‘South Park: Ass Burgers’ Review
After a summer of speculation and pure excitement over what South Park would do following one of the most talked about episodes ever, we got an episode that was both different, and yet more of the same. Ass Burgers still felt like South Park, but luckily they followed up on You’re Getting Old and made another story out of the events that ended that episode.
The main plot revolved around Stan as he continued to see and hear everything as sh*t. He eventually was approached by all the characters from The Matrix who offered a solution: whiskey. Alcohol was the only way for Stan to not think that everything was sh*t, what a hilariously honest way to look at the world. Touche to Parker and Stone. The plot was set up like many episodes of South Park, but it continued to comment on itself making it all work.
The B-story had Cartman selling burgers that he placed on his rear end making people think they are delicious, aka a typical gross-out plot for this show. But again, it ended up being a commentary on the show itself as Stan did not want to be a part of the usual antics. This was all set up for big changes for the show and the hilarious things that could have come from them.
Too bad the ending set everything back to normal. That’s right, Stan’s parents got back together and for seemingly no reason at all other than the status quo resuming, he stopped hearing sh*t on the radio. Nothing changed after these two episodes and next week, for better or worse, South Park will continue its legendary run. Yes the ending was successful at commenting on the show, but we got that from the rest of the episode anyway. I am sure fans will be divided but I for one found this really disappointing.
As a whole, the episode was pretty funny and I am pleased that they did not simply ignore the last episode. The commentaries they made on the show were smart and in line with the tone set up from the months of waiting. But I cannot forgive the ending as it just seemed lazy. (7/10)