The fun, comedy, and sheer insanity of what is South Park Season Three blazed across my screen this week, as I delved into The Complete Third Season of the Comedy Central show available now on blu-ray from Paramount Pictures.
Over the course of seventeen episodes the small Colorado town of South Park is explored through the eyes of the four eternally youthful cartoon characters, Kenny, Stan, Eric, the constantly doomed Kenny.
As in the previous two seasons, the satire is ratcheted up, and no subject is too sacred to be skewered – religion, children’s fads, politics, celebrity, sexual harassment, the millennium (remember when that was a thing?), peer pressure, fights, Jar-Jar Binks, and mutual masturbation.
There are some brilliantly funny moments in this collection, and some great episodes, including a great Halloween special featuring the musical group Korn as a Scooby-Doo and Gang type mystery, a hilarious Christmas episode featuring Mr. Hankey, and a number of incredibly funny Xmas songs.
Spread over two discs the collection looks great, the crude animation style has now become symbolic of the entire series, and the hiding of smarter humour inside the crude, often toilet humour.
And the series, once again is steeped in Star Trek references, blatantly so from dialogue and music lifts to homages – in fact, in South Park Star Trek is often confused with the bible.
Unlike the previous two seasons, I didn’t know anything from this one, and loved seeing it unveil and see where series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone took the show next. They definitely aren’t afraid of offending anyone, and it seems if they haven’t offended you yet, it’s just because they haven’t gotten around to something you love.
I do like the digs the show makes at organised religion, as well as at big business. They take their shots, and they are unafraid of the consequences. You actually have to respect that.
There is a lot of fun to be had in this collection, and I’m not ashamed to admit it that, once again, I laughed a lot more than I thought I would. I can hear my own childhood in some of the things the kids say, while also understanding the other levels of humour at work in the series.
Some, sadly will take the humour at face value, and believe the racism, sexism, all the isms at play here in the series are to be taken at face value. One more reason it should be meant for mature audiences; you need to be able to discern these things if you don’t you may be learning the wrong behaviours.
It’s definitely worth a laugh (and more) and South Park: The Complete Third Season is now available on blu-ray from Paramount Pictures.