Apr 12 2012

Review: South Park Season 16 ‘Butterballs’

I am happy to stay that Trey Parker and Matt Stone hit this episode right out of the park with some of the mechanics that made me a huge fan of South Park series.

For those of you who missed the reference for the video they were shooting here you go. This video has now been immortalized by South Park.

The thing I really like about South Park, is that they take a subject and really show it for what it’s worth. They beat it over and over again, till it’s dead, while pulling in pop culture references of what is going on around us right now. The ability for the show to make something actually reach a level of ridiculousness is golden.(mechanic 1)I love how Kyle confronts Stan about making his movie free on the internet if “everyone should be allowed to see it”. Clearly taking a shot at the Bully movie which was given a R-rating and led to campaigning, and outrage.

Nothing is more satisfying then when you feel like your are part of an inside joke. Especially when its someone taking a crack at someone else. That’s where the writers really make South Park stand out. They take ‘pot-shots’ at people, companies and things and do it without actually coming straight out and saying this is who we are making fun of. “Like aids, bullying is escalating and is spread mostly by penises.” It really feels like you are part of a nice little inside joke, and left thinking about it. (mechanic 2) In it’s own respect, South Park does come straight out and make fun of things blatantly, that has its place too, but I find it has less of an impact.

Some of the Pot-shot in Butterballs

  • Cartman is talking about Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj
  • The chuckle that is repeated after saying ‘America’ is directly referencing the video above
  • The Weinstein Company finally got their documentary a PG-13 rating for that ‘everyone can see it’, who are in-turn bullying the rating system, hence the bathroom scenes.
  • Butter’s grammy is wearing a Galactus type outfit, ‘cuz hes a big bully
  • The ending about jackin’ it in San Diego is about Jason Russel the Kony guy.

One of the huge ‘wins’ of the episode was the smack talk from grammy, that Butter’s had to take. Watching sweet ol’ grammy picking on innocent lil’ Butter’s was hilarious. This was the set up for the amazing monologue that Butter’s had with his Grammy at the end of the episode. This is one of my favorite parts in most episodes, the moment where all their madness and mayhem makes sense, and it all becomes clear. (Mechanic 3) I felt that the monologue will be very well received, and really puts the topic of bullying into perspective.

Butter: “I finally stood up for myself. I got real mean and I beat the shnot out of Dr. Oz. I can’t lie, it felt kinda good, at first. But since then, all I have is just a kinda dark, empty feeling. And then I realized, that’s how you must feel, all the time. Poor ol’ grandma. You know I’ve been getting lots of advice how to deal with you. Stand up to you, tell on you, but I kinda realize there is just people like you out there. All over the place. When you’re a kid, things seem like they are gonna last forever, but they’re not. Life changes, well you won’t always be around, someday you’re going to die, someday pretty soon.”

Let’s not forget that there is also a lot of little jokes, and funny occurrences that cannot be over looked. All of these things combined make South Park a truly smart satire, and this episode for me is the stand out favorite of season 16! I eagerly await more. That song at the end was GOLD!!!


That’s Yo “Come to San Diego, Take a load off” Garbage!

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  1. Mike

    Thank you for that informative review !

  2. Anonymous

    The Jackin’ it in San Diego thing totally lost me. Thanks for clarifying it!

  3. la martina polo

    Great f-inh review

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