‘South Park’ Episode Spoofs Watchmen & The Dark Knight

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By now it’s a proven statistic: on a long enough timeline, the probability of something you love being ripped a new one by South Park is 100%.

Well, last night it was comic book movie-lovers’ turn to get it, as the newest episode of South Park‘s thirteenth season, “The Coon,” took aim at the recent trend of “dark” comic book films like Watchmen and The Dark Knight and lampooned away.

The result was, of course, pretty funny.

The plot of the episode was pretty simple: in the midst if the economic recession, the town of South Park has become “a bloated whore” of crime and loose morality. The cure? Eric Cartman masquerading at night as”The Coon,” a Racoonesque crime-fighting vigilante keeping South Park’s streets from being overrun by criminal vermin, all while narrating his exploits in gravelly, Christian Bale/Rorschach type voice-over.

However, when a second masked juvenile crime-fighter known as “Mysterio” appears and steals the limelight, Cartman/The Coon teams with arch-nemesis Professor Chaos (Butters) to run Mysterio out of town.

This episode was A LOT less offensive than I thought it would be–even less offensive than what has become the South Park standard. Most of the lampooning was aimed at recreating The Dark Knight/Watchmen atmosphere, down to the faux Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard music that played throughout the show. The episode also took some subtle swipes at we, the public, and our fascination with superheroes during tough times. But really, no jaw-dropping, face-cringing moments in this episode. Hell, “The Coon” title was probably the most offensive thing about it.

I thought there would be at least one “blue junk” joke worked in there. But no luck. (And why do I sound slightly disappointed by that fact? Has South Park really desensitized me that much?)

You can check out “The Coon” episode over at the show’s official site, South Park Studios. After you’ve checked out “The Coon,” come back and let us know what you thought about South Park taking on comic book movies.

Source: South Park Studios

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  1. Argh! Can’t see episodes on that site here in the UK. Not yet anyway. Keeps saying they have issues that they’re working out.

    Love South Park, especially when they geek out. Recently saw the Indiana Jones episode, which was all kinds of wrong!

  2. @steven the git,

    Dude, I still haven’t recovered from that episode of the Indiana Jones “rape.” I was laughing so hard I nearly choked. They said what we were all thinking…

  3. Just watched Episode…
    been a fan for a long time, LOL funny Stuff…

    is it just me or south park is becoming more mature as the years have passed…

  4. What is the episode name with the indiana jones thing?

  5. Ken J

    The Indiana Jones thing is part of Episode 1208 (S12 E8), “The China Problem”

  6. This was clearly a stab at President Obama. HE is the “super hero” that everyone is hoping will save the day. Notice how they kept mentioning “The Coon” being a symbol? “Coon” is a racial slur against blacks. This was more offensive than any South Park episode that I’ve ever seen. Unfunny and mean spirited.

  7. @Tracie

    Then you haven’t seen many South Park episodes.


  8. @Vic

    Actually, I’ve seen them all and have all the releases on DVD.

  9. That was pretty funny, but then most South Park episodes are pretty funny. If Trey Parker and Matt Stone want to, they can keep SP going longer than The Simpsons. As for the episode, I was surprised it wasn’t more vulgar. Pretty tame episode by SP standards.

  10. Actually pretty sure the episode is ‘the China Probrem’, for obvious reasons once you’ve seen the shown. ;)

    When South Park started I just found it daft and often gross. But as it went on it has gotten better and better.

    Episodes like Cartman going to the future and Imaginationland were just too much fun for me as a geek.

    Also other characters are much stronger now. Especially Randy. Some of my favourite episodes have him in as a main feature – his ‘drinking sickness’, his need for the internet, getting into fights at baseball. :D

  11. @Tracie

    Sorry, I retract my statement. But it sounds like you’re letting your feelings for Obama color your judgment. I can’t imagine they haven’t done worse than that on the show.


  12. Bad Taste Moments:

    feeding a kid his own parents
    cripple fighting
    Ike and his hot teacher
    Catholic priests with kids on leashes
    n####r guy

    and pretty much anything with Mr/Mrs Garrison in!

  13. Steven the git,

    Yeah I can’t even watch the n##### guy ep with any of my white friends. That one was just…wow.

    Chef’s Death was also pretty brutal.

    I didn’t even pick up on that! I was so looking at the whole superhero thing to notice! DAMN YOU SOUTH PARK!

    But guys, still the WORST thing that show has EVER shown IMHO, is the first five minutes of “Mr. Garrison’s Fancy New Vagina.” (S9 E1)

    If you haven’t seen it… Brace yourself.

  14. The stab at Obama in the beginning of this episode is the best thing about it, lol.

  15. I’m watching it right now and it funny as hell WHO IS THE COON

  16. I havn’t laughed at a South Park Episode in 4 years and even then it was rare. The show got old after the 4th or 5th season. The only point of the show is to see how far the can push offensiveness. It’s reached the point that they can’t really go any further in their current situation being on Basic cable. The show has no purpose any more. However no matter how unfunny or pathetic it has gotten it still is better than The Simposons which has simply become a show about cramming political ideas down the throats of the public with one unfunny joke or two thrown in.

  17. Daniel F

    We are getting really close to doing that post about what you DO like, bud.

  18. I’ve already made a post about some of my fave TV shows. Besides I just said that South Park was good in the begining it just got worn out and old there is nothing outrageous , line crossing, original or innovative about it anymore. It’s the risk that every show like this runs. It’s Always Sunny in Phili is starting to drain as well and that’s one of my fave shows. You can only be a risky show for so long till you just become another show.

  19. Great Episode, If you live in a country thats unavailable to stream the episodes you should check out Watch south park episodes