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Review: South Park – Insheeption

Stan has a problem. A very messy problem. Stan Marsh is… I, I can’t even say it because it’s too painful. But it turns out Stan isn’t the only one in South Park Elementary suffering from the problem.

So in a last ditch effort to cure them, a professional brings them in for psycho-dream therapy. But things go awry when the other subject’s dream sucks Stan into his own. Now it’s up to Stan to solve the problem of the subjects sub-conscience before the dream collapses.

But not before some more dream experts are brought in. Oh, and some fire fighters too.

Also, the ultimate dream warrior is called in to save the day when it all goes to hell.

What worked: “Can they wake Mackey from his dream?”

“They better, if they don’t that’s it for England.”

“Why?”

“Because…”

Like Jersey Shore, when I saw Inception one of my first thoughts after spending a day analyzing it was “when is the South Park episode coming?” But unlike the Jersey Shore episode, I was looking forward to South Park‘s take on Inception, and they did not disappoint.

Initially I thought the episode felt boring, but when it became a take on the blatant and intentional confusion of Inception, that’s when the episode shined. A great thing about South Park is that they’re not afraid to take down ANY topic, even if that topic might anger the fans who watch the show. I have a feeling there is a nice cross between the South Park audience and the Inception audience.

Also unlike the Jersey Shore episode, this episode was subtle in its humor. Not subtle in terms of the jokes, but rather in how they’re delivered. The Jersey Shore episode was very much in your face and really stretched the jokes to their breaking points. This episode took the jokes and fired them like a shotgun, some hit, some didn’t. For example, the Freddy Kruger scene that’s right out of Shooter was gold, but the Mackey getting molested gag was just uncomfortable.

Also, using Inception cast lookalikes worked very well. This was one of the jokes that worked because Matt & Trey brought up a fact that very few did when the movie was out, most of the time they just run around shooting s**t with “dream bullets.” So that was a joke that just kept delivering every time it was played upon.

But this episode didn’t just take down the hype over Inception, it also addressed one of the latest reality phenomenons, hoarders. As I’m sure the South Park guys know, there’s no reason public awareness needs to be brought to this issue. And using it as a backdrop to an Inception take down served as an excellent balance.

What didn’t: My only complaint is a certain lack. A lack of the “Cartman touch” if you will. This is an episode that had Cartman written all over it. Imagine Cartman entering Mackey’s dream and taking down the cast lookalikes because they are in fact the ones affecting Mackey’s sub-conscience because Freddy is on the loose…

I already see all your minds exploding.

Final thoughts: A good episode of South Park.

Episode: “Insheeption” (Season 14, Episode 10)

Airs: Comedy Central, Wednesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown.

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