'South Park' Season 20 On The Election: Creators Revise Script At Last Minute To Reflect Trump Victory
Many were expecting "South Park" season 20 to unload a bombshell on the recently concluded US national elections. However, the show's seventh episode entitled "Oh, Jeez" has been described as "mildly remarkable."
Many were expecting the latest installment of Comedy Central's satirical cartoon to be both entertaining and hard-hitting, as it has always been. It was, well, it tried to be, although it didn't quite measure up to the expectations of critics.
The episode, which was initially announced as "The Very First Gentleman," was developed on the premise that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency. Unfortunately, things didn't pan out as expected.
The show's creators were thinking that the episode had everything locked in. They were anticipating Mrs. Clinton to be the first woman president, and use that as the launchpad for "South Park" season 20's biting commentary on the US elections, according to Vox.
But as things started to turn south for the former secretary of state, the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, had to shift gears. Clearly, the episode had to be revised, as it had to reflect Donald Trump's victory.
Amazingly, the episode didn't turn out as bad as many expected due to the time constraints involved. Everything had to the entirely re-written - which was no mean feat - considering that the series had to be aired shortly after Mr. Trump won the elections.
Parker and Stone, therefore, have to be credited for producing an episode that was able to more or less capture mood of the moment, and demonstrate the duo's flair for comedy and narrative. Despite its shortcomings, "South Park" season 20's latest episode still managed to present its candid views on the US elections.
In a preview of "Oh, Jeez," the show's central characters are seen talking about the newly-elected US president, although there was no categorical mention of Mr. Trump. However, the episode alluded to the business mogul's campaign slogan, according to Variety.
"Well, I don't know about you guys, but I sure am excited. America's going to be great again," said one of the "South Park" character in the clip, who then turned to his kids and asked, "Aren't you excited, gang?"
His daughter responded by saying, "No, I'm not excited. It sucks, Dad! This county's going to suck for four years."
Despite lacking the bite of previous episodes, "South Park" season 20 was still able to dish out its take on the US elections although on a more sober note.