You know what? I guess this is just a thing now in South Park that I'm going to have to deal with: the idea of taking a few jokes and using those runners for a good majority of the comedy. Really again that's my big complaint and I have to admit it's getting kind of annoying to even keep typing about it. So maybe from now on (though keep in mind this may not take because I may forget I even typed this come the new season next year) I'm going to try halting that complaint. And only say "the repeating this and this gag was overdone" as really unless it's a huge distraction or annoyance it's not really worth spending too much time on. And you know what? This one actually did work because it not only tied back into the other plot but actually had it's own resolution so it actually felt like the time we spent with it was worth having it set up. So with that out of the way let me talk more about the episode itself.
Now one thing I was looking forward to when I heard about this one was that it seemed like another just one of those basic school plots. You know like "Breast Cancer Show Ever" or "The List" where the focus would be just on the kids being kids. And actually from how the plot went this was going to focus on Wendy. And not just that but focus on Wendy's activist roots which... actually I don't think we have seen for awhile. I mean it's come up every so often but it doesn't feel like a central focus and something that only leads to other plots. However this one actually did have that as a focus as it was Wendy trying to make a point about how wrong it is to try faking how you look and your physical appearance. And how it's sending the wrong message to have girls think that by photoshopping themselves they're really getting anywhere when they aren't. And in the end having to learn to accept that's just the way things are and that ultimatley complaining about it and being such a loud bolsterous voice is actually the wrong way to go about it. Because even if you aren't intentionally hating people not only interrpt such actions as assaulting someone's psyche but in the end you're still trying to take away what they need or desire to actually be comftorable interacting with others. Thinking about this isn't a "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset" where the girls are engaging in immoral disgusting activities that really do lower people's general opinion of them. This is more of a society lowered expectations thing but one people have to make in order to have confidence inthemselves and thus find acceptance in others. And maybe I'm reading too deep into this but since it seemed like Kanye actually was saying he did care for Kim even if he said she's a hobbit Wendy realized that deep down you will eventually learn to actually care about the person for who they are even if you know what they actually look like and superficiality is just a front you have to put up for those who don't know you or for a world that doesn't have the time to fully accept you. I don't know but again if this was one of those "we hate Paris Hilton/the person in general ends and want them torn down" we would of gotten that more of a direct ending. And not the "Wendy apolgoizes to Kanye and then photoshops herself begrudignly" ending. Which is actually a unique change of pace for this show to actually even if not fully supporting superficiality actually saying it's fine to accept it and just negatively compaining about it isn't the right way to go so in a weird way props there. Plus I appreciate how this was ultimately Wendy's story in her wanting someone to be comftertable with who they are and only realizing what that means to them at the end.
And yeah a selection of good jokes here as well: Butters still having his Kardanshian love, Kanye being called Aquaman as a call back to "Fish Sticks" and all the jokes about the Hobbit (to be fair they at least came up with different ones mentioning holes and elves and Smaug so at least it wasn't just beating over the head with the exact same joke), "They've been together since... 12-12:30 I guess", everyone just seeing the image and not looking at the actual person, the parody of the Britney Spears "work" song over the girls photoshopping themsleves, the Jelly school (mostly for Wendy's sarcastic reactions to them), Wendy realizing she insulted everyone and grumbling to herself about it, and Kanye's music video and actually breaking into wendy's house to read the "fairy tail". Though probably not the greatest episode it was pretty good and I liked the message. Probably one of the stronger of the season actually which I would have to think about how I'd grade. As honestly though I don't thiink there was a bad episode here hard to tell which ones truly stood out comparitivley.
Instead of just using this new signature to celebrate a thousand more post, let me list of all the great things you can expect of me on this board for 2012:
...... The same talkbacks you saw me do last year but with new episodes.
.... What are you doing still reading this? Move to the next post already! .