» LATEST FEATURES
LITERATURE» Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
MUSIC» The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
MUSIC» Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
Getting offended by South Park is so 1999. Sure there's the occasional inflammatory moment, like this season's Steve Irwin character or the "Trapped In the Closet" episode that was forced out of reruns for a while because of the slimy meneuvering of Tom Cruise's power team. But overall, the show has developed quite nicely into what it really is: one of the best satirical cartoons that has ever existed, with moral messages that make Full House's touchy-feely endings seem trite. OK, bad example… And South Park is still totally fucking funny. Most of the seasons have already been released on DVD, but if you want to see what Matt favorites are, South Park: The Hits, Vol. 1 is a good, concise package, and yet another money-maker of repackaged material for Comedy Central. That being said, it would be hard to argue with the choices contained within.
Each episode on this double-disc set contains an alternate track of commentary from Stone and Parker, but they wisely limit their comments to the first five minutes or so of each. As they note in the commentary for "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset," they've already done about 100 commentary tracks, so most of what they have to say has been already been said. But they do discuss why they picked these particular episodes as their favorites, while noting their personal hatred for Paris Hilton (the aforementioned "Stupid Spoiled"), their take on Cartman's personality traits ("Casa Bonita"), and the hubbub surrounding the "Trapped" episode.
Some of the best South Park episodes are not the issue-driven ones, such as the Terri Schiavo-influenced "Best Friends Forever," where Cartman argues with Stan and Kyle over Kenny's right to die (in order to get his video game console, of course), but the ones that so aptly capture kids being kids. "Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers" is a hilarious episode that follows the kids playing Lord of the Rings, and the portrayal of them pretending to be paladins and wizards in their homemade costumes is so accurate. As Butters becomes obsessed with the porno tape ("the one video tape") that Stan's parents have accidentally switched with the Lord of the Rings tape, and Cartman yells at some "Harry Potter fags," it becomes obvious that Parker and Stone either have kids of their own or clearly remember what it was like to play make-believe. "Awesome-O" is another sidesplitting episode, in which Cartman pretends to be a robot in order to make fun of Butters. The tables are turned when Butters reveals that he has a tape of Cartman pretending to be Britney Spears, and Cartman must continue the ruse in order to get the tape. As noted by Parker and Stone in the commentary track for this one, Cartman's robotic uttering of "Lame!" is comedic gold when a Hollywood executive inquires if he's a "pleasure model." Watch the episode to figure that one out.
As well as other episodes including "Towelie," "Red Hot Catholic Love," and "Scott Tenorman Must Die," the set also contains some bonus features - the South Park debut short, "The Spirit of Christmas," is included, as well as some bonus episodes, including "Timmy 2000." The Hits is more proof of the staying power and quick wit that makes up the series, and it's a good package of some of the best episodes from the shows almost decade-long tenure. SEE ALSO: www.comedycentral.com
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.
See other articles by Jonah Flicker.
» MEDIA DOWNLOADS
» GOT STICKERS?
--> Send an with $2 in PayPal funds to cover postage. Don't worry, we'll load you up with enough to cover your town. Then just be patient. They will arrive soon.