South Park Season 5

June 4th, 2009 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

Publicising Team America: World Police in 2004, Matt Stone told Xpress he and co-creator Trey parker were at something of a crossroads, not having decided ‘what they wanted to do’ with South Park. It had grown exponentially in popularity, grabbed the coveted title of most subversive cartoon from higher quality and more established betters, where else was there to go?

Back in 2001 when Season five aired, they’d already started working out what South Park was to them, and this collection of three discs runs the gamut not just of comic styles but emotions outside comedy. No longer just comic fodder, the characters and landscapes of South Park had grown to be real people to them, and to many of its viewers.

There’s the usual outrageously, ridiculously offensive like sex education to protect ever-younger kids gone very wrong (Mr Garrison discussing sexual positions with kindergarten kids) and the rednecked residents’ ousting of the tide of rich people flooding into South Park — who also happen to be black.

But for the first time there’s the slightly surreal and — did we ever think we’d say this about South Park? — sad, such as when Kenny dies (seriously, and for real this time) or when dark secrets about Butters’ family surface, causing his mother to lose control and do something unthinkable.

But that’s always what South Park’s been about – whether it’s Scientology or child abuse, they talk about the unmentionable. Season 5 is more of the same, and then some.


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