South Park: World War Zimmerman, Review

Review Chris Longo 10/9/2013 at 11:47PM

Matt and Trey tackle the Trayvon Martin case and Cartman is Brad Pitt. Appointment television at its finest.

The knock against Brad Pitt’s summer mega-blockbuster, World War Z, was that it strayed away from the political message of the novel of the same name. If you want to cash in at the box office during the dog days, it’s all about putting on a plane crashing, nail biting, big budget acting spectacle.

On the small screen, the underlying message is what separates the extraordinary from the mundane, a South Park from a Big Bang TheorySouth Park’s third installment of its 17th season, “World War Zimmerman,” takes the racially charged emotion behind the Trayvon Martin case and the post-case political debate about the Stand-Your-Ground law and completely turns it on its head.

Flat out, the episode is classic Cartman. He takes something he doesn’t understand to a level no other character in television can. By incorporating Cartman’s dream sequences, which are always a pleasure, the episode’s narrative moves with the World War Z storyline. The references to the Trayvon Martin case and George Zimmerman were obvious throughout but Matt and Trey needed to take the episode up a notch in its third act – a place where the first two episodes fizzled. 

At this point, we have to trust Matt and Trey. We knew this episode was coming for months and when they tackle a topic this big they tend to deliver. The third act rivals some of the finest work they’ve done on the series. When you can turn George Zimmerman into a hero for shooting what he thinks is the biggest threat to mankind, you have balls. Only Matt and Trey couldn’t let Zimmerman save the day. In their most defiant statement of the season to date, Zimmerman is executed when the government realizes he didn’t shoot “patient zero” Token, but a little fat white child named Eric.

The episode could have ended there and I would have stood up and applauded. The bonus came in Token’s near death and Cartman justifying the existence of the Stand-Your-Ground law. When South Park took an extended hiatus, we dreamed it would pay off in well-thought out, precisely executed performances like these. Bravo, Matt and Trey.

Prediction for Next Week:

Remember our friend Mr. Garrsion? It’s been a while since he’s taken the spotlight. I’m predicting that South Park says hello to an old friend by giving him a new storyline to work with. 


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I hate shows with episodes that tackle events that happened. It is like they ran out of original ideas and have to rip off ideas off reality. SVU did the same last week. : (

Do you even watch South Park? They do this all the time and it was especially hilarious tonight. Just seeing Zimmerman get executed and Cartman making fun of World War Z was a 5 star in my book. Everything else was icing on an already delicious cake.

This article needs a little bit of editing. Zimmerman was excused? " this was the kind of we dreamed it would pay off"?

Yes, I do watch South Park a lot. I just believe that when they create a show with an original idea it is a whole lot better. It just seems predictable when they create a show based off an event.

This is classic South Park. The episode mocks people's gullibility to misunderstandings, readiness to panic and emotional tantrums. Matt and Trey are very good at flipping the situation upside down.

Also seeing Zimmerman executed multiple times was very pleasant.

I don't believe you watch South Park. And if you do and you don't like their topical episodes then there is no way you can be a fan of the show, considering more often than not in the past 10 years the shows have been based on real life events. I think this is South Park's strongest asset and the only reason the show continues to remain fresh.

I think "executed" might be the right word. Soon as they found out "Zimmerman" shot a little white kid they fried him on the electric chair twice.

6 times.

How do I reinstate my comment, wanted to edit it but I accidentally deleted it. Also I have been watch South Park for a long time. Maybe I shouldn't have used the word hate. Usually when they base an idea off reality they go to the extreme side of it. In this episode they just skimmed the the water with a few different outcomes and I felt they could have done a lot more. I don't know if you watch SVU, but I think the taste of last weeks episode left me a bit grumpy with TV in general.

sorry, we aren't able to reinstate deleted comments, sir.

thanks, but I think someone just made the comment again????

they didn't think he killed patient zero they thought he had killed a random black kid.