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Review: South Park – Coon vs. Coon and Friends

The final installment in the Coon & Friends trilogy has begun with the destruction of earth.

Cartman and Cthulhu have begun their mission to rid the world of… well, anything that pisses Cartman off. And it’s up to the original Coon & Friends to stop him. But before they can, Cartman gets a leg up on them that no one could have foreseen.

Ken… Mysterion will also try and learn the truth behind his power, and when all is said and done, the meaning behind his “gift” will be revealed.

Oh, and Justin Bieber may or may not be taken out for good…

What worked: Up until the end I was completely digging this episode.

First of all, my wish was granted and Captain Hindsight did not make a return in the final part of South Park‘s superhero trilogy. This was the thing I was dreading the most about this episode, because had he returned it would of killed the pace overall.

I also liked Cartman’s dynamic with Cthulhu. It really got across what a god damn genius manipulator the kid is. I know this isn’t the first time Cartman’s ability to convince has been portrayed, but this is the first time he used more that just flat out deception. And he looked damn cute doing it. I also liked that he finally got to enact his wish of taking down everything from Hippies to Bieber, it was a funny scene overall.

As for the Kenny story line, I liked where it was going. Matt & Trey were taking very seriously what they proposed by making all of Kenny’s deaths throughout the series, canon. I liked that Kenny tried to find various ways of killing himself, and Stan & Kyle’s reaction to each of those deaths.

What didn’t: The inherent problem with a story line like what Matt & Trey did over the last three weeks is that if you’re not careful, you’ll write yourself into a corner, and that’s exactly what happened.

By the time Matt & Trey realized they had set up the idea of Kenny’s immortal nature, it was too late to take it back. So instead of facing the plot hole, they instead have Mint Berry Crunch take down Cthulhu without any explanation given to Kenny’s gift/curse.

And then at the end when it’s revealed that the way Kenny gets back into bed is because his mother gives birth to a new body, and then rapidly ages back into a nine year old, I was left disappointed. I wanted so much more from that story line, and it just wasn’t delivered on.

Final thoughts: On the whole I like the trilogy that Matt & Trey created, but there were better ways to end it in the final moments.

Episode: “Coon vs. Coon and Friends” (Season 14, Episode 13)

Airs: Comedy Central, Wednesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown…

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