South Park Review: Banes on the Loose
This week, South Park tackled a real hot-button issue: home security systems! Those are still a thing apparently, and "Insecurity" at least took them on with humor – and Batman references.
So, it all started out as a goofy sitcom misunderstanding: Ike walks in on his adopted parents having sex, with Gerald dressed up as the UPS man. He’s traumatized, he tells Kyle (with a crudely-drawn picture of the act), and the next thing we know, everyone’s got security systems installed in their body and a gang of Banes is beating up security men. The typical hacky sitcom plot progression.
Really, the whole set up seemed kind of hacky, what with jokes about “ordering stuff from Amazon you don’t even remember buying,” but that’s why it all worked: it was so inherently ridiculous that it just had to be enjoyed. Plus, Cartman got to serve as the voice of reason as he kept pointing out how silly security services calling a home phone after a break-in would be, even if it was on an internal security system. It’s all just seems kind of absurd, though the point did get hammered in a little bit too much. The parody of the way the home security commercials are shot was spot-on, though.
Also, the show tackled the other issue du jour: the Bane voice. I was surprised when I saw The Dark Knight Rises that the Bane voice was so atypical for a big villain; to hear it imitated in such a comedic sense was welcome. The reference was clear, the dialogue was a great play on Bane’s from the movie, and of course, there’s just the comedy of seeing a group of Banes kicking a UPS guy nearly to death. What would a group of Banes be called? A murder of Banes, perhaps? I also want a voice-changing Bane mask.
This was one of those episodes where the staff just decided to use a couple of references as its framework, and just went and did something silly with it. I am heartened to see that the back half of season 16 is going strong: this is the third consecutive episode that’s been really good, and I’m excited for next week.
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