Matt Stone and Trey Parker Dropped The Ball With South Park Season 20 | Extended Play Audio Podcast
Long-time South Park viewers were in for a change of pace with the landmark 20th season of the show. While overarching plot-lines that get carried through as a running gag for an entire season isn’t new to the show (Butters taking Kenny’s place while Kenny’s soul in Cartman; Randy as Lorde; PC Principal). Multi-part episode are also a common staple of the traditionally episodic series. However, season 20 took a radically different serialized format with a 10 episode over-arching story-line.
While the fan-base and critics appear to be split on the decision to change the format of South Park to fit modern viewing habits (online binge-watching), the creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, made the near-fatal error of hinging far too many of the central story’s major plot points on the shocking 2016 election, and Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald J Trump.
With far too many plot elements tied to the predicted landslide win of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, it’s obvious that Trump’s triumph with the electoral college (we live in a Republic, not a Democracy; two wolves and a sheep) left Matt Stone and Trey Parker fighting to tie up loose plot points within an entirely shifting narrative. And in the end very few of these plot points were ever resolved.
And while there were some decent meme-able elements to the season, like the member berries, the overall arch focused largely on gender wars and online trolling. But with Donald Trump winning the election, is it fair to say that Donald Trump trolled South Park like a Rick Roll.