Monday, August 15, 2011

Season Three of 'South Park'

Today I bring you the third season of South Park. It isn't as good as seasons one and two, but overall it is still a great season. One of my favorite episodes, "Spontaneous Combustion", is in this run along with the very memorable "Rainforest Schmainforest". Something I remember well about this season is Comedy Central was having technical difficulties and ended up pushing back the episode "Tweek vs. Craig" from April to June. I was pissed off when "The Succubus" had broadcast color complications, then even more pissed off when a "Mr. Hankey" rerun aired the following week instead of "Tweek vs. Craig". The biggest memory of season three was of course the release of "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" in theaters on June 30, 1999. Seeing the movie on the release date was a truly defining moment for me. Probably the best moment in my life up until I met my ex-girlfriend (we won't get into that). I felt South Park had a spectacular run this season up until "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" when the show started to feel different. The Fall 1999 episodes were still great, maybe it was just that I was at a strange point in my life. Either way, the show definitely started to change for me and was never quite the same. And let us not forget voice actress Mary Kay Bergman died during the later half of the third season. The female voices on the show suffered greatly after this tragedy and they still bother me to this day. But Trey Parker and Matt Stone released another great South Park album that winter, entitled "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics". I still listen to it around Christmastime every year. In conclusion, season three was superb and resulted in one of the greatest times in my life.

- Ryan

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