SOUTH PARK: POST COVID
SOUTH PARK: POST COVID
|Written By||Trey Parker|
|Original Air Date||2021-11-25|
In SOUTH PARK: POST COVID, we’ll find out the answer to the question: what happened to the children who lived through the pandemic? Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny survived, but will never be the same post COVID.
In 2061, forty years after the events of South ParQ Vaccination Special, Stan Marsh has moved away from South Park to the city, where he is an online whiskey sampler. He lives with an Amazon Alexa that projects itself as a nagging wife. Just as the news that COVID-19 is finally almost over breaks, Stan receives a call from Kyle Broflovski, now the guidance counselor at South Park Elementary, informing him that Kenny McCormick has died.
Stan returns to South Park to pay his respects to Kenny, who had become a rich and famous physicist. Kenny claimed that in the event of his death, his closest friends would know where to find his missing data about the origins of COVID if they just think like kids again. Eric Cartman has become a rabbi with a loving wife and three children, much to Kyle's annoyance believing Cartman is just screwing with him. Stan does not want to remain in South Park long and refuses to get involved when Kyle suggests that they track down Kenny's missing data. At the wake, many former classmates of the boys are also in attendance: Tweek Tweak and Craig Tucker, still together; Wendy Testaburger, now married to an outsider; Jimmy Valmer, now a late-night talk show host telling bland jokes to avoid offending anyone; Tolkien Black, now a law enforcement officer, and Clyde Donovan. Stan leaves the wake early and watches a report on Kenny, where he spots the name "Tegridy Weed" in Kenny's notes.
At the funeral, where Scott Malkinson is the attending priest, Stan becomes angry at the uplifting message as he believes Kyle set it up to coerce him to visit his father Randy Marsh. Stan leaves the funeral in a huff, planning on leaving town, but a scientist confirms Kenny's cause of death to be a new COVID variant, causing a panic. The military arrives to quarantine the town, as there is one person in the town who is not vaccinated and is thus at risk. Trapped in South Park and forced to live in the emergency shelter at South Park Elementary under PC Principal's authority, Stan finally has no choice but to visit his father. Cartman and his family plead with Kyle to stay in his house due to the shelter being full, where Cartman frequently uses religious Jewish figures in exclamation while having sex with his wife.
Stan goes to Shady Acres to visit his father. It is revealed that years ago, Sharon Marsh wanted a divorce from Randy but owned half the farm, leading to a fight. Stan, sick of the farm in general, burned it down, not knowing that his sister Shelley Marsh was locked in the barn by Randy. Grief-stricken over the loss of their daughter, Sharon killed herself, and Randy and Stan blamed each other and became estranged. They escape the nursing home to Tegridy Farms, where Randy confesses that he was the one who started COVID forty years ago. Randy blames the whole situation on China grabbing power and Space Jam: A New Legacy, but in his rant, he mentions that he sneaked marijuana seeds up his rectum in the nursing home. Stan realizes where Kenny hid his data: up his rectum.
Tolkien, Craig, Tweek, Wendy, Jimmy, and Clyde try tracking down Kenny's data themselves. They discover that Clyde is the one person in South Park who is not vaccinated (and is thus the reason for their imprisonment). They attempt to get information from the only surviving colleague of Kenny's, Dr. Victor Chouse, but since Clyde is not vaccinated, they are unable to visit him at the mental hospital. The group discovers Kenny's secret lab in the elementary school, covered in blood. They learn that Kenny was not just trying to find the origin of COVID; he was trying to perfect time travel to go back and prevent it from ever happening.
At the hospital, Stan gets himself, Kyle, and Cartman into the morgue. They retrieve Kenny's flash drive out of his rectum and bring it to the lab at school, reuniting with Tolkien, Craig, Tweek, Wendy, Jimmy, and Clyde. Everyone watches Kenny's final video, where he is attempting to time travel. His colleague reveals that Kenny identified the source of the dystopian future: Stan, Kyle, and Cartman, specifically them letting the pandemic drive their friendship apart. Kenny subsequently devoted his life to figuring out time travel to save their friendship. Because Kenny failed to wear his "chin diaper", a malfunction occurred which killed all the scientists, and Kenny was teleported away. He reappears seconds later, now infected with the new COVID variant (though he presumably caught it in the past and brought COVID back to the future).
The knowledge that Kenny blamed them for the bad future in which they now live causes Stan, Kyle, and Cartman to reflect on their happy childhood and how they let the pandemic ruin their friendship. Stan and Kyle vow to finish Kenny's work and perfect time travel so they can fix the future and their friendship. Cartman also agrees to help but slips out of the lab to his family, where he admits he does not want the future fixed and flees with them. Randy, in the burned fields of Tegridy Farms, finds a single marijuana plant growing, and vows to protect the last bit of tegridy that remains.
Elsewhere, in the mental hospital, it is revealed that Victor Chouse is just a mispronunciation of Victor Chaos, suggesting that he is none other than Butters Stotch.
- "I'm not 'GETTING DRUNK', I'm an online whiskey consultant." (Stan Marsh)
Pop Culture References
The dystopian universe in the future which is overrun by consumerism, geisha video billboards, and flying cars is a reference to Blade Runner.The movie also has references to The Godfather Part II and Beverly Hills Cop.
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