Tonight was the first South Park episode since the "6 Day to Air" special and I couldn't help but watch it in a new light. Every new scene, location and musical number suddenly turned into extra hours in the night for the crew. Man, it'll be tough to criticize anything about this show ever again.
Oh, so where was I? Man, this episode was weak.
Okay, so it wasn't that bad. It's just after a great season premiere that stuck so well to the show's amazing formula, this a little timid. Sure, the episode still came with a little satire and message about the failing America, but it just didn't have the usual craziness of South Park.
Granted, it still had its laughs. There was an out-of-control Cartman joining the U.S. Border Patrol that was remnant of his classic cop days. And I never get sick of Butters. Or Mexican jokes. Viva Mantequilla!
It's just the satire of America wasn't nearly as controversial as it could have been. The most biting line was uttered by a Border patrol man. "When we asked Obama to stop illegal immigrants, we didn't mean to make America so shitty they wouldn't come anymore."
Hopefully Parker and Stone can turn to the ridiculousness that is Occupy Wall Street if they're looking for a little political satire.
But reverse immigration aside, the real question is where was cynical Stan in all of this? Maybe I need to re-watch "The Last of the Meheecans," but I definitely saw the elder Marshes with no sign of one of the show's main characters. Maybe life really is moving on for the little guy.
Though I really have to give them credit. What other show could have a sleepover game escalate into an international crisis. Base! What did everyone else think of the half hour?
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