Over Logging (South Park episode)
|South Park episode|
|Episode no.||Season 12
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker|
|Original air date||April 16, 2008|
"Over Logging" is the sixth episode in the twelfth season of the American animated series South Park. The 173rd episode of the series overall, it originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on April 16, 2008. In the episode, the Marsh family joins a mass-migration west when internet access starts to "dry up" in Colorado.
The Marsh family are performing various online activities: Stan is browsing randomly, Shelly is iChatting with her online boyfriend Amir from Montana, and Randy is (discreetly) watching internet porn. Sharon sends them all to bed for the night, insisting that the internet will still be there the next morning.
The next morning they discover that they have no internet connection. They then hastily walk to the Broflovskis' house to use their internet connection, but soon find that the internet does not work there, either. Both families head to Starbucks for free wireless internet, but when they arrive it soon becomes apparent that the entire town's internet connection is down. The TV news, which has nothing to report without the Internet, gives vague rumors of Internet access in Silicon Valley. After eight days without internet, the Marsh family decides to "head out Californee way". When the Marshes reach California, they are placed in a Red Cross "Internet refugee camp" which is so overcrowded that each family is only permitted 40 seconds of internet access a day.
Randy quickly becomes agitated and complains to a guard that he has not jacked off in over two weeks. Randy explains to the guard that he has become so used to being able to find any fetish he wanted with a click of a mouse that he "can't exactly go back to Playboy." At night, the camp's computer is locked inside for the night. Randy decides to sneak in to use it secretly, looking up bizarre sexual fetishes such as "Japanese girls puking in each other's mouths," bestiality, and "Brazilian fart porn". As he masturbates while watching the videos, his loud moans attract attention and he is discovered in front of the computer covered head-to-toe in semen. He tries to explain that "a spooky ghost" slimed him with ectoplasm. A guard discovers that Randy has used up the little amount of connection they had left.
Meanwhile, the government has attempted to find a way to fix "the internet," a large machine resembling a giant Linksys wireless router, which has stopped functioning for an unknown reason. Several fruitless attempts are made to repair it: negotiating with it, communicating with it musically, and even shooting at it. Acting on a hunch, Kyle disconnects and reconnects its power cord. The network indicator now glows green to indicate that nationwide Internet access has been re-established, much to everyone's surprise.
After the internet is restored, Randy delivers a speech wearing a Native American-esque outfit, warning about overuse of "natural resources" (a parody of the long monologue speech that Steven Seagal gives about the environment at the end of On Deadly Ground). Randy says that people should learn from the experience and stop "over-logging on", because they may be unprepared as a result if the Internet is lost permanently. He advises people to stop browsing pointlessly, to only use it when truly necessary and to only view porn "twice a day... max."
While most of the episode is a parody of The Grapes of Wrath, other works referenced include a parody of Steven Seagal's speech from the ending of On Deadly Ground, and the five-note musical motif used to communicate with aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
"Over Logging" received mixed reviews. Travis Fickett of IGN said that "Ultimately 'Over Logging' attempts to be a satire on our over reliance on and addiction to the Internet. However, it only raises the topic without actually having much to say or jokes to tell" and that "it's all build up with not much pay-off. That's the way much of the episode functions – as if there's a big joke on the way that never really arrives. There's a Close Encounters reference, and the revelation that "The Internet" is just a giant router. Kyle figures out that all you have to do is unplug it and plug it back in – the catch-all solution". Fickett gave the episode 7 out of 10.
Josh Modell of The A.V. Club gave the episode a "C" grade and noted that "There was one big message – we're overly reliant on the Internet, and we mostly use it for time-wasting bullshit – which was beaten until it wasn't all that funny anymore."
Brad Trechak of TV Squad said of the plot "As someone who works with the Internet for his day job, I had some problems with the simplistic way that it was presented. The Internet is used for much more than shopping or e-mailing (or, indeed, porn). Entire industries rely on it. The only part that struck me as truthful was seeing people live in a Great Depression-type state without the Internet."
"Over Logging", along with the thirteen other episodes from South Park's twelfth season, were released on a three-disc DVD set and two-disc Blu-ray set in the United States on March 10, 2009. The sets included brief audio commentaries by Parker and Stone for each episode, a collection of deleted scenes, and two special mini-features, The Making of 'Major Boobage and Six Days to South Park.
- "Episode 1206 Announcement". South Park Studios. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- Trechak, Brad (April 17, 2008). "South Park "Over Logging"". TV Squad. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- Modell, Josh (April 16, 2008). "South Park "Over Logging"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- Fickett, Travis (April 17, 2008). "South Park: "Over Logging" Review". IGN. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- Note the "Router" tag on the official video clip
- Liebman, Martin (February 26, 2009). "South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season Blu-ray Review". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved January 25, 2017.