Back when this season first aired the show had become a phenomenon, thanks to sheer originality and outrageousness. And some clever writing.
Could they produce a second year that would measure up to that?
Beginning on a high with a fun Terrance and Philip special that has no tie in whatsoever to the cliffhanging end to season one, that then gets resolved in the strong second episode.
After that the season does hit some creative problems, because whilst there are a handful of episodes that are on a par with the best of season one, there are a few that are rather weak ideas which don't amount to everything that they could.
Or so it seemed at the time. Maybe it was just struggling under the weight of expectations.
Viewing it now it does seem like a stronger season than remembered. But then again, at the end of the commentaries on season three, show co creator Trey Parker says 'do me a favour and burn your season two dvds. I don't like those shows.' So maybe not.
But there are decent episodes. Just not as many as in the first year.
However after this the show would slowly discover the full potential of it's format, and the writing would start to get very good indeed. Within a couple of years they would be on top of their game. This box set is just a record of a show at the start of being on it's way to doing that.
The dvd has no commentaries, just jokey intros from the show's creators. The first of these is almost as good as any of the commentaries they do on later seasons, but the rest of the ones on disc one are things you will either find funny or hate. Those on the episodes on disc two are better. But again probably love or hate material. These can't be skipped, just fast forwarded over. However the final batch of six episodes on disc three doesn't have any of them at all.
The only extra can also be found on disc three. The music video to the song 'Chef's salty chocolate balls.' A spin off from the show and a great hit at the time, this should bring back some good memories for music fans.
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