South Park – The
Complete Third Season
B- Sound: B- Extras: C+ Episodes: B
For DVD, South Park switches from Warner Home
Video to Paramount (Paramount parent company Viacom took over Warner Bros.’ majority
holdings in the Comedy Central Network at this point), so the series and its
success does not even recognize the boundaries of a single company. The show that broke the Comedy Central Network
on more conservative cable networks was getting into high gear at this point.
DVDs are in a folding Digipak with a slide-case that has raised graphics, very
fancy in a marketplace that has more titles than ever striving to distinguish
themselves from each other. The
seventeen shows total are as follows:
Rainforest Shmainforest – Jennifer Aniston adds her voice
to this satire of field trips, environmentalism, and bad recreational ideas for
kids that have more to do with conformity.
As a result, they become part of the “Getting Gay with Kids” touring
musical program, which their teacher thinks could bring the first and third
world together. The rainforests will
Spontaneous Combustion – Why are people in South Park blowing up for no good
reason? Funny at times, but mixed at
The Succubus – Did Trey parker and Matt Stone
watch a Kolchak: The Night Stalker
marathon at this point or something? Chef
(Issac Hayes) is the show’s great womanizer, but he is about to settle down,
but the suspicious boys find out she may be demon ready to suck the life out of
Jakovasaurs – The crudest satire of George
Lucas’ Star Wars Episode One – The
Phantom Menace, displaying their distaste for Jar Jar Binks and their huge
disappointment with the film in general.
Point taken, especially if you agree.
Tweek Vs. Craig – Two of the boys fight, and the
others urk them on. They are not the
fighting kind, so that is where the humor is supposed to be from.
Sexual Harassment Panda – A very funny satire of children
being exploited by the media and schools, as much as actual molesters, complete
with the unforgettable title mascot from hell and insane courtroom drama.
Cat Orgy – Relationship insanity, human or
animal, makes for one of the season’s most amusing shows.
Two Guys in a Hot Tub – The meteor shower party beings
with latent homosexuality and a potential massacre from the U.S. Government ATF
team. Mixed satire here, partly inspired
by Waco – The Rules of Engagement.
Jewbilee – Ethnic humor that works better
the more you know about Judaism.
Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery – Great Halloween special that is
a tribute to the original Scooby Doo,
Where Are You? with one of the only real rock bands left as guest stars:
Korn. A thoroughly thought out and on
the money episode.
Chinpoko Mon – A great send-up of the
ever-obnoxious Pokemon and all of its imitators that makes its points greatly.
Hooked on Monkey Phonics – Programming kids to be
computing spelling machines is offered in this send up of (yes) conformity,
teaching programs, and spelling bees.
Starvin’ Marvin in Space – Potential spin-off show with
mixed results and Sally Struthers as Jabba The Hutt (or is that Pizza The Hut)
that does not click like it should. Pat
Robertson is properly lampooned.
The Red Badge of Gayness – A send-up on the overkill
surrounding the rediscovery of Gettysburg and its history asks some
Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classic – The talking scatta returns to celebrate the
holidays. Funny only if you like the
Are You There God? It’s Me, Jesus – Religious spoof that has its
limits as God arrives in South Park, but in what form in another
World Wide Recorder Concert – Mixed final show of the season
is the least funny as the kids have to outwit a rival school on another field
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 foreign languages are an amusing
alternative to an already funny show, though there are no subtitles whatsoever,
but there are closed captions. If you
have that option, but rarely use it, now might be a time to try it out. The only extras are brief previews for more
Comedy Central shows, and the brief “commentary minis” by Stone & Parker,
which are worth listening to. If they
did not have much to say, that’s fine.
What they did say was worth hearing. It should also be noted that any Pro Logic
surrounds on the English tracks for the actual episodes are very limited.
this is one of the best of the Kenny seasons, with the comedy being much more
of a hit than miss. While The Simpsons has gone into decline, Daria has sadly ended, Beavis and Butthead long-ended, and Family Guy coming back with a
vengeance, South Park continues its own glory run in
- Nicholas Sheffo