I'm normally a huge fan of Butters-centric episodes, but this week's, "City Sushi," just didn't have the humor of the past exploits of my favorite clueless, innocent South Park kids.
I admit I was not only surprised by the Usual Suspects-esque twist at the end, but actually fairly impressed. South Park always has a unique way of tying together seemingly unrelated stories, but this week's felt even more clever than usual.
But there was just something about this episode that was too "blah" for my taste.
Sure, I found the diagnosis of Butters' play time as multiple personality disorder entertaining the first time. Outside of that and a few good lines by Mr. Stotch, the episode's main jokes stemmed from standard Asian stereotypes already beaten to death a season ago.Don't get me wrong, there were still plenty of parts that made me laugh, but this episode really made me think I was too harsh on last week's NCAA satire.
I also must note that I love the Simpsons trick they used of resetting everything at the end by allowing Dr. Janus to continue living his life as Lu Kim.
Maybe I don't like it over the course of a whole episode, but South Park needs its resident Asian for equal opportunity offending.
So, everyone ready to yell at me for how wrong I was? Maybe instead you can spend that time submitting your favorite South Park quotes. Either way, go to it!
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