South Park: Manbearpig
God must really want those kids dead. -- South Park
(S10E06) I'm like, totally cereal, guys.
If nothing else, last night's episode proved that South Park is still an equal opportunity offender. In this episode, Al Gore comes to South Park to warn everyone about Manbearpig (read: global warming), a creature who is half man, half bear, and half pig. Or possibly half man and half bearpig. No one really knows for sure because Gore is apparently the only one who believes he exists.
Al Gore is depicted as a crazed, friendless drifter who believes he's doing the right thing but only manages to hurt those he's trying to help. The gist of the show is that despite Gore's supposedly noble intentions, he's really just using issues to get people to pay attention to him. I was almost expecting the episode to culminate into a message about global warming, but of course, they already did that once. Instead, it was essentially about Gore's tactics, which is fair game for satire as much as anything else, but I felt like they belabored the point more than a little. The episode felt like one joke stretched out for a half hour.
On the other hand, the scenes with the boys trapped in the cave were a nice throwback to the show's earlier days when the episodes were written around the characters themselves. I always love when they explore the relationship between Cartman, who is willing to put himself through serious physical stress to satisfy his own insatiable greed (he eats what he thinks is actual pirate treasure in order to sneak it out of the cave) and Kyle, whose compassion and willingness to forgive causes him to try and save Cartman from drowning under the weight of all the treasure. Of course, Kyle doesn't know Cartman ate all that treasure, and Cartman doesn't tell him.
So yeah, probably not the best episode of the season in my opinion, but it wasn't without its moments.