can we have a little consistency?
  • Asshole Mickey Mouse is always fun.
  • Randy is apparently back, too. I feel like we are missing a scene here. The episode just lurches from plot point to plot point without much connection.
  • Wait, why is Disney losing money because of Randy? I don't get it. Why is Randy even there?
  • Even PC babies don't mind bowing to China, apparently. Which raises the question: why not make this biopic be about the PC babies, then? That would make a lot more sense than Stan's out-of-nowhere band suddenly getting a biopic for no reason other than making a point about China.
  • Well, Randy just assassinated Winnie the Pooh. That's pretty low, even for South Park.
  • Is Randy a villain now? He certainly has the body count for it.
  • And suddenly Kyle and Cartman are back from the immigrant camp. No explanation on how they escaped or anything. Feels like a wasted opportunity, really.
  • Stan gives his message about not selling out to China, while his dad does just that. Well, I guess Randy really is the villain now, just like Gerald a few episodes ago.

Well, that was rather mediocre, to be honest. This episode was clearly more about the message than telling any interesting story. Randy is quickly replacing Cartman as the resident amoral psychopath of the show, it seems. Also, the message seems like a bit of an open goal, a point that pretty much everyone else was already making all week anyway. This seems like rather easy pickings as far as social commentary goes, and this episode will be quickly forgotten, because there really isn't much more to it than that. This episode has more than a little We're Still Relevant, Dammit! about it.

Shots!!!

  • I thought this episode would be about the school shooting epidemic with a title like that, but I guess they did that last year. And it wasn't even resolved all that well. Sure, they can bash China, but American gun culture is clearly a bridge too far. Talk about hypocrisy...
  • Oh, it's the 300th episode. Already? The past 100 episodes sure went by fast, didn't they?
  • Hey, Randy's family is getting sick of Tegridy Farms... and so am I! Relatability! grin
  • Cartman getting shots and running around the room squealing like a piglet is much more fun!
  • This episode is all about the American immunization crisis, which feels a bit like last summer. That's what you get when you only make ten episodes a year. Super topical one week, running after the pack the next. But this at least is a worthy subject. The anti-vaccine movement singlehandedly bringing back measles to America certainly deserves mockery, if not outright shaming.
  • Eric really IS acting like a pig at the doctor's. Maybe they should try a veterinarian instead, they know how to handle unruly pigs. grin See what I mean about South Park being much funnier when it isn't trying so hard to make a point?
  • Randy is driving an obnoxious parade float through town to celebrate his 300(.000) dollars, but no one cares. I feel like this is a metaphor for the show, somehow... grin
  • Cartman abuses religious exemptions to get out of having shots, because of course he does. Oh, wait, it's actually Liane who does this. Do you guys notice there is a trend towards making the adults the instigators of crap more than the kids lately? First Gerald, then Randy, now Liane?
  • And then all the adults try to wrangle Eric in the middle of the night to give him his shot. This is a lot of fun.
  • They're bringing in a veterinarian pig wrangler! This is amazing.
  • Cartman throws his mom out of the house... and then the pig wrangler shows up. This is even better than the dog trainer episode. Wait a minute... This is basically Tssst! all over again. Well, at least they're retreading a good episode. (South Park did it!)
  • Lianne goes to Randy to talk about both of them being unappreciated, and Lianne manages to give some pathos to the other side of the debate: misguided parents snared by misinformation about vaccines trying to do the right thing but not being sure what that is.
  • For a minute there I thought Randy and Liane would have an affair together. Now THAT would have been a daring twist. But that seems to be one of the few places this show wont go.
  • An immunization rodeo. This episode just keeps on getting better.
  • Meanwhile, Randy apologizes... to Towelie, for being a jerk.
  • "Harassing" homegrowers, is that what he calls it now? Funny word for murder.
  • Lianne goes to the rodeo and ends up beating off all the wranglers and taking a shot for Eric... which causes her to become artistic. For a second I thought they were going to kill her off, but this is pretty funny.

That was a great episode. Once again, South Park is funniest and best when the message doesn't get in the way of the comedy.

The message itself is a bit muddled, though. Not getting vaccinated is bad... but so is forcing people to get vaccinated? This is one of those "both sides" fallacies, which is not really a good message to have. People need to get vaccinated, even if they don't like it.

South Park seems to be taking easy shots on things eveyone can agree on, like being against kids in cages or Chinese censorship, but they waffle about issues that are actually controversial, like this vaccination crisis, or the school shooting one. They only seem to take a firm stance on things the American left and right can agree on (little though that is these days). The actual divisive issues get muddled in order to appeal to both sides.

Talk about selling out to politics...

As an aside, a review noted that Lianne used to be portrayed as "quite sexually active" (a VERY politically correct way of saying she was a prostitute/porn star), which made me realize that we haven't heard of that side of her in a long time. Odd to think that South Park is playing it a lot safer in some regards nowadays.

Let Them Eat Goo

  • South Park is still the Randy Marsh Show this season, so of course we start with Randy getting another hair brained scheme to make a profit.
  • Meanwhile, Cartman gets a heart attack or something over having to eat healthy food, which was apparently a demand made by the girls (because no BOY would ever demand healthy food, amirite?).
  • Oh, this is about the Impossible Burger. Fake meat for vegetarians who can't move on from real meat! People can be so strange sometimes...
  • Nice callback to "the health of our students comes first", with Eric now getting heart attacks from any sort of stress.
  • Randy is making Impossible Burgers out of weed. Not sure if those really would make you high, though. Sounds like something for the Myth Busters!
  • Meanwhile, the school has replaced lunch with... goo that can be formed into any meat. It turns everyone who eats it into energyless zombie people. And they creep Cartman out, which is always great.
  • City Wok is back, which is not surprising after that China episode. Clearly racist Chinese stereotypes are cool again, or something like that.
  • A cow farmer is angry at Randy for putting him out of business, so... he dumps all his cattle on Randy? I'm not sure I'm following that logic. I mean, do you know what a cow is worth in meat alone? That farmer basically just gave Randy a fortune's worth of cattle.
  • Classes now consist of the teacher eating a burger like she's an addict for the entire lesson. I don't even know what character this is, by the way. I miss Garisson.
  • There's our gruesome scene for this week: Randy and Towelie graphically murdering the herd of cows. And it gets used pretty effectively against Randy, too.
  • Cartman's speech on fake meat being just as crappy as processed food is great. And there is a little truth to it, I suppose. Those fake burgers are just as processed as the real deal, maybe even more so. And they still taste pretty awful. The meat industry is indeed a problem, but the fake meat craze doesn't seem to be the best solution, either.

Oh, that was it already? That felt... short, somehow. Oh well. A pretty decent episode with good jokes.

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Dark Hero
Oct 27th 2019 at 10:46:02 AM

On Band in China. That came before most of the China blow back, so it actually brought a lot of people me included to the issues in China.

Also I think you missed the point of everyone being silent with Cartmam. They were concerned about giving away that the food was not actually meat and him having a fit again.

Edited by Envyus on Oct 27th 2019 at 11:52:25 AM

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Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 27th 2019 at 11:41:10 AM

Yeah, I only watched the episode later, so I might have gotten the timing a bit wrong.

And yeah, I did misinterpret the students' reaction, but hey, this is South Park, and when someone called "The Goo Man" comes up, and is acting kinda creepy, I expect anything from this show, up to and including zombifying fake meat burgers.

Oct 27th 2019 at 10:17:39 PM

That was a boy yes.

And the other boys sans Butters and Cartman didn't care.

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Dark Hero
Oct 27th 2019 at 10:18:28 PM

[up][up]It was explicitly stated to be a boy. When Cartman accused the girls of trying to change the menu, Wendy states it's not just the girls and the vegan boy speaks up and several boys and girls side with her.

[up]There was a few other boys that stood with them when they made the arguments. But most of the school did not care.

Edited by Envyus on Oct 27th 2019 at 11:19:08 AM

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Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 28th 2019 at 3:16:59 AM

It was still mainly girls, though. Just because they throw in a male Smurfette doesn't make it any less of a stereotype.

Oct 28th 2019 at 5:13:46 AM

The other boys didn't care either way to begin with.

It's why they tried to compromise so Cartman would stop doing Cartman things because even the other boys were fine with eating healthy in some form, even if they weren't advocating for it.

Of course compromising means they eat unhealthy goo instead of fish like what the girls wanted on some days. But Cartman is too much of an egomaniac eating healthy foods for one day makes him throw a tantrum.

Edited by OmegaRadiance on Oct 28th 2019 at 5:16:30 AM

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Redmess
Oct 28th 2019 at 8:11:01 AM

I wonder what they'll do with Garri Trump.

Edited by Redmess on Oct 28th 2019 at 4:13:54 PM

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Oct 29th 2019 at 5:01:57 PM

Come on down to HBO Max to meet some friends of mine!

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Edited by TargetmasterJoe on Oct 29th 2019 at 8:05:29 AM

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Oct 29th 2019 at 5:22:59 PM

[up] I guess South Park had to go somewhere else, what with Hulu essentially becoming Disney++.

It's interesting that everything is going to Warner/HBO's streaming service though, and not say Netflix, Amazon Prime or their own independent channels (Which South Park actually had before they were forced into Hulu). At least the worry that everyone would have their own stream sites for everything is getting less and less.

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Nov 5th 2019 at 3:01:52 AM

Honestly still wondering what’s the whole deal betweenViacom and Netflix? I mean in the past Netflix has been airing the cartoons Viacom has made, but then took them off their streaming option and then to just airing only the Nickelodean movies.

Its kind of weird IMO.

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Redmess
Nov 7th 2019 at 3:04:26 PM

Tegridy Farms Halloween Special

And the Tegridy sitcom continues.

South Park is being self-aware about their Halloween special, just as they were about their 300th episode, and as they seem to be for the next episode. Seems to be trending.

Randy is organizing a Halloween event for his farm, and Shelly has not come out of her room for two days. Shelley hates marijuana, because it makes people dumb and it stinks. Randy tries to convince her otherwise, of course, but is shocked when she declares she wishes it was illegal again.

Meanwhile, Butters gets a curse put on him from a mummy at the museum, as you do. He gets it from putting a stamp on some museum treasure hunt list, which raises a lot of questions, really.

At night, Butters gets visited by the mummy... who brings him a fitbit as a present? I half expect him to be the guy from the museum, and do something inappropriate to Butters or something. The mummy gets mad when Butters reveals he already has one, and smashes the room.

Meanwhile, Kelly is brewing something rather toxic, probably to ruin the weed with.

Meanwhile, Butters... gets ordered into court by the mummy over the "fight" they had. SO far, this plot is more mystifying than funny. Where are they going with this?

Meanwhile (show is cutting back and forth really fast again), Kelly ruins the weed with her toxic sludge.

Meanwhile, PC Principal is banning any remotely offensive costumes, including Moana, for reasons that are beyond me. And then the mummy bursts into the school.

One thing to notice: the mummy coming in is accompanied by some annoying flashing seizure lights... so yeah, there's that.

And then Butters is at the counselors office, getting lectured about the mummy's feelings. It's all rather off the wall, but it doesn't quite hit the comedy mark.

Meanwhile, Kelly's brew has turned the weed into some kind of super growth weed.

And then it's right back to Butters being harassed by the mummy for another minute, and then back to Randy and his weed. Can this show please pick a lane for longer than half a minute??

Anyway, Kelly destroys the new batch of weed after Randy refuses to take her to a book fair. And then Randy has her thrown in jail for the night, making Kelly out to be the one having a drug problem. Well, it's not like Randy wasn't a shithead already.

And Butters is in the same cell, because people blame him for the mummy's behaviour.

Hey, the show remembers Randy is supposed to be a geologist. That's been a while.

The weed, meanwhile, is turning people into weed zombies. And in the barn, Randy is confronted by... zombie Winnie the Pooh. Well, that's just fucked up.

And... Harvey Weinstein. Who is "inside" Randy, according to his phone call to the police. Which sounds like Randy is being molested by Weinstein. Okay.

Wait, Weinstein isn't dead, so why would he be a zombie? Do they mean Epstein, maybe?

The police, with Butters and Shelley in tow, arrive at the farm, where Shelley declares she will take care of things.

Oh, and zombie cows. Because of course.

Oh, it's all a feverish weed dream by Randy. That makes sense, I guess. A bit anticlimactic, though.

Butters gets blamed for the whole thing, of course, and is forced to apologize to the zombie. The zombie leaves Butters, and that's that.

"Did anyone enjoy the Halloween special?" "No Randy, only you did." That seems unintentionally self aware of the show. Funniest joke of the episode. grin

"Well, that was pretty much my target audience anyway." It's like Matt and Trey are preemptively reacting to criticism of the episode. I'm not sure what that says about what they think of the quality of this one.

And another joke about Randy having sex with Weinstein. Hilarious. I mean, really, what kind of joke is that?

Well, that was a total dud of an episode. More weird than funny, really. Let's hope the next one is better.

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Nov 7th 2019 at 3:12:30 PM

Oh, the mummy thing was about victim blaming in abusive relationships, apparently. And the mummy gets away with it, making it look like Matt and Trey are endorsing such behaviour. Nice job, guys. Couldn't get the politics out of this one, either, it seems.

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Editor among edits!
Nov 7th 2019 at 3:16:51 PM

I'm already hoping that the next season has it back to normal. There are other SP characters to focus on, but I'm getting a bit tired of Randy.

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Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Nov 7th 2019 at 3:21:51 PM

Yeah, and in this episode it really detracted from the Butters plot, which had some potential. The Randy plot didn't really add anything besides Randy antics.

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Editor among edits!
Nov 7th 2019 at 3:52:19 PM

I was happy that there was side story for butters, but the fact that they went with that direction for it made me unhappy.

"I yam what I yam"- Popeye
Nov 7th 2019 at 3:59:31 PM

Actually the mummy and Butter situation is based on Trey separating from his wife.


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