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I agree... to me this season so far is kind of a letdown. I think they should take a hiatus or something because it seems like they are taking too many things from real world events. For example, that whole Canada on strike/ Youtube episode had me bored, and now they did something interesting with the world with almost no internet, but they kind of dropped the ball in regards to the gimmicks (PORN GAGS LOL =/)and the ending (OHYEAHTHEINTERWEBZNETISAHOOGROUTERTHATGOTAWARNINGSHOTANDJUST NEEDEDTOBERESETHOWSIMPLEROFL)

Yeah imma go watch the Brown Note episode.

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I liked it personally. People are so damn dependent on the internet (me included... especially me actually) going back just feels ancient, quite literally.

As South Park seasons go, it's the usual. The few incredibly great episodes, some in between types, some cute message episodes like the last Internet one. Also, it wasn't too long ago since their epic Nintendo Wii saga. I hope they do something like that again.

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So is anyone excited for the new episode tonight? The only thing I can find on it is this:

Season 1208: The China Probrem

"Cartman must confront the Chinese alone while the American people are haunted by the memory of recent tragic events..."

Hopefully they'll pick up the pieces after the mediocre-ness of the most recent episodes. I don't know what it was, but I just couldn't get into them.

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So is anyone excited for the new episode tonight? The only thing I can find on it is this:

Season 1208: The China Probrem

"Cartman must confront the Chinese alone while the American people are haunted by the memory of recent tragic events..."

Hopefully they'll pick up the pieces after the mediocre-ness of the most recent episodes. I don't know what it was, but I just couldn't get into them.

Unfortunately you can add this one to the mediocrity list. I didn't laugh once at all during this episode.

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Yeah, I pretty much only laughed at the second rape scene with the pinball machine. It was a direct rip from a movie with Jodie Foster (I think) where she got raped in a bar on the pinball machine that I saw on Lifetime or Oxygen or something like that when I stayed home from work, sick.

I'd be willing to bet the other rape scenes were rips from other movies, but I don't know for sure. I was actually waiting for the fourth rape scene to be the one from Pulp Fiction, but it never happened.

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The rape scenes were all from movies, though I don't remember which ones specifically.

I was actually very disappointed when they revealed that the rape victim that the trailer alluded to was Indy and not a South Park character. They already did an episode about George Lucas ruining movies (Season 6- Free Hat), and while the joke was sort of funny about Indiana Jones being raped, it was more suited to a one-shot thing rather than a running gag, or worse, the whole subplot being based on it.

The first act was brilliant in my opinion, but the second and third were the same jokes as the first. Act 1 had Cartman waging war on the Chinese to prevent them from attacking us, which basically continued through Acts 2 and 3. It also had the Indy rape reference and the Butters shooting the guy in the d*ck, both of which were really funny the first time, and really abused the second and third times.

I actually thought they'd have an Emmy-quality episode last night. I was sure Butters would be raped by a Chinese person and Cartman would use that as an excuse for waging war on an entire race. The emotional payoff of the boys leaving Butters behind would have been worthwhile, and Cartman could have been used in much more creative ways (kind of like his Season 8 Hitler sequence in "Passion of the Jew").

I give last night's episode a 6/10. It was really funny for the first ten minutes, but the jokes being repeated didn't work out.

As an aside, I didn't see Indiana Jones 4. Was it actually that bad?

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So after redeeming themselves last week with what proved to be a really enjoyable episode, this week's was the epitome of WTF. Honestly, I may have laughed once (when Craig told the boys that everyone at school thinks that they're a-holes). What's with the Peruvian Flute Band thing, why did they feel the need to reference yet ANOTHER movie (Cloverfield this week), and why did this otherwise pointless episode need to be *SPOILER* a 2-parter *END SPOILER*? It didn't make sense, and it wasn't very funny. I laughed more during House this week than I did South Park; there's something wrong with that.

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***Warning: Lots of Spoilers; go to www.southparkstudios.com to watch before reading***

So last night's episode was really impressive on a couple of levels. The episode itself was ultimately a movie parody (more precisely a style parody) of things like Oceans 11, but it was pulled off pretty well. I have to assume that they figured Obama would win, though I don't doubt that they've been working on this episode long enough that a McCain victory would have resulted in basically the same episode with some things reversed. I look forward to the Season 12 DVD set to see if in fact there was an alternate episode largely ready to air last night.

The big thing about the episode for me was that it felt *right*. I was a McCain supporter, and several of my friends were Obama supporters. It was interesting to see how they really showed the two extremes: the excessive and largely groundless fear that Obama's victory means the end of the world on one side, and the excessive stupidity in partying about an inarticulable "change" that is coming on the other. I give Matt and Trey a lot of credit for this one.

South Park last night was really a nice episode because it pulled the sides together after the divisiveness of the campaign. While this episode didn't feature the boys very prominently (though Cartman having stolen all of the televisions from the people partying in the streets was golden), I think it worked pretty well. It probably won't be one of those timeless episodes (the closest we've gotten to that recently was probably the Breast Cancer show), but its effectiveness as a timely commentary was really strong in my opinion.

What did you guys think?

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