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One of the best seasons of the show,
This review is from: South Park - Season 6 [DVD] (DVD)
For the uninitiated, South Park is an satirical adult comedy cartoon show, so if you're here for kid's cartoons or something inoffensive, turn back now, this show isn't for you.
South Park reached a real peak around this time: it is difficult to say whether this or the previous season scored more winners, but it is certainly amongst the best material. This season saw the temporary demise of staple character Kenny, although the character is still a major plot device and regular via some imaginitive routines. In his place is Butters, and what a substitution.
The opening episodes, wherein the other three protagonists - open-minded Stan and Kyle, and shameless bigot Cartman - try and replace Kenny with Butters are fine moments, with 'Jared has Aides' and 'Freak Strike' leading the charge.
Once the group tire of Butters and replace him with Tweek, Butters attempts to take on a darker persona, leading to the creation of 'Professor Chaos'; unfortunately, Butters just can't do bad, although the following episode where he tries to get started - 'The Simpsons Already Did It', is possibly one of the best SP episodes, with two great parallel stories that actually tie in with each other and the point of the show... that nothing is new, it's all been done, and that everyone should get a go, which was no doubt reaction to accusations that anyone with the audacity to make a cartoon with families in that do stuff was plagiarising the Simpsons, which was prevalent thinking at the time... heh, now we have Family Guy and American Dad, so the episode has a strange irony now as well.
Other notable episodes here are 'Red Hot Catholic Love' - best described as an attempt to discuss consequences of the deviation of causes and faiths from their origins - 'Free Hat' - a simultaneous attack on mob-with-a-cause mentality and the Lucas/Spielberg obsession with updating their old films and making them worse - and, well, pretty much every episode after that, with Lord of the Rings, media hysteria, psychic mediums, social over-tolerance and alternative discipline all getting some sort of bashing or other. And two episodes - 'Jared has Aides' and 'Child Abduction is not Funny' - both provide airtime for the City Wok owner, who is perhaps the character we should feel most ashamed for laughing at... but he is funny.
Of course, all this means controversy; Butters getting beaten offscreen by his parents, which is not funny in itself but rather a dark look at Cartman's idea of funny... the whole priest/paedophile thing, which is reactionary to a current story of the time... AIDS jokes, which again was reactionary... Mr. Slave and the 'gerbil incident'... City Wok guy... and, to cap it all off, the decidedly doubly-ironic Christmas message at the end of 'Red Sleigh Down'. But that's what they do. Double-take, and they're usually making some sort of point, but it does require a little thought and reasoning, and perhaps patience.
It isn't always perfect - 'Fun with Veal' and 'Asspen' are a little weak - but overall, their marriage of the profane and the profound never really worked as well as it did around this time. Give it a go; laughs are most certainly to be had.