South Park: Streaming Wars 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 them was 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. The next of them was the two part Streaming Wars taking them on another insane path.
Streaming Wars follows Cartman locks horns with his mom in a battle of wills, while an epic conflict unfolds and threatens South Park's very existence. In Part 2, a drought has brought the town of South Park to the brink of disaster.
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 focus on all the streaming services flipped it on its head to bring forth the laughs and real life absurdity of many aspects of it through a completely different subject.
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 in this format and able to do so with even less kid gloves than they usually do. These two specials dive full into not only the streaming, but the obsession with “Karen’s” in social media and their insanity. While infusing all this current subject matter in their usual insane way, but also still delved into some of the other ongoing story elements such as Cartman’s obsession with getting his old house back.
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. Per usual they pull no punches here complete with Cartman getting a boob job and everything in between. They even mark the return of the famed Man Bear Pig, a personal favorite of mine.
I am baffled how they have managed to keep this show not only relevant and hilarious with nearly 30 seasons under their belt and no signs of slowing down.
Grab your copy of South Park: Streaming Wars when it hits Blu-ray on November 7th from Paramount Home Entertainment.