Writer: Trey Parker
Director
: Trey Parker
Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights
Original Telecast: November 2, 2011

One of the best reasons for Trey Parker, Matt Stone and the entire production team at SOUTH PARK to put themselves through hell to deliver brand new animated episodes in six days is the ability for them to be topical.

That means that whatever is current or in the news, can be instant fodder just like SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, THE DAILY SHOW, THE COLBERT REPORT and others of its ilk.

Cartman in SOUTH PARK - Season 15 - "1 Percent" | ©2011 Comedy Central

Cartman in SOUTH PARK - Season 15 - "1 Percent" | ©2011 Comedy Central

Yet, this is also animation – and very complex to pull off, especially if they don’t get it right content-wise (which they sometimes don’t). That’s the tightrope act they play though, and as a SOUTH PARK fan (through the best and worst of it), that’s why I keep coming back every season week after week.

With “1 Percent”, the boys tackle the current economic climate and the various “Occupy …” gatherings that have taken America by storm.

True to form though – they put their own spin on it and as always, don’t draw a line in the sand and take sides either. They rib on conservatives AND liberals AND fat people. Hey, it’s SOUTH PARK.

The episode starts off with the elementary school failing their Presidential Fitness Test. While the school on whole passed, one percent – that one percent – failed so miserably over anyone else, it brought the average down and made South Park the worst school in the country.

Everyone knows it’s Cartman who screwed everyone over – and is now forcing everyone into more mandatory fitness classes for four additional weeks, so Cartman plays the martyr again and cries about how the 99 percent is ganging up on the 1 percent.

With his only friends his stuffed animals, Cartman tries to handle being on the outside of things with his usual blinders on – but when his stuffed animals start mysteriously dying, he suspects foul play (and vengeance from his school mates).

Meanwhile, two South Park kids decide to occupy the lawn in protest outside Red Robin and it turns into a huge nuisance when more police and security show up to contain this “Occupy Red Robin” protest.

“1 Percent” takes the ridiculous nature of the media’s coverage of these Occupy protests plus the wayward nature of them and bundles it into a neat SOUTH PARK package. It’s great satire, with some very pointed jabs that hit home what many people have been thinking, but are too afraid to say it out loud.

The horror movie flourishes involving Cartman and his stuffed animals are pretty great. The animation team does a phenomenal job of bringing these moments to life – particularly toward the end when the killer is revealed. This may have only been done in a week, but the animators have really brought some flair and panache to these Cartman moments.

The only downside to “1 Percent” is that it’s not as funny as it probably could have been. It’s still a good episode, but it’s one of these SOUTH PARK episodes that takes a political stance which brings a more absurd humor to the mix this week instead of it’s more over-the-top laugh out loud comedy. It’s a different balance, but it still works well for me.

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Comments:

  1. Worst episode ever…

    comedybookguy
    • What, because it doesn’t suck the c— of your socialist bulls—?

      Gregg
  2. “two South Park kids decide to occupy the lawn in protest outside Red Robin”

    I think you missed the point here… they were protesting outside the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. However, the clueless media reported that they were occupying Red Robin. This is a satiric reference to how most people still have no clue about what the Occupy Wall Street protesters really want.

    Todd
    • Oh? And exactly what do the protestors want?

      Tim
  3. I totally got they were protesting outside the President’s Council on Fitness – in order to not go too heavy into the plot, I jumped directly to the Red Robin reference in the review, since that was the anchor gag of the show.

    Carl
  4. The best one of this run. I like how they are bringing stuff back from earlier seasons and mixing it in with their newer comedy. But, how many times has clyde frog “died” lol…

    Keith
  5. I still don’t get all the black people references, and how you can’t blame them for nothing these days. Can anyone help?

    Ken
    • LOL it’s because if you blame a black person for anything or hate on a black person then your gonna get called racist..

      Cartman
      • Tell that to Troy Davis.

        Token
    • It’s referred to how all the wall street protesters are blaming wall street. When they should blame our president but don’t because he is black and that might be racist.

      Townsend
  6. Most people also missed the reference to the republican candidates. Cart mans stuffed animals seemingly represent the republican party, with the exception of Herman Cain (they use him later). Each doll is killed off in such a way that each member of the Republican candidates will be through the primary, political blunders, etc. Token is supposed to be Cain and I believe the writers were trying to say that the 1% is pushing Cain ahead in the polls (think about who runs the major news orgs) because he is black and they feel is almost impervious to attack (thus the reason Cartman chose Token to protect his candidates). I thinks also saying that the 1% (probably more like .001%) needs to grow up and accept responsibility for what they’ve done to the country.

    That’s my take. This is one of the smartest South Park episodes yet. Well done.

    Levi

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