Imaginationland Episode II

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"Imaginationland Episode II"
South Park episode
Episode no. Season 11
Episode 11
Directed by Trey Parker
Written by Trey Parker
Production code 1111
Original air date October 24, 2007
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"Imaginationland Episode II" is the eleventh episode in the eleventh season of Comedy Central's animated television series South Park. It originally aired on October 24, 2007.[1] It is the second episode in a three-part story arc that won the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program for One Hour or More. The three episodes were later reissued together, along with previously unreleased footage, as the uncensored Imaginationland: The Movie.

Plot[edit]

Butters awakens from his dreams to see that he is still in Imaginationland. A variety of evil creatures burst through the destroyed wall and kill the terrorists who freed them before turning to attack the good creatures. The Mayor urges everyone to flee before he himself is impaled by a Xenomorph. Meanwhile, Cartman has a dream concerning his frustration with Kyle not sucking his testicles, per the conditions of a bet between them that Cartman won.

Butters, the Lollipop King and Snarf from ThunderCats flee through the forest and observe the evil characters torturing and mutilating Strawberry Shortcake. As they discuss her fate, the Woodland Christmas Critters from Cartman's Christmas story appear, suggesting worse forms of torment. They propose forcing her to eat her gouged-out eye, and then giving her AIDS by having someone infected with the disease urinate in her eye socket, before raping and killing her. Not knowing of anyone so infected among their number, they set off to find someone with AIDS in the forest.

Meanwhile, Kyle and Stan are interrogated at The Pentagon. They are told of a portal into Imaginationland that had been built during the Cold War and is controlled by the government. It is discovered that the portal powers up when the boys correctly sing the "Imagination" song that the Mayor sang in the previous episode. The Pentagon decides to send a group of soldiers into Imaginationland, led by Kurt Russell, since his appearance in the film Stargate gives him more experience than anyone else.[2] Before the troops are sent, Cartman breaks into the Pentagon in order for Kyle to suck his testicles, as per their bet. After Russell and his troop cross the portal, they encounter the Woodland Critters, who gang rape and kill the soldiers. The resulting emergency alert interrupts Kyle and Cartman before they can carry out the terms of the bet. Then, ManBearPig breaks through the portal into the Pentagon causing havoc before a Pentagon employee manages to reverse the portal, sending ManBearPig back into it, but it sucks Stan through as well, and the energy electrocutes Kyle, leaving him seemingly dead on the portal room floor, but he is revived by CPR.

In Imaginationland, Butters arrives at Castle Sunshine and is brought before the Council of Nine, consisting of Aslan, Gandalf, Glinda, Luke Skywalker, Morpheus, Popeye, Wonder Woman, Jesus and Zeus. The council determine that Butters is "the key" to taking back Imaginationland from the evil characters.

Back in the Pentagon, the general, seeing that their "imaginations have run wild", orders for a nuclear missile to be launched through the portal. At the hospital, Kyle awakens from his coma to find a Cartman at his bedside, pleased that Kyle is now free to make good on their bet.

Cultural references[edit]

The episode opens with Cartman intoning "Previously, on Battlestar Galactica," over a still of that show's logo.

Reception and release[edit]

IGN gave the episode a rating of 7.9/10 saying that the "episode definitely feels like the 2nd part of a trilogy that should have been two parts".[3] Josh Modell of The A.V. Club gave the trilogy a B grade, criticizing the slow pace of the main plot and calling it "more like an excuse for a nostalgia trip than a good arc." However, he praised Cartmen's endless pursuit of his bet with Kyle and the return of the christmas critters, calling there appearance, "some of the funniest moments in South Park's recent history,"[4]

The Imaginationland Trilogy won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or More).[5]

"Imaginationland Episode II", along with the thirteen other episodes from South Park's eleventh season, were released on a three-disc DVD set in the United States on August 12, 2008. The set includes brief audio commentaries by Parker and Stone for each episode.[6] The entire trilogy was released as a standalone film titled Imaginationland: The Movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Episode at SouthParkStudios.com
  2. ^ http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/south-park/257956/south-park-the-25-greatest-and-geekiest-episodes
  3. ^ Fickett, Travis. "South Park: "Imaginationland II" Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ Modell, Josh. "South Park: Imaginationland". AV Club. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ "60th Primetime Emmy Awards" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  6. ^ "South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season DVD Review". IGN. August 18, 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 

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