South Park: “T.M.I.” (Review)

Posted: May 20, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Tony here. South Park has been back for its fifteenth season for a few weeks now on Comedy Central, and I’m here to review  the newest episode, “T.M.I”, which aired last night May 18th, 2011. The season thus far has been hurling out good, funny installments thus far, and this episode continues that run. Spoilers below. Let’s get started.

In “T.M.I.”, the South Park Elementary staff posts how much the students have grown based on their physicals, but Cartman mistakes the measurements for a tracking of all the boys’ penis sizes. This enrages Cartman as he convinces all the boys to remeasure themselves so they can repost their actual sizes. This jump-starts a chaotic series of events leading to the formation of the Pissed Off and Angry Party, a group of disgruntled anger-management patients with small dicks.

I’ve been hearing a lot of complaints about how weak this season has been so far–especially last week’s “Royal Pudding”–but I must say I disagree. All of the episodes so far are entertaining and quite hysterical, especially last week’s episode and applying again for this week’s one. This was a very funny, classic episode of South Park throughout, delivering on some deliriously clever satire with some hella (“STOP SAYING HELLA, CARTMAN!”) funny gags.

The storyline moved along very well and in classic South Park fashion, building on unexpected, crude storytelling to end up getting a message across. It’s a true testament to Trey and Matt, this episode–when you peel back the layers of jokes and stories, it’s a one-note joke: people like the Tea Party are bitching about everything because they have small dicks. But its the true reveal of this satirical message that leaves the biggest impact, and it’s really quite brilliant. One of the best satires this show has done in years.

Lots of good lines and jokes throughout this episode. Loved the whole bit at the anger management meeting, with caricatures of Tea Party members and disgruntled teenage homeboys complaining about their problems that reveal to be all based on their, well, small dicks. Butters barely appeared in the episode, but every time he did he delivered some hysterical lines, like when Cartman was measuring his penis in the bathroom, but it was “a bit chilly”. “Butters, we can’t do this if your penis is gonna be a shy turtle!” Oh, and loved when the Pissed Off and Angry Party listed their random demands.

This is definitely moving along the season in a good direction. I didn’t like it as much as last week’s “Wedding Pudding”, but it’s pretty damn close. I give it an A.

New episodes of South Park airs every Wednesday on Comedy Central at 10pm EST. Also be sure to continue reading Toons with Tony, with updates practically every day.

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