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South Park: Lice Capades

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 24th 2007 10:01AM

cartman(S11E03) Sorry this review is a few days late, Becky, but I've been sick.

Overall, I thought this was a good episode, though it didn't floor me with hilarity the way some episodes do. Perhaps that was in large part to not quite understanding what the point of the episode was. Was it meant to mock those who see the Earth as a conscience entity that can actually choose to get rid of us the way the students of South Park get rid of lice? Or was the whole episode just a philosophical experiment and we're left to make up our own minds? Or maybe it was all just a really elaborate set up so they could do a gag about Angelina Jolie having crabs at the end of the episode.

The drama that takes place in the lice's' hairy world was a funny concept, though not quite funny enough to carry a full episode, and the way the lice epidemic turns the students against one another was just as funny, though easy for this series. I don't want to completely dismiss this episode, because even those episodes that seem to come easy can still be really funny. I loved Cartman leading his fellow students to the park with socks and soap, not to beat Kenny, but to clean him, and the parody of the scene from The Thing was a touch of genius.

Maybe I was just a weird kid, but on head lice inspection day I was always disappointed when I didn't have lice. Hell, any excuse to get out of school and go home was okay by me.

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Eric Felder

Look this episode had nothing to do with global warming. When Matt Stone and Trey Parker make fun of anything it's always blatent and easy to see and laught at. When they made reference to the movie the day after tomorrow, that was easy to notice because they told us the world would end two days before the day after tomorrow. If they were to make fun of our Vice president he would be fat on a pace maker and resemble a penguin, in other words it wouldn't be a haircut that sorta looks that one Cheney has. This was one of their episodes that had no message to it. Most likely they decided to end an episode with Angelina Jolie having crabs and just backtracked from there. People are just simply over analyzing this. Remember this is south park, they don't hide their message, it's always clear.

April 30 2007 at 1:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i would agree that this seems to be a timely take on recent disaster movies. apocalypto and other "end of the world" movies being the primary targets. what i thought was particularly cool about this episode was how empathetic that stone and parker make you feel for a louse civilization.

in particular, trevor was THE coolest character to come along since mr. hanky. "kelly, kelly can you hear me? i don't know if you can. but i want you to know...i tried to save our baby...but i let you down, babe." classic.

does anyone happen to know the musical piece that plays during the dramatic end to this episode? i have to admit, i was moved. these guys are great storytellers, to be certain.

April 04 2007 at 1:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree, this was a kind of retraction to their global-warming = bullshit episodes. Although, frankly, this had nothing on MANBEARPIG in terms of shear hilarity. Manbearpig was more an ad hominem attack than a serious argument, however

March 30 2007 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode kind of reminded me of "Day After Tomorrow," but the part where Travis is getting carried by the fly is an exact parody of when Frodo is getting carried off Mount Doom by the big eagle guys in "Lord of the Rings," -- music and all.

March 30 2007 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i took it as they were retracting their previous position on global warming ("Manbearpig", "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow") with a new parody of The Day After Tomorrow. The scene at the end with Kyle saying "I had the lice" and the rest of the kids following seems to reference "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow".. but, in The Day After Tomorrow, the Dick Cheney character realizes he's wrong, but in this episode, he remains evil (which is more realistic)

March 26 2007 at 3:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So far, I've seen comments on different sites where people think the lice storyline is a parody of Apocalypto, 28 Days Later, The Day After Tomorrow, Children of Men, Rome, and too many other movies to count.

As Roger Ebert says, "If you have to ask if an object symbolized something, it didn't."

March 25 2007 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For some reason, this episode reminded me of Apocalypto. The movie features a guy with a pregnant wife trying to survive, a doomed civilization--plus it was a Mel Gibson movie. Those South Park guys just love Mel Gibson.

March 24 2007 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Or the problem could be that this episode had little, if nothing, in common with Children of Men.

******Children of Men Spoilers******

So... in Children of Men, the entire human race has been infertile for about 20 years, but most of the people are still alive, just getting older and not having kids. Clive Owen gets approached to take a pregnant girl to a specific place where a mysterious group of super scientists will pick her up and take care of the kid while trying to figure out how she got pregnant. They get chased around by government types, and in the end, Owen's character dies just as he finally gets her to where she's supposed to be.

In this South Park episode, at the beginning everything is fine. The big tragedy is most of the lice being killed by chemicals. The government (in the form of the Vice President) does try to interfere with the main character. And in the end our main character *almost* dies, and manages to get himself and his kid to safety.

******end spoilers******

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see what one has to do with the other.


March 24 2007 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Doesn't Children of Men have something to do with the human race no longer being able to procreate? Anyway I thought it was goofing on the Powers That Be ignoring Al Gore's message of our actions having consequences for the planet.

March 24 2007 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Its a parody of the movie "Children of Men." I'm surprised that no one has gotten that."

One reason might be that - regardless of the quality of that film - about eight people saw it and Matt & Trey seem to have been two of them.

March 24 2007 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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