South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season

South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season
The always controversial, satirical and darkly humorous South Park has once again created a season of episodes that mock our pop culture and shock in increasingly disgusting ways. From characters ingesting cat piss to get high to Britney Spears blowing off the upper half of her head, South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season continues to turn out laugh after laugh from the most horrendous situations. Cartman getting H.I.V. and giving it to Kyle in the introductory episode sets the tone for this season, which includes topics such as how the internet is overused, and people shutting down without it, Barrack Obama's victory, which is used as a means to steal the Hope Diamond, and the two-part mockery of Cloverfield, where the town is overrun by costumed guinea pigs. Most episodes take fairly normal concepts and give them the South Park makeover, turning them into totally ridiculous scenarios that still manage to retain realistic elements. When the quaint town wakes up to find that the internet is no longer working, Randy takes his family out Californi Way in "Over Logging," where millions of people are said to be at an internet camp where a weak wireless signal still exists, while the rest of the world, including the news stations, is left clueless. Mr. Mackey says one too many things about getting high and Kenny starts sniffing cat piss in "Major Boobage," which incorporates animation from Heavy Metal, an '80s psychedelic cartoon, and results in an epic battle with Gerald Broflovski for some awesome boobs. For the first time, a South Park set has finally come out with more features than just mini-episode commentaries, which are still available from Parker and Stone, with "Six days to South Park," a featurette that essentially (and in a mediocre way) runs through the process of creating an episode in six days before going live. The "Making Boobage: Behind the Scenes of 'Major Boobage'" is the best extra, explaining how South Park's artists and designers created the special animation sequences that are almost identical to the Heavy Metal. South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season is essential for any fan, or anyone in need of some shock and awe. (Paramount)