South Park Mocks High School Musical with Briden Queermo and His Singing, Dancing and Slapping Dad in Episode 1213, “Elementary School Musical”

Now personally, I haven’t seen High School Musical, but based on this episode, I’m not interested. I am, however, interested in watching this episode again. And again. Because it was awesome.

About the Episode

At every turn the students of South Park Elementary break into song and dance, much in the fashion of, I’d imagine, High School Musical. Totally confused as to what the hell is going on, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman go home and watch the movie. That doesn’t help. They’re still totally befuddled as to how High School Musical is cool. Cartman is so convinced he’s lost touch with reality that he wants to kill himself.

With school time singing and dancing at the top of the cool charts, Wendy has gotten pretty chummy with Briden Queermo, a popular third grader who is the best singer and dancer in school. They’re even cast in the elementary school musical together, which doesn’t make Stan feel any better about how close they’re getting. To pull them apart, he tries to get Briden to follow his real interest, which is basketball, and to cut out the excessive singing and dancing.

Unfortunately for Briden Queermo, his father hates sports and jocks and wants his son to sing and dance incessantly. He’s also very strict and bossy, slapping Briden, his mother and everyone else in town who stands in the way of how he wants to raise his kid. Fortunately, Briden decides to stand up to his father and punches him right in the face. He then joins the basketball team.

In the meantime, Stan has given into the pressure of High School Musical and convinces his friends to join him by telling them that Butters is considered cooler than they are now. At the end of the episode they all break out in song, singing about how Briden has chosen to do what he wants to do, by playing basketball, and singing, “Do what you want to do, so long as what you’re doing is what everyone wants you to.”

Things About This Episode That Were Awesome

1. All the singing and dancing

2. The irony of the boys singing and dancing about Doing What They Want to Do is that they’ve literally given into peer pressure in the meantime – this probably wasn’t lost on you

3. Cartman’s hybrid joke and his lines during the song

4. The slapping father and what an asshole he is

5. Making fun of Scott Malkenson

6. Stan breaking out in song alone the first time and singing “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dina”

Summary

What did you think of this episode? What was your favorite part? What would you add to the list of awesome thing?

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South Park Question: What Do You Think?

So, we’ve had two episodes of South Park so far for the latter half of season 12. Have you been pleased so far?

My big question, though, is what you think they’ll do next? The first episode was about the issue of China as a rising superpower and the second episode was about children fighting. That is, one was about global, public issues and the other ‘random.’ Which kind of episode do you think is coming next? Do you think we’re going to get an episode about the presidential races like we got in 2004 (Giant Douche and Turd Sandwhich)?

Please share your thoughts!

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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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Six More South Park Episodes of Cartmania Lead Us to the Mid-Season Premier

Yep, Comedy Central is going crazy, throwing South Park episodes at us left and right. I’m really excited for this Wednesday’s mid-season premier and hope you are too. The episodes on tonight, which comprise Cartmania, are:

Ginger Kids (911)

Tonsil Trouble (1201)

Go God Go (1012)

Go God Go XII (1013)

Christian Rock Hard (709)

The Death of Eric Cartman (906)

Such great episodes for someone who loves the religious ones. 1012 and 1013 are all about atheism and how it isn’t the -isms that are the problem but the people who adhere to them so strongly. It’s really an excellent pair of episodes.

Christian Rock Hard is also fantastic as Eric Cartman starts a Christian Rock band to beat Kyle at a bet for who can get a platinum album first. Hilarious, filled with great religious stuff – oh yeah.

The other episodes in this little grouping are great too. Don’t miss them.

Which were your favorites? Why?

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