South Park – Season 16
South Park is not soutable for children. To make sure you don’t accidentally show this cartoon to your critters we even get this notice on screen before we start this already sixteenth season. And to be honest; you little ones probably won’t like it at all as the show isn’t quite on the level of – let’s say – Tom & Jerry. No, South Park is made by adults for adults and the stories Matt Stone and Trey Parker cook up may be following some kids in a small town called South Park, they’re quite critical concerning our society.
After fifteen seasons and countless deaths for Kenny (ok, it’s been a few seasons) you could expect the formula to show it’s aging, and after the first disc you get the idea this is indeed the case. Having viewed five episodes of the season you realise there’s a reason why man have to drop the toilet seat after peeing, that Tell-Sell is a rip-off, how idiotic flings and mythical creatures can be, and that even with the best intentions you can still accomplish bad things. All nice and fun, but not something that makes us rolling on the floor, laughing.
Luckily the second disc improves things a bit. We start with an episode that shines – and is consequentially funny – by having a total lack of action, and also the episode in which Cartman poses as the ultimate cupid (for people from the same race!) are effectively fun while also Sarcastaball – where you really have to pay attention after a while to realise what is and isn’t sarcastic – hits the bullseye. Cartman has always been a fatty, but that he could get some advantages out of this fact is something he never thought of. Until now, and this in the episode “Raising the Bar” in which also reality-tv gets a shot. Disc 2 ends with a reasonable but not super episode regarding what the UPS man does when he comes around when the husband isn’t home. No, we’re not gonna tell!
Disc 3 contains four episodes and there the not-so-native inhabitants of Hawaii are made fun of, we get to relive the demise of Blockbuster, all the commotion regarding steroids is being made fun of in quite an Original way, and we find out that Obama was re-elected thanks to Cartman and the Chinese. You would be in shock for less!
This sixteenth seaon of South Park again criticizes quite a lot of subjects that made the (US) news the last year but the level of quality goes a bit up and down. Not always because of the lack of comedy from the makers but we feel that the subjects as such are just a bit less interesting. And that in itself is already quite a clear hint at what stupid stuff makes the news these days…
South Park Season 16 is definitely not memorable. There are a couple of fun episodes but overall the quality of the jokes and the chosen subjects is too inconsistent to truly keep you interested. If you already own the previous seasons there’s no reason not to get this one, but if you were to start now you would probably wonder why South Park is such a phenomenon. And that says enough.
South Park isn’t quite what you would call hi-tech and the show is also quite simple qua drawing style. The expectations therefore are quite low when it comes to image quality and that also explains why the subtitles were the first thing we noticed; they’re véry square and you would almost wonder whether the font of one of the first PC’s was taken and that’s not a positive point. There are a few scenes where real actors pass by and these aren’t bad, but don’t shine in quality either, while the drawings themselves do have a good use of color but at times suffer from aliasing and some compression errors here and there.
The sound comes with a 5.1 Dolby Surround track that does its job nicely but we do have to mention that the rear channels and subwoofer are rarely used. The show is mainly about dialogue and contains véry little action so you could wonder why a 5.1 track would be necessary.
Qua extras we get some deleted scenes and some mini audio-commentaries that are so short they contain barely any interesting info.