South Park Review: To Make a Long Story Short...

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South Park is at its strongest when it finds a bit and it commits to it. That's what made last week's episode so great, and the same can be said here.

On "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" the writers spoofed "I shouldn't have..." reality shows. Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny on a ziplining tour? What could go wrong, right?!? And, let's face, things going wrong is the cornerstone of comedy because if everything went right, it probably wouldn't be all that funny.

Ziplinging On Spring Break

To make a long story short, when sliding down a rope at a moderate speed is combined with annoying time-wasting tour groups that discuss pointless minutiae ad nauseam, it causes the boys to suffer. That's some good comedic material ripe for South Park to mine!

The constant cuts to diagrams of internal organs, showing synapses in the brain going off or just what was causing Cartman's diarrhea throughout the episode, was too much. They were also the kind of hilarious exaggerations - reality shows really do depicts these kinds of diagrams-  that the episode absolutely nailed.

But none of the mockery of tours and tour groups that came before the boys found themselves on a boat in a way we've never seen them before... as actual humans. These live-action bits provided the best moments. Mocking the reenactments seen in these "I survived" progrms, seeing a teary confession from "Stan" while the group suddenly developed "cold sores" - thanks to Kenny - would be funny on its own.

Witnessing an actual version of Stan reveal the reason why they went ziplining in the first place? That pushes it to classic territory.

We've become so accustomed to the animated versions of the boys that when the show breaks its style (like the realistic sketches from "Free Willzyx") that it is instantly memorable. Could I have done with seeing real-life Cartman suffering the after-effects of Diet Double Dew and fast food off the side of the boat? Maybe. But it was disgustingly comical at least. Then, the revelation of how the boys got home, and the "actual rescue photographs" that went along with it, were absurd, featuring a welcome cameo from a character we haven't seen in a while.

Also, in great moments in Comedy Central advertising: the episode mocked Mountain Dew the whole time... then Ugly Americans had an ad for Mountain Dew. It's not as dissonant as when an Indiana Jones DVD ad aired after the South Park episode making fun of it, but, hey, Comedy Central knows who butters its bread. Dew the math.

This episode sharesd a lot of strengths with last week's "Butterballs," even calling back to the San Diego bit, because both just had so much going for them. There were fewer laugh-out-loud moments here, but it was another memorable half hour of television. Relive it now in our section of South Park quotes.


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.8 / 5.0 (316 Votes)

and can I just say to the morons who are moaning about the people who didn't like the episode, get over it. It's not like we are saying we hate the show, because I for one, love. I just personally felt that this episode was terrible.


awful awful awful episode, couldn't believe how bad it was, did no find it funny at all which is a shame because I do really like south park, oh well.


Having watched the show religiously for 8 years, and watched older seasons, I found this ep totally hilarious and creative. People who didn't like it probably don't get satire or dry humor, or possibly haven't experienced tour groups or haven't watched 'survival' re-enactment programs. Further, it's also possible that the fraction of fans who didn't like this ep are more prone to complain about it, hence why there seems to be more negative than positive reviews. For me, I would be more inclined to voice a negative than a positive. And for those who put this ep among the worst, paaahlease. Try watching the guinea pig ep. This ep deserves an A-.


I once went zip lining and though it was kinda fun, it wasn't worth the money that I spent, and maybe... oh hell, it was boring. I guess I'd been repressing how I really felt about it cuz I didn't want to think about the money that I spent doing this stupid thing. So this episode helped me realize that. and yeah, I totally hate retarded tour groups. That's another thing that I had been in denial for years.


I have seen every episode of South Park and have been watching it since the beginning. This is far and away one of the most unfunny episodes so far made. The parody was funny in the beginning, but they just kept going with the same parody the entire episode without introducing anything new. "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" had very few points that made me laugh. Would not watch again.


People are stupid. This episode was fucking brilliant.


This was one of the best episodes in years and I can only imagine those who didn't get it simply don't understand that this is the sort of episode that made the show great. It would have fitted in perfectly with the classic SP of seasons 3 and 4 with the satire and surrealist elements blending perfectly whilst maintaining a timeless quality that ensures it will remain funny and relevant in another fifteen years. I've actually read stuff from people saying live action doesn't fit in with SP. Clearly, they're too young to remember Wild Wacky Action Bike, Alabama Man and the Mr Hankey Playset. I've seen every episode at least 5 times and this is definitely right up there in the top twenty.


South park is still fucking hilarious you hard asses get over yourself and enjoy it. The boat part great


i have watched every sp episode since it started, and i think its getting worse and worse as time goes on. what happened to original south park? ive never written a review about anything but after seeing this i thaught i had too. it was shit. fair play they introduced some stuff like kenny dying and mr hankey. didnt think id ever say this but FUCK YOU matt stone and trey parker


This is one of the funniest Southpark episodes I have ever seen! Being able to parody so well.. Omg just awesome. I was dying throughout the whole episode. Especially during the helicrapter and 7turdy7 scene...

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South Park Season 16 Episode 6 Quotes

Cold sore is what girls call it, Kenny. It's actually herpes.


For four elementary school boys, an ordinary day becomes a descent into madness on "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining."