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CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



So is Cartman falling in love with Alexa both because he likes her "company" and can dominate her with no pushback and he's going to blame all this on Heidi?

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Scooter_McCabe
May 31, 2011
This space lovingly dedicated to Sean Leonard, 19, Andrew Monroe, 19, sister Jessica Leonard, 14, and her friend Kelly Janis, 15.

Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace.


Okay that "Hey Daryl" exchange got me back on board.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



Scooter_McCabe posted:

Okay that "Hey Daryl" exchange got me back on board.

That and Randy and Sharon's canned green screen interview for their show.

SpiderHyphenMan
Mar 31, 2010


I have been thoroughly unimpressed by this episode (though the kitchen wall bit and Cartman immediately going back to "uuuuuuuuuugggh" when he was trying to act abused to Heidi made me chuckle), but that last bit was interesting and they're either gonna stick the landing or gently caress it up by I dunno having the confederate flag guy be super tolerant or whatever.

Dr. Gitmo Moneyson
Jun 26, 2005

Feels good man.



I enjoy Cartman singing This Is How We Do It.

some guy on the bus
Jan 21, 2006

This avatar was paid for by the Silent Majority.

Meh. Not off to a good start. Last season was better.

geeves
Sep 16, 2004



Oh god, my google home is responding to all of this. Alexa surprisingly hasn't.

Dr. Gitmo Moneyson
Jun 26, 2005

Feels good man.



Cartman you stupid poo poo.

Scooter_McCabe
May 31, 2011
This space lovingly dedicated to Sean Leonard, 19, Andrew Monroe, 19, sister Jessica Leonard, 14, and her friend Kelly Janis, 15.

Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace.


This episode sucked.

Sky Shadowing
Feb 13, 2012

At least we're not the Thalmor (yet)


That was not the greatest episode.

Ceramics
May 26, 2014


Bad but its ok theres a good show on now

Dr. Gitmo Moneyson
Jun 26, 2005

Feels good man.



Was anyone else expecting Daryl's second story to collapse at the end there?

SpiderHyphenMan
Mar 31, 2010


sigh.

Well, South Park, this is where I break up with you.

Scooter_McCabe
May 31, 2011
This space lovingly dedicated to Sean Leonard, 19, Andrew Monroe, 19, sister Jessica Leonard, 14, and her friend Kelly Janis, 15.

Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace.


It feels like they just pussed out.

SpiderHyphenMan
Mar 31, 2010


Scooter_McCabe posted:

It feels like they just pussed out.
In the last seconds, I was hoping, praying, that Randy would push a detonator and kill everyone inside the house. Because then I would still care.

The Human Crouton
Sep 20, 2002



On target to be worse than last year.

Codependent Poster
Oct 20, 2003



Not sure what the point of that was.

geeves
Sep 16, 2004



Scooter_McCabe posted:

It feels like they just pussed out.

Nah, it's like they just highlighted that white people don't care about or flat out ignore the bigger issues as long as they can watch HGTV. It's not biting or in your face, but definitely a bit subtle.

Scooter_McCabe
May 31, 2011
This space lovingly dedicated to Sean Leonard, 19, Andrew Monroe, 19, sister Jessica Leonard, 14, and her friend Kelly Janis, 15.

Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace.


geeves posted:

Nah, it's like they just highlighted that white people don't care about or flat out ignore the bigger issues as long as they can watch HGTV. It's not biting or in your face, but definitely a bit subtle.

Codependent Poster posted:

Not sure what the point of that was.

Not empty quoting here.

FELD1
Nov 4, 2009


Yeah, I enjoyed the whole episode until it didn't really have any sort of conclusion.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16



I was waiting for Skeeter to hate it and go off, with the theme music running in the background. Him loving it didn't work for me.

SpiderHyphenMan
Mar 31, 2010


geeves posted:

Nah, it's like they just highlighted that white people don't care about or flat out ignore the bigger issues as long as they can watch HGTV. It's not biting or in your face, but definitely a bit subtle.
It makes no sense though. It starts with him being pissed at people waving Confederate flags for harming his show's brand, but then at the end he frames a Confederate flag on a wall as part of a renovation and everyone comes in for a huge Confederate flag-waving party while the cameras roll.
Let's look at the previous season openers

20. "Memberberries"
Whatever the many many flaws of Season 20, it started with a lot of promise, and the titular memberberries were resonate enough to be culturally relevant.

19. "Stunning and Brave"
I will defend this episode because yo, gently caress Caitlyn Jenner, Cartman idolizing Tom Brady is hilarious, and the punchline of "you have your cake, eat it too" is loving transcendent.

18. "Go Fund Yourself"
The Washington Redskins episode. It fuckin owns.

17. "Let Go Let Gov"
Meh, but the punchline of the NSA have kidnapped Santa Claus and hooked him up to a computer and the average American just doesn't give a poo poo is pretty incisive.

This? This isn't good satire or comedy. This is limp and unfocused.

CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK
Sep 11, 2001



That sure was an episode

SLICK GOKU BABY
Jun 12, 2001


Codependent Poster posted:

Not sure what the point of that was.

There... was no point. It was just an episode of South Park. And it was funny and good. gently caress you all for hating it for some reason.

swickles
Aug 21, 2006

I guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just some QB that I used to know


I don't watch any of the house flipping shows, is there some joke I am not getting about Sharon being disengaged while Randy is super energetic.

Milo and POTUS
Sep 3, 2017


Ceramics posted:

Bad but its ok theres a good show on now

What's on after south park? I'm away from tv atm.

SLICK GOKU BABY
Jun 12, 2001


swickles posted:

I don't watch any of the house flipping shows, is there some joke I am not getting about Sharon being disengaged while Randy is super energetic.

It might be a house flipping joke too, but that's a South Park joke, Sharon is almost always participating but not engaged in Randy's poo poo (see the Blockbuster episode)

basic hitler
Dec 28, 2006



That was the most boring episode of south park i've ever watched.

Celery Jello
Mar 21, 2005


Slippery Tilde

This honestly felt like they responded to the serialization not working out by cramming the same amount of plot lines into one episode. It just felt like a loosely assembled collection of decent jokes wrapped around nothing in particular.

Itís like the definition of .

Duzzy Funlop
Jan 13, 2010


We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.


Episode was alright, there were a lot of much better season starts, and a lot of seasons that started like this and got better, don't see any reason to complain.

Loved redneck-Alexa, though.

Waltzing Along
Jun 14, 2008

May your eyes be opened by the wonderful


My feeling is that they showed up at the office a week ago and this was the result.

Rather than them reflecting on how bad last season was and saying, let's show up a month early and hammer out some good jokes and storylines and have a good season.

So 12 weeks, 10 episodes of hoping they are inspired that week.

At least South Park is back. Too bad it is no longer the best show on TV. Rick & Morty is now.

vermin
Feb 28, 2017

Help, I've turned into a manifestation of mental disorders as viewed through an early 20th century lens sparked by the disparity between man and modern society and I can't get up

"Cletus, lower the volume!"
"Adjustin' volume ter 60%."

Really liked a couple jokes, and Sharon not being into the show. On every family reality show there's always one family member that's phoning it in and doesn't want to be there.

Seeing Eric demolish his relationship was painful, but I think for Cartman to be Cartman he has to be the most selfish person in the room.

But it wasn't a good episode. It kind of felt like half an episode but not in the "setting up the season" way. It also felt like it was going to take on a lot more than it did but they went out of their way to say "We're not touching this" which is funny in itself but it doesn't make for good television.

It was two or three good jokes filled in with half-assed writing. I give it out of Looking forward to the rest of the season though. Please subscribe to my Buzzfeed and smash that like button on Patreon.

bobjr
Oct 16, 2012

Roose is loose.


I'm someone who really liked the silly "Took our jobs!" people, but this was just kinda bad for me. The Cartman plot felt like some weird joke to set off people who owned Amazon/Google stuff, and the rest felt like they wanted to take a political issue and try and go "See we're not being political about it", and just being kinda unfunny.

Ein cooler Typ
Nov 26, 2013

Carthago delenda est

eh didn't like this episode

hopefully the rest of the season can be better

go play outside Skyler
Nov 7, 2005



All in all I was pretty disappointed with this episode, although the redneck Alexa joke was extremely good.

Sir Lemming
Jan 27, 2009

It's a piece of JUNK!

The middle was good, especially Randy's exchange with Darryl about what kind of jobs he could do. The rest was just ok.

I did like how Randy literally had one idea for all home renovations -- tear down the wall between the kitchen and living room to make it open concept. Which really is half of what they do on these shows. And somehow it is also pretty much always a good idea. (They also just so happened to be doing it to a house that looked exactly like mine, a 2-story Colonial where we want to tear down that very wall )

checkplease
Aug 17, 2006


I thought the end was great. It was somewhat back to south park centrism, but it showed that rather than actually having solutions for problems with a nice ending, white America really just wants to push all these problems to the side (or behind nice glass cases) and get back to working on their homes and lives and watching their shows. You may not agree, but there was definitely a point being made.

Gimmedaroot
Aug 10, 2006

America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
-Barack Obama

checkplease posted:

I thought the end was great. It was somewhat back to south park centrism, but it showed that rather than actually having solutions for problems with a nice ending, white America really just wants to push all these problems to the side (or behind nice glass cases) and get back to working on their homes and lives and watching their shows. You may not agree, but there was definitely a point being made.


I was underwhelmed with the episode, but this is a good point.

Maybe it would have been too obvious, but people waiving Confederate flags are the ultimate member berries just waiting to be plucked. I read reviews on other sites, and if its true that South Park has all of these alt-right fans along with the South Park Republican/Libertarian base due to their anti-PC stance, is it possible they just didn't want to offend them?

Many of the flag waving tiki torch bearing protesters weren't uneducated, unkempt rednecks, but Polo shirt wearing preppies who actually did go to college.

Waltzing Along
Jun 14, 2008

May your eyes be opened by the wonderful


The answer is obvious: they didn't learn their lesson.

Or only partly learned. They saw the disaster of last year and rather than taking the good ideas (a running storyline) and dropping the bad (trying to write an episode in 7 days with a coherent running plot) they have just gone back to what worked in the past. So what we got was a story that probably had another 10 minutes of material that Trey had to edit into 22 minutes and it ended up being a POS.

So they learned noting and we are just back to where we have been for years. 1 week to make an episode that will be based on current events and sometimes will hit and sometimes won't. It's a pity because when they actually spend time writing things they can be quite good.

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Sir Lemming
Jan 27, 2009

It's a piece of JUNK!

In the end they could've taken out the tiki torch thing and not really affected the episode too much. It was kind of like older South Park where they throw in a "surprisingly" current reference but aren't necessarily directly commenting on it. Whether that's something you can really "do" with Charlottesville... ehh, not sure.

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