South Park: “Where My Country Gone?”

Season 19, Episode 2

Airdate: September 23, 2015

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South Park is being overrun by illegal Canadian immigrants so Mr. Garrison becomes a presidential candidate on an anti-immigration platform.  Meanwhile, Canada builds a wall to keep everyone in America out after they accidentally elect totally not Donald Trump thinking that it would be a funny joke only it ended up ruining their country.

sp-1902-press-art-image-01The same problem that hampered last week’s episode is back in a somewhat muted degree namely that South Park’s brand of satire is often blunt and obvious and, more often than not, spoon-fed to the audience in an annoying and condescending way.  When the satire is smart and actually says something, that’s tolerable… but this time, the satire was not smart and basically said, “Don’t vote for Trump!”

I suppose my problem is that the target is too easy and too obvious and, like last week, it feels like it’s already been done a dozen times.

But, unlike last week, this episode only feels a couple of months late instead of a couple of decades late.

Still, it was an improvement… I like that South Park is messing with their own formula and moving characters out of the roles we’ve seen them in since the show started.  Garrison has left South Park Elementary (again, yes I know…) and Principal Victoria is still gone.  It makes me wonder what other surprises South Park has in store.

Strangely enough, I was actually enjoying the episode the most when it focused on Butters and his Canadian girlfriend.  I’m not sure what it is about Butters, but he has some of the most genuine and heartfelt lines on the show and everything he says seems so natural like a real eight year-old boy would say.  His scenes with his girlfriend were refreshingly sweet for a show like South Park.

So, as I said, it was better than last week.  At least they’re actually back to telling stories instead of patting themselves on the back.  Does anyone remember, though, when South Park actually took risks?   Seems like a long time agao.

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