South Park: Joining the Panderverse is for Everyone and No One

South Park: Joining the Panderverse is funny but a dead end for political and social commentary.

South Park: Joining the Panderverse
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This article contains spoilers for South Park: Joining the Panderverse.

It’s about that time of year again for Matt Stone and Trey Parker to continue their $900 million 14 TV movie Paramount+ contract promise and drop another near-hour-long South Park special. 

At this point, it’s expected that these specials are the central platform for Stone and Parker to satirize recent social events but in the most outrageous South Park possible, as they do with the mainline show. Like its recent seasons, the specials have had a scattershot quality — usually plentiful in gags that are funny until tired or decent commentary on the rollercoaster years we’ve endured recently. 

Nevertheless, it’s continually enticing to see which corner of American culture the creators will aim their tomatoes at and how ridiculously they will depict a central topic. In their latest special, South Park: Joining the Panderverse, the creators target the cycle of anti-woke content creators and Disney diversity tactics affecting one another under the guise of a satirical multiverse tale that’s funny but middling in its social commentary. 


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