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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I was so sad to see this I had to breathe through a paper bag for thirty minutes after this show I grew up with it and the only sadder thing that I could think of is family guy ending the most touching episode of south park I've ever seen and if it is ending this is the way to do it


Matt Stone hasn't had much to do with the recent seasons anyhow, but the show has gone on and I still love it, always will!


Personally, you all are idiots.
SP has never been better. I'd never want to see it go, and I enjoy every episode ever more than the previous one. Long live SP!


well I rathar have them going out with a mighty impact than dying slowly like the Simpsons ;(


The show has been renewed through Season 17. The show has even made fun of its repetition in the past ("200"). It's not the type of show that will go out with a tear insteas of a laugh. It's not a show that follows any type of continuity where the show will end with someone leaving or breaking away. It was purely comedic.


@ Steve I agree with you and as being a hardcore fan myself I don't have a problem with saying that the show has gone downhill when compared to earlier seasons but even that doesn't change how much I love the show. All ya gotta do is look at family guy and see how stale that got after the 5th season. If Family Guy ever makes it to 15 seasons i'll be amazed. Don't get me wrong, I love Family Guy also. According to Matt and Trey, I'm a whore because I watch both shows. Family Guy is annoying though because to the creators, I believe its all about the money for them. South Park you will be missed


Has noone considered this: sharon said, "we do all this crazy stuff then next week it all resets". Maybe they will just forget they ever got divorced and all that? I would love that lol... They could be pure and simple messing with us... or is that just me hoping my favourite show ever wot end?


Regardless of whether or not this really is the beginning of the end or not, all the people pleading for this not to be the end are ignoring the fact that analyzing the world and taking it to task (especially comedically) is a grueling endeavor. Their success and longevity means that more and more they run the risk of turning their show into reheated shit, and they're one of the few series with the balls to be so honest with themselves and the audience. Truth is, people grow up. They grow apart from people or even their own ideas; and if they spend too much time looking for stuff to rip on, they run the risk of becoming cynical assholes who alienate themselves from the world. (sound familiar) While not solely responsible, how much of the generation that came of age during the show's run ended up growing into that very archetype, spending the last decade in front of a monitor extolling viewpoints every bit as jaded? Everybody's got their limit to which they can no longer see the world as shit, at which point they either change things up or kill themselves.(not always necessarily literally)


To Mike: the next episode isn't until October so I doubt they know who the central characters will be...

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