Picking up right where we left off, The Coon is headed to New Orleans to fight the evil Cthulhu, but when he gets their it turns out his intentions weren’t as pure as one would believe.

Back in the quiet town of South Park, Coon & Friends are selling lemon bars to help the fight against Cthulhu and hopefully save the world. But things take an unexpected turn when Mysterion’s true identity is revealed, and the deep dark secret he has kept inside for so long is brought to the surface.

What worked: “I can’t die. I’ve experienced death countless times. Sometimes I see a bright light. Sometimes I see Heaven, or Hell. But eventually no matter what I wake up in my bed wearing my same old clothes.”

Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that this was a slam dunk episode of South Park, but it was surely the best one of the last few weeks. And as I predicted in my last review, knowing that the episodes are part of a grander story makes a big difference.

Cutting right to the chase however, I really like what Matt & Trey did with Kenny. Taking what was once a random, nonsensical gag from years past, and giving it purpose and reason for the first time. I know there will be those that completely s**t all over the idea of giving explanation to the Kenny gag, but I welcome it as a sign that Matt & Trey want to grow the show in maturity. Not to say that the content will suddenly take on a gritty adult feel, but rather that the show doesn’t need to rely on the one-shot gag to get the job done.

It’s become common place that the episodes that feature a talking Kenny are some of the best. And this is the first time since the “Heavy Metal” episode that Kenny served as the lead, and this time was able to speak. I think it has to do with the fact that Kenny is the only one whose dialogue is still fresh because we hear so little of it. But every joke that he said in this episode had me in tears.

I also enjoyed most of The Coon’s story line in this episode. It’s not often that Matt & Trey are able to make Cartman look adorable, even if it’s just for the scene. Just to remind you that underneath that anti-Semitic, hate-filled tub of lard, lies the beating heart of a nine year-old.

As for the ending, I liked it. It’s a good cliffhanger to get us set for next week’s conclusion. And while I’m sure Matt & Trey have no clue how it’s going to end (as is the usual when they do these multi-parters), I’m sure what ever they come up with will be satisfying.

What didn’t: My hope is that Captain Hindsight never returns. The character was a major misstep that didn’t need to exist.

Final thoughts: I dug the episode as a whole.

Episode: “Mysterion Rises” (Season 14, Episode 12)

Airs: Comedy Central, Wednesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown…

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