|Posted by Adam Krause on March 31, 2010 at 11:52 AM|
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 on how they do things by releasing the previous season on a three-disc DVD and Blu-ray collection.
As we all have witnessed, animated shows that remain on the air for this duration of time tend to decline in quality, leaving many fans longing for the creativity and freshness of the show’s original peak of success. Fortunately for fans of South Park, the show and it’s creators defy the odds and continue to produce solid, well-scripted shows that are just as good, if not better than the show’s heyday.
South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season offers nothing new as far as how the show works, keeping true to the social satirical formula originally created by the two patriarchs of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In essence, the two men take headlines from both pop culture and world news and parody them to express their personal opinions on the matter through four small children from a small Colorado town and the herd of oddballs that surround them. The result is usually crude, offensive and incredibly hilarious.
Some 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 cases, Parker and Stone will craft a show not out of a headline but instead out of the pure hatred that the two have garnered for a certain celebrity, thus being the case for the infamous “Fishsticks” episode in which the show takes on rapper Kanye West and his rumored massive ego buy ultimately portraying him as a “gay fish.” The show even comes equipped with a parody of the rapper’s hit song “Heartless” with slightly modified lyrics.
And then of course you have the episodes that have no hidden messages or celebrity target at all and instead just focus on placing one of 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 girl $5 to give him his first kiss and ultimately ends up becoming a pimp.
The great thing about Season Thirteen, and many other seasons of South Park for that matter, is that even the shows that don’t receive all the attention and take on the controversial topics still make you laugh hysterically thanks 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 my favorite character on the show) works together with all the leaders of the world to get earth banned from the universe’s intergalactic community with their dishonesty. There is no real point to the episode at all, but try to sit through it all and not laugh your ass off. I dare you.
And even when an episode’s main plot isn’t doing it for you, there always seems to be a sub-plot that will keep you consistently chuckling throughout, like Kyle not being able to wrap his head around the fact that Cartman continues to eat at Chipotle despite the fact that it makes his rectum bleed. Of course Cartman doesn’t see a problem with this because his mother washes his underwear with the Billy Mays promoted “Chipotlaway” cleaning solution, thus solving the problem.
Purchasing South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season should be a no-brainer for fans of the show as it’s a season among many that contains 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 Poker Face? Not me.
But if that’s not enough for you and you think you’re content with just watching the show on Comedy Central, buy the DVDs for the mere fact that you get to watch the episodes with all of the profanity that Matt Stone and Trey Parker intended. It’s worth the price of admission alone.