‘South Park: A History Channel Thanksgiving’ Review

Sometimes the best thing that South Park does is take a random idea that has very little political relevance and just go crazy with it. That is what A History Channel Thanksgiving did extremely well.

It all started with the boys watching the History Channel to complete a report on Thanksgiving. Parker and Stone decided to rip on how ridiculous and non-historical they have become. The History Channel was showing a special on alien presence at the first Thanksgiving. Before they knew it, the boys were in the biggest conspiracy surrounding the holiday ever.

So where did the episode go from here? Thor. A pilgrim, who had more than a little resemblance to Chris Hemsworth, ended up being exiled to Earth and hit by a truck driven by Natalie Portman. All the parodies of one of last summer’s biggest comic book movies were hysterical. I also loved the quick jab at Green Lantern.

Eventually the boys ended up trying to help the pilgrim get back to his planet, as was the History Channel. The key ended up being Natalie Portman, who needed open her “wormhole” to send the pilgrim back to his home world. The visual of this behind Plymouth Rock and the overly cute moments with Natalie Portman that came before it were brilliant.

This ended up being one of the funniest episodes of the season. It didn’t comment on any issues, besides the programming on the History Channel. This was a nice change of pace from episodes that commented on Occupy Wall Street or South Park itself. Look out for next week’s review of the season finale as well as the season as a whole! (9/10)

photo credit: http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s15e13-a-history-channel-thanksgiving

~ by mattsmoviethoughts on November 10, 2011.

2 Responses to “‘South Park: A History Channel Thanksgiving’ Review”

  1. I thought this episode was seriously sloppy, like many from the past few years. It jumped from premise to premise like the writers hit a brick wall, and couldn’t figure out where this was going so they just changed direction. There were also no real jokes or development in this episode. References are not jokes in themselves, there has to be another element, and for the most part it was missing here.

    I’d really recommend people go back and really take a good look at early episodes. Sure they’re dodgy here and there, but at least they have a consistent premise, real jokes, and character development (although after something like 15 years I’m willing to forgive characters not developing much, maybe that’s a sign it’s time to stop).

    I think people need to realise that the show, however amusing, is not going anywhere these days. References are not hard to do at all. Taking the piss out of a recent film is insanely easy. But even so, that would be fine if the show was actually moving forward, but it hasn’t for about 4 years depending on opinions. Characters feel like caricatures of themselves, actually worse than that, they feel like empty puppets just going through the motions.

  2. This episode was terrible.

    I’m really annoyed that we are ALWAYS ALWAYS listening to Trey Parker’s voice.

    Why didn’t they get a woman to voice Natalie Portman? They have the voice actresses for Sharon and Cartman’s mom. Why not use them more often?

    That really moves me away from the history. It sounds too lazy.

    I don’t know about you but guys but the gag of women with the voice of a man gets really REALLY REALLY stale after the fifth time it is done. And South Park uses Trey Parker’s voice for EVERY MOTHERFUCKING THING.

    Really, I’ve done this before. Check EVERY new character and they all sound the same. Trey doesn’t even TRY.

    I am losing all my respect for Trey Parker (I’m not even going to mention Matt Stone because he has NOTHING to do with the series other than production wise).

    Also, South Park joked with Family Guy always making reference to pop culture but isn’t that what South Park has been doing for the past six years?

    The last episode of Family Guy, with Ryan Reynolds, was one of the funniest episodes ever.

    South Park is finished, the ONLY THING that keeps them going are fans who will suck their dicks and laugh at any attempt of a joke.

    I remember when South Park felt edgy. Now they are just caricatures of themselves. Cartman sounds like a 18 year-old. I don’t give a fuck if it hurts Trey’s throat to make that voice. For the amount of money they make he has NO RIGHT to complain.

    Also, Stan’s voice is completely off. Kyle has become the joke. WE SEE FULL EPISODES WITHOUT A SINGLE FUCKING REFERENCE TO KENNY. I mean… I don’t know… I’m just so frustrated because South Park was the animated series that gave me the best laughs of my life. But the last years, they just plain suck.

    I liked the “City Sushi” episode, that’s about it. That one was really fucking funny, but that’s mostly because I laugh a lot at stereotypes. (I’m that easy). However, South Park has lost all of its credibility.

    Shame on them. Also, what the fuck is going on with the Mac product placement in so much episodes?

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