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Over the last season, we have seen a sporadic, but very real, decrease in the quality of the classic cartoon from comedians Matt Stone and Trey Parker. This new season was starting very similar to the last season, sprinkles of laziness over primarily genius. But all the genius is crowded to the beginning of the 14th season, and since 200 and 201, it seems like they do not care anymore.
I couldn't be happier people enjoyed Poor and Stupid, Crippled Summer, or the Snookie episode It's A Jersey Thing. I, however, do not, and can not. I think they were seriously banking on the idea that 200 and 201 would get them kicked off the air, forever immortalizing them for going against the norm. When it didn't work, it seemed like they lost their drive.
I try to not be too critical, especially until I've watched the full season. But there have only been 4 episodes, out of 9 so far, that have remotely matched the artistic charisma and comedic observance of these two douches.
Really, I don't mind if they get kicked off of the air, but only if they get their asses to work making another feature film, and not something like Orgazmo (which was funny but could never be a wide release film). I'd like to see a film in the same vein as Team America, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, or even Baseketball (which they didn't direct but fueled with excellent comedic timing and a sweet DVDA song).
But until then, I just want to see one, ONE, episode of South Park that at least reaches the same level of artistic merit and social awareness as the 12th and 13th seasons.
Maybe it's just me and I don't care about pop culture references to Nascar, any TV show featuring Jersey, or contrived humor (as seen in Crippled Summer). I loved the Fatbeard, Whale Whores, The Ring, and Fishsticks episodes of the 13th season, and almost every episode in the 12th, but the 14th seems to be slowing to a putter.
And Insheeption doesn't look too promising.
I'm hoping to eat those words however.
I guess the question I'm posing to all of you is do you think this lack of spark in the recent episodes of South Park are due to being overborne by the amount of time they spend on the show, and the controversy of their most well written episodes, or if simply the duo is ready to move on to greater things?
Is the blandness of the episodes due to bitterness or exhaustion?
And more importantly, does anyone share my sentiments regarding the episodes following 200 and 201?
Will South Park return to greatness or will we need to wait for another Trey Parker directed musical before we see genius again?Over the last season, we have seen a sporadic, but very real, decrease in the quality... more
So it's true, I called up Andrew Fitzgerald and asked him about what happens when the G-20 takes more power over the G-8. He wrote a blog post explaining it:
It’s good news for the leaders of the 12 countries that now get to sit at the big kids table (is more or less what I told him). So does that answer what the protestors are asking for? he asked. Well, I don’t think so. G-20s (or G-any number) and protests go hand in hand these days. As part of their preparations for hosting world leaders, cities also prepare to host thousands or protesters with nearly as many different causes. Why protest these events (which are otherwise pretty bland)? Is it having all those world leaders in one place? It’s come to seem almost like a script, world leaders discuss, protesters clash with police, and no one anywhere really talks about what the protesters are opposed to.
I tried to pay attention on the phone, but then someone IM'd me a picture of a cat playing Scrabble, so I pretty much did not absorb any of the info he told me.
(This is a picture of that cat playing scrabble.)
So it's true, I called up Andrew Fitzgerald and asked him about what happens when... more