Judge Ryan Keefer is here to assure you that there's no such thing as "Project Imaginationland."
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"Dude, you don't understand. I'm a Jew. I have a few hangups about killing Jesus."—Kyle
You know what I got when I turned 11? Actually, I don't really remember, as my brother and I went with our Mom to England, so I could meet some of my relatives who I hadn't seen in forever. Coincidentally, I'll be seeing some of them again shortly, but I don't know what kind of circular logic that shows, if it shows any. What was I supposed to talk about again?
Facts of the Case
What, you want to learn more about the magic of the kids of South Park? Well, continue on dear reader, as Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman return for another run of hijinks and hilarity in an attempt to extend the South Park legacy just a little bit longer. Season Eleven gives us 14 episodes spread out over three discs, and they are as follows:
• "Cartman Sucks"
• "Lice Capades"
• "The Snuke"
• "Fantastic Easter Special"
• "Night of the Living Homeless"
• "Le Petit Tourette"
• "More Crap"
• "Guitar Queer-O"
• "The List"
Honestly, there's not too much to Season Eleven of South Park that seems fresh or creative. In fact when rewatching these episodes again, I found myself enjoying the satires more than some of the more popular topics and figures in the pop culture universe. It was vindicating to hear that Parker and Stone agree that 300 is a little bit pretentious, in fact they say that without the slow motion, it really is only a 37-minute movie. I feel more vindicated on their stance on Bono, the target of much of the abuse in "More Crap," as well. They admit that he's a nice guy and all, but jeez, sometimes enough is enough, you know?
Supplements-wise, things stay the course with Parker and Stone's mini-commentaries that are on each episode. The commentaries are a little bit weaker in this season than in previous ones. This particularly hurts because the loyal DVD season buyer should rightfully feel a little screwed over that the extended commentaries that were in the standard DVD release of "Imaginationland" weren't included here. The boys talk about the usual inspirations for the episodes, including Stone's love of 24. They also talk about the overreaching of the To Catch a Predator show ("we like the show, but we like the Constitution more"), and they also discuss the reasons they made "Imaginationland" three parts. Overall, these are pretty boring this go-round.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
I was pleasantly surprised to see that Season Eleven of South Park is presented in an uncensored format, so all the bleeps have been removed and puritanical ears can be subjected to the swears of cartoon figures. And with the removed censorship, the question shouldn't be why this occurred, but why this hadn't happened sooner? If you get rid of the obvious episodes like "Le Petit Tourette," the swearing is almost an afterthought. I'm not asking for previous seasons to be re-released without the bleeps (unless an ultra-super-deluxe mega series release is in the future), but I'd suggest that there should be some sort of "Carlin Rule" that applies to future episodes that air on Comedy Central.
Season Eleven of South Park is notable for the Imaginationland trilogy, but otherwise, the episodes that accompany it are decent but hardly excellent. The audible swearing on the show is nice and all, but where was this a decade ago? If you've picked up the previous decade's worth of seasons on DVD, it's not like you were going to stop here anyway, right?
Comedy Central is guilty for the crimes of omitting the extras from the Imaginationland standalone release and finally releasing the seasons in an uncensored form and are sentenced to honor Kyle's commitment to Cartman's contract until they learn the error of their ways.
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