The most recent episode took the awfulness to a whole new level.The episode literally insults the unhappy fans like me by calling them "faggots" and telling them to "go back to the 90s". The episode even ends by basically outright saying that we're stupid for even watching the show(in an incredibly unsubtle way of course).
Honestly, I think you have read into that way, way, waaaaaaaaaaay too much. South Park is rarely subtle with its humor, and there was nothing in that scene that made me think they were ripping on anyone in particular. All I saw was satire on how quickly meme's become irrelevant. Nothing more, nothing less. If anything, ANYTHING, it seems more like the guy saying "go back to the 90's" would be a fan telling South Park to go back to their older style. Of course, now we're just getting into Scrotie McBoogerballs territory here.
Granted, last week's wasn't the best episode. But the one from two week's ago about the J & G shopping network? Am I wrong for counting that as one of my favorite episodes in the last several years? I rarely watch an episode of a show within the same week I first view it, but I did with Cash for Gold. I loved it that much. I really don't think South Park is in any kind of slump right now. I might have said so a year ago during the first half of Season 15, which I regard as the worst run of episodes in the entire history of the show. But it picked up after the mid-season break.
Before I close this off, I also need to bring up a recent character development that has become a defining moment of the show for me:
Call me crazy, I think this is a stroke of pure genius. They took the show's most famous running gag (THEY KILLED KENNY) and turned it into a defining character trait
for a character who really needed some development. Now I'll freely admit I'm a sucker for anything superhero-related, and to find out this bad-ass kid was actually Kenny (Who was my favorite character when I was a kid) was a huge crowning moment of awesome. And it's not like they did this for just one episode either, as Mysterion showed up again at the end of last season. I don't know if Mysterion has any kind of fandom, but I for one look forward to seeing more of him.
The show has been primarily social commentary since June 30th, 1999.
This. South Park has been social commentary for the vast majority of its run, it's what the show has become known for. Even before the movie, there were still plenty of rips at celebrities and then-current events, they just weren't usually the focus of entire episodes.
The episode about the meme cats was Somewhat funny. That is one of the rare times i actually pay attention to that show. The one about mormons though was pretty misguided to a huge extent but was still funny to me. Nowadays it's politics,religion and the world the show now essentially. And the characters are bigger dicks than before. I don't like that.
They did exaggerate a bit about the Mormon beliefs, but as someone who was raised Mormon I found their portrayal of a typical Mormon family to be spot on. When they're at church, that's EXACTLY how they act. They want everyone else to think their family is this perfect, wholesome, clean-cut, charitable group that is always upbeat and full of positivity. Whether or not they actually are once they're by themselves, well, that's going to vary.
Edited by Speederino, 03 April 2012 - 01:01 AM.