On the same week they debuted the premier of their fourteenth season by tackling the ridiculous Tiger Woods saga in a hilarious episode aptly titled “Sexual Healing,” the creative minds at South Park gave the world a refresher course regarding how they do things by releasing the prior season on a three-disc DVD and Blu-ray collection.
As we all have witnessed, animated shows that remain on the air with this period of time have a tendency to decline in quality, leaving many fans longing for the creativity and freshness in the show’s original peak of success. Fortunately for fans of South Park Streaming, the show and it’s creators defy the chances and continue to produce solid, well-scripted implies that are just nearly as good, otherwise better than the show’s heyday.
South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season offers nothing new as far as just how the show works, keeping true towards the social satirical formula originally created by the 2 patriarchs of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Essentially, the two men take headlines from both pop culture and world news and parody those to express their personal opinions on the matter through four small children form a little Colorado town as well as the herd of oddballs that surround them. The end result is generally crude, offensive and incredibly hilarious.
A few of the events that Parker and Stone tackled in Season Thirteen are The Jonas Brothers and their “purity” rings, piracy in Somalia, the death of both Billy Mays and Michael Jackson, The Dark Knight and the Japanese and their obsession with butchering dolphins and whales.
Of course in some instances, Parker and Stone will craft a show not out of a headline but alternatively from the pure hatred that this two have garnered for any certain celebrity, thus being the case for that infamous “Fishsticks” episode where the show assumes rapper Kanye West and his rumored massive ego buy ultimately portraying him being a “gay fish.” The show even comes designed with a parody from the rapper’s hit song “Heartless” with slightly modified lyrics.
And then obviously you will find the episodes who have no hidden messages or celebrity target at all and instead just give attention to placing among the shows central characters in an absurd situation and crafting the comedy around the chaos that ensues. Much like “Butters’ Bottom Bitch,” an episode where Leopold “Butters” Stotch pays a woman $5 to offer him his first kiss and ultimately winds up being a pimp.
The positive aspect of Season Thirteen, and lots of other seasons of South Park for instance, is that even the shows that don’t receive all the attention and take on the controversial topics still make you laugh hysterically due to both Parker and Stone’s immature yet wonderful senses of humor. As it is the case with “Pinewood Derby,” an episode where Stan’s father Randy Marsh (possibly my favorite character on the show) works together with the leaders around the globe to obtain earth banned from the universe’s intergalactic community making use of their dishonesty. There is no real point to the episode at all, but attempt to sit through all of it and never laugh your ass off. I dare you.
And even when an episode’s main plot isn’t performing it for you, there always is apparently a sub-plot that can keep you consistently chuckling throughout, like Kyle the inability to wrap his head around the reality that Cartman continues to eat out at Chipotle even though it will make his rectum bleed. Obviously Cartman doesn’t see an issue with this because his mother flkzau his underwear with all the Billy Mays promoted “Chipotlaway” cleaning solution, thus solving the issue.
Purchasing South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season should be a no-brainer for fans from the show as it’s a season among many which has episodes than can be watched numerous times without getting boring. I mean, seriously, who could get sick of hearing Cartman’s toe-tapping rendition of Lady Gaga’s Pok.er Face? Not me.
But when that’s insufficient for you personally and you think you’re content with just watching the show on Comedy Central, buy the DVDs for that mere fact that you will get to watch the episodes with all the profanity that Matt Stone and Trey Parker intended. It’s worth the price of admission alone.