"Sarcastaball" covered some topical subjects such as rule changes in the NFL to protect the players, like moving kickoff up the 35 yard line. Randy Marsh, being my favorite character in the show, made me glad that they created another episode centered around him. When he starts using sarcasm and literally can't stop it's one of the funnier running jokes throughout the episode. The best part was after people stopped taking his sarcasm seriously and everybody was throwing sarcastic jabs back and forth without the slightest break in the middle. At times it became so ridiculous I couldn't tell who was still being sarcastic and who was trying to be serious.
The slight poke at the replacement referees was absolutely hilarious if you were watching for it (it was fairly hard to miss). When the referees were trying to figure out if a player had scored or not, throwing up different hand signals, finally reaching an official review where the ref shouts "fuck it, it's a field goal" was absolutely hilarious.
I'm glad Butters, who is my second favorite character, was a main focus of the episode as well, but his bit wasn't nearly as funny as Randy's. It caused a chuckle or two at first but after a while I really wished that the kids would stop drinking Butters' Creamy Goo. When it led to players splashing it on their face I thought I was going to get a little sick. But fortunately Randy came to the rescue at the end simply stating what it actually was. Such a simple line but it was a great end to the bit. Also was anybody else dying at the fact that Randy ran over a kid and nobody cared as he laid there dead on the field?
It wasn't the greatest episode but is worth watching again.
TL;DR "Sarcastaball" was a good opener after the mid season break. Some of the bits were funnier than others, but I would definitely watch this one again.
Posted by Atkins under TV Reviews