Tuesday, July 18, 2006

DVD Review ( South Park: The Complete First Season )

South Park has been one of my favorite shows of all time since the show first came out in 1997. The first season of South Park came on DVD in 2002, but I finally got it just yesterday. Here are my episode reviews.


[*] Indicates a "Season Great"

[*]Cartman Gets An Anal Probe: In this episode, Ike ( Kyle's little brother ) is taken from him by aliens and it is up to him, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny to get him back. 4.5/5

Weight Gain 4000: In this episode, Kathy Lee Gifford presents an award to Cartman for winning an essay contest, for an essay he didn't even win. To look good for Kathy Lee, Cartman buys Weight Gain 4000 and becomes a big fat blob. 4/5

Volcano: The boys' hunting trip is disrupted by a mysterious creature that has entered South Park, and an erupting volcano. 4/5

[*]Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride: Stan's dog, Sparky, is found out to be gay and the boys treat him badly and wonder why he is a homosexual. Feeling unwanted, Sparky runs away to Big Gay Al's hut to live there. After finding Sparky, Stan finds out that having a homosexual dog isn't so bad afterall. 4.5/5

An Elephant Makes Love To A Pig: A genetic experiment unleashes an evil twin of Stan's to cause destruction throughout South Park. 4/5

[*]Death: In one of my personal favorite episodes of the season, Stan's 102 year old grandpa wants Stan to kill him, but Stan refuses. Soon, the Grim Reaper is summoned and kills Kenny. 4.5/5

Pink Eye: In one of the not-so-good episodes of the first season, people with pink eye are mistaken for zombies in South Park. 3.5/5

Damien: Satan and Jesus duke it out on Pay-Per-View and all bets are on Jesus. After discovering Satan's weight over Jesus', everybody but a certain someone changes their bets for Satan to win. In the end, Satan gets all of the people's money for being the only one to bet on Jesus to win, by intentionally getting KOed. 4/5

Starvin' Marvin: The boys are watching TV and discover that if you give money to poor children in Africa, you will get a free watch. Soon, "Marvin" is shipped to South Park instead of the watch, and when government authorities try to take him back, they accidentally take Cartman. 3.5/5

Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo: In my least favorite episode of the season, Kyle's musical pal Mr. Hankey makes a merry Christmas in South Park. 2.5/5

Tom's Rhinoplasty: The boys' teacher Tom decides to get a nose job, and the substitute teacher is a girl that is "interfering" with Stan's and Wendy's relationship. 4/5

Mecha Streisand: The boys discover a rare triangle and find out that if Barbara Streisand gets it, it will mean major destruction in South Park. 4/5

[*]Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty Slut: This episode is one of the best of the season. In an attempt to find who is father is, Cartman goes around town asking people who his dad is. 4.5/5


Really, South Park: The Complete First Season is just an overall "meh" season that gets an average rating of between 7.5 and 8. It was the experimental season, but it was actually quite good, I forgot how good some of these episodes were.

Now, to get on to the overall DVD. There is the same promotion link on every disc, so every disc you see "Promo" on, they are the same promotions. Also, there are no chapter breaks in between episodes, so you have to fast forward to parts you want to watch. It's not that big of a deal, though, really. The last thing I noticed about every episode is that at the beginning there is a breif minute and a half talk about the upcoming episode with South Park's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Basically, instead of having commentary ( which was at first included but at the moment of release date was cut ) you have Matt and Trey telling you about the episode you are about to watch.

The last thing I want to point out about this DVD set is that people are saying the episode "Damien" is said to be on disc 3, but it is really on disc 2. This is not true; on the DVD box it says disc 3. and the episode is on disc 3, so that was a pointless statement.

All in all, South Park: The Complete First Season is an excellent South Park season to start with, with classic episodes such as Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boatride, Cartman's Mom Is A Dirty Slut, and Death. This is a mustbuy for anybody that loves great "potty humor". Enjoy.


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