South Park Season Finale Review: OMG They Killed Kenny!

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The South Park season fifteen finale opened with a Cops-esque show, White Trash Trouble, in which Kenny's parents were arrested and he and his siblings were sent to foster care.

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That's when we met one of the ridiculous headshot social workers. Personally, I don't care if his jokes were merely rehashed Catholic priest jokes. The absurd jabs at Penn State got me every time.

Then, back at school, we got another set of recycled jokes, with a series of self-inflicted yo mama jokes by Cartman when he learned he was now "The Poor Kid." Again, whether they were self-admittenly as old as the 1950s, they had be laughing straight until the pre-credit roll bit.

The only thing that surprisingly didn't work for me were the agnostic jokes. Sure, the bit about the Dr. Pepper was pretty funny, but the rest fell flat.

At least the scenes at the exact opposite of Hawaii, Greeley, brought in some sweet sibling bonding as Kenny brought back Mysterion to protect his sister, Karen.

I enjoyed that not only did Mysterion save the day, but he did it with the power of a PBR, trying things back to the beginning. We really are all just one PBR away from being in White Trash Trouble.

No, it wasn't one of the craziest episodes, nor one of the witty satires, but it featured two tightly knit story lines and plenty of laughs throughout.

It was a fine way to end a pretty strong season. Now, I hope Stone and Parker really enjoy their time off, especially since they have at least five more seasons to deal with this exhaustive schedule.

The only question I have, considering the ridiculously random ending with Kenny's death: will he be back next season and all is reset? I do seem to remember Kenny dying once or twice before...

The Poor Kid Review

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