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'South Park' - '201' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 22nd 2010 8:36AM
(S14E06) This episode was a continuation of the 200th episode and definitely a treat for those who have been following 'South Park' for the past 14 years. There were a myriad of references to several famous episodes and while the ending could have been better (I would have tried to incorporate Imaginationland), the two-parter was satisfying overall.

South ParkIn fact, thinking more about it, certain aspects of the show's history were conspicuously absent. But like Tom Cruise avoiding the press, they only had less than an hour to cram in as much as they could.

There is the question of the censorship of both the image and name of Muhammad and whether or not the extremely censored ending was intentional on the part of the creators or yet another case of network interference.

The censorship got worse. Not only did they not show the image of Muhammad ... they couldn't even say his name! It had to be bleeped out. They even bleeped out the entire final "lesson" of the episode. WTF? Were Trey Parker and Matt Stone trying to make a point or was it just a case of screwing with the minds of everyone? Will the DVD have the uncensored version? It's one of those controversial 'Sopranos'-style endings that will keep people talking.

The lesson of the episode, had it not been completely censored, was that nothing should be free from criticism. It's unfortunate that Comedy Central could not apply that lesson. I'm assuming it was network interference that was responsible for all the bleeping. I hope I'm wrong.

Do you think the Christian community will be up in arms about Jesus being shown surfing for Internet porn?

It was nice to see a lot of old faces. Pip became irrelevant after his role was pretty much usurped by Butters, so his death is long overdue. Plus, to have some impact in this anniversary two-parter, someone had to die.

The more I think about it, the more the revelation of Cartman's father seemed irrelevant. It was unnecessary to pursue that mystery as the audience really didn't need an answer (although the answer did somewhat go along with Cartman's dream sequence from 'The City on the Edge of Forever'). However, as an excuse for the return of Scott Tenorman (taking on the persona of The Joker), it was brilliant. Whomever planned that sequence must have read the graphic novel 'The Killing Joke.' And points to me for being enough of a comics nerd to get the reference.

The Super Best Friends Power Cycles were Segways. Pure genius.

Some highlights of great quotes are: "Sorry is just another four-letter word with a 'y' on the end." "Tom Cruise has Seaman on his back." "Swallow, come."

The 200th and 201st episodes were a great celebration of the history and cultural impact of 'South Park.' It was nice to see Mephisto and Kevin again. And Raisins. And the Country Kitchen Buffet. And Tweek's Coffee. And the Casa Bonita. And Raisins. And Willzyx. And Santa. And Mr. Hankey. Still, they missed a lot of history: Wendy Testaburger, Imaginationland, Satan.

What other references were in the episode? What was missed?

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Ummm sorry to say but no that was not the joke, Trey and Matt have sid they would never make an episode they could not stand behind 100% this was comedy centrals call on the censoring, mostly due to a radical Muslim website indirectly calling for Violence on those responsible for exercising the same rights and freedoms they themselves enjoy.

There's no way these guys would willingly cave in to something like this, after the last 8 seasons or so and all the myriad special groups out there they have Lampooned this would be a first for them and most folks know the episode loaded to the brim with those bleeps was not amusing

April 28 2010 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The South Park guys are really taking this as far as they can. A lot of people seem to be outraged that CC has edited this episode, but it's obvious that they probably only suggested a few parts to be censored which led Trey and Matt to go "balls out" and censor the episode to a ridiculous extent. Trey and Matt can throw an episode together in a few days, so I'm sure they can take an episode in a completely different direction within the course of a day or two.

The entire JOKE of this episode ended up being to show how ridiculous censorship can be especially when it is imposed as a response to threats (such as those received from a number of Muslim extremists over '200') and everyone at South Park and Comedy Central are merely going along with the suggestion that it was censored for anything other than comedic effect. Just look at the scene where Tom Cruise is censored or the response to the long censored speech at the end, there's no way those moments were crafted by anyone other than the folks at South Park.

As for the issues at SouthParkStudios.com, the uncensored episode is not posted for the OBVIOUS reason that it would be only *slightly* less censored than the aired version and the entire issue that has brought this episode to the forefront of an apparent media blitz would be sacrificed. Just wait, by the end of the coming week I'm sure the forums will be back up and '201' will be on the website in it's highly censored form... because that's the JOKE!!! *facepalm*

April 25 2010 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The oneweek I didn't record the early airing of it and this pops up and happens. Anyone know what the itunes version is like? I refuse to pay 1.99 for a 22m or less cartoon at the same cost of a full episode so I ignore that section of it.

April 23 2010 at 2:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is sad. The censorship was way over the top. And if anybody wants to they can always google South Park episodes and watch the Super Best Friends episode where they show Muhammad.

As far as making claims about not mocking religion. Jesus was surfing internet porn, Budha was snorting coke, and yet that wasn't censored. So South Park can mock every other religion from Jews, Christians, Budhist, and Scientologist. Without any complaints. But some Arabs get there way because the Muslim faith has no sense of humor.

South Park go to Adult Swim. At least they don't censor the shows to oblivion.

April 23 2010 at 2:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So i heard episode 201 was quite entertaining....too bad i was unable to watch it due to the fucking muslims who had it pulled off the air. Didn't south park make an episode recently showing that they musn't give in to the muslim demands? Well great, south park sucks now. Damn muslim extremists.

April 22 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to Daniel's comment

It will be interesting to see what gets censored in Canada on The Comedy Network when this episode airs in a few days and see if the same stuff gets censored cause on Comedy Network they don't even censor the usual swearing on South Park

April 22 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was odd when they started bleeping his name alone and thought that was a joke but when it started to happen every other sentence something didn't fit right, and most folks knew something was up right from there, I watched the episode with a few of my friends and every one of them noticed that something was very wrong with the episode very early into it.

I have to say I find this kind of Cowardice all to easy to accept by folks these days, no one want's to just come right out and accept that there will be thing's that will offend people, no one says you HAVE to take it to heart, if your belief in something is strong enough NO AMOUNT of toilet humor or bad words can or will be able to change the way you think and feel about a given subject.

Let's just see how far this goes, I have a feeling this is far from over, who knows maybe Southpark will move from CC to oh I don't know ADULT SWIM on cartoon network perhaps?

Being some of the sole creative influences for a show has some pretty potent perks and CC needs to realize they cannot and will not get away with garbage like this for being spineless wimps.

In closing Grow a pair comedy central and accept the responsibility you took on when you let this show run the way it has for over 14 seasons.

April 22 2010 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Varun Pramanik

Trey Parker and Matt Stone issued the following statement:

"Posted on: 04.22.10
A Statement from Matt and Trey

In the 14 years we've been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn't stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn't some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle's customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn't mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We'll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we'll see what happens to it. " < http://www.southparkstudios.com/news/3878 >

From my Facebook post:

Apparently, the threats of a hypocritical New York-based organization are enough to make Comedy Central ignore the constitutional right to freedom of speech and censor a television show. After censoring 201, the 201st episode of South Park, Comedy Central has gone forward and prevented South Park Studios from airing a previous episode from season 5 - Super Best Friends. I have just one question, if the words of a few individuals with less balls than integrity is enough to smother a constitutionally guaranteed right, what power do the words of powerful individuals and groups yeild?

April 22 2010 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Varun Pramanik's comment

I wasn't going to say anything, but I've been reading too much of this. This has nothing to do with freedom of speech. Congress didn't censor the show. President Obama didn't censor the show. Comedy Central and/or Viacom did. That has nothing to do with the Constitution. And before the FCC comes up, they don't regulate cable TV. Mmmmkay?

April 23 2010 at 3:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Varun Pramanik

So according to you, any entity that is independent of the government is above the constitution? The right was placed in the constitution precisely to prevent anybody, no matter who they are, from stepping on your throat when you voice an opinion.

April 23 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We all know that Comedy Central censored the episode. But what I want to know is exactly how much.
Matt and Trey have used self-censorship in the past for satirical reasons, and the scene where Mr. Cruise becomes censored (and subsequently uncensored) seemed premeditated to me.
The message on the South Park Studios website said that Comedy Central added "additional" audio beeps throughout the episode, implying some were already present. Although this is probably just referring to the cursing. They also didn't mention the black boxes.

I'm definitely reading too much into this, apparently Scrotie McBoogerballs didn't teach me anything. Still, I have a good feeling that at least *some* of the censorship was for comedic effect, and I want to know what it was.

April 22 2010 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert S Hastings IV

I am disgusted by the censorship of this episode... It was no hidden joke or point made by Matt or Tray. Read their own comments on SouthParkStudios.com. They are just as pissed as I am about this.

The only way to stop the slaughter of our Freedom of Speech is to boycott Comedy Central and its sponsors. Explain to them what you are doing and why. Hit those cowards where it hurts... their wallet.

April 22 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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