Fourteen seasons in, when most shows would have run out of steam, "South Park" continues to be one of the most topical shows on TV. Wednesday night's season premiere was yet another example of that, as creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone took aim at Tiger Woods, David Letterman and the spate of recent sex scandals.
For starters, it was pretty brilliant for the "South Park" version of the Woods scandal, up to and including this week's announcement that he's returning to golf, to be included as part of a golfing video game (don't forget the secret game controller code for a "Prenup Power-up!").
Later, when Kyle and Butters were found to have caught the sex addiction disease, via a very scientific test asking "What color was the handkerchief?", they were placed in rehab with Woods, Letterman, Charlie Sheen and former President Clinton. The most important thing they learned, of course, was to avoid getting caught.
This was definitely an improvement over last season's "cameo"-filled episode about celebrity deaths (plus, these days, any episode where Kenny dies - and he did so spectacularly here - is usually a winner). However, when sex addiction was blamed on space aliens in the last third of the episode, it didn't quite work for me.
Even so, it ended on a pretty hilarious gag with Stan and Cartman becoming easily bored with their video game once Tiger started playing golf again.
What did you think? Did this show measure up with some of the better episodes of "South Park?" Are you looking forward to what Parker and Stone have up their sleeves for the upcoming 200th episode? Share your thoughts on video, or in the comments below.
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Tiger Woods is a very good golfer but his reputation as a cheating husband made him a bad character.;`.
It was obviously the "turd in the punch bowl" soldier in a alien mascot uniform. To all the people who missed that and thought it was actually an alien you must be seriously mentally challenged.
South Park mmm... good stuff!
LOVED IT!!! Even the alien part – what an absolutely stoooopid way to explain away why men do what they do!! Perfect!
If you don't understand the sarcastic humor behind South Park then you are either too uptight to appreciate sarcasm, an illogical idiot, a Family Guy fan who refuses to enjoy other comical programming, or not very up to speed on current events. Or all of the above.
I would definitely put this episode on my top 10 list. Not the best one they have made, but great nonetheless.
Guys the alien wizard was a metaphor for the ridiculous lengths that we as a society will go to to pretend men aren't just wired this way.
"everyone knows that normal, healthy men only think about sex when it is appropriate" ::glance::
Are you people bloody stupid? The "alien" was the army guy that started questioning the whole wizard alien thing that called them all out on their BS..... sheesh....
The point of the alien thing is to make fun of labeling guys doing what they do as a disease or an addiction. It takes something and makes it completely ridiculous to try and get you dimwits to get it....
Did you actually watch the episode? If you were paying attention you would have realized the "alien" in question was the soldier who began to question the fact of a sexual addiction craze when they first entered Independence Hall! How did some of you not realize this!?!?!?!
Worst Part – The whole alien thing
Best Part- Kenny in the casket still wearing the batman cowl...hysterical!
I don't understand how people don't get the alien thing. It was the main point of the show. The alien who was killed was the soldier who was the turd in the punch bowl; "Shoot him in his blabbermouth." It was great how the guys sitting next to women always pretended like they couldn't understand why men would act like sex obsessed celebrities before they gave the sideways glance to see if the woman caught the BS. It would have been ended perfectly if Marsh had tried to get some from his wife and she denied him and he flipped out about being/playing a good guy.
The episode really didn't do it for me. South park is usually funny while including subtle messages inside the episode. This new season got off to a really bad start.
First, I wish the focus was more on the idea that men just like sex – not on the conspiracy or the disease aspect. While there was a small mention to that detail, the creators insisted on making it about aliens and the government and solely about rich people. I wish it was more on the detail that guys just... think about sex.
There were many funny parts on their own, for example, the monkey in the cage, and the Tiger Woods 2011 video game. However, I hated the Kyle/Butters storyline.
Yet another Gem from South PArk. And Yes, a secord rate show like Family Guy will try their own pardoy (and fail, as usual)
Matt and Trey have yet to dissapoint, and lampooning an "athlete" like Tiger Woods and a "Sport" like Golf is classic.
Tiger Woods is NOT and Athlete,. he merely is paid (overpaid) to engage in an activity that you have to be utterly brain-dead (worse then a tea party member) to actually think is entertaing.
"Golf is a boring sport for Boring People."
The aliens causing it had to be a reference to scientology.
South Park is excellent in that each writer truely hates the Hollywood persona. Watch Team America World Police and watch the special features on the DVD. Matt and Trey tell the viewers exactly what they think and it really is refreshing to hear. Especially in our fame crazed world..
I would like to know why they traded in their video game for the new Tiger Woods game. If it was boring, and they enjoyed the one where you beat up Tiger Woods with the golf club, why didn't they just keep that game?
Aliens are a staple of South Park. They're injected throughout a bunch of their shows. It's a cartoon people.
Family Guy is entertaining because it brings up random past cultural icons and make people think, "ok yeah . . . I remember that . . .!"
South Park is entertaining because Trey and Matt take relevent current events and write them seamlessly into a storyline that adds humor and shows the absurdity of everyday life.
Both have shock value and both are funny, but South Park is on a completely different level than Family Guy. This was covered in "Cartoon Wars" PERFECTLY (even mentioning that some people prefer Family Guy for its simplicity). The fact that Family Guy couldn't make an attempt at a retaliation episode is proof that South Park is the superior show, all things considered.
What really holds Family Guy back is that FG goes for easy puns all the time (cultural icon refernces, republicans, corporations) but South Park goes after EVERYONE without remorse (Clinton, Bush, Obama, Jesus, God, Mohammad, Barbra Streisand, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Scientology, Canada, Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden, "sex addicts", "alhololics", Catholics, Jews, Muslims, illegal immigrants, bullies, homophobes, aliens and whomever else falls into the crosshairs).
This episode was great! The golf game, the alien, the constant shifty eyes, Butters... It satisifed the slap stick humor and had a strong message to convey. This level of detail in writing cannot be found on Family Guy and is why South Park continues to be a superior program.
The show is great. These guys have a better moral compass and grip on reality than anyone else on tv today.
to be real...
men cheat and use that sex addiction excuse because their women let them!
if they show some concern and keep a lookout or whatever for suspicious behavior in us or whatever, they wont worry about us as much. womens minds are different from ours. that's why i cant figure them out as well as i want. oops... looks like i just traded a secret.
to be real...
men cheat and use that sex addiction excuse because their women let them!
Just to clear things up – yes, I understood the point of the joke about the aliens, but it just didn't work for me. Other parts of the episode were brilliant.
The show was a complete let down. I expected it to be more about Tiger. Seems like they even gave Tiger a slight pass (or took it easy on him) and made Elin look like a crazy, fat, trailer park trash chick with an accent.
I understand the sex addiction and the accountability theme. But I expected the show to be more focused on Tiger.
Didn't live up to the hype.
The whole point of the space alien bit was to demonstrate how far people (celebs or not) will go to deny any responsibility for their actions. Just like the Prius driver who claimed his car accelerated out of control when he pushed on the brake pedal. Rather than say "I screwed up", blame something else no matter how unlikely it is. Space wizards may take "unlikely" to a new high, but that's how South Park's humor works.
i am a fan of both south park and family guy. but though both are pretty entertaining, peter, stewey, lois, meg, chris, brian, cleveland, quagmire, joe, etc. are not f***ing with cartman, kyle, stan, kenny, butters, chef, towlie, jimmy, TIMMY!, mr. garrison, etrc.
"Noun + Verb + Pop Culture Reference = Family Guy"
Don't watch family guy I see. Maybe season 1.....
Mike in NJ is right. I can't believe you didn't write this in your blog. South Park wasn't "taking on Tiger Woods". It was taking on the ridiculous notion that men don't want to have sex with many different women. The space alien part shows that society will create a scapegoat for anything that it is uncomfortable to deal with instead of actually accepting the truth that all men are sex addicts. SP hit the nail on the head! Every time I hear about sex addiction, I roll my eyes because all men are addicted to sex. That is how we are wired. Haven't you seen the posters up on our walls? Men instinctively want to spread their seed. That is one of the reasons, if not THE reason, why men strive to be powerful. That is what the episode is about. Tiger Woods' scenario was just a way to tell the story.
Shout Out to South Park! They never cease to amaze me how they can cook up new ways to sizzle! I loved the video game slant and how the kids loved Golf until it got back to the actual sport. They should have flamed Beck in there with his diatribes and lunacy.
I loved it. The point you missed was that ALL the men knew the aliens were BS and just an excuse. The sight of Obama standing next to his wife and glancing at her in the middle of the closing speach (to see if she was buying it) was great!
why yall doin tiger like dat man he jus another butha!!!!!!
It is amazing how far South Park has come since Cartman had an anal probe. The whole it must aliens thing was great, too bad it seems a lot of people missed the point there, it was a metaphor for our inability to accept responsibility for our actions. They went a bit far when they had Kyle and Butters open fire, but a great commentary on the recent scandals, I really love the Rohlesbuger jab!
You're joking about not getting the space alien part, right?
I loved the fact that the soldier wanting to open a dialogue about a man's bioligal nature was the one costumed as an alien and put on television for the South PArk kids to shoot!
Very funny...and also very true!
Unless men can be honest about themselves, and women can have an understanding about what we desire, this will continue.
It's obvious the underlying issue isn't about lying to our women, but about how long we will continue to lie to ourselves...and how long we will hide behind "sex addiction" when it just masks deeper problems we're too afraid to disclose.
...I know I'm the only man who thinks this way.
For those of you ragging on the alien piece, go back and take another look. The "alien" was actually the soldier who questioned what was being done – you can see his uniform below the alien head he was made to wear. He was made a scapegoat because he called everyone out and was a danger to national security! :-) There was never any alien, but that's what the public was being sold to cover up the fact that "sex addiction" was actually guys just being guys.
i enjoy both family guy and southpark, but i dont think peter, stewey, meg, chris, lois, quagmire, cleveland, joe, etc. are f***ing with cartman, stan, kyle, kenny, chef, butters, jimmy, TIMMY!, mr. garrison, towlie, etc.
matt stone and trey parker for prez
Southpark is really losing wittiness. Yeah they still stir controversy but it's not as clever. At all. Sorry. Meanwhile, Family Guy has gotten much much better. I think they are becoming better than Southpark and I used to despise Family Guy!!!
The whole point was that it must be aliens, because certainly the men with a lack of self control can't be to blame.
Brilliant show – tha author of the article, and many commenters, didn't get the punch line of the whole episode? That the men were ALL lying about the 'cause' so as to divert attention from the fact that all men are constantly thinking about sex woth other women??? Ddin't you notice the shifty eyes all episode!???!?!?
DUDE. THAT is even funnier than the episode!!!!
great show loved every min of it ... cant wait for the next one!!!
David Duchovny of the X files went to Sex Rehab too maybe that was the alien correlation???
Aliens... cant live with 'em... cant live without 'em
Henry Hanks, you missed the entire point of the "alien wizard". It's not supposed to make any sense. How could you watch the entire episode and not get that part of it? Or was your wife/girlfriend watching over your shoulder and you "didn't get it"?
I think the alien was a metaphor for the excuses men make when they cheat. In other words, not taking responsibility for you actions and blaming your actions on an outside (way outside) agency.
Did you see Ben Roethlisberger from the Steelers on the plane?
These guys are geniuses...no limit to their humor !
While still funny (loved the video game parallel on tiger, and Butters obsession with the bush) This epsiode fell short of what I expect from south park. My fanaticism for the show is indescribable and i expect more in general especially from a season premier. The alien part with the soldier was good in itself but the process of deciding that was the cause seemed like a half effort stab at Obama, unlike their usual political genious and how they typically shred politcal figures.
I hate when Matt and Trey turn to Aliens to explain things.. remember "crab people".. the episode was very funny and clever until the end. I love how they manage to keep things fresh and current. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the season,
I thought the repeat two-parter lead-in episodes about Cartman's inability to cope with waiting for Wii was freakin' hilarious once again!
i thought SP did an awesome job spoofing just how thoroughly idiotic all this sex scandal stuff truly is while at the same time showing the interest generator it has become.
SP is just spot on hysterical.
I never used to watch South Park, I didn't get watching a cartoon, but the first time I heard Mrs. Garrison moan, "Oh, Richard, I'm a monkey! Give this monkey what she wants! Pound my monkey hole!" I was hooked. I hope South Park goes on forever. By the way, I do voices, so if Parker and Stone ever want to bring back Chef, or need other replacements, they should call me. I'm serial! Excelsior!
It was the best yet. I dont think I luaghed that hard in a long time.
I assumed the "alien" was the SWAT guy who was carted off, bound and gagged and stuck in a cheap costume so they could kill him. It makes more sense that way. To me, anyway. Like the new credits too.
I would imagine that they will be covering Toyota, among other things this season. Kenny dies during sudden acceleration!
It pains me to say this, but South Park in recent years has been losing its sense of humor at the expense of being topical and this episode is the latest example. The last halfway funny episode of this show was the one about the Jonas Brothers last season. Aside from that, they've started to get a little preach reflecting Stone and Parker's politics.
I can't understand why men with money and power would try and have sex with a lot of women.
One thing you got to say about SP, they mess with everyone! no one is safe. Rock on
I speak as both a "South Park" and "Family Guy" fan (yes, it is possible), but I have no trouble saying that SP spoofs current events better than any other program on TV. In all fairness, however, SP can be more topical with their shows because they do not send their stuff overseas to be animated like other shows; they do all the animation here at their studios. Therefore, they can include last minute changes like Tiger's return to golf and the inclusion of Ben Roethlisberger in the sex addiction class.
But I do have to disagree with the critic here in that the alien's presence at the end of the show had a very specific meaning. I know there have been occasions where aliens just randomly show up on SP, but Matt and Trey are very good at making great points in a funny way. That alien was a scapegoat, a target for men to blame for their "unusual" sexual desires and the fact that the "alien" was really that outspoken soldier was a slam against every man (and woman!) who blames sex addiction for all of his/her actions. Learn to take responsibility and not place blame on everyone except yourself. A great lesson that many people in this country need to learn!
The "Alien Wizard" part was actually pretty brilliant, because the guy inside the alien head. who was obviously gagged and couldn't cry out for help, was being disposed of because he was the "turd in the punch bowl" who might expose the truth. The powers that be (men) want their deception to continue. The poor schmuck in the alien head was the one who spoke the once-per-episode crystal clear truth of the matter. Men are wired to seek as many partners as possible, but we've learned not to do this (well... many of us have). Money is power, power corrupts. And money is a powerful aphrodisiac. They weren't condoning this kind of behavior, they're just saying that it's not complicated. I saw it as a slap at the media for the way they cover it, but then I'm always wanting to smack the media, so...
I liked how they threw in the alien part. The point of the whole thing is to be ridiculous. If you pay attention carefully, the episode slams the media especially hard, and how our culture treats something like this as a "disease." I love South Park because it is hilarious, but if you read between the lines they are always making a point, and usually it is a pretty good one at that. Pay attention and maybe you can learn something.
Would've been even more hilarious if they touched on the porn-star mistress who wanted an 'apology' and 'acknowledgement' from Woods. I can already see the Southpark rendering of an indignant Gloria Allred giving the press conference...ROFL. Maybe that's a WHOLE other episode unto itself.
it was great, very funny, my wife and i both enjoyed it, the video game spin on it was perfect,
I was looking forward to the new season so much and this episode fell completely flat for me. Not only is the whole Tiger Woods thing old news, but it's boring news. Not to mention a really easy target. I agree with many of the people that have already commented that South Park has become so preachy lately. In addition in many of the episodes in the last two seasons, the boys barely show up! I know shows have to evolve but I yearn for another episode like 'Tweek vs. Craig' that was pretty much just about little boys being stupid, haha. Not everything has to be policitally or socially charged. I plan t watch this episode once more just to make sure it doesn't get funnier upon multiple viewings, but man I hope the next one is better.
Uh...the "Alien" was that SWAT member who was taken away and called the "Turd in the punch bowl." CNN FAIL!
it wasn't an alien, the swat guy that questioned the validity of sex addiction was tied up and told to walk around, see the half of the alien, that's not an actual alien
if they wait a bit, they would have had Jesse James come into the class at the very end (instead of the alien bit)
I'm sure plenty of people have pointed this out – but I think the point of the "alien" was that we look for crazy explanations for normal, natural behaviors...
Hence all the nervous glances at the wives throughout the whole episode? The whole point was for it to be absurd and stupid... because they're making fun of the idea of "sex addiction" being anything but generally normal behavior... by normal I mean think about it, not do it... not endorsing adultery... just saying, we think about it.
South Park didn't take on Tiger Woods, it took on all you morons that made such a big deal about his personal life.
It was a great episode, the alien wizard didn´t turn out to be as funny as it was meant to but the point was... that even though sex addiction does exists and that there are sex addicts, most of the celebs that get caught just say they´re sex addicts to make it into a disease in hope that they will get some slack, or at least they will be seen as though they´re trying. The funny thing is, that no they are not sex addicts they are just your average guy that if he could most of the time would have sex with every hot girl. And yes, Ellin Woods is that chunky... Tiger´s lovers were much better than her. Maybe its baby weight but it was a pretty accurate drawing of her now.
Although I thought the parts with their version of a "Tiger Woods" game was pretty nice, I thought the potential of the episode was not really met.
Plus I thought Cartman should've been diagnosed with the sex addiction. He usually takes those discoveries to far from the extreme with great delight. But then again, this is one man's opinion.
Also, I thought the guy Kyle and Butters killed was the guy who talked about how illogical the "alien wizard" theory was?
Thanks for the sermonizing. I really appreciate your penetrating analysis and generous willingness to help me out here!!
Perhaps it's unfair to expect SP to offer an orgasm of imagination with every show, but I was disappointed here. The "point" as you say - that sex addiction is a cheap and easy crutch on which to lean when we can't face down our own weaknesses - and the obvious digs at Tiger are oft-visited turf, and therefore lame and under-whelming. There's nothing to "get"in this episode - it just wasn't very strong.
Hey, in case it hasn't been pointed out yet, the alien was actually the policeman who urged logic instead of "addiction." Just wanted to clear that up.
How strangely odd 14 years later and South Park is a topic of Discussion on CNN like LOST......
I am sure this won't last because Park and Stone have no limits.
It makes no sense to even do this because your opinion matters not to Park and Stone and thats the best part.......
Next week you will see an episode that steps over every single line you've learned in your lifetime and flip back to this cartoon should be censored......
I can't believe you missed the alien gag!
It was just an attempt for guys to blame their sex on something else that wasn't real.
Just another excuse. Funny until they killed the poor military guy.
Family Guy cant even sniff SP"s jock !! SP is so far out there,it maked FG look tame.YOU GO SP !!!
I thought it was great, except Elin didn't look like Elin at all. That was poorly done, but the rest was great.
Family Guy Sucks – literally! MacFarlane is a left wing hack and the next episode of Family Guy will have him fellating Obama for the sake of Health Care. Anything for the cause.
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and the other South Park creators should be commended for maintaining such a high quality show all these years. Like other great artists, their craft has grown and evolved over time. I look forward to watching this new season.
The alien, was a cover up. The military guy that they whisked away was bound and gagged under the alien suit...
whoa... whoa... wait..... "themoi" When has Family Guy ever had an insightful episode? When has it ever been social satire? Sometimes I enjoy watching it when I when it's on before a show I actually want to watch... but to say it's anything more than juvenile humor is insane.
I thought the episode was hilarious. Didn't quite get why Elin was acting like trailer trash either, but whatever. I actually liked the alien part. It kind of made the whole not taking responsibility for your actions angle a bit more satirized. Instead of actually just owning up to the fact that these guys just want to sleep around, they not only blamed it on a "disease" but they also blamed it on a damn alien and pretended to be cured once the alien was killed. I thought it made the whole sex addiction thing that much more ridiculous.
I was hoping the alien would be John Edwards!
Wow...whoever wrote this article is an idiot. You clearly did not get the whole point of the episode...it was clearly stated when that one soldier gave a speech during the independence hall invasion scene. The whole point of this episode was obvious...that most males think about sex all the time, its hard not to when you have such beautiful creatures as women walking past you...and if you had money and power it would be hypocritical to say you wouldn't use it to give in to such temptations...temptations like sex with beautiful women. The whole alien aspect of the episode was just a ridiculous example of all the excuses people create to give justification for their actions. I know if I had money and power, I probably would eventually give in to the temptation presented in this episode. Its how we are built, it's natures fault...not ours...but I do believe some people have more control over themselves then others.
Great episode. Fact: Men love sex. Given the opportunity, men would indulge in sex as often and as much as possible. Its no more a disease is than hunger is to your digestive system. When our stomach growls, we don't blame it on a disease. And besides, it takes two to tango. The woman who have sex with married men knowingly get some thrill out of it to. People just need to grow up and realize its an adult world out there, life's not a disney movie, and men will be men, and women will be women. Our society is so ass backwards when it comes to sex and relationships, its no wonder most Americans are hypocritical when it comes to their actions and their public "beliefs."
@undocumentedspot_blogspot, the "alien" was the "turd in the punchbowl" policeman who said there was no alien when they all raided Independence hall.
Was really hoping the Mark "the Luv Gov" Sanford would have made it in.
I am a huge fan of South Park...but last nights episode stunk. About halfway in I was bored. I stuck it out until the end and sighed. "What a way to start the new season." C'mon Trey, you can do better. The only good thing was Butter's and the Bush.
I don't know why people are saying Family Guy is better. It stinks! I hate it! South Park rules!!!
Was Butter's forgotten? He MADE the episode!!!
Southpark Is one of the BEST! shows in TV history.
but that's because of all the controversy that it caused and too many people crying about it.
The South Park guys are a couple of really sick puppies. The scary part is they are on target most of the time.
IMO this was a good episode, but not on a par with "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants" or "Towelie"
The "alien" was the "turd in the punchbowl" soldier who imbued logic in the situation by saying that it is basically a no-brainer that men with money will cheat. The other men couldn't risk the exposure, less they all get in trouble with their own lives.
vote Trey Parker and Matt Stone: election 2012!
nah... but real talk, i like south park and family guy, but peter, stewey, lois, meg, chris, cleveland, joe, quagmire, etc. arent f***ing with stan, kyle, kenny, cartman, butters, jimmy, TIMMY, chef, towlie, mr.garrison, etc.
south park is the Shhhhhhhhhhh! but whoever wrote that though it is still funny and entertaining, it isnt like it was the first few seasons is on point with that observation.
I know it was mentioned 50 other times... but if you "didnt like the alien-wizard part" then you probably didnt realize it was that soldier in a costume. The "turd in the punch bowl" How is that not funny? His hands were tied to a little wizard wand, and they had the boys shoot him with the rifles. That was great! It was clever how they tied the tiger thing into the video game. Well done! Another classic episode! Let's hope this season doesn't run out of steam.
Is it me or did anyone else notice Michael Jordan in that room too. I thought that was funny as hell b/c nobody talks about Jordan and his prior infidelities.
Thank you Matt and Trey for exposing this ludicrous "sex addiction" garbage rich powerful men use when they get caught.
No one in the mainstream media is willing to call this for what it is – power-drunk creeps willing to nail anything they can.
South Park – where truth starts.
Just one more week and front row center would have been Jesse James......idiot
All women know that men cheat. All men know that women cheat. Its only a BIG DEAL when someone gets caught.
even when SP sucks they're still better than any other show on tv.... except maybe Oprah.
Great except the alien part.
They really need to cut out the dumb sub-plots and just stick to being topical and funny.
Yes, the alien wizard was the SWAT guy who was "a turd in the punchbowl". Also, wasn't that Michael Jordan and Ben Roethisberger? Great to have SP back.
hate to be the turd in the punchbowl, but the episode really was about the concept of sex-adiction as an excuse for our "bad" behavior.
It was funny. Just making fun of the fake outrage of our moronic citizens who pretend to not understand why Tiger had extra-marital affairs with young, attractive women. Duh??!?!?!?? It's like what Chris Rock says, men are only as faithful as there Options. Tiger has many options, he's no sex addict.
also, a nice stab at how sexually repressed and hippicritical our society is as a whole.
I loved how in rehab they told them their problem really was the fact they got caught. And the test monkey humping everything once the researchers dumped cash on him. Freakin hilarious!!!
The only real test of a comedic show... I laughed... hard and often... enough said.
Overall, I liked the episode. With regards to the alien part at the end, well, that's what Trey Parker and Matt Stone do. They always go over the top in the last 10 minutes or so of each episode, to show how ridiculous the 'medicalization' of sex addiction is.
Best line of the show was Butters: "I don't want to have to buy a batman costume!"
South Park is great but your writing sucks. It was a poorly written review of what seemed to be a great episode.
I concur about the alien ending. Lame. However, South Park continues to poke fun as just how ridiculous society can be. The older ones were classics that simply can't be matched, but I love this show and it never fails to entertain me (yes, even after a few times I found the guinea-saurus to be incredibly funny).
I thought the funniest recurring gag was the way when all the men are talking about how they can't understand why wealthy, successful men feel the need to cheat, right as they're done expressing their confusion, they give a nervous glance over to the women in the room. Like they know their confusion and outrage is totally full of it, but they have to act that way because of their wives/girlfreinds. Completely subtle, completely hilarious!
To the person who said 'I guess the alien might actually be a person wearing mascot and they killed him not alien.', there was no 'might' about it. The 'alien' was the security guard they hauled away earlier in the episode for speaking out against the ridiculousness of blaming everything on aliens. If you pay attention, you can see the security guards hands tied up in front of him below the bottom of the alien mask. They dressed him up and had the kids shoot him as both a way to silence him and also back up their cover story about aliens.
I thought this episode was a great example of how this show is ever-evolving to stay current and of interest to the modern day viewer instead of how most sitcom type shows now a days still have the punch lines referring to events that may have happened when most viewers weren't old enough to be aware of them and won't get the joke.
I look forward to seeing where Matt and Trey take SP from here.
yay south park
Based on the comment, it seems that everyone missed the joke with the alien upon seeing the episode. It wasn't a real alien- but it was a mask put on "captured" soldier who earlier was giving a monologue about what was really going on. Didn't any notice the camo legs? Again, a great show is under appreciated because the sarcasm fails to grasp some people...
So the space alien thing to me was just to kind of show the absurdity of sex addiction. I know there's probably some people out there with a legitimate problem, but seriously? Its called self control. Again, nice work SP on pointing out the obvious. Guys wanna have sex with lots and lots of woman. Those who say they dont have their wives standing in ear shot. SELF CONTROL is what keeps you from acting on these impulses.
Did the alien joke really go over that many heads?.
Why would men use money and fame to get women? not because thats what men have always done but because of an alien wizard which turned out to be one of the soldiers that questioned what they were doing tied up with an alien costume pulled over his head.
South Park honestly feels like it's been lazy with it's humor for several seasons now. it's just like they don't try anymore. They take whatever the most known scandal is at the time and make the most obvious joke.
Family guy blows south park away! South park is old and lame.
Theres a turd in the punch bowl lol!
The point of this episode was how nobody in this country takes personal responsibility for anything anymore, and how sex addiction is one of many things that fits into this problem. It specifically points out the absurdities of male sex addiction, but then shows how the culture of non-responsibility is fostered by the media, Washington, and Alien Wizards.
Croaker says: "A few weeks back, the republican attack pundits on Fox were all aflame over a supposed reference to Sara Pain's Down's syndrome child on Famiy Guy. One of the claims was "the liberal media" wouldn't make similar gibes at the personal foibles of the Clintons"
Actually, during the Clinton era, Bill Clinton very ominously said that nobody should dare criticize his daughter. When a conservative commentor made a loose reference to them "pimping her out" (which wasn't literal but rather using her for political purposes), they, and the "liberal media" threw a fit.
I didn't view FG's jabs at the down syndrome daughter as particularly offensive. Other than her appearance, she appeared about as smart as Chris and seemed to be a normal child albeit one portrayed as power hungry. I gave a small yawn, though, at it's predictability. South Park hits EVERYONE while the Simpsons and FG clearly treat the left's cherished dogma and notions with kid gloves. (And note that Simpsons and FG are on Fox. Fair and Balanced!)
The "alien" was a guy dressed up... It was the first SWAT guy who was also considered a "turd in the punch bowl" they brought him out dressed like that so they could convince the kids he was a scary alien and they kill him so he would be out of the way of their plan. It was not necessarily meant to be seen as an alien. All in all good episode, it made me laugh to see what these guys probably really see as their "addiction".
Is it only me or am I the only one who thought that the whole climax of the episode was that professional golf is pointless and always boring (to which, I agree).
Enough of the micro-psychoanalyzing about the sex addiction theories–of which they all are–just theories. Nobody, whether medical, layman, or any other outside observer, can really know what goes on inside a person standing right next to you. Hormones and limbido have nothing to do with $$$ in someone's bank account. Reference to Fox News, MSNBC, CNN or any other cable news outlet that thinks its notable and esteeming on their part to bring in "sex addiction professional" talking heads to speak and opin their own ramblings on the air to millions of viewers-stay off of television and keep your meager ideas to yourself.
I found the episode really boring. I know they try to be current and edgy, but this was a total miss for me.
The best episode was when they made fun of World of Warcraft and they all got fat. LOL...that's definately my favorite. And also the one where Cartman makes an older bully eat his parents by chopping them up and putting them in the chilli he enters into a cooking contest! I love this show...I hope they never stop making new episodes!
Laughed so hard my face hurt. Great stuff.
[ QUOTE]themoi March 18th, 2010 10:33 am ET
Just wait. Family Guy will do their spoof and once again MacFarlane will blast South Park out of the water. [/QUOTE]
No, No, what MacFarlane is waiting for is the Idea balls to be dropped by the Manatees. Which was clearly pointed in out in "Cartoon Wars Part II" on how it really works
Remember the Family Guy Formula....
Noun + Verb + Pop Culture Reference = Family Guy
On a side note, South Park has historically been relevant to current events and with their production schedual it actually hits TV shortly after it happens.
I am so happy that South Park stepped it up for the season premier. This episode was genius in that it took on what seems to be a celebrity epidemic and made it hilarious- like the Scientology episodes.
There was no alien, folks. It was just an attempt to rationalize unacceptable behavior by the rich and famous as something beyond their control. So when Charlie Sheen and David Duchovny claim some kind of horrible addiction in their People magazine tell-all, we don't dismiss it.
The bits with Elin are all fantastic. Love the faux swedish accent as she's bashing him!
They are right, Tiger, Letterman, Clinton are only sorry they got caught. If they were truly sorry for their actiosn then they would stop havng sex with various women and stay true to their wives without the truth coming out.
How many of you believe if Tiger never crashed his car and his mistresses kept quiet that he would go to rehab? He wouls still be out there cheating. He only is sorry he got caught and is doing damage control to keep his money in the bank.
John, glad you picked up on the soldier. And Nick, I agree. What the heck is the reason for making Elin look like Tonya Harding? Though the accent made me laugh... ;-)
I actually liked the episode. With South Park it is usually hit or miss with me. I laughed throughout the entire episode. I do agree, though, that the alien part was a bit out there, but it was needed to show the ridiculousness of this supposed "sex addiction."
some of the best satirical writing of this generation. I don't think people get how intelligent the show is. there's always a moral and it's always a hysterical take on life. Most folks like my wife can't get past the cutting edge outrageousness of the show but strip away it's 2010 way of telling a story and you actually have a tale with a moral to it that makes sense. Great show. I laughed through the entire show.
horrible episode. D-
They could have done SO much more with this. Oh well, I still love the show to death
The alient they killed was the soldier who became "a turd in the punchbowl."
oh ya.. I was cracking up! I thought they did a great job with that episode! I could comment paragraphs about it, but will leave it with that... I laughed histerically several times! keep up the great work!
Monkeys with cash was hilarious. . . especially the happy expression on his face while he did his "business". Also, they actually buried Kenny in his Batman suit. Best episode since thney mocked Chrystal Skull.
The "alien" part clearly went over the reviewers head. It was not an alien, it was a guy in a costume. Specifically it was the army guy who suggested sex addition is not real and that everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions. They had the kids kill this man not only to eliminate him but to give them an excuse to say that they were "cured". The whole episode was dig at rich and powerfull men making up sex addiction to cover for what rich and powerfull men have always done....anyone they want.
It wasn't an alien, it was the guy who spoke up dressed up in the alien costume. I think Kenny's death was probably one of my favorites if not my top one because the off-hand Batman costume reference followed by seeing Kenny clad in the Batman's clothing was too much.
Butters was also pretty funny throughout the episode by being so disturbed by the photograph (it sounded pretty yucky, like something out of a vintage skin flick). It was also great how none of the women reacted in the slightest.
I agree with Dale R. This show has become so preachy I can't stand it. I think we have Family Guy to thank for dumbing down the rest of our adult cartoons. Unfortunately, that's what the masses want.
matt and trey just break it down and put any stupid situation into a visual form. thats how they precieve how stupid this whole "sex addiction" thing is. i love south park because they wash away all the stupid bull and just put into plain context how silly a situation is. like when chef left after they made the episode about scientology. that episode was to let everyone know that they don't blame Isaac Hayes for leaving the show, they blame that fruity little club that brain washed him.
manetee episode: lesson learned, either everything is funny and okay to poke at, or everything is off limits. learn to laugh at the world and all the stupid stuff that happens, instead of getting upset and demand it be taken down just cause you don't like looking at it
Personally, i thought the whole episode was hilarious, even the alien wizard at the end. mentioned in the article as well, i thought the celebrity death episode was great. this episode definitely stacked up with some of the great South Park episodes
Where is John Edwards in the episode??
SP is brilliant as always. When this show is over I will have lost all connection with youth culture and my ability to relate important topics, (the global warming lie, abortion, economy) with the younger generations will be completely lost.
The writer of this article obviously missed the point. SP was taking aim at the use of sex addiction as an excuse for cheating on one's wife, not Tiger Woods and the rest of the celebrities depicted.
For all those people who are trying to explain the meaning about the part of the SWAT guy that they dressed up like an Alien.....ya we got it.
Always fun and always great commentary by South Park. Problem with being too topical is that when you go back and watch some of the old issues they have dealt with it loses some of its appeal.........but what do I know?!?
Great episode, though I think some people missed the point on the wizard alien being a scapegoat for infidelity (and was also the marine who tried to call everyone out in Independence Hall). But I agree with those who realized that the true message of this episode wasn't about Tiger or the rest of the celebrities cheating, but more about how we crucify famous people for affairs which mean nothing to us, but are willing to forgive them once they enter rehab for a "sexual addiction", which for most people is away to deflect responsibility for their actions. Good work Trey and Matt.
pretty good episode. i like the golf video game parts with Elin Woods beating up Tiger. I really didn't care for the wizard-alien part, even though it was a good reference to conspiracy theories.
Making Big Ben look like an idiot was great.
I liked the episode, but I too thought that they made Elin look like a fat, trailer trash chick. The alien thing was silly, but I think they were trying to say that the American public will believe anything as long as it means its "role models" are protected. I loved how the men's eyes always shifted when they were talking to women. Bottomline, "We have a turd in the punchbowl...I repeat, we have a turd in the punchbowl"
The alien was the SWAT guy who said to take responsibility. The pants were the cameo-type gear he had on and his hands were bound with rope holding the wand.
I laughed so hard through most of the Tiger Wood's episode. The kid's first exposure to "bush" was hilarious. The study of the primates when exposed to large sums of money was a scream, and Kenny's death was classic.This episode will be hard to top. TV at it's finest.
Chipolte-Away saved my life!
A few weeks back, the republican attack pundits on Fox were all aflame over a supposed reference to Sara Pain's Down's syndrome child on Famiy Guy. One of the claims was "the liberal media" wouldn't make similar gibes at the personal foibles of the Clintons. So here we have some fun at Clinton's expense. Where is the Foxnews outrage? Come on Hannity, Come on Beck – I want to hear you rise to his defense!
I love South Park and I am not ashamed to admit it!!!! I am still waiting for South Park to do American Idol. Would love to see Eric Cartman as Simon LOL......
sp was great! Obama being brought in to make fun of all the silly things he is doing was great.when would any POTUS go storming into a swat situation. This is the same pooh he is doing with Health care .Noone wants it but you can't tell him. that what made it so funny.
And the whole thing being played as a video game.was awsome.
South Park Rules
Well..some of the women did the side eye glance too. I laughed so much at this episode. But I do wonder why Elin was plump? Butter's should have called that bush " My Precious". Poor Kenny :(
David got it right, the Alien was the soldier that had just spoken up. I thought the whole episode was awesome up to and including the Alien!!!! There are two important days of the year, Christmas and the day the new season of South Park starts! All I saw was a bush... ha ha too funny Mat and Trey you guys are geniouses. Cartman for pres...
Of course, if you are interested, the best episide of South Park ever made is called "Tsst". If you know who Cesar Milan is, love dogs, or have kids that get on your damn nerves sometimes, this is a must see episode. Simply search for "Tsst" on their website and it will be the first link.. and in case you were wondering this episode will teach you in 22 minutes everything you ever needed to know about raising children and somehow at the exact same time, everything you ever needed to know about training dogs.
How do people miss it? The "alien" that was sent out and shot to death was the security gaurd who, moments before, was removed for talking with some sense, saying there were no aliens behind this. Take a look at the pants the "alien" is wearing when he is shot. Lol, too funny, I love South Park!!!
It was a hilarious spoof of so-called sax addiction. As usual, Kyle spoke the truth. Tiger Woods video game was very clever and so perfect when the boys lost interest when it became about golf.
South Park is as great as ever!
"i don't want to have to buy a batman costume!"
Haven't seen it yet. Did they add David Ducovney? (Idon't know if that's the correct spelling)
Yeah, Family Guy really has South Park's number...oh wait, Family Guy is wrote by manatees with idea balls. I almost forgot.
I think this episode was great because it ended great; a sexual healing cover and everyone pretending that the "spell" had been broken.
Plus, anyone who didn't realize that the alien wizard wasn't the SWAT guy didn't pay any attention and shouldn't be talking about South Park.
Re: South Park vs Family Guy. It's an exhibition not a compitition; please, no wagering.
I personally loved the episode. The test they used by giving chimpanzees money to test if they become sex addicted was genius. All of the rich, self-absorbed celebrities needed to be brought down a notch and SP does that very well, especially last night.
pretty sure the alien wizard was the guy who was speaking out toward the end of the episode and they took him away and put the alien mascot on him and killed him to prove their theory.
The best part about all
of this is that a few years back either golf digest or golf magazine had a Q&A with tiger where they asked what his favorite tv show was. His answer was South Park. I wonder if he was watching last night?
Hey Robin! - Here are the answers to your questions!...
"What's the point?" >> To help show that there is no such thing as sex addiction, that it is a made-up term.
"What did they add to the conversation on sex addiction?" >> That any guy (or chimpanzee for that matter) with money will try to screw everything that moves. Sex addiction was relegated to the joke that it is.
"On Tiger?" >> You are kidding me, right? You need to watch the episode again. Based on your post, a LOT of things flew over your head. Look for the little things, like the eyes of the males when they're explaining sex addiction in front of women. Hilarious stuff!
Just wait. Family Guy will do their spoof and once again MacFarlane will blast South Park out of the water.
Hi, I'm Earth. Have we met?
I felt the show as a whole was a little flat. That is not to say, however, that it did not have great gags. Butters and his topiary obsession was excellent. Being from Pittsburgh, the inclusion of Ben Rothlesburger was fantastic. And the best part overall was Kenny choking himself to death wearing a Batman costume.
South Park is easily and by far the funniest show on TV!
I'd buy that "EA Tiger Woods 11" for the XBox in a heartbeat! :)
It was Cartman and Kyle at the end, not Stan.
The 'alien' was the SWAT member who had pointed out there was no such thing as sex addition dress up. You could see his hands were tied near the bottom of the fake alien mask.
The whole point was there was no alien; it was just the excuse they used claim they had conquered sex addiction.
Didn't everyone notice anytime one of the men spoke about it being a disease in front of a woman he quickly glanced to see if she was buying it?
Umm, did you all *not* realize that the alien was the soldier talking reasonably – that they grabbed, tied up, and put a ridiculous fake alien outift on ? Then he was stumbling around trying to scream for help? The alien bit was brilliant, the ultimate end to the male conspiracy that there was "sex addiction" – not that guys- if we were rich and famous – we would definitely not sleep with hot women, no way, nooo, not happening... yeah.
It was brilliant. The alien part was only to point out how ridiculous it is that Tiger is sex addiction therapy. Given the circumstnaces, I would bet that quite few people would give into the same temptations as Tiger, Charlie, et. all. Is what he did wrong morally speaking because he was married? Absolutely. But being attracted to and desiring other people is 100% natural. Some just choose not to act on it or they choose not to put themselves into compromising postitions.
You guys didn't get that the "alien wizard" at the end was the SWAT member who'd spoken up in the previous scene? The alien bit was the whole point of the episode: that we prefer to blame some arcane jive for our shortcomings instead of acknowledging them and working on them.
Terrific episode. Keep up the great work Southpark.
the show was stupid it is time to move on.
SP is still one of the best. But none of the episodes can compare to the show's first few seasons. I miss the crudeness of the paper cutout animation and the less obvious political statements. SP now can sometimes be too preachy – they are becoming what they once would have mocked years ago.
the "alien" that was killed was the fed agent that was the turd-in-the-punchbowl people! WAKE UP!
Cheap and bland. The "Bummers" bush stuff provided laughs, but I too often found myself asking, "What's the point?" What did they add to the conversation on sex addiction? On Tiger? I love South Park, but the ideas in this one were undeveloped and altogether disappointing.
Uhhh – seems like a lot of posters are, well, 'simple.' The Alien in the end was NOT in fact an alien. It was the military guy who spoke out against the theory. They dressed him up like the alien and had Stan and Butters kill him... . OMG
And yes Jim K. The point was that ANYONE is subject to falling for that. Everyone likes sex and bad things, their morals just prevent them from taking it on, however when it's put in your face enough, chances are you will start to embrace it. I mean imagine being Charlie Sheen.... imagine that for a second. How many women (young women)... hot young women.... probably approach him?
Family Guy blast South Park out of the water............? I dont even hear about Family Guy episodes, and yet I always hear about the latest South Park episode. You sir live in a fantasy land. Also regarding this episode, there were quite a few other famous sex addicts in that meeting that weren't mentioned by name. Michael Douglas was there, there were a few more that would require my DVR to remember, but that's the first that comes to mind. Basically the entire meeting was famous people.
The alien was soldier who was questioning what they were doing just a few minutes before (as seen by the camo pants that the "alien" had on).
This is still one of the smartest and funniest shows on TV and was one of the best episodes in a while.
The episode was hilarious. I enjoyed the alien wizard ending. I liked how they took the guy who spoke about why famous men really cheat and put him in the alien wizard costume to "assure" all citizens that this behavior will end once he was killed. I also thought it was great they made Butters and Kyle shoot the poor guy. Genius once again from Matt and Trey and I can't wait for what they have in store for this season.
always did love south park. been watching it since i was a kid.
vote Trey Parker and Matt Stone: election 2012
It may not be saying much for today's television, but South Park is the best thirty minutes on the tube. Why does it take such a bizarre show to reveal how far society has deviated from sound common sense? That's what I love best about the show; no matter what strange twists the show takes, it always comes back to what an objective fourth-grader could have told us.
Then ending killed me; golf is really a boring sport without the scandal.
Come on!!!! the alien bit was funny too if you truly understood the meaning behind it. (Man)-kind had to have a scapegoat for our secret desires. And the loud mouth soldier in the alien suit justifies this addiction that most men and children may have had at some point in time. Besides sex is very healthy for you and makes you live longer, doesn't anybody read any of the other articles on cnn.com
Well i did not like it either but it is a social comentary on how nobody takes personal responnsibilty for their own actions anymore and blames it on other things or a "diseease" so they can be a victem insted of responsible for thier own actions. I think thats what the alien part was about
South Park Rules!!!!!! one of the funniest shows on tv
I got to stop by Game Stop and see if they got the video game the boys were playing last night.....I'll try the 7 iron lol lol lol
great episode....Matt & Trey are true geniuses! Big Ben inclusion was crazy good! Money is the root of all evil and loved the dig at Healthcare professionals who think there is a medical reason for everything besides someone's morals and values....which i thought was the real message behind the show......Bravo!
If you noticed, the "alien" was actually the soldier from earlier in the episode that was saying all of this alien hunting was crap, and its just human nature to want what you dont have. They then put an alien disguise on him, and you know the rest....
South Park has once again taken on one of our culture's "sacred cows", this time ripping into Tiger, Charlie, Bill, Dave, and all of the other so-called "sex addicts" who, in reality, are simply indulging in that most ancient of prerogatives: The Ability And Desire Of Wealthy, Famous People To Score With The Opposite Sex. As South Park so ably pointed out, this is not a disease or condition, it is merely the manifestation of bad judgment and indescretion. Tiger et al owe me nothing, I desire no explanation nor apology, nor should you. The only people negatively impacted are the participants themselves and those they have deceived. A less repressed society would surely laugh at our collective expression of indignant righteousness.
brilliant, hopefully EA sports will add this to there golf 2010 game!!!
This was hilarious!
I liked the episode up until the alien crap. Almost every episode of south park has some meaning behind it. I guess its a way to stress how stupid people can be.
The Roethlisberger inclusion just shows how fast Matt and Trey write.
May celebrities think their actions in life should be without criticizm.
On the contrary, they have worked to become a example. So if they are a bad example, I for one think they should be held up for the scanky perverted peole they are.
Just wait. Family Guy will do their spoof and once again MacFarlane will blast South Park out of the water.
It's not that we took on Tiger, but we took on the concept of sex addiction. He was just the vehicle in which the message was driven.
I thought the episode was funny, but I wish it was more Tiger centric. And why did they make Elin seem like a trailer trash chick? Overall, I was slightly disappointed, just because I thought it was going to more about Tiger.
I think this is great. Being a public figure with the money, comes scrutiny. He deserves to be roasted.
Loved It!!!! Keep up the good work SP!
I want your job. It would be so nice to be paid to watch South Park. My question is: do they only pay you to watch South Park? Or do they pay you to critic other shows as well?
I liked the episode, but not the alien part too, but I guess the alien might actually be a person wearing mascot and they killed him not alien. it is reference to conspiracy theories anyway
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