Ah, the grand return to form! I do love it so. South Park really hit the nail on the head this week with an episode that was both relevant and classically humorous, tackling the ridiculous nature of home security advertising while also throwing in a healthy dose of subtle film references and outrageous scenes. Even the mob mentality of the town that leads to some of the show’s best moments makes a headstrong return with some great Batman influence!
“Insecurity” throws the laughs and the instigating factor for the episode out right from the start, with a Cialis commercial that leads Kyle’s parents to engage in sexual role play to the tune of the UPS man delivering a “package.” However, during the height of their steamy sex, Ike happens to enter the doorway and witness what appears to him as a stranger having his way with his mother. Ike relays this to Kyle, which in turn leads to Randy finding out through eavesdropping on the boys – and so begins the town panic! All of the men think that their wives are ordering things from Amazon just to have sex with the UPS man, because honestly, who forgets what they order from the internet? Well, they ask themselves that very question, and with the help of an old man who had to deal with the milkman once, they began their plot to kill the UPS man.
In what was one of the highlights of the episode, Randy and the other men set up an elaborate plan to kidnap the UPS man and kill him by hijacking his car while wearing Bane masks. Every single one of them is wearing a Bane mask, and they all sound like the Tom Hardy version of the supervillain when they throw out little quips in response to the terrified driver. Of course, this is all one giant mistake on their part due to Randy’s misinformation, but that doesn’t stop things from getting worse.
All the while this is going on, Cartman thinks that it is absolutely necessary that he gets a home security system to protect his mom from getting raped by the UPS man, while also making sure that no Jews steal his stuff. Cartman soon learns that the security company is comprised of a bunch of idiots running an ineffective service that just gives him more trouble than it’s worth. Although after the town learns that multiple Banes have overtaken their town and are going around beating up deliverymen, the rest of the people turn to the security company to get themselves equipped with a bodily security device called “Insecurity.” This too proves to be a major pain for everyone else, as their actual insecurities are setting off the internal alarm system which makes the security company call them to make sure they’re okay.
At the height of all of this mayhem, Kyle finally confronts his parents and the UPS man – who is already insanely paranoid about getting beat up again – and asks them to tell the truth. The mob of husbands though, led by Randy of course, blows up the UPS man’s truck, causing him to commit suicide right there on the spot.
It’s pretty crazy to think that all of this escalated from a crayon drawing by Ike and some hearsay by Randy, but you can’t really expect any less from the people of South Park. This was a great episode that brought a lot of hilarious moments and ridiculous happenings. It felt like an early episode of the show, while also bringing some fresh topics that have actually needed to be lampooned for quite some time. I find it funny that I was watching an ADT commercial a few weeks back and commented to others how much fear-mongering and absurdity there is in those commercials, and then South Park goes and creates a great exaggeration of what it makes people believe. I say it every week because South Park has been hit and miss as of late, but I really hope next week’s episode can top this one, or match it at the very least. If they can produce something as funny as this episode, I’ll be one happy camper.
8.5 out of 10