NEW YORK, March 16, 2009 – One young citizen takes it upon himself to maintain order during a time of despair in South Park. An all-new episode of "South Park" titled, "The Coon,” premiers on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 p.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL. “The Coon” rises from the trash and takes his place as a lone vigilante who wipes out crime in the town of South Park. A rival superhero appears on the scene in the form of “Mysterion” and challenges the Coon’s place as a “symbol” for the town.10 p.m. Wednesday. Comedy Central.
March 18, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST
After a slow last season, South Park is back!
March 18, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST
or racist cartman?
March 18, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST
March 18, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST
I know most of you tend to shit on this show here, but last weeks episode had me in tears during the concert scenes. It was a great start to the season. Lets hope this one is a worst follow up!
March 18, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST
sp steals another youtube joke
March 18, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST
Worst follow up?...I am now the worst.
March 18, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
This season doesn't follow the trend of last, where the first half is way better than the latter.<br><br>Of course a good beer and a few pokes of smoke do wonders for almost any sort of comedy.
March 18, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST
March 18, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST
Last season had its ups and downs, but this season started out strong. Bless the creators, screw the haters, and here's to the most socially-relevant show on TV.
March 18, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST
"Everyone who seen Mysterion say 'yeah!'" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nda_OSWeyn8 "Who all's seen the leprechaun say 'yeah!'"
March 18, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST
March 18, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST
I'm sure they're going to work that in somehow, if only for Mr. Garrison's benefit.
March 18, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST
I wonder how many people will get the Leprechaun in the tree reference, but Jimmy Kimmel played it (as always on St Paddy's Day) last night. Awesome.
March 18, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST
by wampa 1
...but it sure smells good!
March 18, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST
they aren't stealing a joke. they are parodying a real life occurrence. there's not really a joke there.....it's only funny for people who've seen the youtube video.
March 18, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST
Life is merely the down time between new South Park episodes. Just reading the "The Coon" in the episode description made me laugh for 4 minutes.
March 18, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST
"he's a symbol.. we can get behind" sounds more like a dark knight parody, was hoping for a watchmen parody. hopefully will include some of that.. but so far this seems dark knightesque
March 18, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST
ytmnd or whatever those things are called...that was funny as fuck
March 18, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST
still one of the funniest youtube clips out there.
March 18, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST
by Larry of Arabia
"It's funny because it's racist." - Ricky Gervais
March 18, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST
have a feeling there will be alot of blue dong on screen, it's just too easy of a joke
March 18, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST
Surely there's some way to skewer the fact the Seth Rogen is on a new movie poster every month.
March 18, 2009, 7 p.m. CST
Great episode, not sure if I'll be able to catch tonight's live like I did last week, but I will definitely scope it out tomorrow.
March 18, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST
I would love it, though, if they took a sharp turn and end up going after someone like Ron Paul instead. The "Ron Paul Revolution" has been begging to be satirized for a while now.
March 18, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST
to me means that mysterion is Token which will have a good ironic mixup with the term the dark knight. Plus he's rich.
March 18, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST
I went to grad school with a guy who's last name was Coon. Unfortunate last name for a pretty cool guy.
March 18, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST
Get up on the roofs?
March 18, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST
The plot is more TDK and the dialouge is more of a mix of TDK and watchmen so far, 6 minutes in now.
March 18, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST
How do we know there's not a bit of THE SPIRIT in there?
March 18, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST
you guys like demetri martin?
March 18, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST
March 18, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST
Who is Mysterion???
March 18, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST
I never thought I would write this but Important Things makes me yearn for Root of All Evil...
March 18, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST
HAHAHA!!! I GOTTA WATCH THIS UNCENSORED!
March 18, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST
This ep OWNS
March 18, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST
important things is weird, but I like martin's standup...he just doesn't have it in him to do sketches like CHAPPELLE
March 18, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST
March 18, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST
Seriously, from the awesomeness that was Team America's music, I knew they would hit it out of the park.<br><br>Makes me want to go watch TDK again and pay closer attention to the musical cues.
March 18, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST
March 18, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST
is used really effectively... i love the satire, but this is kinda riveting
March 18, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST
Would South Park miss an opportunity to have a black kid involved with a hero called "Coon?"
March 18, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST
WHO THE FUCK IS THE COON! EVERY TOWN NEEDS A COON!!
March 18, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST
Maybe there's nothing there worth ripping on? Maybe the only people that have a problem with Apatow or Rogen are the whiny bitter TBers who think that they're the be all and end all of comedy criticism, and are only hating on them because it's the hot new thing to do? ... Nah, that couldn't be it.
March 18, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST
Good rant, good rant.
March 18, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST
I mean, seriously, that was Hella Kewl. Just straight up BALLS
March 18, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST
But this show of his is boring. And I had high hopes for it, too.
March 18, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST
It just falls flat...great SP episode...I hope this city continues to shine
March 18, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST
He looks like he's fucking 12, or 21 or something...
March 18, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST
These two episodes have put 95% of the last 4 seasons to shame.
March 18, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST
Fuck... now we'll never know who Mysterion is.<br><br>FUCK!!!
March 18, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST
That's kind of brilliant of Parker and Stone to reveal who Mysterion is but no one (the viewing audience) can tell exactly who it is due to the way their characters are designed. Wonder is they'll ever truly say who it was...
March 18, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST
What are you talking about? They showed his face, plain as day.
March 18, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST
March 18, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST
that these last two episodes have been better than pretty much anything last season and that that Martin dude is like the worst of Generation Y YouTube comedy
March 18, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST
Slurp slurp slurp!
March 18, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
very well done
March 18, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST
...of the scene where Mysterion recruits Kyle's help? There didn't seem to be a pay-off. Was something cut?
March 18, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST
Two very different things. But really, he's kind of a plagiarist as well. Hedberg was 1000000x better.
March 18, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST
by Captain Tragedy
much better than last seasons. i like demetri martin too cuz hes giving H jon benjamin the respect he deserves. he was great as coach mcguirk and he was hilarious as benjamin franklin in one of the important things sketches. happy to get a face to that awesome voice.
March 18, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST
Except for the end where he takes off the mask and everyone flips. Other than that, pretty stupid. Shame, they could have done so much with this.
March 18, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST
March 18, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST
Anyone else thinks he looks and sounds like Clive Barker?
March 19, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST
in the class who was woken up by Cartman, seems neat like he's tired from a night of crime fighting and dozing off during his rival's presentation.
March 19, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST
great reveal of mysterion and the great ending like dark knight...that was great...now south park is really back!!!
March 19, 2009, 2:10 a.m. CST
But it could've been funnier. Butters should've been either Doctor Manhattan or Ledger's Joker would've been funnier than Professor Chaos which was kinda lame.
March 19, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST
May have been in there to show that Kyle wasn't Mysterion.
March 19, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST
Sure the coon gag was funny for maybe 10mins but it was hammered into the ground far too much but was probably funniest at the very end.<p> <p>Still had some nice moments though with Carman's identities and butters as chaos is always pretty good but as Movie parodies go fairly meh.
March 19, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST
that's the real question
March 19, 2009, 3 a.m. CST
... that the entire fight at the end was something that they slapped together at the last minute in place of something else that paid off Mysterion recruiting Kyle. The raspy Bale-impressions saved this episode.
March 19, 2009, 3:12 a.m. CST
"if you take off your mask, we will have to arrest you"..."mysterion is a symbol"...and all that crap about my city<P> btw, i hope snyder was taking notes....the show started off the way watchmen shouldve....with a shot on the ground, panning up....but not all the way up to show the cityscape
March 19, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST
the drizzle is real
March 19, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST
by Droogie Alex
...if you have CCHD, like me!
March 19, 2009, 5:59 a.m. CST
It was a little funny as a parody of tdk (with a nod to watchmen), but that was pretty much the whole joke. Like after the first part, the joke has been told, time to build on it. Nope. Matt and Trey aren't capable of that, they're only capable of surface, obvious comedy. South Park is LAZY. But I don't think its most fanatical fans are really interested in good writing; they're more interested in hearing the same joke repeated to them over and over and over and over and over again. Sort of like how a puppy will chase after a stick over and over again, and doesn't seem to understand that they've done it before and that its kind of boring.
March 19, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST
by The Penultimate Gunslinger
Thought it was hilarious. But yeah, that Kyle recruitment thing never paid off.
March 19, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST
my favorite part of that episode was how everyone knew professor chaos, was scared of him, and the cops think bullets won't harm him. classic. I love chaos and general disarray
March 19, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST
Obviously he and General Disarray have been busy with their new headquarters, especially with their new Minions. Get me a Sprite!
March 19, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST
I love Butters - probably my favorite character next to Towelie, who they REALLY need to bring back for another episode - especially when they're able to work him in with his Professor Chaos persona. The anime episode they did several seasons back...still one of the most brilliant South Park episodes ever. When the cut away from the anime imagination stuff to "reality" and Butters has that ninja star stuck in his eye... God, that still cracks me up.
March 19, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST
Last week was great. Last night's ep was lame. Dimitri Martin is great but I agree his show is getting a bit slow.
March 19, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST
March 19, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST
mysterion = batman. no one shows up for cartmans convention, or wants to wear his t shirt? Oh, i love subtext.
March 19, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST
Can you just rip off the Dark Knight soundtrack like that?
March 19, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST
was very funny, but the WatchKnight ep was really not funny at all. Very predictable. Yeah coon can be a racial slur, what else in the episode even tried to be funny? It's such a rich mine of material that they did not take advantage of.
March 19, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST
...was brilliant. Though I still say Mysterion is Kenny.
March 19, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST
by Harold The Great
I just love how he emerged from the background of the first few seasons as the best character the show has.
March 19, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST
That was just one mildly-funny joke repeated for an entire episode until it became completely unfunny. If you're going to parody The Dark Knight and Watchmen, why not also have something interesting to say about them? Why not have some kind of point to make? As parody, the episode was toothless...South Park fucking sucks now.
March 19, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST
Pointing out that the whole moral quandary blah-blah in DARK KNIGHT was stupid would only be note-worthy if they could do it in a way that convinced people. Nobody watching SOUTH PARK is going to change their minds about the "hero-we-need-hero-we-want-hero-we-deserve-hero-for-hire-hero-with-a-mask-without-hero-if-we-call-him-a-hero-despite-the-fact-he-threatened-to-murder-my-son" gobbledygook that was DARK KNIGHT.
March 19, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST
You haters do... You haters who watch and then bitch,and watch,then bitch......your high brow attitudes are fucking sad. The show hasnt gone downhill either,...it's gotten better.You've just grown older and turned into whiney old women.No one here who has bitched and moaned can even get close to that POS Matt and Trey did for their 1st toon! Go sit on a flagpole you lousey wankers.
March 19, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST
But it's razor edge has dulled a bit. The stories over the past 2 seasons haven't been as edgy or shocking as some previous seasons. I still think the show is funny, but for very different reasons. For instance, as many have pointed out, earlier seasons of South Park would have somehow played with the idea that Token was upset that Cartman would wear a "Who is the Coon?" t-shirt. And they would have framed it in such a way that, to Cartman, it really was an innocent 8 year old's attempt to stir excitement for his character. But instead, we git a kinda bland superhero story. There was nothing wrong with it necessarily, it just didn't have the edge I expect from South Park.
March 19, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
And I've been known to hate everything.
March 19, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST
...and he ran crying off screen. Poor Butters! Fuck you, Trey and Matt!
March 19, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST
by Anthony W
If the episodes are going to be this bad then Matt and Trey should pack up their stuff and move to Fox.
March 19, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST
No other show makes my mouth drop and brain tingle with delight. South Park is crude, but it is very witty and satirical in its own way. Look, I LOVE Family Guy, but that show doesn't even have half the wit that South park does.
March 19, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST
Maybe they didn't include token in the joke because everyone expected it to happen. Maybe they just wanted to do a superhero story.<br><br>I find it funny when people say what the creators of shows would have done in the past.....as if there's some set rule or something like that.
March 19, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST
by future help
make Comedy Central the only revolutionary basic cable worthy of watching. Hats off bitches.
March 19, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST
Was when 'the coon' stops mid rant and shoves general disaray into some fucking trahscans then goes back to his rant. Adding chaos and gd were a nice touch on a already damn good episode
March 19, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST
you lames...it was funny as fuck
March 19, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST
March 19, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST
Is it possible that maybe just maybe South Park is getting a little old and less funny as the years go by. The answer a resounding yes. Sorry guys who still cling to South Park like its the funniest thing on TV. It aint. However it is still watchable and last week's Jonas brothers episode was the best in 2 seasons.
March 19, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST
and it was Kenny, he didn't say anything when Cartman asked him.
March 19, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST
March 19, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST
or maybe this episode was just AWESOME
March 19, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST
When he was revealed he had that whole "Kenny unmasked look" that Kenny gets, but we'll really never know. Which was the whole point I guess.
March 19, 2009, 6 p.m. CST
It was a great ep, but how is everyone forgetting the Heavy Metal episode from the first half of this season? Imaginationland from the season before? SP has always been a bit uneven, but part of its charm is how everything seems to be put together in a sort of stream of consciousness blur because they hash the episodes out so quickly. Anytime we get Butters as Professor Chaos, it's gold. I would've liked to have seen it made into a 2 parter or even a trilogy to really explore and parody superheroes, though. Somehow I'm thinking Trey and Matt aren't really that big on them.
March 19, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST
It's true. The writing has matured from bugnuts crazy gags to some insightful and provocative (yet still hilarious) satire. It's always been uneven (about half the episodes fall flat), but if you compare the best of the past 2-3 seasons to the best of the pre-movie eps, I don't see how you could say the early ones were better. Maybe it's the quality of the better episodes that really makes the weaker ones look worse by comparison. If you just want outrageous, "shocking" jokes, watch any of those lame 15 minute Adult Swim shows like Aquateen Hunger Force or Xavier: Renegade Angel. I will say that Trey and Matt have been doing way too many movie parodies lately, though. Their strategy seems to be to make fun of a big movie when they're at a loss for any other ideas.
March 19, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST
Either way, great ep and made within the last 2 years.
March 19, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST
Could not love it more. :)
March 19, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST
Even though it wasn't as good as last week's Mr Mouse beating the shit out of the Jonas fags HA-HA!.
March 19, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST
The Token example is just that, and example. I'm not saying that's EXACTLY what they would have done, I'm saying that's the KIND of thing they used to do. The show was a lot more edgier and took more risks in past seasons. South Park is at its best when there's an overt subtext of social commentary, like in the Britney Spears episode last season. They tried to do some social commentary with the Jonas Brothers marketing sex to little girls, but it wasn't really subtext, it was in your face. I thought that the Mickey Mouse thing was lame and not as creative as they have been in the past with that kind of story.<br /><br />Like I said before, I'm not really saying the show sucks or that its bad in any way. I just think that it has lost a bit of its edge that the show was known for. It's like when you saw the previews for the Jonas Brothers, people went. "uh oh, you know that South Park is really going to give it to those Jonas Brothers!"
March 19, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST
I can't believe how seriously some of you geeks take this superhero shit. It seems you can't even enjoy parodies of the great movies you bash, because you know you could have done a much better parody. Get the fuck over yourselves. Tonight's episode was hilarious, even better than the Jonas/Mickey episode last week. I'm actually kind of stunned at how jaded and pathetic so many of you are.
March 20, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST
By keeping the who is Mysterion mystery going. Not enough comic books or comic films use the "who is the hero? guess for yourselves" twist on the spectator; it's an obvious idea that almost no one does. They gotta continue this, it's just too much fun. My guess is Craig or Kenny. The voice was similar to Craig.
March 20, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST
There's no way to objectively prove that something is funny or not funny, so all arguments about comedy are essentially futile. (Actually, all arguments about any work of art are futile since it all breaks down to "I liked it!" and "I didn't like it!") But, personally, I think South Park has gotten really bad and self conscious these last few seasons...it's as if they read all their press and said, "Fuck yeah! We are geniuses!" and now they make shows specifically to appeal to critics. (What they're going through right now, I'm going to call "Sam Raimi Syndrome"; it's when an artist receives tons of praise for his new-found maturity - when really all he's done is water himself down and become kind of boring.) The Jonas brothers episode, while being watchable, didn't really work for me because it was so consciously outrageous and self congratulatory. "We're taking on Disney! Aren't we awesome and edgy!" Yeah, you would be, if you didn't have to point that out every five seconds. Their Dark Knight spoof didn't work for me because it all felt half-baked, as if they thought that just the idea of spoofing Batman was enough. I still watch the show because the great thing about South Park is that it always has the potential to get better. But, for now, I stick by my original opinion: South Park fucking sucks.
March 20, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST
Now that was funny. Especially how the police were powerless to stop them.
March 20, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST
March 20, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST
I'm with many of the users who aren't saying that South Park sucks . . . it just doesn't come close to what it used to be. I've been watching since the first or second season, without really understanding anything that I saw (I was in 4th grade). But as I got older I really appreciated the simplicity of the earlier seasons, and how funny the creators could make everyday situations into ridiculous adventures! Now it seems like everything is topical and mean-spirited commentary. I GET IT! Disney sucks, Obama-crazies are crazy, vampire kids are posers, High School Musical is dumb, super-hero movies are over the top . . . can we move on?! Seems like they would rather pick on topics that are easy to diss then come up with an original plot. GOD think about the genius that was seasons between 5-8! Those were somewhat topical, but mostly driven by the boys and their adventures. Now it is just spoof after spoof. And yeah, last night's episode was one long joke with no payoff. Call me a whiner if you want, but I think that I'm entitled to an opinion.
March 20, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST
Yep, it was one long Batman joke, with, as girlwhoshardtoplease mentioned, no payoff. I think it would have been funnier, or at least more interesting, if they'd taken on Watchmen. Got "The Coon" joke. Didn't laugh. Got the references. Didn't laugh. Enjoyed Butter's alter ego. Didn't laugh. The only thing I laughed at was the convention center manager who came in to check on Cartman during "Coonicon". I chuckled. <p>The vampire kid episode was pretty funny (burning down Hot Topic left me in stitches, and yes, I shop there *LOL*), the High School Musical episode was amusing to me, but only because my niece is obsessed with it... but the Jonas Brothers one wasn't funny. It was interesting. It was good social commentary. It just wasn't FUNNY. <p>BTW, girlwhoshardtoplease, I don't think the point was that "super-hero movies are over the top". I think the point was that if superheroes were real, they'd just be people trying to puff up their own egos.
March 20, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST
by The Skeptical
I am sorry, but does nobody hear understand that this episode is about Obama? Riding in on his white horse and wanting to be the worshiped hero? Oblivious to real threats, so he makes enemies out of the real heroes? Hello. Nobody is offended that it was the "Coon"? Nobody is offended that Obama=Cartman? Did anyone else even see the same show?
March 20, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST
Actually, what you are using is not a colloquialism. What you are doing is merely combining a pronoun and a noun in a proper use of the two words. But, not only is it a gauche term, but it is also rather vague in the context in which you use it. It seems like what you really want to say is "you peoples'" instead of "you people's". That seems more in line with the point you so clumsily tried to make. Also, you should capitalize the sentence and use punctuation, something any 1st grade grammar student would understand.<br /><br />Now, I understand that subtext is often very clear and easy to find. But it isn't always so easy to disseminate. Sometimes subtext isn't so obviously or easily dissected. My point was that South Park's subtext is generally "in your face" (now THAT's a "colloquialism") and not something you have to search too hard for. Thus, it is overt.<br /><br />Now I generally am not a grammar or word nazi, and I usually won't correct people, especially since I am prone to make a few mistakes, which I am sure I have done in this very post. But, before you decide to correct people for their use of words, or denigrate them for improper grammar, or accuse them of not understanding english, I suggest you proofread and become the best grammarian on the AICN boards.<br /><br />Otherwise, you just kinda look like a douche.
March 20, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST
March 20, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST
or start masturbating more.<p> You look like a dick with your focus on language rather than the point, issues, the show etc. <p>