South Park: Eek, A Penis!
(S12E05) It must be very tough for Trey Parker and Matt Stone to keep outdoing themselves. I don't know which image from tonight's episode was funnier: the mouse with the penis on its back running all over town (and, at one point, singing at the moon) or the photo of Mickey Mouse with a huge erection. It's a tough call.
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I liked tonight's episode. It was pretentious, but not as much as last week's. The episodes have felt lower in quality this season but they seem to be picking up.
"Mr. Cartmanez" wasn't quite Edward James Olmos, but half the episode was a parody of the movie Stand and Deliver. For those who didn't grasp the subtle humor, the high school in the episode was Jim Davis High School. The high school in the original movie was James A. Garfield High School. Jim Davis is the creator of the comic strip Garfield. Ha Ha.
Perhaps they've been doing it all along, but this season seems to be excessively using the writing crutch of continuously repeating the same line throughout the episode for comic effect. Last week was "I'm not your buddy, guy", etc. and this week was "How do I reach deese keeds?"
I know that the technology of growing body parts on mice has been around for years, but tell me you weren't laughing up a storm when the Penis Mouse (yes, that's what I'm going to call it) was running around South Park, waving it's back willy in the air and throwing every woman that sees it into a conniption. Among my favorite lines from the episode was Mrs./Mr. Garrison saying "My penis is on the loose. Just try to catch it with some cheese."
Maybe this is slightly sexist of me to ask, but why are all the women in the episode afraid of a penis (or, for that matter, a mouse)? If you're a woman and you saw the Penis Mouse, how would you react?
I noticed that the research institute in which the Penis Mouse was bred had an amusing sign that said "Yesterday's Future Is Today." All I can say to this sort of cartoon signage practice is: Simpsons did it!
Going back to the tendency of the show to parody movies, did anybody else place the parody song as "Somewhere Out There" from An American Tail? It was definitely a South Park moment when the penis starting singing a duet with the mouse it was attached to.
Another moment was the Mickey Mouse erection photo. Mr. Garrison's reaction of "that's just silly" was almost as good. If Mr. Garrison is a man again, is he straight or gay? Will this be dealt with in a future episode?
Tonight's show felt like a very Republican episode. It seemed to promote the idea of every person for him/herself by promoting cheating as an answer to problems. It even went further to describe abortion as "cheating nature."
The question I have after watching tonight's episode is: Are Trey Parker and Matt Stone simply using satire or do they actually believe the philosophies the episode seemed to display? Or maybe I'm giving them too much credit and they're just trying to be unconventionally funny. For this episode, they certainly succeeded with the latter.
|The Penis Mouse||118 (10.6%)|
|The Mickey Mouse erection photo||549 (49.5%)|
|The Penis Mouse singing a duet with itself||441 (39.8%)|