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South Park – The Complete Fourth Season


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Episodes: B



At the time, it was uncertain if South Park could hold its popularity and the success it was having was at a phenomenal peak.  One of the show’s greatest-ever achievements is to prove that more than a few cable companies not carrying Comedy Central were purposely not to maintain a certain kind of conservative hold on both programming and their subscribers, showing how much cable companies love to abuse people.  When those censorship-crazy operators got a huge surge of people threatening to drop service or lose subscribers and huge sums of money, just about all of them caved in.   The quality of their fourth season did not hurt that at all.


Though these were done in sets of four, like the previous season, there are seventeen episodes here like the previous season (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and are as follows:


The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000 – The boys are so impressed with the idea of money they get for losing baby teeth, that they try to make it into a money-making scheme, but when they run out of teeth to give up they try a new twist: a criminal enterprise of stealing other kid’s teeth for profit!  Cartman dressed as a tooth fairy on a stick is classic.


Cartman’s Silly Hate Crime 2000 – A good swipe against how political correctness goes too far leaves Cartman going to prison for a minor offense at best.  The best twist is how the prison Cartman goes to is a kids equivalent of the Cable-TV classic Oz.


Timmy 2000 – Timmy is seen as suffering Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) instead of as the mentally handicapped and retarded wheelchair-bound kid he is. 


Quintuplets 2000 – In a great bashing of former Attorney General Janet Reno’s awful handling of the Elian Gonzales case, five acrobatic look-alikes from Romania try to defect to the U.S., despite the fact that the Cold War is long over.  That is the point, of course, as far as Reno is concerned.  Her dressing up as a rabbit with tear gas filled Easter eggs is classic.


Cartman Joins NAMBLA – A brilliant show attacking the real-life man/boy organization that actually supports pedophilia!  A bold show and the subplot of Kenny trying to stop his parents from having another baby is a hoot.  They combine with Marlon Brando and friends for one of the most insane conclusions in series history.


Cherokee Hair Tampons – Cheech & Chong both loan their voices to a story involving Cartman willing to donate a kidney, for $10 Million Dollars.  Not bad.


Chef Goes Nanners – The town’s voice of sanity (Issac Hayes) goes on a tear when its explicitly racist flag is still in effect, and the Klu Klux Klan arrives as the rest of the town its around and either does nothing or does not get it.  A good send-up of the real-life debate over the Confederate Flag still as part of South Carolina’s state flag.


Something You Can Do With Your Fingers – A much-needed send-up of the worst cycle of boy bands in music history bashes the phoniness and the nightmare head on.


Do The Handicapped Go To Hell? + Probably – A two-part episode taking on the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, including the continuation of the Satan/Saddam Hussein love affair.


Fourth Grade – The boys make it to the next grade… somehow.  Unfortunately, their new homeroom teacher is a separated-at-birth variant of Janet Reno, but possibly more evil!


Trapper Keeper – Cartman carries around the famed, hip school folder in a new cyber version, but this one break the record for content by holding something that could possibly destroy the world!  With references to Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and 2001: A Space Odyssey, a cameo by Jesse Jackson and wacky appearance by Rosie O’Donnell, this is another gem!


Helen Keller! The Musical – Timmy takes the title role, though Timmy has more faith is in his sick pet turkey Gobbles in this send-up of holiday TV specials, most obviously A Charlie Brown Christmas.


Pip – The British kid gets a show on his own, a wacky variant on the literary classic Great Expectations with a unique twist on having a different ending.  Malcolm McDowell shows up in a rare live-action appearance for any real-life person on the series.  The more you know the book, the funnier it is.


Fat Camp – Cartman has got to lose the weight, but it is an intervention that gets him behind bars and off of candy bars.  In the meantime, Kenny becomes a TV star in the worst way.


The Wacky Molestation Adventure – Cartman becomes Mayor and the kids take over the town when they all gets rid of their parents by having them taken away over molestation charges.  Mixed.


A Very Crappy Christmas – Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo introduces his family, but at least Kenny lives.



One again, the full frame image is not bad with decent color for its time, but evidence of analog-like/composite digital transfer, while the limited animation looks good.  There are no scratches, noise, or flaws in any of it.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 is available in the brief Stone/Parker commentaries, Spanish Mono, French Stereo, and English Stereo with limited surrounds.  The “4th Grade” credits with a sweetened techno music version of the score gets tired quickly and is the loudest thing on any of the four boxed sets to date.  The mini commentaries are the only extras again and Paramount uses a folding DigiPak to store the three DVDs.  This is a quality way of doing this without taking up a ton of room, plus the artwork is top notch.


Though they are still very outrageous, that is the disbelief you have to expect in order to get into these shows, they use that freedom to make points no one else would dare, saying things many are thinking, but never thought they would see on TV, on film, and animated.  South Park – The Complete Fourth Season is one of their best and one of the last seasons before the events of 9/11/01 affected the show for good.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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