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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This is obviously talking about the music industry. Music does sound like shit today. The trends of this time are dubstep and crabcore. Its fucking gay. Techno has become the newest music because its cheap and easy. Machines don't have souls, so they shouldn't be allowed to make music. War is here, music versus technology. If you see this comment, sing a song and play an instrument, don't use auto tune and a lap top. wage war and kill every last dumb ass motherfucker who makes these shitty songs. By the way, Matt Stone and Trey Parker weren't trying to be funny, they just wanted to say what we all felt.


all who said that this is bad are synical asshole swho only see shit:)
funiest episode EVER rivaled only by the one where cartman gets aids.


I dont know why so many people are hating on this episode. Was it funny? No. Was it supposed to be funny? No. Maybe instead of being pissed about one depressing episode you should consider what the episode means.


I think you guys are tripping. Parker and stone were just on the daily show saying how much they love doing south park. Why would they want to stop?


what is that the end or is there another season? and also what happened to kenny?


this episode was terrible, sure there were some funny parts and i though it was going to be good. it was just sad and depressing. i stay up late to watch south park to laugh my ass off not feel sad...i mean wtf. stan turns into an ass, his parent divorce and his friends stop talking to him..? not something i enjoy more episode like this and im pretty sure ill stop watching the fucking series.


I thought it was shit, I came here and you guys are saying its good, I thought the episode of stan saying everything seems shitty, was cause the episode itself was meant to be shitty, I watched it twice over to make sure, and it still sucked. =/


I dont know if it was supposed to be their way of saying they are tired of the series or not but it seriously struck a.chord with me. As a person whos parents divorced when I was about stans age it affected me in nearly the same way the more stained my parents relationship got the more cynical and depressed I got till like stan to me everything seemed like shit. It took me a while to recover from, after seeing that episode I was left speechless as it made me remember those feelings and reminded me of things I hadn't acknowledged in nearly 16 years. (Sorry about the crappy grammar I'm on my phone.)


They NEED to bring Chef back as Darth Vader in the very end, cuz that episode had an open ending..and it ould be siiick to see one last epic battle series like imagination land to bring it all back together..


After watching this episode again, I don't think this is any sort of end. All the characters can easily reappear next episode and as sad as it seemed at the end, the bottom line is that Stan's just growing up. There's never been much of a timeline or any chronology, and most episodes work as stand-alone stories. There's no reason why this should be any different. All 4 will probably be waiting for the bus at the start of the fall seadon!

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