You assume you’ve aged rather a lot throughout the pandemic? You’ve acquired nothing on the boys — sorry, make that males — of South Park, who reunite beneath tragic circumstances within the new Put up COVID particular, now streaming on Paramount+.
The hourlong occasion picks up far into the long run, many years after the present’s core 4 have stopped talking to at least one one other. Stan, now an internet whiskey guide in a relationship with a holographic Alexa, is surprised to obtain a telephone name from Kyle, who informs his elementary faculty pal that Kenny McCormick… is useless. Like, for actual this time.
Information of Kenny’s loss of life impacts everybody who knew him, together with Jimmy, who’s now a late-night speak present host — as comedians named Jimmy are wont to do. The newly topped “king of woke comedy” is so distraught by the information, he cancels on his scheduled visitor, none aside from “First Girl Tom Kardashian.” (Am I the one one disillusioned that we didn’t get to fulfill Tom?)
The entire ordinary suspects descend upon South Park for Kenny’s funeral, together with Cartman, whose obvious conversion to Judaism doesn’t sit nicely with Kyle. And may you blame him? He’s possible traumatized from all these years of antisemitic bullying at Cartman’s mitten-covered fingers. (Talking of Cartman’s iconic look, turning his hat right into a yarmulke was a stroke of genius.)
However the extra everybody talks about Kenny, who apparently grew as much as change into a celebrated millionaire scientist, the extra it begins to appear like his loss of life was no accident. The gang concludes that Kenny will need to have been killed whereas investigating the origin of the coronavirus, a thriller which deepens when Stan discovers that his analysis leads again to Tegridy Farms.
Kenny’s on-record reason for loss of life is a brand new pressure of the coronavirus referred to as COVID Delta+ Rewards variant, and since one citizen in South Park is revealed to be unvaccinated (strategy to go, Clyde!), everyone seems to be compelled to quarantine inside the city limits. There’s a fairly wonderful second the place Clyde explains that he doesn’t wish to get vaccinated as a result of he’s allergic to shellfish, so if somebody who makes the vaccines occurred to have lately eaten shellfish, it might be dangerous. “It’s a basic sense of shellfish-ness,” he says. (Get it?)
Stan confronts Randy on the Shady Acres Retirement Neighborhood, however his dad isn’t precisely thrilled to see him, as he blames Stan for each Sharon and Shelly’s loss of life. Apparently Stan’s dad and mom wished a divorce after the pandemic, and since the farm was a serious supply of their battle, Stan determined to burn it down… unaware that Shelly was within the barn. As for Sharon, she couldn’t deal with her daughter’s loss of life, so she shot herself.
Randy later comes clear to Stan in regards to the origins of the coronavirus — full along with his back-alley pangolin intercourse, which I had lastly purged from my mind — however he makes an attempt to spin it into being China’s fault, all a part of their plan to rob America of its tegridy. (“House Jam 2 got here out, and all of us simply type of… gave up. We misplaced our tegridy, and it was all by design. They wanted us to lose it.”)
Stan meets up with everybody else on the hospital, the place they deduce that Kenny has hidden a flash drive with very important info up his butt, which they reluctantly retrieve. A video on the flash drive reveals that not solely was Kenny making an attempt to journey again in time to stop the pandemic from occurring, however he additionally blames the collapse of society on his “three d–khead associates, Stan, Kyle and Cartman.” He claims they “ruined all the pieces once they let COVID break up their friendship and change into argumentative, combative, pessimistic a–holes.”
“Let’s face it, guys, we killed Kenny,” they deduce after reflecting on how they misplaced their sense of enjoyable and humorousness. The pandemic was a take a look at, and so they failed.
The episode ends with a return to South Park Psychological Asylum Plus, the place Kenny’s right-hand man “Victor Chaws” is being held. Nevertheless it isn’t till we see the identify tag on his door that we notice it isn’t Victor “Chaws.” It’s Victor Chaos. (You realize, I used to be questioning the place Butters has been!)
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