Well, I figured there was going to be a dud in the bunch eventually.
This half of season 16 of South Park has been consistently of really good quality, but all good streaks come to an end. "A Nightmare on Face Time" is that glorious letdown.
This was really just a bland episode. Randy buys a Blockbuster, it winds up not drawing in any customers, he makes family stay there, he goes crazy, and tries to go The Shining on them.
Meanwhile, Stan can't leave so he goes 'trick-or-treating' on an iPad with FaceTime, and winds up being treated as a real person in a way that no one even comments on. The absurdity just kind of fell flat. And people not recognizing Cartman as The Hulk was just too obvious. Him saying "CARTMAN SMASH!" at one point immediately before chickening out at the Redbox bandits was amusing, though.
It was one of the few South Park quotes I enjoyed this time around.
But really that was about it. Making fun of Blockbuster for the rise of Netflix and Hulu just seemed like too easy of a target, and there was nothing actually interesting to say about it. Not much caused me to laugh. The references were all so obvious. But, hey, there was a reference to "Gangnam Style" and a large hulking "Gangnamstein," which was actually pretty funny when Randy grabbed Stan's iPad and started going crazy on it for whatever reason. It all made no sense.
Also, this was my first experience with actually hearing "Gangnam Style." My rock that I live under is quite comfortable, yes. Though I still have managed to not hear "Call Me Maybe" yet. I totally expect that to be playing on next week's episode.
And that is something I can't wait for, because this one was just a pedestrian affair. It's like eating a dry, tasteless hamburger. It didn't leave a bad taste in my mouth like if it had some disgusting ingredients on it, but I also don't want to eat it again. And, so much like this hypothetical hamburger, I shall leave this experience behind. There will be better in the future, I am sure of it.
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