PC Principal wants a Hootie removing.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode under.
As obscure because the episode descriptions for brand new South Park episodes are usually, it’s onerous to know precisely what to anticipate entering into every week. Who would have guessed that an episode about PC Principal discovering love within the office would additionally evolve right into a full-fledged sequel to South Park: Larger, Longer and Uncut? This episode proved to be one of many extra convoluted installments of Season 20, but it surely did supply a enjoyable journey down reminiscence lane.
The worst that may be stated for “Tremendous Arduous PCness” is that it’s one other case the place the assorted plot threads failed to come back collectively as a cohesive complete. Strive because the writers did, it by no means appeared just like the Netflix/Terrance & Phillip backlash related with the PC Principal/Vice Principal Robust Girl storyline in a satisfying, cohesive means. It typically felt extra as if Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been bouncing a bunch of concepts off the wall and hoping they caught. In consequence, this episode by no means delivered the intelligent, insightful tackle the various sexual harassment scandals dominating the information cycle that it may have.
Nonetheless, these particular person concepts tended to entertain, even when they didn’t precisely coalesce into one thing larger. For one factor, it’s nice seeing PC Principal getting used because the protagonist of a narrative for a change. I don’t discover VP Girl all that entertaining a personality on her personal deserves, however as a foil to PC Principal, she’s not unhealthy. PC principal had some nice moments on this episode, from that ridiculous toothy grin he made each time he fantasized about VP Girl to the hilarious line, “So, like a Hootie removing?”.
Even higher was the addition of a brand new love curiosity for Mr. Mackey. The HR rep being Mackey’s precise bodily and persona doppelganger was a fairly swell twist. And truthfully, the poor man in all probability deserves to search out love once more now that Ms. Choksondik has been useless so a few years.
I’m somewhat iffy on how Terrance and Phillip themselves have been dealt with this week. Their scenes tended to hit the identical two beats again and again – Netflix will purchase any outdated crap (a joke the present has already overwhelmed to dying this season), and the 2 of them are getting too outdated to maintain up their farting antics. I’m guessing their sudden outdated age is supposed to represent the truth that their act is getting an increasing number of stale, however that solely dampens my want to see the 2 in any context going ahead. Outdated individuals farting isn’t fairly the comedy goldmine the South Park writers appear to suppose it’s this season.
The excellent news is that Kyle actually helped elevate the entire Netflix/Blame Canada 2.zero battle. As humorous as it’s to see your complete faculty make enjoyable of Kyle for performing like his mom, the unhappy fact is that he actually did change into her by the tip of this episode. This episode wound up mirroring the occasions of Larger, Longer and Uncut in some very direct methods. Kyle’s on-air struggle with the Canadian Minister of Streaming is kind of pulled precisely from the film, from what I keep in mind. And this didn’t really feel like a case of the writers rehashing outdated beats only for nostalgia’s sake. Moderately, it served as a poignant commentary on how historical past is doomed to repeat itself. Simply because the mom’s self-righteous ethical campaign spawned a battle between the US and Canada, so too does the son’s. And who higher than President Garrison to drag the set off?
Messy as this episode was, I’m hoping we see the present decide up the place it left off subsequent week. It looks like there’s room to lastly do a pair of instantly intertwined episodes and discover the fallout of Garrison’s premeditated nuclear strike. Will this mark the tip of his presidency? Was this all a part of the plan for the Member Berries? Is there any going again for Kyle? Will Mackey and PC principal each give in to forbidden love? Hopefully we’ll get some solutions to these questions, regardless that I’m positive we’re due for a Cartman/Heidi-heavy episode to spherical out the season.