COMMENTARY |South Park Season 15 is now on a midseason break. After its string of seven straight episodes ended Wednesday, the show will go on its typical summer hiatus until the fall. Yet once the season resumes, fans will actually wonder if the show will answer a midseason cliffhanger for the first time in over a decade.
Warning: Spoilers follow
The spring finale marked a big milestone, as Stan became the first kid to turn 10 years old — but was prevented from getting a “tween wave” CD as a gift. At first, the episode seemed to be mocking the tween phenomenon, and how everything sounds more like crap when someone gets older and more cynical.
This allowed for typical South Park madness, like Stan literally seeing everything turn into poop and Randy going bonkers in trying to prove that he gets tween music. But as the episode used Stan’s condition to make music and lousy movies look like crap, it wound up turning its attention inward.
The main concept of the episode is that the older one gets, the more one hates the things one used to love. As it turned out, the show itself seemed to be included as an example, as it made fun of its own aging formula and appeared to say that it was getting crappier with age as well. Those fans who weren’t fond of the first half of the season might actually agree with that viewpoint.
To drive the point home, the episode didn’t resolve everything magically, like it does every week, and headed into its midseason break on some actual cliffhangers. But of course, the writers can just come up with magical solutions when the show returns, as the ending may have just been a parody of season-ending cliffhangers in general.
Yet there was enough wiggle room to suggest that Trey Parker and Matt Stone may have been serious in mocking their formula, their show’s age, and how they might find things crappier with age as well. After they became the toast of Broadway with The Book Of Mormon,perhaps the show may now seem less appealing to them; Wednesday’s ending could have expressed that.
This could make fans worry that Parker and Stone are growing dissatisfied with the series and could be looking for ways to shake it up — or even end it soon. However, that may be reading too much into things, as they could just as well be playing a practical joke on viewers.
After all, the last time South Park had a season-ending cliffhanger, it aired the infamous Terrance and Phillip April Fools episode instead of saying who Cartman’s father was — then revealed it was his mother. Season 15 could resume with a similar fake-out, but, for the moment, Parker and Stone will be laughing all the way to the Tonys Sunday.
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