WATJJ was a decent episode, but asides from the openning gag and the end fight, i wasn't really intrigued that much. Same deal with D-yikes, somewhat filler and as much as i liked 300, i didn't really like the parody.
Overall, i'd say this has been the best openning run since season 8...i.e. a much better run that season 9's openning imho. The only episodes i rate in season 9's openning run are The Losing Edge, Die Hippies Die and The Death of Eric Cartman.
Compared with season 10? I'd say slightly better...season 11 had me laughing harder, that's for sure, but i think season 10 had some more intriguing storylines.
The other six episodes were all equally fantastic, in my opinion. I can't even choose a favorite; I loved them all.
(Okay, if I had to pick, I'd definitely say Night of the Living Homeless was my favorite. It was just so awesome. "Chaaaange.")
Every step back a step foward.
Every failure an extra opportunity for success.
Every day of defeat a victory!
From best to worst...
1. Night of the Living Homeless.
2. Lice Capades.
3. Fantastic Easter Special.
4. Cartman Sucks.
6. The Snuke.
7. With Apologies to Jesse Jackson.
To me, some of these episodes are just as good -if not better- than anything from Seasons 7-10. It was just a great first half, plain and simple. Awesome stuff so far. Let's hope they can top themselves come the next run!
"I feel like writing about this on a forum doesn't matter, but it really depresses me the direction South Park is going in. It's stopped being about the every day escapades of some 3rd graders, and now it spends all its time spoofing everything...in some respects, it's become too much like the Scary Movie series where it's less concerned with being legitimately funny, and more reliant on recalling recent events/pop culture phenomenons.
It's still good, and I live for that occasional episode that isn't spoofing something specific (Cartman Sucks was the best episode this season), but lately it's all been about either NONE of the boys, or like one or two of them dealing with something happening to all of south park, not having their own adventures.
I wish there was a panel somewhere I could ask Matt and Trey about the direction they're taking it...but for the meantime I just have to hope that they'll see that the new direction isn't as funny, and that the show is simply more entertaining when it's about the crazy adventures of a bunch of 3rd/4th graders."
In any case, the episodes rate like this, 5 being average/boring.
Jesse Jackson: 6.5/10. N-guy stuff got ANNOYING.
Cartman Sucks: 8.5/10. Good because it focused on THE BOYS, not spoofing stuff.
Lice Capades: 4.5/10. Boring, not very funny.
The Snuke: 7/10. Solid episode. Dragged at points, and again, it seemed like the boys aren't even main characters anymore.
Easter: 8/10. Started weak, was awesome by the end.
D-Yikes: 6/10. Conversely, started really strong, then we didn't see anymore of the boys. It relied too much on repeated usage of scissoring as a joke (it was funny THE FIRST TIME.).
Night of the Living Homeless: 8/10. Good because it spoofed while STILL incorporating the boys.
It's sad, really. Up until like Season 8/9, every episode pretty much would be a seven or higher from me, but this season the average is around 6...I don't even really feel motivated to tune in anymore, and I don't plan on buying Season 10, or so far 11 on DVD.
I don't know why I didn't like Lice Capades so much...the lice weren't that interesting for me...still a nice episode
And D-Yikes wasn't that bad...Started out nice...
Still - a great season so far...
I usually don't post on this forum, but i felt compelled to chime in regarding the direction of the series over the past couple of seasons. It seems like the goal of most episodes has been to spoof whatever is popular in the media that month. I think that's a mistake, as it severely dates the particular episode.
For me, the charm of the episodes is that it deals w/somewhat "normal" kids growing up in a weird town. There's enough funny material present in their interractions w/the world around them to make quality episodes. I really don't think we need episode-after-episode making fun of celebriies, fads, trends, movies, etc. The boys being "boys" is entertaining enough.
With the homeless one -- it was same old, same old. Haven't they done this kind of thing before with the town panicking over something exagerrated but in fact having teeth (the elderly driving, global warming, Walmart, etc.) And in these episodes -- isn't it always Randy, the buffoon, freaking out? I just feel like the plots for these four were either underdeveloped or old and stale -- not up to the usual writing standards of South Park.
So the question is why -- why were the first three episodes of this season exemplary and the last four lacking? What happened in between? Don't you want to KNOW? I do.
(P.S., have you noticed that bump in Matt Stone's tummy in the past three months?)
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