I know I’m new, so before you shoot me down I should mention that I am a huge SP fan and have been since Season 1 first broadcast in UK in 1998. Also, unlike a lot of 'fans' in the UK, I stuck with south park past Season 4. When they stopped showing it completely in the UK, I started buying episodes on DVD.
Anyway, I'm just trying to point out that I am a true fan.
S1-7 were amazing, practically perfect. S8 was still great, but in retrospect it shows signs of imploding; 'Cartman's Incredible Gift' was boring and changed Cartman's character too much, 'Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes' was utterly ridiculous - watch 'Gnomes' to see how it should be done, and 'Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset' just went for the cheapest, laziest jokes. 'The Passion of the Jew', 'The Jeffersons', 'Pre-School' and 'Quest for Ratings' were all divine, though. Oh and the animation also went to sh*t with S8+ for some reason.
S9 was much the same with only 'Marjorine' standing out as classic 'Park.
S10 and it all goes tits-up! 'Cartoon Wars' had some nice ideas, but no jokes at all. 'Smug Alert' ran for 22 minutes with one recurring joke, smelling farts just won't hold up for 22 mins! But at least one joke is better than 'A Million Little Fibres’, 'Tsst' and 'Stanley's Cup' which were totally devoid of any humour at all.
'Damien' is an obvious film parody, as is 'Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow'. One cleverly integrates ideas from a film into the SP world; the other just recreates the film using SP characters. LAZY AND UNFUNNY!!!!!
And this brings me nicely back to my original point; South Park was always about a small mountain town where familiar characters cope with odd things happening. Now the stories may as well be anywhere in America, if you shut your eyes the characters are totally unrecognisable and change on a weekly bases and EVERYONE overacts. If it weren’t an animation I would swear all the actors were first year Drama students trying way too hard. Randy Marsh is a case in point, look at him in 'Make Love, Not Warcraft' a complete dick, and in 'Spontaneous Combustion' utterly hilarious!
Remember (Crowd) "We love you Randy", (Old Lady) "Make love to me Randy" SOOOO funny!
Right, newbie rant over - feel free to shoot me down
As for South Park.. I don't think it should go on longer that 12 seasons..
Until I make a better one anyways.
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I miss the old charm it used to have. And yeah, I agree with gazm as far as the overreaction thing goes. At some points, I would think they're trying to say "YES! LOOK AT THIS!! IT'S FUNNY! LAUGH AT IT!! HA HA HA HA!!" through their characters (e.g. Randy Marsh's unfathomable lack of common sense and constant freaking out). Humour is a lot better when it's subtle and indirect. The little trailing-off sorts of lines are so much funnier because they just randomly hit us in the face. And the Jew-jokes are getting a bit old. Yes, we know Cartman is anti-Semitic. Yes, we know he's a manipulative little bastard and the worst possible child any mother could ever be forced to deal with. Must you ram it into our heads yet another 490 times?
..Okay, I realise I'm making the show sound SO much worse than it is. It's really not THAT bad; I can find a lot of humour in it still, and the subtlety isn't TOTALLY gone. It's just these certain little things that bother me and get me ranting and complaining a whole ton. I'd probably still watch it as long as it kept going on.. these are just a few warning signs I see right now..
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South Park peaked between seasons 5 and 7. The ones after that where hit or miss.
So anywho, if season 11b and 12 keep picking up momentum, I see no reason why they should hang it up.
I do wonder if maybe they should take more than six months off to unwind, and gather more ideas. However, I don't think I'd want it turning into The Sopranos, where they had a new season every 5 years or whatever the hell it was.
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