Imaginationland Trilogy Ends with Episode 1112

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Some good advice from the previous Imaginationland episode:

“If you believe in yourself, everything will turn out all right.”

– Aslan, 1111

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Skuzzlebutt Saves the Boys in “Volcano,” South Park Episode 103

When the town learns that a volcano is about to explode and lava is about to flow straight into town destroying everyone and everything, they try to learn volcano safety and then to dig a trench to divert the lava elsewhere. Good thinking.

One person lands himself on the news, and holds up a sign that says, John 3:16. Though it isn’t on the board, this verse reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

That’s a fascinating verse for this man to hold up before he dies in a volcano, no? South Park, already in the third episode, employs the Bible and does so in a meaningful way. Very interesting, if you ask me.

Skuzzlebutt, an imaginary creature who serves an important purpose in this episode, connects nicely to the idea in the Imaginationland trilogy that makes us think about how imaginary things are still real.

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“Imaginationland,” South Park’s Epic Trilogy about Real v. Imaginary Things, Begins Here

I, for one, absolutely love the Imaginationland trilogy. It’s brilliant. At first I wasn’t too keen, because towards the end of the first episode I didn’t see it wrapping up to a point, but upon realizing that it was more than a single episode – and then three episodes! – I became enthralled by the depth to which the entire trilogy was taken and the sensational points that arose out of it.

Imaginationland is about the existence of the make-believe – how real imaginary things are. This hour and a half of philosophical speculation interwoven seamlessly with a plot about Kyle finally having to lick Cartman’s particularly vinegary nuts – “How do you like your sundays Kyle? With extra nuts?” – is nothing short of genius.

From the perspective of The Zen of South Park, Imaginationland adds particular vibrancy because the understanding that imaginary things – like many of the religious figures we revere, and even, say, maybe, God – are real and can have far more importance and influence than tangible things has a dual effect. At once it provides us with historical fodder while simultaneously affirming the fact that historicity can be far less important than perception.

For instance, haven’t people like Superman or Jesus, with their values of justice and the importance of fighting for truth been more influential and important than almost every other person? What about Luke Skywalker – imaginary – vs. Mark Hammell, tangible. Skywalker is more important (by far) and has had far more of an impact on the world. Can we really say that just because he’s imaginary he isn’t really real?

What do you think of the Imaginationland episodes? Did you like them? How do you feel about the idea that imaginary things are real?

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In South Park episode 402, “Tooth Fairy Tats 2000,” Kyle Has an Existential Crisis

The first few episodes of season four – and even episodes later in the season (410, 411) are about Cartman’s attempts at earning 10 million dollars. One such idea includes becoming the Tooth Fairy and stealing all the money that parents leave their children for their teeth. But that’s not the fascinating part about this episode.

When Cartman learns that the Tooth Fairy isn’t real, he also questions the reality of Santa Clause, and, more interestingly, Jesus. It’s a natural leap. So too is the conclusion that Kyle draws when Cartman reveals the truth to him. Are Moses and Abraham real, he asks his father. The best answer Mr. Broflovski can muster is, “probably.”

This sends Kyle spinning into an existential crisis, wondering what reality is, what truth is, and what he can believe that his parents have told him. He starts reading numerous philosophy books, one of which is about Buddhism and Taoism. He starts wondering if real and not real are the same thing, and about more fascinating enigmas until he realizes that he controls his entire reality and causes himself to dematerialize.

Upon rematerializing, Kyle concludes:

“You see, the basis of all reasoning is the mind’s awareness of itself. What we think, the external objects we perceive, are all like actors that come on and off stage. But our consciousness, the stage itself, is always present to us.”

Great stuff. Did you like this episode? What was the best ‘philosophic’ moment?

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