Yes, I know that was the point, to make it as convoluted and overly complex as possible, to mimic Inception. But it's still not interesting to watch.
I mean...I thought Inception sucked too (and I hate how idiots think it's genius because they don't get it..."wow I didn't get what was going on, it must be genius!"), and I appreciated all the jabs M&T took at those sort of films (The Matrix included).
But there were far too many plots intertwined in this and it became a tangled mess.
The episode is a slight improvement from the last two...but then again, the last two were ATROCIOUS, so this is nothing to write home about.
The things I liked: the sheep hoarder/herder joke (though it didn't warrant repeating...eye roll). Freddy Krueger's appearance (I liked the idea of the police using him to infiltrate dreams and linking that with Inception).
I also laughed when it was revealed Krueger killed the teenagers in the Elm's Street movies to protect Americans from the Russians and that he's a nice guy.
But the biggest problem with the episode: it was caught between two ideas. It started off satirizing society's hypochondria (we think EVERYTHING is hoarding...even normal things), and then went into some Inception bashing. Next time they should pick one topic to use as a framework, then STICK with it.
Edit: after reading this thread, I realize now that the fact that the plot was a tangled mess was not only an attack on Inception, but a symbol of hoarding. That makes the episode better for me, and better conceived than I originally thought. I gotta give M&T props for that,at least. The metaphor went over my head.
So yeah. Good episode. Hooray!
First they hire the "world's #1 dream infiltrator," Freddy, but he gets killed almost immediately because Woodsy's evil is much stronger.
So they approach the World's #2 Dream Infiltrator, J-Lo, but Woodsy turns her into a giant hard-boiled egg that (naturally) gets sliced up by a giant glass egg-slicer a la The Cell. (Or, J-Lo simply refuses to take the job after they accidentally insult her with a "tacos inside tacos" reference: "You people can tell that fat little pendejo I'm not a f*ckin' Mexican!")
Next they try the World's 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Greatest Dream Infiltrators, namely the farm hands and Professor Marvel from The Wizard of Oz, but Woodsy uses his powers to conjure up a bunch of crap-throwing flying monkeys.
Things continue in this vein -- with Christopher Walken from Brainstorm, the autistic kid who dreamed all six seasons of St. Elsewhere, the Maxfield Parrish Chick On a Swing from that "Nestle's Sweet Dreams" commercial in the '80s, and various random others who all fail to beat Woodsy -- until they get to the World's 16th Greatest Dream Infiltrator, Naked Brett Favre. (DREAM EXPERT: "Wait a sec, whose dreams does Naked Brett Favre invade?" [Leo DiCaprio, Sharon Marsh, and one of the firemen suddenly look very guilty...])
Finally, after Favre is also killed, Stan decides it's up to him to save the day, but Woodsy quickly overpowers him and starts singing "I've Got Something in My Front Pocket".
Things look very bad for Stan, when suddenly the Freddy glove punches through Woodsy's chest, as in the actual episode -- but the glove is worn by Young Mr. Mackie, who has temporarily grown a spine, m'kay?
No matter what, it definitely shoulda been Young Mr. Mackie who defeats the Big Boss!
EDIT: I just remembered that Seanbaby on cracked.com did an "Evil Smokey the Bear" column only a week or two ago... hmmm.
"Its like a taco, within a taco, inside a Taco Bell, that's in a KFC, that's inside a mall, that's within YOUR DREAM!" Haha!
Now if you all will excuse me, I'm gonna go find some butterfly poon.
"ah.. i was.. but oh! this is fun!. im going to go get some butterfly poon!"
Inside Mr. Mackey's room, watch Stan's hands after he says, "Mr. Mackey, I realize that his might be fun for you, but it totally isn't for me." He wasn't wearing his gloves, but after he says that they suddenly appear on his hands.
It doesn't mean anything, and it isn't important at all, but it still bugs me.
D3FO3 wrote:Thank you for yet another amazing SP/EP!
I felt nostalgic at first when I saw the kids see Woodsy Owl at the national park (although this was the mid '70's, I remember seeing the '70's-era ads on TV as a kid in the mid '80's when I came home from school to watch cartoons on my local TV UHF station WLVITV56 (now CW56), plus I was born 9/8/79, same birthdate as Pink), then disturbed when the man in the costume was a pedophile (i.e. raping lil' Mr. Mackey, thus the cause of his hoarding problem)
I was lucky not to get into that mess where someone dressed like Smokey the Bear or Woodsy Owl would ask you to go into the boys' room with him.
Randy the Butterfly was pretty good though.
Fave ep: ESM Season 12,Sec fave: Butterballs Season 16
AxayPaulene wrote:Don't we all?Niels0827 wrote:But he (RideTheLightning)wanted Kensuke's hot man chowder.
Randy the butterfly was very amusing - got a laugh out of that.
I wrestled for a while on whether it was 7.5 or 8 and went with my gut in the end. It started off very well and with a better third act it would have been great, but the third act was terrible.
The basic idea has so much room to expand upon that forcing the Inception parody down my throat and including Freddy when the scene that introduced him was decidely unfunny was very unwelcome.
I also think people who are saying the fact that the episode was packed full of too much is done on purpose as a metaphor for hoarding are giving the episode entirely too much credit. Many South Park episodes have had as much stuff go on- were they symbolic of hoarding too? No. Indecisive and directionless writing is the reason, not an overarching metaphor that we want to see in order to justify failings.
And that is sad because the ideas are good, the first act was extremely well done, and it still had hope of being great after two acts.
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