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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I have always been a HUGE fan of South Park, so it kills me to say this, but I think it has finally jumped the shark. I could not wait to see this episode, but it really disappointed me! It was the only episode that they have ever made that SUCKED! The "Getting Old" episode was okay, so I thought they would make up for it in this episode, but I was wrong! Am I the only person who thinks it stunk? When I looked up this review, I thought for sure they would share the same thoughts. I really hope Trey and Matt makes up for it in the next episode! I think they are running out of ideas which usually happens even with the best shows. But I have always thought there was no way SP could EVER jump the shark because Trey and Matt have such hilarious and warped imaginations that no other writers have. Everybody falls at least once, and this was obviously their time to fall! So I hope they pick themselves back up, brush themselves off, come back, and redeem themselves in the next episode! Regardless of what I think about this episode, I am still SP's #1 fan! So keep up the good work guys!


Jmaddi why dont you shut up! Its a animated cartoon for adults anyway. What do you expect. The show was great and yeah i thought it was sad to in a way.


going with the audience knowing the animators aren't even enjoying it? They should start marketing their show more online too to for the internet tv watchers. But I hope I'm wrong about them going back to normal because Stan's idea actually sounded really cool. It would be pretty awesome if South Park were to be the first animated show to take something like that up! So that'd be cool if they heard this, but South Park is still pretty cool because I'm sure Maat and Trey are pretty cool guys.


I hope people realize that these episodes go much deeper for Matt and Trey because they're getting older and wanting to do more serious things like their play and recently they've been talking about how there under so much pressure each week that they barley get an episodes out and that each time they put a new episodes out they say it's their worst so far. I read this off of some article awhile ago. So I'm sure why Stan's mom was talking to him and said that as you get older you realize you should stick with what you know, after Stan made his little proposal to everyone about how things could be so different. Matt and Trey probably said f*** it or just got turned down for their idea. And then Stan at the end is them saying well we'll just go back to doing the same s***, but Stan comes back for a drink so it shows he's just still not happy. So how can they expect to keep the show


While i loved the episode, laughed sooo much and and well everything trey and matt do, i have to say the episode made me really sad. the previous episode was shocking and a little sad but this one was truly heartbreaking that stan would turn to alcohol to numb the pain.


a 10 year old boy drinking is definetly a problem.


@ jmaddi Why is having one drink before leaving the house considered a 'drinking problem'? I'm pretty sure it's OK to have a drink by yourself if you're not working or driving.


i think the silence at the end was a way of showing that stans new alcohol problem isnt just a joke but will now be an ongoing issue in the series even if they dont talk about it or show it again (since the botttle is hidden in his drawer and he drinks before he leaves his room). because they didnt end up going "left" with the whole divorce/stan leaving the group, they had to still add something that changes the show but still keeps it the same. kinda like how they stopped killing kenny every episode and now only kill him every now and then. zookeepier.


Did you notice that there was not the usual music diddy at the end of this episode. There was just silence. Wonder if that means they are not going to reset everything.


omg. south park never end please. "you stuck the burgers in your ass cartman!?!" rotflmao

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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.