Ziplining is something that you'll hear from everybody that they do when they go on vacation and I'm very glad this episode poked fun at it. More so when they're introduced to the couples and families (which are on every tour you ever go on who I hate to my very core) is when they realize something is horribly wrong. When they're shown the safety video and somebody asks a question I died laughing.
The opening 15 minutes goes on in this fashion and it's great the whole way. From Cartman freaking out in the shuttle, to the bit with yuppies using "to make a long story short," to the same guy asking questions over and over is priceless. Once they got up to the zipline though everything looked like it might turn better for the boys. Then Cartman goes down the zipline and when he gets to the other side shouts "it's totally fucking stupid dude" was funny.
The detailed explanation about what was happening in Cartman's bowels was also a funny bit, especially when he shits his pants and denies it. Once they had to head back and take horses because Cartman was feeling sick thanks to Diet Double Dew (Dew The Math) is where I thought the episode would take a wild turn into something really funny. Instead it continued on with the bit of yuppies who go on tours and take pictures of everything. It was a little worn out at this point but still funny. This bit ran the whole episode which I wasn't a fan of because at the halfway point I wanted to see some different jokes.
When the episode switched into the live action set I almost turned off my TV. This almost ruined the whole episode for me and I'm not really sure what Matt and Trey were thinking other than they needed something to fill time or couldn't think of anymore jokes. The actors playing the part were horrible, the bit wasn't in the slightest bit funny and it actually made me mad that I was watching it. Part of the reason I watch South Park is because the characters are hilarious and the jokes are things you wouldn't ever see. Swapping out characters for mediocre actors in a real, boring setting was just awful.
While the episode started out great and was funny most of the way through, the repetition of the same jokes and the live action sequence nearly killed the entire thing for me. It wasn't as bad as I'm making it out to be but if you watched it and shut off your TV two-thirds of the way through I wouldn't be surprised.
TL;DR "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" started out great but ended up repeating the same jokes over and over, almost being ruined by a live action sequence.
Posted by Atkins under TV Reviews