On the same week they debuted the premier of their fourteenth season by tackling the ridiculous Tiger Woods saga in a hilarious episode aptly titled “Sexual Healing,” the creative minds at South Park gave the world a refresher course on how they do things by releasing the prior season on a three-disc DVD and Blu-ray collection.
As all of us have witnessed, animated shows that remain on the air for this duration of time tend to decline in quality, leaving many fans longing for the creativity and freshness in the show’s original peak of success. Fortunately for fans of South Park Streaming, the show and it’s creators defy the chances and continue to produce solid, well-scripted demonstrates that are just as good, or even much better than the show’s heyday.
South Park: The Whole Thirteenth Season offers nothing new so far as the way the show works, keeping true to the social satirical formula originally developed by the 2 patriarchs of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In essence, the two men take headlines from both pop culture and world news and parody those to express their personal opinions on the matter through four young children form a small Colorado town and the herd of oddballs that surround them. The end result is generally crude, offensive and incredibly hilarious.
Some of the events that Parker and Stone tackled in Season Thirteen are definitely the Jonas Brothers along with their “purity” rings, piracy in Somalia, the death of both Billy Mays and Michael Jackson, The Dark Knight and also the Japanese as well as their obsession with butchering dolphins and whales.
Of course sometimes, Parker and Stone will craft a show not away from a headline but instead out of the pure hatred the two have garnered for any certain celebrity, thus being the case for your infamous “Fishsticks” episode where the show assumes rapper Kanye West and his rumored massive ego buy ultimately portraying him as being a “gay fish.” The show even comes equipped with a parody in the rapper’s hit song “Heartless” with slightly modified lyrics.
And after that of course you have the episodes that have no hidden messages or celebrity target whatsoever and instead just concentrate on placing one of the shows central characters inside an absurd situation and crafting the comedy across the chaos that ensues. Much like “Butters’ Bottom Bitch,” an episode where Leopold “Butters” Stotch pays a girl $5 to give him his first kiss and ultimately ends up being a pimp.
The positive aspect of Season Thirteen, and many other seasons of South Park for that matter, is the fact that even the shows that don’t receive each of the attention and take on the controversial topics still make you laugh hysterically thanks to both Parker and Stone’s immature yet wonderful senses of humor. As is the case with “Pinewood Derby,” an episode where Stan’s father Randy Marsh (possibly the best character on the show) works together with the leaders around the globe to get earth banned from the universe’s intergalactic community using their dishonesty. There is no real point to the episode at all, but make an effort to sit through everything rather than laugh your ass off. I dare you.
And even when an episode’s main plot isn’t doing it for you, there always is apparently a sub-plot that will help keep you consistently chuckling throughout, like Kyle the inability to wrap his head around the fact that Cartman continues to eat out at Chipotle even though it makes his rectum bleed. Needless to say Cartman doesn’t see an issue with this because his mother flkzau his underwear with all the Billy Mays promoted “Chipotlaway” cleaning solution, thus solving the problem.
Purchasing South Park: The Whole Thirteenth Season needs to be a no-brainer for fans of the show as it’s a season among many which contains episodes than can be watched numerous times without getting boring. I mean, seriously, who could easily get sick of hearing Cartman’s toe-tapping rendition of Lady Gaga’s Pok.er Face? Not me.
But when that’s inadequate for you and also you think you’re content with just watching the show on Comedy Central, purchase the DVDs for the mere fact that you get to watch the episodes with the profanity that Matt Stone and Trey Parker intended. It’s worth the price of admission alone.