South Park’s 20th Season is rapidly approaching the endpoint now, and things just keep getting weirder. On top of all the familiar ongoing storylines, “Not Funny” brought a much-loved character back into play after a long absence and showcased Kyle’s mom at her most hysterical. The result was another jam-packed and satisfying installment, though at this point it’s getting hard to imagine the final episode wrapping up these many story threads on a completely satisfying note. There’s a lot of ground still to cover.
A sense of fatalistic doom settled across South Park this week as the town braced for the imminent activation of Troll Trace and the inevitable Fort Collins-style post-apocalyptic meltdown that will follow. But leave it to Kyle to swoop in and save the day (or at least try to) with one of his trademark pep talks. Kyle’s speech was an amusingly meta reflection on the show’s unusual format this season. In the old days, these characters used to be proactive and solve their problems in the course of half an hour. Now they’ve resigned to sit back and suffer through an entire season of the same conflicts, week after week.