It’s a Trilogy! Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the incredible minds, talents, and voices behind South Park have shown far more than a passing awareness of H. P. Lovecraft, with the episode of South Park aired during this past week, S14E12 Mysterion Rises, part two of the trilogy of Lovecraftian episodes; which will conclude this week with “Coon vs. Coon & Friends”.; with far more Cthulhu and Necronomicon plot then you will believe possible on an animated show!
“Mysterion Rises” was truly an amazing feast of Lovecraftian madness!
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE SHOW, OR DON’T WANT ANY DETAILS UNTIL YOU DO!
As a Lovecraftian, I’m not sure what was most entertaining about this episode, but I can tell you that whether it was the comic book pages used to illustrate what had transpired in Part 1:
Or the scenes of Cthulhu wrecking the Fun Zone:
Or Cartman trying to convince Cthulhu that he wasn’t going to hurt him:
Or some of the Lovecraftian horrors unleashed on the world:
Or Cartman giving a belly-rub to Cthulhu to get him to join forces:
Or Cthulhu giving a press conference (by way of Cartman) to announce their joining of forces:
Or Cthulhu Cultists speaking of “The Great Old One, Cthulhu,” or of the Necronomicon and the Mythos, or having meetings in South Park, including Computer Geeks, Goths, and more locals, all chanting Lovecraft’s most famous couplet, “That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons, even Death may die!” With their copies of “Arkham Horror,” and their statue of Cthulhu on their shelves:
Or scenes of Cartman now riding on Cthulhu during a rampage of death and terror, all played out to one of the silliest friendship songs ever done as a parody on television:
It all just worked for me!
And having Kenny become obsessed with, “That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons, even Death may die!” Because of the way it seems to relate to his not being able to actually die, once and for all, is the most unexpected crossover between Lovecraft and South Park that I could imagine!
Stay tuned. This weeks episode may top them all!
Television just doesn’t get any better than this!
You can hear the song that is playing while Cartman rides Cthulhu, and read the lyrics over on YouTube at: