[This story contains spoilers for South Park: Post Covid.]
It’s gonna be 40 long years, at least that’s how South Park You see it about the pandemic.
South Park: Post Covid, the first of 14 made-for-television movies by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, premiered exclusively on Paramount + on Thursday, providing a stark and stark perspective on the future, albeit in a fun way from the show’s creators.
Without going into too much detail here, the one-hour special (part one of two to launch on the streaming service next month) brings the characters of South Park 40 years later, when they are almost out of the pandemic, but not really.
Among the targets of mockery in South Park: Post Covid They are Aaron Rodgers, the general unvaccinated population and awakened culture; the movement has gone so far into the future that jokes no longer exist, so no one can take offense.
There’s also a big part of Stan’s Amazon Alexa device acting like a combative girlfriend who occasionally tells him about the products he should add to his shopping cart; a version of the AI character played by Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049. In fact, there are some Bounty hunter nods in the movie. South Park: Post Covid also has a deep cut Beverly Hills Police reference and another for the Godfather: Part II.
The plot of the made-for-TV movie revolves around Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny coming together once again, along with a few other familiar faces, in an attempt to finally end the pandemic. The movie is technically the second South Park duo film, being the first from 1999 South Park: Larger More extensive and Without cutting, an Oscar-nominated theatrical premiere.
Parker and Stone signed a new mega deal in August, which runs through 2027 and includes 14 exclusive Paramount + projects along with the flagship series that will renew through season 30.