South Park

Season 12 Episode 11

Pandemic 2 - The Startling

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 29, 2008 on Comedy Central
8.1
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Giant guinea pigs are attacking cities all over the world. The boys have the key that will save everyone from the onslaught but they're stranded in the Andes Mountains where they find out the startling truth behind the attacks.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • startlingly fun

    8.0
    doneA show of supreme quality, very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very (apologies, the former review has been moved to a new home, soon you will all be given the key) very very very veryvery very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very enjoyable. A must-see.moreless
  • good

    7.0
    What I liked: Craig continuously showing his disdain of being on this adventure with Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman, Stan saying Craig is being a dick, and then Craig recounts all the stuff that has been going on, South Park being attacked by guinea pigs, including guinea rabbits, guinea bees, amongst other things.



    Good episode. I don't hate it as much as most people do, but it's still far from a great episode. It has some good laughs and an OK plot, but the execution is mostly crap. So my final grade is going to be in the "C" range, I think is fairmoreless
  • Well It isn't perfect, or that good, but it was funny and that's what counts.

    6.5
    After seeing the first few episodes of this half of the season I didn't have high hopes with this episode. it seems that two episodes back they were going back to the way they did things in the first two seasons, and in the last episode they went with a parody and a outlook on the series itself which I thought was funny but predictable as many shows that go this long evenually have at least one episode that questions the logic or the way things usually play out.



    this episode did meet what I expected, I was laughing at the "twist" in the last episode more than anything else in the last few episodes and this one poured on so much it was starting to feel milked epsecally at this episodes end joke which I feel fell flat.



    still I did laugh for a while with the first half of this episode, and I thought the parodies of Cloverfield and touching a few others like REC were pretty cool.



    although if they keep episodes at this level the series will evenually fall and be canceled I doubt south park will go lower than this as even episodes like this one end up being greatly entertaining for at least the first watch.



    hopefully Trey and Matt will make some really hilarious stuff in the future episodes but I wouldn't mind if the rest of the season was Mediocre because they already got so good having one or two "off" seasons isn't going to hurt them.moreless
  • in a continuation of the first episode of a two part homage to Cloverfield, damn guinea pigs, and guinea wasps and guinea everything, attack earth....terrible episode ensues...

    1.0
    easily one of the worst episodes I've ever seen. Not funny, very very unfunny....the camera views ala Cloverfield, don't add anything to the episode viscerally, they in fact adds an unwanted annoying aspect that helped add to the overall mediocre feel of this episode. It has a certain slapped together at the last second feel to it, and is by far the worst episode I've seen yet of this usually awesome series. Instead of the usually great multi-episode epics we've come to love, this for sure brings the average for this season down....poor...very very poor. If given a choice between watching this and watching one of my family members being eaten by some kind of large predatory animal, I'd just barely choose this episode, just barely.....wait no I'd rather watch a loved one being killed and eaten...that might just be funnier.....moreless
  • stupid

    1.0
    The episode opens with a monologue by Craig, explaining what had happened in the previous episode. Craig ends his monologue when he is shown writing in a notebook after landing in a supposed rendezvous point with two pilots, and the other four boys.

    The screen then phases to Colorado with Randy, Sharon and Shelly hiding from the guinea pigs in their home, with Randy still videotaping the events.

    Guinea pigs are shown to be attacking all around the world. A guinea pig then crashes through the wall, and the Marsh family seek refuge in a damaged bus.

    Meanwhile the pilot and co-pilot along with the five boys, figuring out their "meet at Peru" plan doesn't make any sense, decide to walk through the jungle since their plane has run out of fuel. They soon discover a giant area, filled with giant fruit and honeycombs. The two pilots are killed by Baby Guinea pig bee larva; the boys then flee.

    The focus shifts back to the Marsh family now seeking refugee on a Best Buy rooftop along with others when a new type of guinea pigs dubbed "guinea bees" (the live action guinea pigs wearing bee costumes; all the guinea creatures are likewise guinea pigs wearing various costumes) get to the roof, causing the people to flee into the supermarket itself. Randy begins to frantically film around the group. Suddenly the market is attacked by "guinea rabbits" and a "guinea mouse". They then flee into a storeroom.

    The episode returns to Craig and the boys, as they find a temple in the jungle. Inside, they find drawings depicting a prophecy and detailing all the events that have occurred within the previous episode. They discover from this that the Peruvian flute bands were essential to keeping the guinea pigs within the jungle. Yet one day it was told that the flute bands would be captured and the guinea pigs would be free. Finally, it shows a picture of Craig repelling a guinea pig.moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Leopold

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Various Other Females

April Stewart

April Stewart

Voice of Liane Cartman; Principal Victoria; Sharon Marsh; Wendy Testaburger; Various Other Females

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Head of Homeland Security: (to Craig) Damn you Craig! You just don't ever stop do you!?

    • Craig: (narrating) My name is Craig Tucker. Last week, I stopped the Guinea Pirate from taking over the Earth. All the Peruvian flute bands were released, and drove the guinea creatures back to the Andes mountain. Many people have died, but mankind had prevailed. All over the world, survivors were found, living witnesses to the terror that had been seen. The Guinea Pirate lived, but was taken to prison to live out the rest of his days. And people all over the world learn to support their local Peruvian flute bands and buy their CDs for they protect us from the guinea creatures. As for me, I was returned home by Homeland Security. My parents were so happy. I realized that we don't always have control over what happen to us. We are but players on the stage of life. And I also learned to never listen when people come asking you for money.
      (Craig slams the door in front of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman dressed up as a mariachi band)
      Cartman: That guy's an asshole!
      Kyle: Yeah, what a dick!
      Kenny: (muffled) I f***ing hate Craig!

    • Craig: (narrating) My name is Craig Tucker. Last week was my birthday. My grandma gave a check for a hundred dollars. I was so happy. But then, four kids from school came to my house and said I should use my hundred dollars to invest in becoming a Peruvian flute band. They promised I would double my money in one afternoon, but the government arrested us along with all the other Peruvian flute bands, and took us to the internment camp in Miami. We begged to go home, but instead, the government said they were sending us to Peru. And so that is why I am now in Peru. If I die, let it be known that it is because four guys I don't even like from school lied to me and took my birthday money.
      Stan: We didn't lie to you, Craig, it was a sweet idea!
      Kyle: Yeah, how are we supposed to know that the flute bands would be outlawed?

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Tomb Raider: The area with rope bridges and waterfalls is similar to the Laura Croft game series. The music as they enter is also modeled after the game.

    • Cloverfield:




      This episode continues to parody Cloverfield, with the aspects of mass destruction of towns by large, unstoppable monsters.

      It also has a scene from REC, or it's American remake: Quarintine.

    • Brand-Name Stores:



      Both Outback Steakhouse and Best Buy are mentioned by name in this episode. Although they used the term Nerd Patrol instead of Geek Squad as Best Buy's technical specialists.

    • Times Square:




      In the shots of Times Square, NY various allusions to advertisements can be seen. Including Cucci, a play on the high-end clothing store Gucci, as well as D-Mobile, a reference to the cellular service, T-Mobile. There are also signs for the Broadway show Hairspray.

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