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« Reply #640 on: 03-20-2005 04:33 »

EPISODE 902: Die, Hippies, Die

The second episode of Season 9, and yet another episode that starts off by getting straight into the action (although it does move somewhat slow in comparrison to the fast-paced Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina). Starting with a fairly humourous scene in which Cartman is the hippie-eradicating equivelant of an insect exterminator, and is investigating a hippie infestation in an old lady's house. Right away, you can tell this episode isn't going to be serious, but you really don't care. As the storyline progresses, Cartman believes the hippies are gathering for a music festival, but is imprisoned for kidnapping hippies and holding them in his basement. However, the music festival goes ahead and spirals out of control, causing South Park to become hippie capital of the world - and Stan, Kyle and Kenny are in the hippies' clutches. The town has no choice but to ask Cartman for help, and so Cartman, Randy Marsh, Linda Stotch and Chef set out on a mission to drive the hippies away, and rescue the 3 boys.

Yes, it's a fairly dumb plot, but then again, most plots sound fucking stupid when they're put on paper anyway. The episode DOES make quite a few good points about hippies and hippie music festivals, but it doesn't focus on these points too much or take these points too seriously. Instead, the episode just focuses on being entertaining, and it is - there wasn't one moment where I was bored or wasn't enjoying myself watching it. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to me like it will have as much replay value as it could have had... The storyline is flawed at times, and there are some lost opportunities for jokes (as well as some predictable, formuleric jokes that weren't too good), but there's still something about this episode that makes it fun to watch.

Perhaps it's the fact that it seems to take itself really seriously at some points, constantly jumping into "disaster movie" style - and given the nature of the storyline, most of the humour just comes from the situations. The episode is FULL of movie parodies. Die, Hippies, Die is full of movie parodies - namely Armageddon, The Core and The Day After Tomorrow. Normally, I'm not one for movie parodies, but it's the fact that the episode doesn't call too much attention to these parodies that makes it so great.

The episode itself is well structured and moves along at a decent pace. Unlike other shows such as The Simpsons and Futurama, South Park has a reputation for diving straight into storylines right at the start of an episode. Depending on just how complex the storyline is, episodes will sometimes seem either fairly rushed or very slow, but Die, Hippies Die gets it just right. One thing I particularly liked about the episode is the fact that for the most part, it doesn't seem rushed. South Park episodes are usually made in 4 or 5 days, but you wouldn't know it from watching this episode, which had some rather professional moments in it that impressed me quite a bit (the sheer size of the hippie music festival is great and very realistic, and the smoke from all the marijuana over the crowd is a nice little touch too).

One thing I noticed about this episode was the return of many old characters, including the mayor, Officer Barbrady, Jimbo, Chef, and a few others. This felt somewhat Season 7-esque to me (Season 7 had quite a few episodes that brought back some old, forgotten characters) and is definitely a nice touch. However, the problem is that very few of these characters are utilised well - none of them have any stand-out hilarious moments, and some just seem as if they're there for the sake of being there. Still, it was nice to see some of them back, and they really made the episode feel like a classic. Hopefully these characters will return again in later episodes, I'm looking forward to that. On a side note - ARARHGHHHH!!! Mr. Garrison's still a woman!  mad

Overall, Die, Hippies, Die is a good, fun episode which you can just sit back and laugh at without thinking too hard. As great as Seasons 6, 7 and 8 were, they occassionally got so caught up in the satire that anyone who didn't understand the issues would be left totally confused, while everyone else would be in hysterics - and it's good to see that after taking on a more serious formula these past few years, South Park hasn't lost touch with its good old mindless fun episodes. I can honestly say I wouldn't mind if Season 9 continued to go into this direction, and I also wouldn't mind if it went back to the satirical style that made the past few seasons so great. South Park is great no matter what, and this episode proves that point well, even if it does lack a little.

SCORE: 8.5/10

"These are what we call the, uh, 'giggling stoners' - pretty common form of hippie, usually found in the attics."
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« Reply #641 on: 03-20-2005 05:05 »

How many episodes this season? 15?
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« Reply #642 on: 03-20-2005 05:21 »

16.
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« Reply #643 on: 03-20-2005 06:58 »

Wow, that is a lot more than usual.

SP has one more series/season to go right?
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« Reply #644 on: 03-20-2005 13:11 »

I dunno, when is South Park's contract with Comedy Central over?
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« Reply #645 on: 03-20-2005 20:43 »
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Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
I've finally watched all the existing episodes (season 1 to season 9) up to Die Hippy, Die, awesome, every one of them.
RealMedia files kick ass (when they're not being played in RealPlayer     big grin ).

Have a personal favourite?


*Edit* Season 10 is the final season on the current contract. Matt and Trey have said the want to call it quits after that, but they were really burnt out at the time, so no one really knows for sure.

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« Reply #646 on: 03-20-2005 21:20 »

Well, they said after making Team America that they'd end it after Season 10, but they said the same thing about an earlier season right after they'd finished making South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. You should no by now not to take Matt and Trey's word on anything, especially when they announce things right after finishing a movie.  roll eyes
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« Reply #647 on: 03-21-2005 12:12 »

Just watched Die Hippies Die and I loved it, It was great seeing the classic characters again though I'm trying to adjust to the new tone on the Mayors Voice.

The ending was hilarious too, Cartman is such an evil little bastard.
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« Reply #648 on: 03-21-2005 13:28 »

I loved the latest SP episode! Fuckin hilarious.
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« Reply #649 on: 03-21-2005 15:41 »

 
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  Have a personal favourite?
Aw geez...
Ehhhmmmmmmmm, number 7! *runs*

No real favourites, no.
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« Reply #650 on: 03-21-2005 17:40 »

Die, Hippie, Die was pretty funny.  I'll give it a 7/10.  The one before it with the operations was hilarious! 

I liked Kyle's new look!  Too bad he couldn't stay like that permanantly! 
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« Reply #651 on: 03-21-2005 19:06 »
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Wh00! A preview of the next episode:

EDIT: Oh, forget it. It's at South Park Studios

"As talent agents, Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny can bank 10% of their client’s earnings. After they pool all their resources to impress their one and only client, another agency steals him away. Desperate to earn their money back, they take on another client with plans to launch her on a new reality show."

I can't play the video, but the episode sounds like it'll be cool.
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« Reply #652 on: 03-21-2005 22:56 »

Also, here are some press images for the new South Park episode, 903: Wing.





I think this episode could go either way. I mean, the talent show stuff from Professor Chaos was great. Probably the episode I'm most looking forward to this season so far.  smile
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« Reply #653 on: 03-22-2005 01:54 »

Just had another look at the DHD Promo Image, they changed Cartman's overalls colour from a light grey to that prison orange.
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« Reply #654 on: 03-22-2005 02:50 »

Beamer: The fact that it has Mr Kim in it at all gives it 10 points extra automatically. And anytime you combine Cartman and Tolken you get hilarity. Christian Rock Hard, Quest For Ratings, duh.
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« Reply #655 on: 03-22-2005 03:16 »
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Talent agency... city wok guy? I smell a William Hung reference... Hopefully they'll try to steer away from that. Or hopefully not, it's really hard to tell how I feel about future South Park episodes. Matt and Trey always manage to make just about anything good...

Either way, nice to see him back again. I think the last time he was even on the show was in It's Christmas Time in Canada.   smile
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« Reply #656 on: 03-22-2005 03:54 »

His last episode was actually 'Douche and Turd', he spat on Stan. But he didn't get to say anything.  frown
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« Reply #657 on: 03-22-2005 05:44 »

"Stupid Malaysians!"

I, too, love that City Wok Guy (CWG?). Can't wait for the new episode! Matt and Trey started this season with two great stories, so I have little doubt that they won't be able to do a third.
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« Reply #658 on: 03-22-2005 06:02 »

The CWG is indeed awesome, one of my all time favourite minor characters.
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« Reply #659 on: 03-22-2005 08:27 »

Shitty! It's Shitty Wrok!

And I believe you mean Mongolians bender&fry?
"God damn Mongolians!"
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« Reply #660 on: 03-22-2005 09:25 »

Hey, he could be saying that in the next episode.
 
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« Reply #661 on: 03-22-2005 11:33 »

"God damn Mongolians! You tear down my shitty wall!"

I have season 5 now. Good stuff. Yup.
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« Reply #662 on: 03-23-2005 03:09 »

"I'm nawt gaaay!"
Does anyone else think that they're going to do an episode soon about that whole Terri Schiavo case? Involving Ms Claridge?
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« Reply #663 on: 03-23-2005 03:20 »

I doubt it, I think Ms. Claridge was a one-off character only...
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« Reply #664 on: 03-23-2005 04:11 »

Malaysians, Mongolians, Tomato, Tomato...
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« Reply #665 on: 03-23-2005 04:35 »

If you called a Malaysian a Mongolian he'd probably eat your liver, because all Malaysians are cannibals.
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« Reply #666 on: 03-23-2005 06:48 »

'God damn Mayasian's stowp eahting my shitty award!'
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« Reply #667 on: 03-24-2005 00:15 »
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Wing

Ok, it was sorta a William Hung spoof, but the ripping was more done on talent agents than reality TV. The story was told really well in this one, not jumping into the action right away as South Park usually does(not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just nice for a change of pace every now and then) and the ending reminded me of the Jeffersons in the way they didn't end on a joke(once again, nothing wrong with that, but this was a nice change of pace), but with all the conflicts resolved. The plot was well laid out and had a natural flow to it. Though I'm sure I'm probably wrong, it seems almost like they were working on this one for awhile. This episode was also a change of pace because it focused on the City Wok guy a little ("NO! Not the shitty shrimp!" ), which is also good. Also, Stalone and his translators was great.    laff I'm not quite sure yet if Matt and Trey's intention was to make fun of Wing or to help her promote her music, any publicity is good publicity I suppose. Not the funniest episode ever, but once again, very well written, with a lot of the humor coming from the story and situations themselves rather than shock value.

 
8.5/10
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« Reply #668 on: 03-24-2005 00:39 »

I liked the newest episode better than the first two. It one had a better story. I think they might be makeing fun of the wing woman and themselfs because of the episode. Here's the web site from the show:
 http://www.wingmusic.co.nz/listen.html .
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« Reply #669 on: 03-24-2005 05:32 »

Wing

A well thought out episode that actually had a real story. Loved how Cartman told the Chinese Mafia to suck his balls!  laff

Rating: A
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« Reply #670 on: 03-24-2005 08:33 »

Ok, how do singers that suck so bad come to believe they are really good? How do these people not know they are national jokes?
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« Reply #671 on: 03-24-2005 08:35 »

Beamer: Arrrrgh! Mr Garrison is still a woman!

Hehe.
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« Reply #672 on: 03-24-2005 09:27 »

Once again, not very funny. Season 9 so far sucks...hard.

There were two parts I enjoyed though:
1) "No! Not my shitty chicken! Ah! My shitty beef!"
2) Wing singing and getting punched in the face while on the Contender
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« Reply #673 on: 03-24-2005 11:52 »

Minus the shooting, that episode could have easily been on nickelodean...
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« Reply #674 on: 03-25-2005 00:07 »

Meh, this episode was below average.

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« Reply #675 on: 03-25-2005 05:48 »

Bah, hardly any hostility from Cartman in this one, not a single "*bleep* you, Jew!"

I did like Tokens singing though, heheh.
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« Reply #676 on: 03-25-2005 07:49 »

South Park has been on the decline for quite some time now. I'm starting to wonder if this season is the crash and burn point.

I often feel like the show misses opportunities for jokes. It tries to be too serious, you know? Like in Passion of the Jew, when Stan was saying that Mel Gibson was cuckoo, that was the perfect time to say "He's cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs." Come on...YOU ALL KNOW IT.
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« Reply #677 on: 03-25-2005 22:20 »

I disagree, I think Season 9's been great so far. Although I haven't seen Wing yet, so I can't comment on that, but I can safely say that no line could save The Passion of the Jew. That episode was doomed from the start...
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« Reply #678 on: 03-25-2005 23:19 »

I just wish South Park would stop being so damn serious in their approach all the time and throw in a few random one-liners here and there. That's what's killing a lot of the later episodes in my opinion.
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« Reply #679 on: 03-26-2005 01:55 »

I thought this one was pretty boring.  There were a few scattered funny parts like Cartman with the machine gun and most of the City Wok guy's lines, but the rest of it was flat.  There wasn't really any current event focused on in this episode and it wasn't really good as a stand alone story either.
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