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Friday, November 5, 2010

Checking in on South Park - Season 14, Episodes 11-12

These episodes only make sense if you saw an earlier South Park episode called “The Coon,” which is Eric Cartmans “superhero” alter ego. The Coon is pretty useless and kind of evil, yet hilarious. Like the real Cartman. The other superhero mentioned in that episode was M ysterion, a kid who is actually good at being a superhero, talks in a growly voice like Christian Bale’s Batman, and resembles just about every kid on the show. His identity was not revealed, which was disappointing.

But in episode 12 of this season (“Mysterion Rises,” a play on the name of the upcoming Chris Nolan Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises”), Mysterion turned out to be…Kenny! Wow, we finally got to hear the kid talk.

Episodes 11 (The Coon 2: Hindsight) and 12 were back-to-back episodes that told one story. The gist is this: BP caused the oil spill and then it caused rifts in the dimensional barriers. Monsters from other dimensions started cropping up. There was an ex-reporter superhero called Captain Hindsight who flew around telling everyone what they did wrong after the bad incidents occurred, which is pretty much what everyone did after the BP oil spill.

The Coon had recruited other kids for a team of superheroes called “Coon and Friends”. This included Mysterion (whose secret power is that he can never die), Iron Maiden (Timmy), Toolshed (Stan), Mosquito (Clyde), TupperWare (Token, whose last name is “Black,” by the way, haha), Human Kite (Kyle), and Mintberry Crunch (Bradley). Of course, The Coon ticked the group off, and they kicked him out but kept the name to anger Cartman. The Coon joined forces with an evil other-dimensional creature named Cthulhu.

We thought episode 11 (The Coon: Hindsight) was pretty average. We liked the shrimp guy (if you listened closely, you can understand what he is saying), and we also liked how the episode criticized people who judge others’ past acts with the benefit of hindsight without adding any real help to tragic situations. We also liked the very end where The Coon leapt from his window crying, “A**holes!” We watched these episodes on the internet (we always do, because we want the uncensored versions), and we hope this moment was not ruined for live viewers.

Episode 12 was superior because of the Kenny revelations. Also, there were more funny moments. We’ve never appreciated Kenny this much before now. This character just existed to laugh at when he died and to laugh at when he said really dirty things that we couldn’t fully understand. But poor, undying Kenny is actually a top-notch crime fighter with the ability to scare his parents into being better people? We like it. We also liked the re-introduction of the superheroes via monologues and comic pages. We enjoyed how South Park called Captain Hindsight “The hero of the modern age,” and the way Cartman used Cthulhu to fight the things Cartman finds evil (hippies, Jews, and San Francisco, naturally). We are also glad the show is back to recognizing that it once used to kill Kenny every episode.

A few references and things we caught regarding these episodes:-BP renamed itself to DP following the oil crisis on the show. If you didn’t get that, we can help you. DP stands for “double penetration” and refers to a sexual act. If you don’t know what that is, we can’t help you.
-According to a nerdy Web site (and one of the bloggers), the monsters from the dimensional tear and a few other things are references to stuff by the science fiction author H.P. Lovecraft.
-Showing the killer whale and Tom Cruise dead on the moon is a reference to earlier South Park episodes that only people who are completely obsessed with South Park would remember.
This show is definitely playing toward its longtime fans in these episodes.
We are sure that there are more references (the song playing while Cartman rode Cthulhu is tickling our brains), but we don’t know what they are, so holler if you do.

The Coon and Friends would make great Halloween costumes for next year. This blogger wants to be Mintberry Crunch.

Episode grades:
11: C
12: B-


  1. I thought both episodes were mediocre at best. Meh.

  2. Agree, thus the mediocre grades. But we enjoyed the Kenny updates, as fans of the show.