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'South Park' television series never fails to provoke laughter, controversy

By Matt Goudreau
On April 27, 2012

 

For the last 15 years, the animated creation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone has been a leader in the animation field. Sixteen seasons in and still going strong, it seems that the media will always be chockfull of events and individuals to parody. This particular season has had a variety of topics, but the laughs have kept on coming. Seven episodes in, it's obvious that while it won't go down as the strongest season, it remains as funny, and, dare I say, controversial, as ever.

This season has covered everything from the Republican debates to "Bradying" and even Kony 2012. It's obvious they don't care what others think, as they certainly have displayed that mentality since the very first episode. Last night's episode, entitled "Cartman Finds Love" is probably my second favorite episode of the season, mostly for the simple plot but constant jokes.

In this episode, Cartman experiences affection for another student for the first time, but things don't pan out like you would expect in typical "South Park" fashion. He learns the girl, Nicole, has fallen for Token, and he also realizes that the girls in his grade are falling for his rival Kyle. To thwart this, he attempts to convince the school that both Token and Nicole should be together and that he and Kyle are a gay couple in an attempt to force all the girls away from him.

The subplot of the story is also rather interesting. Cartman has a guardian angel he entitles "Cupid-Me," which acts as his matchmaker.  The highlight of the episode was when Cartman bashes the angel with a baseball bat in infamous gratuity. The climax of the episode has a special guest appearance from country singer Brad Paisley, who promptly sings "I Swear" to Kyle alongside Cartman at a basketball game.

It ends on a high note as well, as the title comes into full effect when his angel resurrects itself and finds a match for him: a girl who suffers from extreme bad breath. It's an episode I found causally accessible for a non-fan, but it's not as raunchy and over-the-top as die-hard fans have come to expect.

Now, the season premiere, entitled "Reverse Cowgirl" is my personal favorite for what it parodies. Not only does it parody the gender roles for the bathroom, but the over-the-top and ridiculous post-9/11 T.S.A. regulations at airplanes. I was left in stitches at the end of the episode at the airport, when both subjects come full circle and meet.

There actually wasn't a bad episode this season, as there are multiple instances in each episode where I caught myself laughing.  It seems that "South Park" hasn't lost its touch, and it seems that it won't be losing it anytime soon.


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