South Park Review: "You're Getting Old"

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Wow. Normally, I like to wait until the following morning to post my reviews, but this week's South Park left me with the desire to share my take with fellow fans. Greetings, TV Fanatics!

Happy Birthday Stan!

Tonight was the South Park mid-season finale and, boy, did Matt Stone and Trey Parker know how to end things. All season, I've heard critics complaining that the two have lost interest in their show and would rather be working on their musical and other projects.

But seldom did it I believe it was true. Sure, this season has only been average, but there's been some decent episodes and some great ones over the last few weeks. So you could imagine I didn't believe Stone and Parker were done with their sitcom until the comedic geniuses expressed their opinions through Sharon and Randy's failed marriage.

"It's like the same story keeps happening every week, only it keeps getting more and more ridiculous."

Obviously, 15 seasons in, the guys are allowed to get sick of their show. But after giving me all these years of brilliant satires, where will I tune into to see fourth graders rip on the NCAA or medicinal marijuana?  Okay, before I spend anymore time lamenting the possible loss of my favorite series, it might be time to discuss this week's adventure, "You're Getting Old."

By now, all South Park fans have probably been able to identify with Stan's growing older at least once in their lives to appreciate the dubstep 'tween wave sounding like shit. Hopefully, you don't have the condition of being a cynical asshole, where even treasured Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Kevin James movies look like shit.

Meanwhile, as Sharon pointed out, there was the ever ridiculous Randy back to re-claim his youth. This time around he put down his World of Warcraft armor, and picked back up his guitar as Steamy Ray Vaughn. Pretty clever to see him trying to imitate the "shit" sound he heard in his head while listening to the kids' music as he played live.

The scene stealers, meanwhile, were the two little old men who analyzed the 'tween years and sought to save the breeches of Steamie Ray Vaughn and Nicks. Speaking of Steamie Nicks, let's hand back to the ending set to her lovely song, Landslide.

I'm not sure which was tougher, watching Sharon and Randy separate or watching Stan's innocence end. Or maybe it was watching Cartman and Kyle become friends. No, it was definitely just realizing that South Park was coming to an end.

Well, at least Parker and Stone are contractually obligated to give us seven more episodes. Suckers. But if tonight was any indication, at least they decided to shake things up for the last seven and won't just keep telling the same story over and over again.

For that and the lasting impact, I'm giving this episode the highest score of the season. And, personally, especially after this rambling review, I'm ready to welcome the end of this show's glorious era and can't wait to see where they'll take us. You?


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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The episode was really good, i actually kind of relate... dubstep really does sound like shit... wierd


The ending really broke my heart. What a great episode. Pretty much sums up life. I used to love my Xbox 360 and video gaming for example and now it feels literally like shit. Guess we all outgrow stuff and thats part of growing up. Maybe thats why this season of southpark felt like shit LOL! but its ok southpark had to go someday!


Was it me but the slogan The Season for the viewers or something along those lines give a little hint that they had thoughts of an ending.


this is sad episode really


Halfway through the show I was ready to shut it off. It was making no sense, being the cynical asshole I am. Then the argument between Sharon and Randy cleared it all up. That final scene was heartwrenching. I immediately took to the web to see if the show was ending. I've loved this show from the beginning, now let's go out with a bang!


Never in a million years did I think an episode of South Park would bring tears to my eyes for reasons other than laughter.

Bobbie whited

I have really enjoyed this season actually and im sad to think that the show might end after this season. As for this episode it had its funny moments but at the end I felt very depressed. With Stan and Kyle no longer friends, Cartman and Kyle becoming friends, and Stan seeing the world as a "adult". The Divorce was also a very sad moment. While the episode wasnt the funniest it will probably be the one most remembered by the South Park Fans.


Is that it? that can't be it. Its not....its not South Park style! theres always something to spoof, some cheesy satire to turn. please dont let it be over!


Your right.this episode is really a vent for matt & trey & are showing there views through there show.i mean,like other fans,im devistated that this episode pretty much indicates south park is ending soon.but in a way,its good their ending on their own,rather then going on for 10 more years & becomes shit(looking at you simpsons)and gets cancelled.but rather ends on their own terms while there still good(looking at you seinfeld,i love ya)i grew up on south park & its gonna be hard to exapt that it gonna be over.but,oh well.matt & trey will do the right thing.i love south park.


It's over... :'(

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