Cartman Tries Desperately to Save the World’s Final Two “Jakovasaurs” in South Park Episode 305

This episode is a surprisingly appropriate look at humanity’s misguided attempts to interfere in natural selection and save every animal on the planet. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that we should continue killing every species on the planet either, especially at the rate we happen to be doing so. I’m just saying that there are animals out there dying in a totally natural way and nature’s no fool – she’s got her reasons. Let them die.

And thus, South Park gives us the Jakovasaurs, creatures on their last leg who just need to die already. They don’t have a natural means of procreating anymore, are totally stupid and annoying (kind of a reminder of Jar-Jar Binks in the new Star Wars movies) and really just need to die.

Cartman, however, doesn’t want them to die because he finds their antics to be hilarious, despite the fact that they’re close enough to human that they’ve been allowed to put their litters of stupid children in classes and participate in all the usual things in town, destroying practically everything.

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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.”

Awesome.

I love this episode.

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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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