The Coon has returned and this time he’s not alone. This time The Coon has begun a superhero union known as The Coon & Friends. But all is not well when a new superhero appears, impinging on the gangs territory. Now it’s up to The Coon to either get this new superhero to join the union, or stop him dead in his tracks.

But while all that’s going on, a much bigger problem has begun threatening earth. And with the worlds greatest hero out of commission, it’s up to The Coon & Friends to bring balance to earth before it’s too late.

What worked: Well, the thing I liked the most is what I always like about South Park episodes like this, it’s just the boys being boys. Now, they may exist in some crazy reality where they can’t understand the difference between playing super hero, and being super heroes, but isn’t that what makes South Park, South Park?

On a character stand point, I’m glad to see the return of The Coon. The Coon was a work of genius when Matt & Trey originally created the alter ego, and while this iteration of The Coon is much more aggressive (A Clockwork Orange homage) it’s still the same Coon I dug last year.

Also, I don’t know when Matt & Trey decided that doing a multi-part episode every year was a good idea, but I’m glad they did. It really shows that they can think beyond the scope of a thirty minute animated sitcom (unless the movie all those years ago wasn’t enough). Originally, I was going to write off this episode, but knowing that it’s part I of what will most likely be a three parter episode, that makes a huge difference. Part one of all their trilogies is always the worst one.

What didn’t: I think the biggest wall the Matt & Trey are running into right now is timing. Lets be honest, some of the best news stories dropped in between this run and the last run South Park had. The BP Oil Spill being the largest of them all. I’m sure that if South Park was doing episodes when the story was still in the public eye, that it would’ve been epic. But doing it now just seems like kicking a dead horse. Yes, I know the spill aftermath is still going on, but it isn’t getting the same play that it was getting four months ago.

I think that Matt & Trey should’ve just committed to a completely original story line for this multi-part episode with some occasional pop culture references, like the Pandemic series they did two years ago. Imagine if the boys had stumbled on some ultra secret layer underneath South Park set up by the evil Dr. Chaos to trap The Coon & Friends. Now that’s something that would’ve had me on the floor in painful laughter.

And yes, Captain Heinseight was dumb.

Final thoughts: A mixed bag, but it’s only part I.

Episode: “Coon 2: Hindsight” (Season 14, Episode 11)

Airs: Comedy Central, Wednesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

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