Thursday, April 19, 2012

South Park: Adventurous Boys

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

MAN! I know I've been complaining a lot about the television airing lately, but this was just GARBAGE! The theme of the episode was overly promising. The gag with the live-action folks was hopeful. Cartman's ever-updating body chemistry could have gone far. And, yet, all of these gimmicks fell short. Even the reality show format was disappointing. I think the gag that made me laugh hardest was Cartman's calling Kenny's cold sore "herpes" right up until he was also infected by it. Otherwise, this was really a pretty big waste of time... and I know they can't all be "wins," but this was ridiculous, and I'm not the first person to say so.

South Park "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" (S16E06): The format for the episode is a documentary/reality look-back on the four boys spending four hours in the Rockies. It's the last day of Spring Break and the kids want to be adventurous, so Stan suggested that the go ziplining. Once they get a ride out to the center, however, they realize that they're going with a larger group, upsetting Kyle most.
photo courtesy: Comedy Central
After a safety video, they get in a van for a 45-minute ride to the first of the seventeen ziplines. ["long story short" guy was kinda funny at first, actually. but the "if anyone wants to know about the biology of the trees..." part didn't even add up.] Nobody really has a good time, and by the third hour, the kids just want out. [where did that kid Ricky come from? I only saw adults earlier.] While this is all going on, Cartman's fast food and soda is catching up with him and he's got diarrhea. Well, at least it gives them a reason to leave the group!

They head to some horse stables to get down without ziplining, but wind up joining another tour group and we hear the "show" being changed to, "I should have never thought horseback riding would be better than ziplining." [weak.] They skip out onto a powerboat tour, where we're treated to live-action depictions of the kids, who share a soda and all end up with cold sores, courtesy of Kenny (who dies of boredom). [cue eye roll!] Stan admits the reason he suggested ziplining in the first place was because signing up three friends earned you an iPod nano. [sounds like something Cartman would do...] Mr. Hanky (also in live-action form) appears and saves the boys. [the ending about what the kids went on to do was also awful.]
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