Homeland Security, Guinea Pirates, and Craig as the Savior of Mankind All Grace “Pandemic 2 – The Startling,” South Park’s Newest Episode (1211)

So, as discussed last week, this episode is a continuation of the previous week’s, despite the lack of “To Be Continued” at the end of the episode. Fortunately, we as a South Park watching community are really bright and figured it out.

Summary

Guinea pigs are attacking cities all over the U.S. and in South Park Randy Marsh is still filming with his new camera. Throughout the episode more and more guinea animals attack, like guinea bees, rats, bears, and more.

Meanwhile, the boys are sent to a remote location in the mountains of Peru, though they were supposedly going to bring down the government in Lima. Craig, sure that he’s in this situation because of Kenny, Cartman, Stan and Kyle, insists that he hates them, but they claim it’s not their fault: stuff just happens to them. I love Craig’s attitude – he added a great element to this whole episode. After the boys discover an ancient prophecy that predicts Craig as the savior of mankind from the guinea pigs, Craig just quits pursuing the adventure and starts walking the other way.

As everything turns increasingly chaotic, the Director of Homeland Security demands to be taken to Machu Pichu. There he mocks the prophecy about Craig and when the boys stumble upon him urinating on a statue, he reveals the truth: that he is a guinea pirate! Craig, despite trying to walk away, ends up stopping him by shooting lasers from his eyes.

…and the rest is history.

South Park Self-Reflection

I love episodes of South Park that internally refer to the show. Remember “Cartoon Wars” and how Cartman insisted that Family Guy was a cartoon that millions of people see while he was just a little boy and therefore what he said didn’t matter? Remember when people said they liked Family Guy because it didn’t get all preachy and up its own ass with messages? Yeah? I love that self-referential stuff and I love that this episode did that too (as did the previous one). Craig always talking about how what happens to the boys isn’t normal and that they do it themselves – great stuff.

Great Episode Lessons

1. We don’t always have control over what happens to us and are sometimes just players on the stage of life

2. Don’t loan people money

3. You shouldn’t eat peanuts when you’re scared

4. Nobody likes hanging out with someone who complains all the time

Summary

I, for one, liked this episode a lot. It had some good laughs, was amusing, ridiculous, and made fun of stupid things like Quarantine and more.

What did you think? Did you think it was better than the other episodes this season? Do you think next week’s Wednesday episode will be about Tuesday’s presidential election? They make these fast but how fast can they do it?

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Around the World Pic: A Jewish Cemetery in Tangier, Morocco

Years ago my friend Peter and I went to North Africa for a bit, and made a week-long stop in Morocco. We took an 18 hour bus (not the tourist one, the Arab one) down the coast of Spain from Barcelona all the way to a port in the south of Spain. It was the most horrible bus ride of all time and I’ve been on buses for longer (19 hours being the longest: Tallin, Estonia to Krakow, Poland).

Then we spent three hours floating across the Straights of Gibraltar until we arrive in Tangier, a port town in the north of Morocco. Peter received the following sunburn after falling asleep on the deck of the boat with his arm exposed:

We paid a cab driver to drive us around until our train out that afternoon (that’s the best way to see a lot of a Moroccan city in one day), and one stop we made was at this weird Jewish cemetery where I can be seen here inappropriately standing on top of a coffin. Tasteful, I know.

The person guarding the cemetery wasn’t Jewish and didn’t speak Hebrew. Some of the tombs were very old and many were from people whose families had left Morocco a long time ago but because they had always felt a connection to this city, they wanted to be buried here. The Jews had various successful stints in Morocco.

Have you ever been to Morocco? To Tangier? What did you think?

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Korn Stops Father Maxi From Ruining Halloween in South Episode 312, “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Mystery”

I absolutely love this episode of South Park. Not only is it about Halloween and guest-stars Korn, but it’s about the Occult and the conception of religious people about Halloween.

Father Maxi hates Halloween and doesn’t want anyone to celebrate it. He calls it the most unholy of holidays which is an inherently contradictory statement because holiday=holy day so he said it’s an unholy holy day. Dumbass. He should have said something like, “It’s an unholy celebration.”

The priest also calls Halloween an abomination of God. Give me a break and get over yourself, Father Maxi.

I love that this episode fleshes out the tension between the religious establishment and things that supposedly concern the Occult or devil-worship. No, most of us don’t ever have to deal with these issues on the day to day, but that doesn’t preclude the fact that numerous children don’t get to celebrate and enjoy Halloween and candy because their parents are religious psychopaths.

The episode has a wonderful conclusion and offers some great lessons.

What did you think?

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