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On 6/14/2020 at 8:01 AM, Spartan Girl said:

with over hundreds of thousands of people dead because of coronavirus, I don't think I'll be in the mood to see Randy accidentally causing a pandemic in South Park. 

South Park has always had the approach that no topic is off limits, but you have to think that this might be the line.  On the other hand they've been trying to get cancelled for years now so who knows... 

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I would be surprised if they held back if they thought the story was funny. 

I think the funnier plot would be something about refusing to wear masks. 

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10 hours ago, DoctorAtomic said:

I think the funnier plot would be something about refusing to wear masks. 

I could see Randy irate and protesting because he thinks everyone is being oppressed by the police.

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Once again: if Matt and Trey decided to kill the show rather than deal with current events, I wouldn't blame them.

Robot Chicken sketch centered on the Jonas Brothers. There are references to purity rings, and I immediately thought of "The Ring."

Oh, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut came out in theaters 21 years ago today. Here's a clip counting all the f-bombs.

 

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2 hours ago, rmontro said:

I could see Randy irate and protesting because he thinks everyone is being oppressed by the police.

Yes, that's where I was going with it.

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In case you didn't hear, Adult Swim more or less canceled The Venture Bros. This comes a few years removed from their last airing episode. Here's my question: has anyone heard from Matt and/or Trey about Season 24?

Given how 2016 shook out, I honestly wouldn't blame the guys if they decide not to focus directly on current events this year. Or if they decide to wait until early 2021 to produce episodes. Or if they go "fuck it" and kill the show altogether.

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Almost everything that happened last season came to play this year. Regardless of whether they decide to do this year, I'm sitting it out.

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I'll be disappointed if we don't get one episode with Cartman donning a Joe Exotic outfit and spending 20 min rambling about "that bitch Wendy Testaburger!"

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So instead of a season, they're just going to do a one-hour special? Interesting.

But I have no interest in watching Randy continue to be the absolute worst.

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37 minutes ago, Spartan Girl said:

So instead of a season, they're just going to do a one-hour special? Interesting.

But I have no interest in watching Randy continue to be the absolute worst.

I'd much rather have a season than a special, let alone one of Randy's specials.  Looks funny though.

 

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I didn’t think of that happening. I can live with sporadically-scheduled specials given the current circumstances. And, of course, Randy is still operating Tegridy Farms, and he’s offering a “Pandemic Special.”

On 9/9/2020 at 2:20 PM, Spartan Girl said:

Almost everything that happened last season came to play this year. Regardless of whether they decide to do this year, I'm sitting it out.

Good luck. I can make fun to a degree where Cartman would be proud, but I tend to watch stuff that’s no good for me. It’s hard to give it up under normal circumstances. I watched all ten seasons of Smallville when I knew it only deserved five, as if I was getting a trophy if I stuck around to the end.

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2 hours ago, Lantern7 said:

I didn’t think of that happening. I can live with sporadically-scheduled specials given the current circumstances. And, of course, Randy is still operating Tegridy Farms, and he’s offering a “Pandemic Special.”

Good luck. I can make fun to a degree where Cartman would be proud, but I tend to watch stuff that’s no good for me. It’s hard to give it up under normal circumstances. I watched all ten seasons of Smallville when I knew it only deserved five, as if I was getting a trophy if I stuck around to the end.

Yeah, me too. But lately I've gotten better at dropping shows that don't bring me joy anymore because the older I get, the less energy I have to hate watch things. And I stuck with South Park longer than I should have, but I think last season was the final straw. Maybe I'll come back if, God willing, things get better, but for now, I'm done. Though I'll probably peek at recaps.

Really, Trey and Matt pretty much nailed the virus crisis before it even happened here: with the townspeople going around drunk/coked out driving and not giving a shit about the destruction was the perfect metaphor.

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South Park has always thrived off of current events.  This has been a big year for current events, so I don't know why they should sit out now.  I got stale on The Simpsons at a certain point and quit watching, but I still enjoy South Park.

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16 hours ago, rmontro said:

South Park has always thrived off of current events.  This has been a big year for current events, so I don't know why they should sit out now.  I got stale on The Simpsons at a certain point and quit watching, but I still enjoy South Park.

I’m thinking it’s a mix of COVID complicating production and how this presidential election is even more chaotic than the last one. I feel 2016 almost broke Matt & Trey. While a case could have been made that they could ease off current events, writing stories that wouldn’t have to be produced in a small window, I think the occasional special is reasonable. Once again, if they had decided to end the series with no grand finale, I wouldn’t have blamed them too much.

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10 minutes ago, Lantern7 said:

 While a case could have been made that they could ease off current events, writing stories that wouldn’t have to be produced in a small window, I think the occasional special is reasonable. Once again, if they had decided to end the series with no grand finale, I wouldn’t have blamed them too much.

It's the small window that's the real problem IMO, and it's just not necessary.  It's an animated sitcom, it's not the nightly news.

I don't really care about a grande finale, but have they said they're wanting to end the series?  I haven't heard anything, but I don't keep up with entertainment news.  As I said, I'm still enjoying South Park, so I'd prefer they keep it going.

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I thought the show got some new life in the last few years with the serialized plots. 

I don't think every show has to be topical. I like the kids just having dumb adventures. If they've still got gas in the tank, then go for it. 

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Part of the fun of South Park is guessing which current events, celebrities or films are going to get the SP takedown.

But yeah I don't blame them if part of it is covid related production issues or overload.  They've always made fun of both sides and claim to be Libertarian but it does appear Trey and Matt have favored a more liberal opinion in the recent years.  They took cheap shots at Hillary Clinton for years but in 2016 went full on SERIOUSLY! FUCKING VOTE FOR HER!

I know most people like the kids being kids episodes but there's also been episodes about with global connection and the world moving so fast that it's hard to just be kids.

Plus they've eerily prognosticated some issues long before they happened.  The Netflix Cuties controversy is straight out of Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset and that episode aired sixteen years ago.

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