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South Park: Post Covid                review by Bobby Blakey

There are few cartoon series that have lasted as long as Comedy Central’s South Park. While the spotlight on the series isn’t as bright as it once was that hasn’t slowed it down one bit. When CBS All-Access became Paramount+ there were numerous new projects announced including some new South Park specials. The first of those new specials, The Pandemic Special and the South ParQ Vaccination Special served as season 24 of the season while two others, Post Covid and The Return of Covid were stand-alone specials, but seem to still be classified as part of that season. Now the two specials are coming home to go along with the previously released season 24, but are they worth your time or should you just quarantine away from them? 

 

South Park: Post Covid follows what happened to the children who lived through the Pandemic.  Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny survived but will never be the same “Post COVID.”  If Stan, Kyle and Cartman could just work together, they could go back in time to make sure COVID never happened and save Kenny's life.  In “The Return of COVID,” traveling back to the past seems to be the easy answer until they meet Victor Chaos.

 

These specials are a fun new direction to the ongoing stories and a way to not only move it forward but continue the usual focus of current events. Where this works in the usual South Park format they have taken the real world situation of the pandemic and flipped it on its head to bring forth the laughs and real life absurdity of many aspects of it. They have taken every side of the whole thing and made it the brunt of the joke to hilarious results. I love how they continue to handle the world and in this format able to do so with even less kid gloves than they usually do. Not only were they trying to produce these episodes with all the clever elements taking

on online schooling, vaccinations, masks and all the chaos in between, but the working conditions to do it as well.

 

Part of the fun of this show is just seeing where it’s going next and how far they are going to push the boundaries. This time around jumping the time ahead 40 years lets us journey with the adult versions of the boys making them feel like new characters while still seeing them as the original goofballs we know and love. This also allows them to deal with them growing apart with their new lives and seeing how and if its possible to rekindle that dysfunctional friendship they have shared for so long.

 

I am baffled how they have managed to keep this show not only relevant and hilarious at every turn for over 20 seasons, but they do just that and show no signs of slowing down. I know the whole Covid experience has been horrible, but its things like this that came out of it that brings that shine of laughter and ridiculousness that makes it almost seem worth it.

 

Grab your copy of South Park: Post Covid when it hits Blu-ray on December 13th from Paramount Home Entertainment.  

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