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South Park Pandemic Special: What Does The Return of Death Mean?

It’s comprehensible for any sequence, not to mention one like South Park, to develop a stage of cynicism when it’s been on for over twenty years. South Park has turned out quite a few episodes like “Cancelled,” “You’re Getting Previous,” and “Unfulfilled” which have all appeared on the rising pains of not simply South Park, but additionally its creators. There have been a handful of episodes that exhibit such self-criticism that it’s typically simple to marvel if Trey Parker and Matt Stone are nonetheless actually in love with the sequence or simply going by way of the motions. 

“The Pandemic Special” looks at a lot of the same themes, however with a newfound stage of sincerity and tenderness. Different world occasions have each fueled and affected many storylines all through the sequence, nevertheless it feels just like the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic have made an impression on Parker and Stone in a extra important means than something up to now. This previous season has hinted at how the world wants ‘tegrity, however now South Park genuinely means it.

One indicator {that a} change in tone could also be current for South Park is within the return of the character Loss of life, somebody who hasn’t been seen since South Park season 1 episode 6. Devil and Jesus have regularly proven up over the course of South Park, however regardless of the omnipresence of dying within the sequence, this depiction of the character hasn’t returned till now. It’s unclear if Loss of life will proceed to show up by way of this subsequent season of South Park, however his presence in “The Pandemic Particular” provides a creeping sense of dread that’s additionally current in actual life. Loss of life nonetheless will get his personal jokes, however he’s usually looming within the background of scenes as a option to finish an eerie be aware to punchlines. He forces the viewers to consider mortality in a means that South Park hasn’t requested of the viewers in a very long time.

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“The Pandemic Particular” nonetheless options many absurd and excessive visuals, nevertheless it applies a sincerity to not simply the bodily in poor health, but additionally these which are being mentally affected by the pandemic, in addition to the subject of police brutality. It even takes a short second to straight inform the viewers to vote. It feels just like the sequence really needs to assist and instill change.

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