South Park: Season 17 (Blu-ray review)

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With the 18th season of the popular animated show set to air tonight, South Park fans still have time to catch up on all of the past excitement from last season with South Park: The Complete Seventeenth Season on Blu-ray. Fans will most likely remember this season for the brilliant Game of Thrones parody episode “A Song of Ass and Fire” and the episode making fun of America’s obsession with Black Friday.

Fresh off of several NSA privacy concerns, this season showcases Cartman taking a job at the notorious security agency to try and expose their secrets from the inside. After discovering their “secret weapon”, he attempts to expose them on his “shitter” account, a new social media implant that broadcasts users’ thoughts directly to the World Wide Web.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone also took on the George Zimmerman case controversy with an eerily similar World War Z depiction (with Cartman as Brad Pitt, of course), involving Token and the post-Zimmerman trial protests.

Fans will also remember that this season marks the first time that Trey and Matt missed a deadline for delivering the show after going on a 240 episode no-rerun streak. The episode, titled “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers”, featured a resurrected Edgar Allan Poe trying to make sense of all of the vampire, emo, and goth sub-cultures.

While there is some excellent social satire, as is to be expected from South Park at this point, the season still feels like it’s missing a standout episode. While fully overall, season 17 is lacking a gut-busting episode and the fact that there are only 10 episodes does nothing to alleviate that fact.

Season 17 Rating: 3/5 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

 

 

Extras

Here is a list of all the extras being offered with the South Park Season 17 Blu-ray:

  • #SocialCommentary on all episodes
  • Mini-Commentaries by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, on all episodes
  • Deleted Scenes

That’s it. No interviews, no inside look into the creation of the Song of Ass and Fire trilogy, no featurette on the aftermath of missing a deadline for the first time in the show’s history.

While the #SocialCommentary feature offers some interesting trivia on characters and episode creation, there’s not much substance to the extras. The deleted scenes and mini commentaries are amusing, but the extras on this Blu-ray are extremely lacking.

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Extras Rating: 1/5 Atoms

NR 1 Atoms - F

 

Presentation

The South Park Season 17 Blu-ray comes packaged in a two-disc case featuring a grey sleeve with all of the characters in their “Stick of Truth/Song of Ass and Fire” fantasy garb. The inside of the case feature stills and artwork from many of the season’s episodes and a brief episode description.

The 1080p presentation definitely brings a new level of ‘brightness’ to the animation and the special effects. Overall, the look of the show is very aesthetically pleasing. Whether the audience will be able to differentiate a major difference between standard definition and HD, offerings will be to their own discretion, but the show definitely pops off the screen more than usual.

Overall the aesthetics are very pleasing. Whether the 1080p resolution is a major contributor to this will be up to personal preference. The fact that the show is animated definitely affect the overall rating.

Presentation Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B(1)

 

 

 

Final Reaction

South Park Season 17 is a difficult one to analyze. On one hand, the show still carries the pedigree of satire that fans expect, but the ten-episode season does little to stand out in the long list of famous episodes from the previous seasons. While it would be unrealistic to expect Emmy award-winning episodes every season, it is expected to have a decent amount of extras when paying the extra money for a Blu-ray edition. Given all that the series tackled in this season, there was a great opportunity for some entertaining and insightful extras and featurettes, but the Blu-ray falls on its face in that regard. It’s not like they just released a critically acclaimed game or anything.

If the Blu-ray was offered at a lower price than it’s advertised, listing at $39.98, it could make a great addition to your South Park collection. Otherwise, you’re better off playing Stick of Truth or saving your money all together.

Overall Rating: 2.5/5 Atoms

NR 2_5 Atoms - C-

 

 

South Park Season 18 debuts September 24th on Comedy Central, check out the season preview below!

Source: Forbes.com

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