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?


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Just seen it for the first time here in the UK. Forgetting all this stuff about the writers, and I know it's only a cartoon but my biggest reaction was a great feeling of sadness for Stan. He's been a part of my life for many years and to see him losing interest in life and losing his friends, especially Kyle, was heartbreaking. It also served as a lesson. Given how shallow and superficial a lot of modern society can seem, it's not hard to fall into cynical ways and see everything as Stan did. To me, Stan was the cornerstone of the gang. The one who sorted problems out and kept everyone togethar. I guess that's why it was so painfull to see him that way. This episode showed me that you can't let things grind you down. Cheers Trey, I owe you a drink.


All good things must come to an end and while it makes me sad to see a good show end I also feel good knowing that they wont exploit it till it tunrs into an absurd mockery of what it used to be. Thats something I always admired about matt and trey, they are true to their beliefs no matter what, if they feel the show must come to an end then its probably for the best.


Lol im gonna laugh my ass off if this was just an idea inspired by simply the way there minds worked(maybe some wicked 'cid or angry shrooms) and did it just to send all you wierd asses into a belief that the show really is gonna end. Hell there next episodes probably going to be aliens abducting stan and making him perma happy(high)and the show will continue on as if nothing happened lol. Moneys money and this show makes it. Nuff Said


Thanks God, atleast Futurama is back.


I think the cynicism implied is more like realizing how the standard of almost everything now a days has been greatly reduced, then dressed up to just look the higher quality, not truly be it though. Those who are new to it all (older generations) may see the change for what it is, yet not even truly understanding it. Then those who to which today may be all they know (a younger generation), know nothing more than that itself, believing it's the best like media will always now tell us (because of greed/$$$),and viewing the older world likewise. Stan's outlook was only the truth though, yet very dark, because the truth is dark and life is dark. He is very lucky to realize it though, because as the episode showed, nobody is interested in the truth or negativity, and the masses refuse to accept it. People like cynical Stan exist, and they I think are extremely rare and intelligent. If I had to guess what his life would be like from now on, I'd say he would refuse to lie to himself no matter what, seem like a depressing person to be around, and will live a strong Introvert, which would be a result of something called the hedgehog dilemma.


It's interesting that, a day later, the denials are more prevalent than the pessimism expressed yesterday. Frankly, I hope you people are right, but I'm not sure that you are. I watched the episode again, because when I saw it the first time, I had missed a few sections. Truly brilliant. Say what you guys want about the various hits-and-misses, but when these guys connect, they hit it out of the ball-park. Look at the reaction the episode has caused; that in itself is an accomplishment. Obviously it struck a chord with people, perhaps out of love for the show, perhaps because we know life can't stand still. And that guy "John" a few messages below needs to take a few hits off Towelie's joint...holy crap, man.


Let The Simpsons end instead...


For me, this episode was very personal. I, too, grew to be a cynic as I began to view things around me as lacking true worth, especially in our materialistic society. Not all people feel this way, I am sure, but there is an element of meaning that is missing from life, and some people have a harder time with it than others.


I honestly think it's over a lot of times I watch an episode of family guy or south park and I think how are they going to make it through and so far they've always magically done it but I can't see this ending well there are so many clues that Matt and Trey are done's been 15 seasons 2.the recent broadway and music success 3.the fight between Randy and Sharon i think is there way of expressing how they fell
so if it is over I'm sure glad this is how they're doing it.


You need to either get laid or out of the basement. I bet you were crying nerd rage when you wrote your post.

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