Missionaries, the Bible and Conservative Christianity are all Parts of South Park Episode 311, “Starvin’ Marvin in Space”

Last week we got the pleasure of seeing the original Starvin’ Marvin episode and this week Comedy Central has decided to give us the premier Starvin’ Marvin episode. This is absolutely one of my favorites.

It begins with Marvin in the Bible class of a white missionary to Ethiopia named Sister Hollis. She is trying to woo the Ethiopians into Christianity by promising them food in exchange for accepting Jesus as their savior. They try to eat the Bible.

The plot of the episode is that Marvin finds an alien spacecraft and takes it around the world in search of a home for his people where they can have food and not missionaries. He winds up in South Park and the boys go with him to an alien planet called Marklar. The aliens say that they can bring Marvin’s people there, but when they return to get them the missionaries follow them to Marklar to spread the Bible.

The episode turns into a Star Wars spoof with Sally Struthers as Jabba the Hut, and with the Missionary 600, whose expoits are chronicled by Pat Robertson, the face of the Christian Broadcasting Channel (actually CBN and The 700 Club).

On Marklar, where everything and everyone is referred to as Marklar, Kyle tells the Marklars:

Marklar, these marklars want to change your marklar. They don’t want Marklar or any of these marklars to live here because it’s bad for their marklar. They use Marklar to try and force marklars to believe they’re marklar. If you let them stay here, they will build marklars and marklars. They will take all your marklars and replace them with Marklar. These marklar have no good marklar to live on Marklar, so they must come here to Marklar. Please, let these marklars stay where they can grow and prosper without any marklars, marklars,  or marklars.

How sensational. And the Marklars agree to let the Ethiopians stay and make the missionaries go.

“But you know you’ll burn forever in eternal hellfire,” the missionaries say.

“Yes, that’s nice. Thank you for stopping by.”


I love this episode.

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