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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It's funny how so many comments talk about how the show shouldn't end yet in the same breath, the same commentators say the show isn't is good as it used to a dedicated South Park fan, I've loved the show from the beginning up until now. Sure, some episodes are better than others but I've enjoyed every one at least to some degree. It doesn't surprise me that Trey and Matt want to end it as all they hear from "fans" is that the show isn't as good as it was. I wish them the best of luck in the future and hopefully fickle fans will learn to enjoy what they have while they have it instead of bitching and moaning about jokes they clearly didn't understand.


Stan is supposed to reflect Trey right? And Kyle Matt? Well if Stan is leaving and Kyle is staying than couldn't just Trey be taking a break while Matt continues? The next episode is a Stan episode by the way. Then it's gonna be a Butter's episode. You can check for yourself on their website video player. If you look at their "coming soon" episodes you can see a character holding the "coming soon" sign, and I've noticed that the episodes are primarily about the character. Despite the fact they make their episodes quickly in a week.


Mario, You do realize THIS is the 15th season?


I am so sad - I just stared at the set when it ended and started crying. My wife asked if my allergies were kicking up and I said yea. I'm not sure if it freaked me out because I'm not ready for the show to end or I reverted to my 10th birthday when my parents split and I started seeing the world like a giant turd. I know they're busy with Broadway and all, and I understand if it's time for the show to go... but it's pretty brutal seeing not just the show end, but the boys move on...


The writing has been on the wall for a while now. What his episode hinted as was this. Randy and Sharon's unhappniess was a metaphor for Trey and Matt's boredom or lack of excitement over maing new shows. Stan represents us, the viewers, who in all honesty have been correct in calling out the last 3-4 seasons of South Park as very very mediocre. But this is where I differ from Trey and Matt. They tried to show that Stan also considered as crap the stuff he liked in the past. THIS IS INCORRECT. We, the viewers, still love the first 8-9 seasons of SP. If anything, they might be saying that the show has not dipped in quality but it is the viewers whose preferences has changed. I think that is not a good way of looking at things. Even the most hardcore SP fan will have a hard time arguing that the recent seasons have been anywhere near as the early ones. I think its a bold move nonetheless, should they decide to call it quits at the end of this season. I hope they do. It will go down as a brace show who had the dignity to call it quits when it was still tempting to go on. This episode was a very emotional one and I do not think Trey and Matt are pulling a fast one here.


I think the only great episode this season was Humancentipad and I've felt like they have been a little off their game, but that's no reason to throw in the towel. There are so many witty current events these days or there is no reason they couldn't just go back to the old standby of just making fun of what it means to grow up (Scott Temorman episode was one of the best and pretty basic plot). I think they have been putting the pressure on to get bigger and bigger each season when sometimes funny is best more subtle, less grand. I agree it's their choice but I have relied on that show for so many joyful moments. A meaningful over decade long relationship officially ended recently for me and a friend died so that would really be the icing on the piece of shit cake. Thanks selfish humor Gods.
piece of shit cake.


Very sad episode for me. Not since when cartman cried in kenny dies did I feel this bad. Anyways, after 15 years they are allowed to get sick of it. Did anyone else notice the atari game custers revenge in the background? It made me LOL so hard


Well it looks like it's going to end soon but ending it when we still want more is probably better than it getting cancelled.I hope they go out with a you south park:(


what the hell happened to his sister? it seems she like randomly doesn't exist.


definitely dark comedy at best

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