On the same week they debuted the premier of the 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 previous season on a three-disc DVD and Blu-ray collection.
As everyone has witnessed, animated shows that remain on the air for this particular duration of time tend to decline in quality, leaving many fans longing for that creativity and freshness of the show’s original peak of success. Fortunately for fans of South Park Streaming, the show and it’s creators defy the percentages and then produce solid, well-scripted demonstrates that are just as good, otherwise better than the show’s heyday.
South Park: The Whole Thirteenth Season offers nothing new as far as just how the show works, keeping true towards the social satirical formula originally developed by the 2 patriarchs of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Essentially, both 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 usually crude, offensive and incredibly hilarious.
A few of the events that Parker and Stone tackled in Season Thirteen are The Jonas Brothers along with their “purity” rings, piracy in Somalia, the death of both Billy Mays and Michael Jackson, The Dark Knight as well as the Japanese along with their obsession with butchering dolphins and whales.
Needless to say in some instances, Parker and Stone will craft a show not away from a headline but instead out of the pure hatred that this two have garnered to get a certain celebrity, thus being the case for that infamous “Fishsticks” episode wherein the show assumes rapper Kanye West and his rumored massive ego buy ultimately portraying him as being a “gay fish.” The show even comes built with a parody from the rapper’s hit song “Heartless” with slightly modified lyrics.
Then needless to say you will have the episodes that have no hidden messages or celebrity target whatsoever and instead just give attention to placing one of the shows central characters within 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 lady $5 to offer him his first kiss and ultimately ends up transforming into a pimp.
The great thing about Season Thirteen, and lots of other seasons of South Park for instance, is that even the demonstrates that don’t receive all the attention and take on the controversial topics still allow you to laugh hysterically due to both Parker and Stone’s immature yet wonderful senses of humor. As is the case with “Pinewood Derby,” an episode where Stan’s father Randy Marsh (possibly the best character on the show) works together with all the current leaders of the world to obtain earth banned through the universe’s intergalactic community using their dishonesty. There is absolutely no real point to the episode in any way, but try to sit through it all rather than laugh your ass off. I dare you.
And even when an episode’s main plot isn’t performing it for you personally, there always seems to be a sub-plot which will help keep you consistently chuckling throughout, like Kyle being unable to wrap his head around the reality that Cartman consistently eat out at Chipotle although it makes his rectum bleed. Obviously Cartman doesn’t see a problem with this because his mother flkzau his underwear with the Billy Mays promoted “Chipotlaway” cleaning solution, thus solving the issue.
Purchasing South Park: The Whole Thirteenth Season needs to 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 easily get sick of hearing Cartman’s toe-tapping rendition of Lady Gaga’s Pok.er Face? Not me.
But if that’s inadequate for you and also you think you’re content with just watching the show on Comedy Central, purchase the DVDs for your mere fact that you receive to watch the episodes with all of the profanity that Matt Stone and Trey Parker intended. It’s worth the buying price of admission alone.