Just finished season 2 on DVD. Was a great nostalgic trip. My favorite episodes are where they visit Cartman's family in Nebraska and the episode with the snowstorm where they're trapped overnight and the South Park townspeople resort to cannibalism.
Just knowing that the last time I watched these episodes was 1998 when I was like 11 years old was just a mystical nostalgic experience.
Anyway, Season 19 DVD just arrived in the mail. I'm not caught up on any of the later seasons but the SoDoSoPa episode looks great and I cannot wait to watch it and leave some brief comments here in an effort to keep our shabby forum alive.
Also, I'll make an effort to try to grow this forum some so it's not doomed to be just 3 active users.
Finished Season 19 yesterday. Interestingly, I bought the DVD in order to watch "The City Part of Town" SoDoSoPa episode but it actually ended up being my least favorite. I'll keep this short and sweet knowing our little ol' forum only has a handful of actual users. Here my my takeaways:
Although they made an effort to serialize this season, the theme that "South Park is Outdated" worked nicely. And it felt like it was only partially serialized.
Tweek is adorable. I wanna go back and watch the Underpants Gnomes episode again. Gonna see if I can find a Tweek Bros Coffee shirt on the internet.
Every episode had a musical number which was fun. "Boogers and Cum" was a fun song and it felt good to see Matt and Trey make fun of YELPers. And seeing Whistling Willy lose his shit was great.
Portraying "Reality" as a mischievous villain was fantastic. (SPOILER: Hilarious how long he lasted)
All in all, I could relate to a lot of the issues: Specifically the onslaught of ads. Although this season came out a few years ago, it's all social commentary on bullshit that's been a scourge to our daily lives. Although, as expressed by many of us: I'd love for the show to go back to just the daily lives of the boys and towns people. That was a realistic fantasy that helped take me away from my own life and appreciate humble living in a mountain town.
I agree with your thoughts on Reality, and PC Principal is definitely one of my three favourite characters (others being Randy and Cartman...don't shoot me, Junky!) Although Season 20 is something else, in ways good and bad. The fact that it all follows one consistent plot is certainly unique, and the way "skankhunt42" (won't reveal who he is) is portrayed, along with the rest of the trolls was very entertaining, but of course, like with so many later South Park episodes, it feels WAY too political/topical for me. I know, it's an easy target for the show's satirical nature, but it just doesn't age well, and kinda weaken's the show's pacing, IMO.
Still, it was yet another good take-that against social media, and ironically, in the very opposite way to how they skewered it in season 19!
Oh yeah, and shipping Cartman and Heidi together was completely unexpected, but the way it was executed was quite endearing, I have to say.