Halloween 'South Park' Takes on the Deaths of DVD and Blockbuster
"We're going to have customers up our ass!" If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth watching the new South Park episode titled A Nightmare on Face Time. It's their first Halloween episode in a while, and it's a horror episode that references The Shining quite a bit. The reason it needs to be mentioned is that the plot involves Randy Marsh buying a Blockbuster, and the horror (meaning lack of customers) that comes with it. It's another brilliant spoof addressing the death of DVDs and video rental shops like Blockbuster; even Red Box is made fun of briefly. On top of all that, the boys dress as The Avengers, and Stan plays Captain America - entirely through an iPad. It's genius hyper-relevant commentary wrapped in fun entertainment.
This new episode can be seen online for free in full at southparkstudios.com - just click below to watch it.
Don't forget, South Park hosts every episode of the show online for free after it airs - you can find them here. One of the best parts of this episode is the Sharon phone conversation: "You're watching The Thing? Oh that's fun. On Netflix or Hulu? Oh, your Xbox, uh huh." Plus Randy's shlocky "according to industry experts many rural areas don't have the bandwidth to support DVD quality video and streaming services and won't for years to come" so "DVD watching" is still important. Really? As always, South Park hits it right on the nose, but remains hilarious at the same time. I hope everyone enjoys this episode as much as I did, Matt & Trey continue to keep it fresh and relevant. Whenever I watch these kind of episodes, I wonder - did they get this idea by originally being told they needed to be on DVD? Whatever the case, this is going to be a classic.