Judge Ryan Keefer feels like a janitor cleaning up lunacy that has spilled on the floor like a child's spilt milk. This is as far as he got trying to tie Nico in with South Park. Oh, that wasted effort was what was also in the closet, bing!
Our reviews of Christmas Time In South Park (published November 28th, 2007), South Park: The Complete First Season (published April 7th, 2003), South Park: The Complete Second Season (published March 8th, 2004), South Park: The Complete Third Season (published January 14th, 2004), South Park: The Complete Fourth Season (published July 19th, 2004), South Park: The Complete Fifth Season (published February 23rd, 2005), South Park: The Complete Sixth Season (published October 11th, 2005), South Park: The Complete Seventh Season (published March 21st, 2006), South Park: The Complete Eighth Season (published August 29th, 2006), South Park: The Complete Tenth Season (published August 21st, 2007), South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season (published August 12th, 2008), South Park: The Complete Fourteenth Season (Blu-ray) (published May 1st, 2011), South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season (Blu-ray) (published March 23rd, 2012), South Park: A Little Box Of Butters (published October 13th, 2010), South Park: Imaginationland (published March 24th, 2008), South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season (published March 9th, 2009), South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season (Blu-Ray) (published March 10th, 2009), South Park: The Cult Of Cartman: Revelations (published October 1st, 2008), South Park: The Hits, Volume 1 (published November 8th, 2006), South Park: The Passion Of The Jew (published September 13th, 2004), South Park, Volume 2 (published January 21st, 2000), and South Park, Volume 5 (published January 21st, 2000) are also available.
"If Tom Cruise and John Travolta don't come out the closet, I'm gonna cap this bitch!"
What do transsexuals, scientologists and Terri Schiavo have in common? Those subjects (and more) are satirized in the ninth season of the Comedy Central staple South Park. The Trey Parker-Matt Stone helmed animated show about a group of potty-mouthed fourth graders was climbing up towards its tenth season of existence, but in the absence of other milestones for Season Nine, had to spend some time writing some episodes that were funny. How did they do?
Facts of the Case
Well, the layout is nothing new for devotees of the show, 14 episodes over three discs of digital video discs. The episodes are:
• "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina"
• "Die Hippie, Die"
• "Best Friends Forever"
• "The Losing Edge"
• "The Death of Eric Cartman"
• "Erection Day"
• "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow"
• "Follow That Egg"
• "Ginger Kids"
• "Trapped in the Closet"
• "Free Willzyx"
• "Bloody Mary"
One has got to admire the Church of Scientology. In the midst of having "Trapped in the Closet" removed (or reduced) from the Comedy Central airing schedule, they helped breathe new life into the writers and creators of South Park that helped make Season Ten easily one of their best in the show's history. The sad thing is that the reprieve didn't creep into Season Nine, as the run of episodes produce a season that is erratic creatively, where expected jokes fall flat and inspirations for stories wind up underachieving during a time where the show's success dropped in quality, despite the 2005 Emmy that the show won (its first) during Season Nine (for "Best Friends Forever") and the 2006 Emmy that they were nominated for (for "Trapped in the Closet").
Overall, the show's DVD presentations have remained virtually unchanged for a couple of years now. In the return of the mini commentaries, at least Parker and Stone admit that they pretty much had to wing most of the season creatively. And yes, "Wing" is real, as they explain in the episode with her. Despite that valuable piece of information, even on mini commentaries, these seem even shorter than before, and almost as if they weren't in it at all. Oh well. The full screen presentation and Dolby Stereo sound options are pretty much the same as previous seasons, with a nod on the decline considering they're mostly less than two years old.
All in all, one does have to give Parker and Stone a little bit of credit. I mean, if the writing is erratic, then you can't help but watch consistently, right? And one thing's for sure; Season Eight was above average for the boys, and Season Ten was a standout. We all have our peaks and valleys I guess, some of ours are a little bit more visible than others. And while some of the topics that Season Nine covers are still relevant today (gay marriage and sex changes come to quick thought) and are handled well, but for the most part, the filler in the show is just, well, bland.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
I understand that they're putting out these things in a bit of a factory environment and all, but if you're going to have a below par season, at least throw something topical on here. Let's face it, The Simpsons do it, and their sets are twice as long. Do something special for Season Ten!
Well for the sake of extending the collection, Season Nine of South Park is worth picking up, but for the more discerning fan of the show, I'd suggest getting decent copies of "Best Friends Forever," "Trapped in the Closet" and "Bloody Mary" on disc and then go from there, because the rest of the season borders on the stale side. Skip it and wait for Season Ten.
Guilty for the winging of things without a lot of thought, but Parker and Stone are free to leave the closet at anytime. Court is adjourned.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Comedy Central
• Mini-Commentaries with Trey Parker and Matt Stone
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