I’ve lost interest in South Park over the last few seasons, with many of the the more recent episodes just not delivering the laughs. However, Wednesday’s “Black Friday” saw Trey Parker and Matt Stone at their absolute peak.
The PlayStation 4 launches in mere hours, and the writers used this as an opportunity to do what they do best: take a timely event and intertwine a pop-culture parody that is completely unrelated. In this case, Cartman and Kyle, along with the majority of their friends, are planning to buy the Xbox One following Thanksgiving. Stan, on the other hand, wants the PlayStation 4, and the two sides fall into a Game of Thrones-style war of clans.
This could have been hit or miss, but Stone and Parker clearly know their stuff, mentioning the PlayStation 4’s touchpad and the Xbox One’s multitasking. They even took jabs at the fanboys amassing on both sides, with several characters making overgeneralized claims about the other side’s fans.
This isn’t the first time South Park has focused an episode on games. Past topics included the Nintendo Wii (Cartman freezes himself to help pass the time), Minecraft, and perhaps most famously, World of Warcraft.
Last night’s episode ending in a cliffhanger, so I expect to see a follow-up before the release of the Xbox One. Make sure to watch this one soon, as they don’t stay up on the official website for the entire season.