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South Park: Post COVID Blu-ray Review

“South Park: Post COVID” is peak “South Park.”

Written and directed by Trey Parker, “South Park: Post COVID” and “South Park: Post COVID: The Return Of COVID” are two 2021 TV movies, events, specials whatever you want to call them. Largely taking place 40 years after the COVID-19 pandemic, we find that Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman are no longer a tight knit group of friends. Stan moved away from South Park, became a drunk and has a complex dynamic with his robotic Alexa, Kyle has become a guidance counselor at their former school, Cartman has converted to Judaism and now has a wife and kids, and Kenny (a renowned scientist) has died. When Stan reluctantly decides to go back to South Park, he (and others) discover that Kenny was working on a time travel project to stop the pandemic from ever happening. Stan and Kyle want to see his project though, but others (like Cartman) aren’t so keen on the idea. Elsewhere in these movies are plots involving Tegridy Farms, a new COVID-19 strain, Butters and NFTs and Randy and weed.

Over the past several years “South Park” had been waning artistically, but once a deal was made with Paramount+, it felt like Trey Parker had a renewed creative energy. To me, the longer “movie” format has allowed for bigger and better stories (not to mention better animation). Parker isn’t hamstrung by half-hour stories and has more flexibility. This is quite evident in the two COVID specials which are nothing short of hilarious.

As one might expect, there’s plenty of honest observational humor about the COVID era along with amusing pokes at robots, streaming services (with everything being named Max or Plus), conspiracy theorists, politically correct comedy, lawlessness, and NFTs (Parker mercilessly goes after this art form). At its heart though these specials are about the friendship between the core group of characters. Yes, other characters do appear here like Token and Jimmy, but the story is primarily about Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny. In many ways, Trey Parker is going back to the roots of the show here all while delving into the future selves of these beloved characters. Some have criticized the treatment of Cartman at the end of the second special, but it felt on point with the story that was being told and it felt true to the character (though others may disagree). 

Hopefully, there will be more movies of similar ilk to“South Park: Post COVID” to come in the not too distant future as this is the type of “South Park” that made me treasure the show back during its debut in 1997. Highly recommended.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Grade: A-

No extras have been included.

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December 4, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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