South Park Review: "Ass Burgers"

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Wow. Talk about continuity from the mid season finale. With no time jump, we join back up with Stan in his depressed, cynical state during tonight's premiere.

When we arrive back in South Park, there's not just poo-looking waffles and poo-sounding radio programs, there's still a lame duck President and a Steamie Ray Vaughn. Now that's continuity!

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So where do Trey Parker and Matt Stone go? As much as they talk about left turns, the episode stuck pretty well to the brilliant South Park formula.

Take some current events you want to mock, in this case Asperger's and vaccinations, and couple them with a ridiculous outlandish parody, in this case The Matrix, and bam. You got yourself a clever episode that only these two could come up with.

And while in no way want this to reflect my own opinion of Asperger's or vaccinations, I do love that Parker and Stone still have no problem voicing their controversial voice through these four children, even with Tony awards in hand.

But back to the episode in hand. No, The Matrix is far from topical with the original well over a decade old. But given the South Park treatment and somehow managing to tie it into Stan's cynicism? It worked.

Stan learned something the rest of us cynical adults have learned a long time ago: the drunken Matrix is the place to be. It really does bring out Kutcher's acting ability in Two and a Half Men and it almost makes modern day Adam Sandler movies funny. Or at least bearable if there's a Jennifer Aniston in a bikini in them.

Then, of course, there was Cartman and his ridiculous "Ass Burgers" from which the episode got its title.

Somehow the guys could make even something as ridiculous as a children's burger stand and turn it into a multi-corporation hostile takeover, as they attempt to figure out what kind of dutch oven could combine so many fast food flavors.

Get it? Dutch oven? Like the farting? But it's also a type of pot. And Cartman eats all that food? Eh, #%@$ you.It was clever enough. But the thing that made it a classic South Park episode was combing the two seemingly unconnected story lines at the end.

Eh, Robin, you can take note next time you go to tell your therapist two stories. Make them intertwine via some drunken Matrix shootout killing off iconic fast food icons damnit!

However, the real issue was this: how were Parker and Stone going to get everything back to normal so they could continue to satire life and voice their opinion? By giving the world a big Simpsons "%$%^ you" and just resetting things back to normal. Randy and Sharon patched things up, moved back together, and Stan stop seeing and hearing poo everywhere.

You know, as long as he keeps a bottle of Jameson on hand. 

And is that such a big deal? Perhaps even a little insight on how Parker and Stone continue to churn out this show year after year? Well, for the answer to that, I guess I'll have to turn into their "6 Days to Air" special.


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There is a link between alcohol missuse and Asperger's syndrome- there is a book written on this called "Asperger's syndrome and alcohol drinking to cope" I don't think the episode is about having to drink and get high to cope with the shittyness of life- I think that the point is that you shouldn't have to. I think it is showing the reality of the syndrome and the sad fact that Stan has it and is undiagnosed. So in order to cope he has to drink. I think that it is probably true that Matt or Trey may have the disorder. I think the episode was South Parks usual on point hard hitting content peppered by hilarious absurdity.


I think trey parker has asspergers


That episode was really depressing. Yeah, on your early teenage years, you start being a bit cynical, apathetic and depressed. But come on, not everyone has to drink or get high to deal with it. We just become grateful and pretend to like what we have, even if it's that shitty Jack and Jill movie.


these are guys (makers of south park) are well informed about the state of the world we are currently living in. if you did not understand this episode, that is fine. i pray all the time that we will understand what is going and who we are and what we may become. love to all cause one is all.


Funkateer gets it. Bethany, not so much


The Episodes doesn't just spoof the Matrix, but takes a lot of stuff from John Carpenter's "they live" aswell...


and after the boy took a drink he could see that the lame duck who spatters excrement all over everything was Obama.


I am pretty sure everyone is missing the point of this and the previous episode. The boy, when he turned old enough, realized everything is going to excrement. That is politically, socially, etc. America is going to excrement and he saw it. It is very depressing. The other children don't see it, they are busy playing games. The adults don't see it, they are intoxicated. This has nothing to do with the creators of the show being tired of their show, they are saddened by what has happened to the country. It is depressing. ALso, the president was a lame duck, who was spattering excrement all over everything.


I totally agree with the article, but South Park isn't what it used to be.
And I think that's great. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of South Park, but this plot line that Stone and Parker are following is really interesting. I still think this might become the last season, and it seems that they're setting everything up for a spectacular all-be-damned catastrophic melt-down of biblical proportions. I mean, Stan is now an alcoholic. Kyle became friends with Cartman and is probably going to get it on with Stan's girlfriend. So much damage has been done that it can never go back the way it was. The tone has radically changed the last 2 episodes. And that's actually a very brave thing to do as creators of a series. I'm stoked to see where this will bring us.


Best part
"Take that you vampire sons of bitches!"

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South Park Season 15 Episode 8 Quotes

Nurse: Why are there hamburgers in your underwear?
Cartman: Are you serious? You're saying I have Aspergers?

That's just your brain levels adjusting back to the real world.