I’m going to warn you right now. I think South Park is the single greatest TV show of ALL-TIME. It is the only show that, with each passing year, actually improves. I attribute that to Trey Parker and Matt Stone having not only brilliant comedic minds, but that they have refined their method of production in such a way that they can include the most current of topics into the show. With this, they make each season seem just as, if not more, relevant than the last.
They always push the envelope creatively, and even if you think you’ve seen a shitty episode or two, you haven’t. I’ve made that mistake, too. I get my hopes and expectations up so high that sometimes an episode falls a little flat. But go back and watch it again. Even a mediocre episode of South Park is better than even the best episodes of some other good shows.
Never afraid to push the envelope, last night’s brand spanking new episode centered on paranormal activity, more specifically, dead celebrities. Ike, Kyle’s younger, more Canadian brother, has the burden of seeing the most recent dead celebrities. The first one we get to see is Billy Mays, and Parker does some great voice work and they create some pretty great faux products for him to push. We also get appearances from the rest of the recently dead celebrities; Patrick Swayze, DJ AM, Bea Arthur, Walter Cronkite, and, of course, the coup de gras` ( I don’t really speak French), MICHAEL JACKSON.
Anyone familiar with South Park knows that this isn’t the King of Pop’s first appearance on this show. Again, Parker’s voice work is impeccable. Anyone who doesn’t think so is “ignorant,” and fans of the show will get that joke.
So, the dead celebs end up in purgatory (an airplane that is being delayed because Jackson doesn’t think he is actually dead). So, he inhabits Ike’s body because he wants the world to see him as he truly wanted to be seen, as a little white girl. Trust me, watching Ike’s body channel MJ’s voice and mannerisms is classic.
The show seems back in top form, and I beg of you to find me a show in it’s 13th Season that continually and regularly puts out the quality that South Park has. Most TV shows get a 3-4 year window before actor’s egos get in the way, writers run out of fresh ideas, and the show begins to fade. South Park isn’t close to fading. It’s back, and better than ever.
Score: 9.5/10 (Outstanding)