Wonder Showzen: Time
(S02E02) This episode of Wonder Showzen began with Chauncey visited by himself from two minutes in the future. It turns out Chauncey's future self is a hundred times cooler than Chauncey, so Chauncey sets out to build a time machine and travel even further back in the future (four minutes) so he can be even hipper. But we'll get to all that in a moment.
I said in my last review that the "Beat Kids" segment wasn't my favorite, only because I don't think it always works in the execution. Of course, that was before last night when they had a kid put on zombie make-up, dress as the Pope, and interview people in front of a Catholic Church under the pseudonym "Little Dead Pope." Trey Parker has been quoted time and again saying Cartman was his way of creating a character who could say things that would get most real people burned at the stake. Wonder Showzen takes that concept one step further and actually uses real children, which adds a whole layer of apprehension when you hear them say things to unsuspecting adults like, "The Pope should go to Hell for promoting a corrupt system. High five!" Not many shows can make you almost fall of the couch laughing while at the same time fearing for a child's life. They should have some kind of award for that.
Meanwhile, Chauncey roots through the dump to find a time machine, but instead finds a human baby (played by, funny enough, an actually baby). Chauncey is elated, figuring he can sell the baby and buy "a hundred time machines." In what turns out to be several hysterically misguided allusions to China, he sells the baby to a Chinese butcher, who in turn sells it back to Chauncey as food. In Wonder Showzen's twisted world, China is, to quote one youngster in another segment, the place where they "eat the dogs and walk the ducks." While at the restaurant, Chauncey realizes that according to the Chinese calender, it's actually the year 4703. This segues into another segment featuring Clarence (not to be confused with Chauncey), the blue puppet who antagonizes people on the street until they threaten to beat him up, after which he tries even harder to annoy them. Clarence visits Chinatown, which he believes is a future world. When the locals seem apprehensive to speak to him, he puts on a disguise to blend in, which is just a large sun hat and a pair of novelty glasses made to look like sterotypical Asian eyes. This doesn't help much, either.
Some might call it an injustice that a show this funny is buried in late night basic cable where most people are bound not to see it, but by existing off the radar in its own bizarre world, Wonder Showzen is able to thrive. There is very little interference from MTV2 when it comes to the show's content, which makes it the perfect respite for those of us who tire of bland, situational humor and want something that not only goes for the jugular, but disembowels and sets fire to the corpse as well.
Best line of the episode: "Watch me tea bag that pterodactyl over there."