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South Park Review: "Mysterion Rises"

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I knew it!  As I wished and hoped for in my review of last week's episode, Kenny is Mysterion!  Thank you everyone who hopped in the comments last week and helped with your guesses for the heroes' identities. 

So outside of the great Kenny reveal, what did we think about part two of The Coon trilogy, "Mysterion Rises?"  Filler.

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As ridiculous as the notion that Parker and Stone are turning these Coon adventures in a trilogy a la imaginationland, we know they're fan fare and accept them for what they are.  As a the typical fan these episodes were designed for (and yes, I realize that makes me a terrible critic), I don't necessarily have a problem with them using up half the episodes of the second part of the season and turning off the satire machine.

My main issue?  This second episode just felt like filler.  The only major actions during the thirty minutes were Cartman befriended Cthulhu and Mysterion being revealed to be Kenny.  The episode could have advanced the plot more and left on more of a cliffhanger.

As a cartoon, at the end of the day, all we care about was how much the episode entertained us.  This week's installment still did that.  It may not have had amazing South Park quotes for us to end this review with, but we will leave you with some of our favorite jokes:

  • The spider that gave Hindsight his powers?  A retro-active spider.
  • The unbelievable song that Cartman sang while riding the Cthulhu home.
  • The comic book strips throughout the episode, especially Cartman's taking on fighting the girl enemy.
  • And a close second was the strip where Cartman and Cthulhu took on the hippies.
  • Cartman's parody of the LeBron commercials: "Should I admit I was wrong, ask for everyone's forgiveness and go back to my original team? Nah, screw that, I'm just gonna keep being a d**k."
  • Shoulda, Coulda, and Woulda.
  • "Do you know Mintberry Crunch? What's he like?"

And we'll end this review with Mysterion's amazing explanation to Hindsight about his super power, and really an explanation of Kenny's existence for the early seasons of the show:

Hindsight: what is your power?
Kenny (as Mysterion): I can't die. I've experienced death countless times. Sometimes, I see a bright light. Sometimes, I see Heaven or Hell. But eventually, no matter what, I wake up in my bed wearing my same old clothes. The worst part? No one even remembers me dying. I go to school the next day and everyone is just like "Oh, Hey Kenny," even if they had seen me get decapitated with their own eyes. You want to whine about curses, Hindsight? You're talking to the wrong f**king cowboy. | permalink


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Wouldn't it technically be a four-parter? The Coon last season, The Coon 2, Mysterion Rises, and hopefully part 4 next week...


I KNEW it! I had a strong feeling last week that they were going to make this a three parter. I agree, it was filler. But I still loved it.