24 October, 2012

Review - SOUTH PARK 16.12: 'A Nightmare on Facetime'

It is Halloween in South Park but not for Stan, in a very special episode.

When Randy invests the family savings in an outdated business model named Blockbuster, his fiscal suicide pact sinks the hopes of his children for a happy Halloween. It also draws the ghosts of video rentals past.

Stan's friends attempt to save his holiday by taking him along via the iPad's Facetime or whatever it is called. I don't own an iPad. I'm not lame. Android OS or death!

Randy begins to lose his shit as ghosts and madness drive him into a SHINING mental breakdown. Meanwhile, Stan is virtually kidnapped, then virtually attempted murdered, and virtually illegally dumped in a landfill by Redbox bandits, but then virtually saved with but a scratch. Though, in the real world SHINING Randy takes over virtual Frankenstein Facetime Stan and goes on a virtual actual rampage. Then Blockbuster burns down. Chicken nuggets.

The moral of the story? The times they are a-changin'. Don't murder your family. Also, streaming videos isn't for everyone. Some people just don't have the bandwidth, especially for high definition videos. After all, how are you going to stream a fuckin' Blu-Ray movie at 1080p via Netflix if you are still using some antiquated shared bandwidth scheme?

Stan: Renting DVDs is more ancient than Madonna's boobs.

If I had to rent this episode, I'd pay $0.25. But if I had to rate it, I'd give it:

83 out of 100

I could totally stream it in 1080p because I have killer Internet service.


  1. As a person who uses Netflix and Hulu and other streaming sites. I found this episode entertaining. Also the Blockbuster next to my house just closed down, so that added to it. I really liked Stan's line too btw.

    1. I kind of miss my local Blockbuster.... even though I never used it.

    2. Yeah... you don't know what you got til its gone. But then you quickly get over it.

    3. Unless you are a republican and lose a presidential election in which case you burn that hatred over four years and sell out your country in the process.

  2. I'm finally on the wrong side of their jokes. Randy was right. Not everyone can get high speed internet. There's areas around here where you either get dial-up or that cell-phone 'net where they charge you an arm and a leg for nothing.