You Call the Handyman (South Park) - spot on commentary as usual (Public Board)

by Cornpop Sutton ⌂, A bad bad dude who makes good shine., Thursday, November 02, 2023, 23:22 (29 days ago)



-Get up!
Come on, Stan, get up. Let's go.
-What, Dad?
Let's go. I'm sick of this shit.
Okay. It has come to my attention lately that young people today don't know how to do shit. You got your phones and your AI and you kids haven't learned to be able to actually do anything. So we're going to take this morning to learn how to fix something. You see this? See this? The oven door isn't working. It's falling off the hinges. So what do we do?
- I don't know.
It's very simple. You gotta make the hinges tighter so the oven door's more secure. So what you do is... you take out your phone and you call the handyman.
(line ringing)
HANDYMAN (over phone): Hello?
Hello. It's Randy Marsh.
My oven door is not working. Please come fix it.
Now we rest until the handyman comes.

This B plot was embedded in the new episode called "The Panderverse".

The concept in the episode is that the same redneck that said "Dey tuuk urrr jerbs" 15 years ago is now affluent and buying dot com companies and spaceships because he's rich from fix-it work for white collar losers who don't know how to change batteries in a smoke detector, and the like.

Later in the episode there's a scene where white collar graphic artists, attorneys, geologists, accountants, etc are hanging out in front of Home Depot looking for gigs and scornful Mexican contractors drive by and yell at them to get lost because they're making the store look bad.

The comments on this preview video include a LOT of repair guys and freelance contractors who basically say that the episode is 100% true to life and they actually do have extremely high demand for really basic repairs.


You Call the Handyman (South Park) - spot on commentary as usual

by FSK, Friday, November 03, 2023, 00:04 (29 days ago) @ Cornpop Sutton

B plot

I noticed that's one of the hallmarks of good writing versus bad writing. Good writing will always have a solid B plot.

One example is the current season of Rick and Morty. There was zero B plot in the first 3 episodes. If you look at the "classic" episodes from earlier seasons, most of them had a solid B plot.


Quality of writing and story

by Cornpop Sutton ⌂, A bad bad dude who makes good shine., Friday, November 03, 2023, 03:12 (29 days ago) @ FSK

The main plot of the episode was that Cartman was sent to a universe where he was transformed into a powerful, capable brown woman of color but who talked exactly like him. A bunch of commentary on movies, studios and franchises that reinvent characters for ESG scores.

The B plot about the lack of value of higher education and white collar work was main plot worthy and I wish it was the main story.

South Park Studios dribbles out specials now instead of seasons. I guess the creative juice has to build up (unnecessary metaphors and comparisons omitted.)

You Call the Handyman (South Park) - spot on commentary as usual

by JoFrance, Friday, November 03, 2023, 20:05 (29 days ago) @ Cornpop Sutton

That episode is right on. I see people on my Nextdoor forum that are always looking for handymen to do some really basic repairs. There is no shortage of work for them because a lot of people today can't even change a light bulb.

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