South Park: Fantastic Easter Special
(S11E05) When this episode began, I figured eventually there would be some explanation as to why it is we color Easter eggs and why a rabbit hides them, some kind of explanation of these traditions and their pagan roots. However, by the end I was glad the story went where it did, because this was both the "worst" episode of South Park this season, and incredibly funny. I say "worst" because of all the horrible gags, like "The Hare Club for Men," and William Donahue's "double cross" that had me simultaneously cracking up and saying, "my god, that was a terrible joke."
While the episode did take a few shots at Catholics, it didn't feel too preachy, and I loved the whole Da Vinci Code angle: the idea that St. Peter was actually St. Peter Rabbit (which is why the Pope's mitre is shaped that way) and that the American Catholic League and the Vatican are trying to stop the secret from getting out. Also, was it wrong for me to laugh that hard at Jesus Christ bleeding to death from being stabbed by a Jewish kid (Kyle)? Because I laughed pretty damn hard.
I'll admit this episode didn't have the "weight" that other episodes have, but so what? It was a kind of throwback to the early days of the show when the episodes were just one insane gag after the other: from the exploding Peeps to the Latin version of "Peter Cottontail" intoned by the members of The Hare Club for Men. If nothing else, it's nice to know that Matt and Trey still know how to cut loose and make a fun episode. Sure, there was that finally message about Jesus wanting the Pope to not say anything and not tell people how to live their lives, but I think this episode is probably about as non-preachy as South Park can get.
Hippitus Hoppitus, everyone.