SouthPark: Chinatown Wars Is Worth Thirty Shekels

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SouthPark: Chinatown Wars Is Worth Thirty Shekels

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The moral velociraptor of our times lets fly again with the story of Jesus, the Credit Crunch and GTA Chinatown Wars. Classy.

In "Margaritaville", aired last night, the episode follows the rough period from the Sermon on the Mount to The Last Supper with a few "clever" alterations - For instance, replacing God with the Economy, talking about how "The Economy has failed us" and "The Jewish Kid must be the Son of the Economy"

The Last Supper takes place over pizza, of course, with Eric Cartman saying that anyone who betrays the new Son of the Economy "is a dick." No surprises who is the eventual Judas here - instead of the usual thirty pieces of silver, Cartman has already made a deal with the council for a Nintendo DS and GTA: Chinatown Wars. Cartman states his need to be popular, and it's not as if he's not sold out his friends before.

While the show almost manages to get past PacMan Fever (Writing about games with very inaccurate information), it slips up once when Cartman refers to Chinatown Wars as GTA 4. Then again, these are the guys that brought us the "documentary" Make Love Not Warcraft, so I think they can be forgiven that one.

The episode can be viewed over at Comedy Central. Sadly, non-US dwellers are faced with the standard [Denied] page.

Perhaps it's for the best, because the final punchline - which I won't mention here - will largely only make sense to the American audience.

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I never really liked south park, then again I am more mature that 12 year olds

south park isnt aimed at kids

ohellynot:
I never really liked south park, then again I am more mature that 12 year olds

The show has evolved greatly. Its not just juvenile shock humor anymore. It has actually become very satirical.

Meh, the newer episodes keep disappointing me.

I mean I still chuckle, and even laugh at some of the jokes, but eversince the dawn of season 11 or 12 I feel they're losing their touch.

Southparkzone tbh

I saw that last night. Personlay the ending was exactly what i thought it would be. "The sacrafice of Brak Obama" "GOD DAMNIT!" Also thats prity typical of South Park.

The_root_of_all_evil:

The episode can be viewed over at Comedy Central. Sadly, non-US dwellers are faced with the standard [Denied] page.

Perhaps it's for the best, because the final punchline - which I won't mention here - will largely only make sense to the American audience.

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Mwahaha Canadians can watch it via the Comedy Network online as well, I just don't know if it's been played yet...

I watched the episode found it alright typical south park these days

I miss the days of the surreal stories in South park..like when the Father Maxis(or whatever its his name) goes to the Vatican and in the end we find out the Vatican is ruled by the Great Queen Spider, or Lemmiwinks tale and even the Alien taco that craps icecream...

The chicken scene made me roar with laughter.

I think that anyone thinking that Southpark is all about 12 year old humor just doesn't get it. The chicken in last night's episode was so damn funny, but at the same time, it also was ridiculously true. Matt and Trey are great at taking things in today's society, and coming up with some insane analogy which conveys more truth than the real issue does. If it was all toilet humor, then it would be just another Family Guy.

Speaking of which, the show "Terrence and Phillip" was created SPECIFICALLY for the people who think southpark is about fart humor. Trey said in one of the commentaries, "so they think southpark is all just fart jokes? Well, let's give them a show all about fart jokes."

Saw it last night, wasn't all that impressed.

kawligia:

ohellynot:
I never really liked south park, then again I am more mature that 12 year olds

The show has evolved greatly. Its not just juvenile shock humor anymore. It has actually become very satirical.

If by "very satirical" you mean "look down at everyone hypocritically". Come on, these are the same people that devoted 2 episodes to taking shots at Phil Collins because they couldn't take the fact they lost an Oscar to him. Apparently losing wasn't the problem, just that it was him.

Parker & Stone love to act like they're grown up and sophisticated, but they really aren't, I don't care what the people in charge of the Peabody awards think.

Not to say the show isn't funny sometimes, but it's really lost its touch in the past couple of years, instead relying on spending 30 minutes just to make one joke that in the end isn't even that funny.

I don't know. I still laugh my balls of whenever I get a chance to see it. I don't see it all that much so maybe that helps.

kawligia:

ohellynot:
I never really liked south park, then again I am more mature that 12 year olds

The show has evolved greatly. Its not just juvenile shock humor anymore. It has actually become very satirical.

Agreed. Although I've not really keep up so much as I used too as they only show it on random channels and times over here in UK land.

Although "Team America" didn't impress me - it was just naff, not funny naff like South Park's animation, just naff-naff. Add to that, pretty much ended up as 'America === teh best in world!!1!!!!!11!'

AceDiamond:

kawligia:

ohellynot:
I never really liked south park, then again I am more mature that 12 year olds

The show has evolved greatly. Its not just juvenile shock humor anymore. It has actually become very satirical.

If by "very satirical" you mean "look down at everyone hypocritically".

I think you mean "critically" and if so, then yes, that is exactly what I mean. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/satire

Doug:

kawligia:

ohellynot:
I never really liked south park, then again I am more mature that 12 year olds

The show has evolved greatly. Its not just juvenile shock humor anymore. It has actually become very satirical.

Agreed. Although I've not really keep up so much as I used too as they only show it on random channels and times over here in UK land.

Although "Team America" didn't impress me - it was just naff, not funny naff like South Park's animation, just naff-naff. Add to that, pretty much ended up as 'America === teh best in world!!1!!!!!11!'

You can watch them all for free on teh internetz. http://www.southparkstudios.com/guide/

oliveira8:
I miss the days of the surreal stories in South park..like when the Father Maxis(or whatever its his name) goes to the Vatican and in the end we find out the Vatican is ruled by the Great Queen Spider, or Lemmiwinks tale and even the Alien taco that craps icecream...

I agree, it was better when it was more random. Now, a lot of the jokes seem telegraphed. Still, it's one of the best shows out there and among my favorites.

oliveira8:
I miss the days of the surreal stories in South park..like when the Father Maxis(or whatever its his name) goes to the Vatican and in the end we find out the Vatican is ruled by the Great Queen Spider, or Lemmiwinks tale and even the Alien taco that craps icecream...

Yeah, it has been a while since a really bizzare episode... But they are beginning to lean torwards a more realistic satire than a trippy, surreal experience. That isn't to say it isn't good, and the show has evolved greatly over the years from a simple slapstick, to a bizarre sit-com like endevour, to a sharp satire of politics and pop culture.

ohellynot:
I never really liked south park, then again I am more mature that 12 year olds

Since when was satire childish? Or do you not understand satire?

Kogarian:

ohellynot:
I never really liked south park, then again I am more mature that 12 year olds

Since when was satire childish? Or do you not understand satire?

Im 20 and i love south park. But i guess some people are afraid of watching cartoons, bacause they think people will think of them as immature

Bored Tomatoe:

oliveira8:
I miss the days of the surreal stories in South park..like when the Father Maxis(or whatever its his name) goes to the Vatican and in the end we find out the Vatican is ruled by the Great Queen Spider, or Lemmiwinks tale and even the Alien taco that craps icecream...

Yeah, it has been a while since a really bizzare episode... But they are beginning to lean torwards a more realistic satire than a trippy, surreal experience. That isn't to say it isn't good, and the show has evolved greatly over the years from a simple slapstick, to a bizarre sit-com like endevour, to a sharp satire of politics and pop culture.

Now its more satire like Asterix(I just compared South Park to Asterix...I rule!)...many episodes had alot of satire and trippy adventures. Like the one I said where Father Maxis goes to the Vatican. Were the boys find that the Earth is just one big reality show and its getting cancelled. The whole episode was one weird adventure in alien planets, a clever parody of the show itself and a satire at reality shows.

South park aint relevant or funny no more.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Sadly, non-US dwellers are faced with the standard [Denied] page.

Ever heard of Southparkzone.com?

I thought it was pretty good, but predictable, except for the whole "chart" bit, that was nutz.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Perhaps it's for the best, because the final punchline - which I won't mention here - will largely only make sense to the American audience.

How's that? You seem to assume that because most Americans only follow what's happening in America, that therefore the rest of us must only be following what's happening in our own countries.

Was there really a more subtle subtext behind the "punchline" beyond pointing out the obvious folly of placing blame, praise or hope in political leaders, that one would have to be living in America to be able to understand? I know for a lot of people it's approaching hero worship, but it's a mistake that Americans and indeed the rest of humanity have been committing since, and until, time immemorial.

Doug:
Although "Team America" didn't impress me - it was just naff, not funny naff like South Park's animation, just naff-naff. Add to that, pretty much ended up as 'America === teh best in world!!1!!!!!11!'

Oh irony, why hast thou forsaken us?

The infamous SCAMola:
South park aint relevant or funny no more.

Out of curiosity, what was the last episode of South Park that you saw? 'Cause I watch it on a regular basis. It's one of the few TV shows I still watch.

Name me any episode and I can tell you how I find it relevant/funny. Granted, what I find relevant or funny may not be to you, but that is all the more reason that posts like yours- the make general statements based entirely on your opinion- are a waste of space.

Feel free to prove me wrong.

I love when they do stuff like this

Love South Park... My humour is whitty and satirical so the satire in it amuses me so :P

oktalist:

Doug:
Although "Team America" didn't impress me - it was just naff, not funny naff like South Park's animation, just naff-naff. Add to that, pretty much ended up as 'America === teh best in world!!1!!!!!11!'

Oh irony, why hast thou forsaken us?

Actually, they seriously believe it:

From wiki:
In another interview, Parker and Stone further clarified that in the end the film seeks to justify the role of the United States as the "World Police".[11]

Because that's the thing that we realized when we were making the movie. It was always the hardest thing. We wanted to deal with this emotion of being hated as an American. That was the thing that was intriguing to us, and having Gary (the main character) deal with that emotion. And so, him becoming ashamed to be a part of Team America and being ashamed of himself, he comes to realize that, just as he got his brother killed by gorillas -- he didn't kill his brother; he was a dick, he wasn't an asshole -- so too does America have this role in the world as a dick. Cops are dicks, you fucking hate cops, but you need 'em.

Doug:

oktalist:

Doug:
Although "Team America" didn't impress me - it was just naff, not funny naff like South Park's animation, just naff-naff. Add to that, pretty much ended up as 'America === teh best in world!!1!!!!!11!'

Oh irony, why hast thou forsaken us?

Actually, they seriously believe it:

From wiki:
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Irony and subtlety, then. Seriously, the world is not black and white, left and right, right and wrong. There's world police and there's world police. There's the policeman helping kitties out of trees and there's the policeman cracking skulls at a pro-democracy protest.

It didn't "pretty much end up as 'America === teh best in world!!1!!!!!11!'" More like "America == a dick, but we need it." And anyway, to judge a film by its final 5 minutes is to fail at film criticism.

oktalist:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Perhaps it's for the best, because the final punchline - which I won't mention here - will largely only make sense to the American audience.

How's that? You seem to assume that because most Americans only follow what's happening in America, that therefore the rest of us must only be following what's happening in our own countries.

Without wanting to give away the ending, most Non-Americans won't have been subject to the barrage of news reporting that tippifies the ending. We can still follow the joke, but it doesn't hit quite as close to home for us.

oktalist:

Doug:

oktalist:

Doug:
Although "Team America" didn't impress me - it was just naff, not funny naff like South Park's animation, just naff-naff. Add to that, pretty much ended up as 'America === teh best in world!!1!!!!!11!'

Oh irony, why hast thou forsaken us?

Actually, they seriously believe it:

From wiki:
snip

Irony and subtlety, then. Seriously, the world is not black and white, left and right, right and wrong. There's world police and there's world police. There's the policeman helping kitties out of trees and there's the policeman cracking skulls at a pro-democracy protest.

It didn't "pretty much end up as 'America === teh best in world!!1!!!!!11!'" More like "America == a dick, but we need it." And anyway, to judge a film by its final 5 minutes is to fail at film criticism.

America (as a political international body) is more "World Mafia boss" that police. I meant, they dipose governments that don't co-operate if they have oil (see old Iran and pre-Saddam Iraq) - they veto everything in the UN that could make a difference that would affect there interests (see Isarael). And supporting Uzbekistan who's government reportly boiled at least 2 political opponents to death.

But ignoring the politics, I didn't like the movie - it come off as stupid stupid, not stupid funny, if you get my meaning. Although I will admit to chuckling at the gun-ho use of rocket launchers to try and kill terrorists which end up blowing up several famous building around the world, but really, alot of the jokes just fell flat for me, and the puppets just didn't work as a parody for me. A South park style cartoon would have worked better, I think.

Watched the episode this morning on Megavideo, I thought it was really good.
Theres like 5 different messages wrapped up in one story, which is one of the joys of South Park.

On the surface theres the economic crisis.
Then theres the Jesus thing.
Theres a small bit where Cartman applies some Nazi logic about how the Jews caused the recession.
Then theres the false information concerning the recession when Randy tells them to stop spending.

People may not find it as funny as Family Guy but the writing is a hell of a lot smarter than random tangents of plot that don't make sense.

South Park hasn't been funny (to me, anyways), since season 10. Season 11 had it's moments (hell, it brought us Imaginationland), but season 12 was a total wash.

With season 13 looking much the same, I'm thinking I'll just hole up and watch some reruns, and just pretend it isn't on the air any more. What a shame.

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