South Park Episode 1208, “The Chinese Problem,” Grapples with the Rape of Indiana Jones and Chinese Power

Oh, how Wednesdays are better when new episodes of South Park are on at 10 p.m. After a 6 month hiatus, South Park finally returned to us tonight with a brand new episode.

Berare da Chineez

Cartman, it seems, is terrified that with the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics (read my post about the Opening Ceremonies HERE), the Chinese were declaring their intent to conquer the world and take over America. Thus, he forms the American Liberation Front, which is “dedicated to freeing America from Chinese tyranny.”

After infiltrating a P.F. Changs to find out what the Chinese plan for taking over America is, a standoff with the police ensues and when it’s over Cartman realizes that as much as he wants America to retain its power in the world, that can’t be at the cost of American dignity – a lesson he learned by watching Butters unethically shoot people in their dicks.

The Rape of Indiana Jones

The perhaps even more nonsensical but equally as terrifying half of the plot concerned the rape of Indiana Jones by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who, the episode contends, destroyed Indiana Jones and effectively raped him senseless by making a fourth and totally worthless movie.

Stan, Kyle, the county attorney (who weirdly had four fingers on one hand and five on the other) and police officers all continue to relive the horror of that movie, seeing Lucas and Spielberg gang up on and rape Indiana Jones. One amusing reference was to the classic movie, Deliverance and a particularly disturbing scene therein.

The boys decide to take the two director-producers to trial and prosecute them for the rape they committed; when the cops bust into Spielberg’s house, they find him and Lucas raping a storm-trooper, a reference to the two butchering the classic Star Wars films with digital enhancements and three crappy additional movies. This issue was already tackled in episode 609, “Free Hat,” (click HERE to read about that episode).

In the end, everyone is incredibly relieved that the two evil men are brought to justice for their crimes.

My Thoughts

First of all, you can’t find a South Park episode I don’t like. Even if it’s not the most hilarious or most interesting plotline, I still think that they’re all good and worth seeing. This episode had some good laughs and some good points.

I always appreciate how far the show will take anything, whether to make you uncomfortable or think about what’s important to you, and they definitely took things crazily far with the raping of Indiana Jones – both the use of the word rape and the visual depictions of what happened to him. I don’t think it was necessary, appropriate or tasteful but when could South Park ever be described by any of those adjectives.

Particularly on the Deliverance side of things it was funny and made you cringe, and perhaps by using such a strong analogy, Parker and Stone were really trying to convey how terrible they considered the actions of Lucas and Spielberg to be when it came to their greed and personal interests rather than what was best for the character of Indiana Jones and the previous films’ artistic integrity.

Also, though the conclusion with the Cartman and China issue was a good one, I thought that it was arrived at a bit abruptly and after a shoddy attempt at interweaving that plot with the other plot. I wish that they’d spent more time making a real ending out of that part of the episode which actually is serious and important rather than being silly with Indiana Jones – though, of course, perhaps the Indiana issue was more important to Parker and Stone than the rise of the Chinese?

Summary

What did you think about this new episode? Which issue did you like more: Indiana Jones or China? Are you excited for the rest of the season?

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South Park Episode 1008 is “Make Love Not Warcraft”

Gross, I said, as I watched Cartman scream to his mother that he had to go to the bathroom and then splatter shit all over her. Yep, gross, and only something you could be lucky enough to see on South Park. God bless it, and what a twisted lead-in to the 12th season’s second-half kick-off.

In “Make Love, Not Warcraft,” the boys get into World of Warcraft but can’t play happily because of some douche who keeps killing their characters. Thus, they spend all of their time preparing to battle this arch nemesis, allowing the video-game to become their reality.

Do you play World of Warcraft? Do you love it? Have you ever gotten so engrossed that you needed a break? I know that I would love to play but would get addicted so I have resisted involvement. I played a little too much Final Fantasy VII in my youth.

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New Season of South Park (Second Half of Season 12, really) Begins This Week and Six Saturday Night Episodes Kick it off

I, for one, am terribly excited that the second half of the twelfth season of South Park begins this Wednesday, October 8th at 10 p.m. Life goes on in the interim months but I’ve got to say that Wednesday night at 10 is never better than when there’s a new South Park episode on.

There will be six episodes tonight which are leading into the week that has new episodes. Those episodes are:

Tsst (1007)

Scott Tenerman Must Die (501)

Fat Butt and Pancake Head (705)

Le Petite Tourette (1108)

Cartman’s Silly Hate Crime 2000 (401)

Casa Bonita (711)

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