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S19.E01: Stunning and Brave

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There is a new principal at the helm of South Park Elementary. He forces the boys to confront the damage they've done through their history of racism and unconscious bias. It is the most stunning and brave South Park ever.

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Here's what I got from the CC site:

It isn’t the same old South Park in an all-new episode premiering Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central

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NEW YORK, September 14, 2015 – The boys express their utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner in the season premiere of “South Park” titled “Stunning and Beautiful” on Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

There is a new principal at the helm of South Park Elementary. He forces the boys to confront the damage they’ve done through their history of racism and unconscious bias. It is the most stunning and brave South Park ever.

 

 

How long has it been since South Park Elementary had a change in faculty? Maybe somebody found out about Principal Victoria ordering the "code red" for Wendy to beat the shit out of Cartman.

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Just saw a clip from CC. The episode title is now "Stunning and Brave." Sorry if this drives you insane, OnceSane. Anyway, here's the clip:

 

Neat that Cartman doesn't stray too far from the Patriots. On the other hand, I'm slightly dreading the episode. The episode where Garrison transitions still makes me numb when I think about it, especially the opening scene.

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"A student referred to rape as a 'hot Cosby.'" And the season hits the ground running.

 

I thought it was gold that not only do we have PC Principal as the PC Police, he meets other PC jocks, and they start a fraternity. And of course, Randy gets involved. At least it was by accident this time.

 

The whole climax with Cartman sending in pregnant Mexican women, taco cannons, Syrian refugees and then Jared? That was amazing.

 

Neat that Cartman doesn't stray too far from the Patriots. On the other hand, I'm slightly dreading the episode. The episode where Garrison transitions still makes me numb when I think about it, especially the opening scene.

 

I was dreading that too, but I was actually relieved that the PC bros more resembled the Death Camp of Tolerance.

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I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this one---it's one of those episodes I'll be watching again and again, and not just because I can't stand Tom Brady and secretly agree with Kyle about Caitlyn Jenner :)

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I really enjoyed this one too.  Very good start to the season.

 

PC Principal reminded me looks wise of Jim McMahon.  I do love that they were all college graduates, where the most anti-free speech PC nonsense is coming from nowadays.

 

Great stuff on the Cartman front.

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I'm so glad that others loved this episode! I forgot to mention that it cracked me up when PC Principal was a million times more livid about Cartman using the gender biased term "spokesman" than the fact that Cartman was trying to frame him for raping a student. 

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I must be out of touch, because I didn't understand this.

Cartman sent in pregnant Mexican women (so they can give birth to anchor babies), they were attracted by the tacos. Then he sent in Syrian refugee children, which were followed by Jared, and they were all fighting each other and the PC bros.

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*sigh* This is going to be another continuity-filled season, isn't it?

 

I'm guessing Comedy Central ran "TSST!" before this episode because we get Cartman straying from his malicious ways. As always, it doesn't take. I emphasize with Kyle, though I really wasn't feeling this ep. Randy shenanigans aren't like Cartman's, in the sense that Randy can be hit-or-miss. This week, it was more of a miss.

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Yep, it looks they're doing another season with continuity, although I hope they find a way to work Principal Victoria back in. She was a good character.

 

I liked this episode. It was funny, but was also nicely conflicted about its subject matter in a way that's atypical of the show's first decade or so.

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PC Principal reminded me looks wise of Jim McMahon.  I do love that they were all college graduates, where the most anti-free speech PC nonsense is coming from nowadays.

I totally agree!! And I lost it when PC Principal said he was from Texas A&M.

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Holy shit, what a premiere! They took down everything current except Donald Trump, though I'm sure he's next. Cartman's plan was brilliant, I laughed so hard at that part.

And I'm so glad Kyle said what I've been thinking all along about Caitlyn Jenner. It's fine if she wanted to be a woman, I just never cared about her either way.

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I guess we're going to get some continuity again this season as the episode wasn't resolved in the kids favor.

 

It's fun to see Cartman struggle against an enemy.

 

Also some terrific Cartman and Kyle interaction.  Kyle hates Cartman but he definitely likes the devil you know better than the devil you don't.

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Cartman sent in pregnant Mexican women (so they can give birth to anchor babies), they were attracted by the tacos. Then he sent in Syrian refugee children, which were followed by Jared, and they were all fighting each other and the PC bros.

I figured that was what happened, but what was Cartman's endgame? Why would the PC bros be upset about those poor oppressed minorities? Speaking of which, why did Principal PC look familiar?
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PC Principal reminded me looks wise of Jim McMahon.  I do love that they were all college graduates, where the most anti-free speech PC nonsense is coming from nowadays.

 

I just watched the League where JM guested, and yes, he totally looked like him. Those bros probably all majored in something lame. 

 

I don't think the end was meant to be more than some craziness. *Butters* rounded up pregnant mexican women, syrian refugees, and *Jared*. The whole point was just minority chaos. I figured Cartman thought the PCs would just implode with it all. 

 

I didn't think they were going to work in the Pats either. That was funny. 

 

Caitlyn Jenner isn't a hero *to me* either, Kyle. Hey, more power to her. If that means other kids can be more open about being trans and aren't bullied, then that's great. I've donated a decent amount of money to getting anti bullying policies in schools. However, Caitlyn was using the name "Bruce Jenner" so she could get into high end golf courses too. She shouldn't be bullied, but I don't think she's a particularly nice person either. 

 

I thought at the end Kyle was going to rip out a speech about free speech but I guess there's more to come. 

 

Clearly, at the end, Cartman is playing a longer game. I think the continuity episodes have been some of the strongest in years, so I am looking forward to this. Plus, they've been on the air for 100 billion epiosdes. They can experiment with their own show if they want.

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What I love about South Park is the way they separate and re-mix topics. Most people, were they to write an episode about current political correctness, would have made the antagonist an overweight Tumblr-referencing "feminist" SJW.  To put that position in the hands of a "frat boy" type is unexpected, and funnier, and makes the satire more broadly about the topic than the people. All positives.

 

And then to mix Caitlyn Jenner with mocking the NFL is something only South Park could do.  Really very clever.

 

Negatives: Randy didn't really have much of a role, given his screen time. I guess he was a device to let us see more of PC House, but it felt like that didn't go anywhere. Also with Cartman it felt like they were telling us the resolution, not showing it. When Kyle said "We all lost in this, and the only person who won is you" I thought "Really?"  That wasn't self-evident to me.

 

I must be out of touch, because I didn't understand this.

Cartman's explanation at the end was "It's good that we made fun of people because it opened a dialogue." That's why there was a reference to having your cake and eating it.  So it seems like he was trying to offend (and physically assault) the PC House with as many issues as possible, yet take the result as awareness.

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Reference? It was literally, uh, literal. Cartman flat out said it. Which was hilarious. 

 

Randy is a 'bro' now though, so they must be planning to keep that going for this plot. At the end, it seemed like this was set up for him.

 

Do the adults know that PC principal beat up Cartman? The kids obviously know, but I can't imagine his mom wouldn't go ballistic if she knew. Cartman if anything serves revenge like Arctic cold. He's got to be plotting.  

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I fucking died at:

"Did you beat up my friend?"

"To check his privilege; yes I did."

I have heard/read that phrase so many times that it killed me when Randy said it.

I loved that when everyone complimented Caitlyn Jenner as a hero, they had to throw in that she was stunning as well.

I also liked when the PC principal was going over all the terrible things the town had ever said, and Mr Garrison's defense was "Well, I was a lesbian at the time", as if that made it ok.

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Caitlyn Jenner isn't a hero *to me* either, Kyle. Hey, more power to her. If that means other kids can be more open about being trans and aren't bullied, then that's great. I've donated a decent amount of money to getting anti bullying policies in schools. However, Caitlyn was using the name "Bruce Jenner" so she could get into high end golf courses too. She shouldn't be bullied, but I don't think she's a particularly nice person either. 

 

So much this. Maybe it's just my knee-jerk reaction to anything related to the vapid Kardashian-Jenner famewhores, but I don't find her particularly selfless or admirable, especially compared to someone like, say, Chaz Bono.

 

Randy explaining "checking priviledge" in his hungover voice was hilarious.

 

I mostly enjoyed the last season-long arc, so if that's what Parker & Stone are going for again, I say bring it on. I like how they're trying different things narratively without smacking of desperation.

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Randy explaining "checking priviledge" in his hungover voice was hilarious.

 

My favorite part of this episode. The voice-acting was spot on.

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I thought this episode was brilliant and a great way to start the season. I hope they do keep up with continuity but if they don't, I'm okay with that too. I will feel a tiny bit bad about Randy having to pledge bro-dom and not get anything more from it.

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I loved the episode, even if it didn't having me cackling that much. I, too, agreed with Kyle regarding Caitlyn Jenner. I think that Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Tula, even my own trans friends are more heroic than she is, and that she doesn't seem like that great of a person. And I really hope that Cartman is plotting. It does seem like they're doing another season with continuity, so this was just a ground-laying episode. It also has me and my wife making siren noises and yelling "PC Principal" at each other whenever we make a comment that could be slightly perceived as off-colour. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.

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Great episode. I loved the SJW mocking (as someone who tends towards being PC myself) and how South Park did mainly stick with using her for Caitlyn but still called out how people need to go overboard with the praise.

On the sports side, my Bostonian fiancé was cackling at the Tom Brady, Patriots coach, NFL commissioner, and Cartman sequence.

Can't wait for an episode about Trump.

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I love that we all recognize PC Principal but we can't quite place who he is based on.  He's like the Everyman Giant Douche Turd Sandwich.

 

What I thought was genius about this episode was that it perfectly captured every twitter shit storm and forum pile on I've ever seen.  You've got Cartman who says something offensive or stupid.  Then PC Principal who reacts to it and then goes nuclear in a way that completely misses the point (Kyle's longer detention for not thinking CJ is a hero, caring more about not using a gender neutral title than being framed for child molestation).  You've got the brave soul, Kyle, that wades into the fray and tries to speak reasonably and hold onto his views but is eventually silenced and capitulates to the mob.  And Stan and the others who don't speak up and try to stay out of it and silently hope the Kyles of the world will stop the PC bros. 

 

I found this aspect of the premiere especially funny because several celebrities made major media gaffs pre-show and some of the comments I'd been seeing were parroted almost word for word in the episode a few hours later by the PC bros.

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I have a love/hate relationship with South Park. In about 75% of the episodes, I think they have a brilliant and funny idea, then muck it up by adding ten more ideas before the end. I understand that's the deal of the show but I find it frustrating. The idea of the PC Principal and the Caitlyn Jenner hero story was fantastic and very funny. They didn't need to make Cartman act totally well, non Cartman-ish and the the whole fraternity house thing just wasn't funny to me. And yes I must be old because I don't like watching even cartoon adults beat up cartoon kids; again not funny to me. 

 

I have been fighting a secret war with the PC police for a long time and found the idea that virtually anything could be considered non PC to be pretty accurate in this day and time. And hell no, Caitlyn Jenner is not a hero.

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