South Park

Season 3 Episode 13

Starvin' Marvin in Space!

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 17, 1999 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

An alien from the planet Marklar lands in Ethiopia, but is eaten by lions when he tries to communicate with them. Starvin' Marvin finds the abandoned ship, and goes flying into space, and back down to South Park to visit his foster parents: Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny. He takes them on a trip to the planet Marklar, and they find that the planet would be an ideal environment for Marvin's family and neighbors.moreless

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Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Mary Kay Bergman

Mary Kay Bergman

Voice of Wendy Testaburger; Liane Cartman; Sheila Broflovski; Sharon Marsh; Mrs. McKormick; Mayor McDaniels; Ms. Crabtree; Princ

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Michelle Unger

Michelle Unger

Voice of Sister Hollis, Lady Missionary

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Listen carefully: When the Marklar ship gets caught in the positronic tractor beam of Sally Struthers' ship, you hear a computer voice saying: "Warning! Deflector shields failing!"

    • Although it's mirrorized, Ethiopia is visible on the bottom side of the photo of the earth.

    • In the opening we see the misfortunate Marklar approaching earth. The photo of the earth is mirrorized.

      The picture of Marklar is the very same photograph of earth with a green hue over it.

    • When Pat Robertson announces the need of an argon crystal 900 txl laser, we see a top down super soaker.

    • When Starvin' Marvin crashes through Cartman's living room wall with the marlark spaceship, Cartman clearly says, "holy ****" without being censored. You just can't hear it as well as you could because of the crash.

    • Cartman accuses Kyle of "going number two" in one of the school urinals, and vice-versa. This actually became the subplot of a future episode, "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce".

    • Whilst Cartman is convincing Sally Struthers to let them out of her tractor beam and go on to Marklar, you see two heads at each of the bottom corners of Sally's video monitor (on Sally's end watching the screen). These heads look just like the aliens from Marklar.

    • On the second voyage to Marklar, the button Cartman first presses to start up the bad song is the same one he later presses to send the spaceship to Marklar.

    • When Kyle said "I thought you called your planet Marklar", Marvin is at his normal size. but when Kyle told the Marklars about Marvin, HE'S AT THE SAME HEIGHT AS THE BOYS!!!, WHAT THE?!?!

    • After Stavin Marvin crashes the spaceship into Cartman's house, the top right part collapsed but when he took off with the boys it's back on again.

    • when the boys go back to Marklark a second time, Kenny is with them. But Kenny is in carbon (a la Han Solo) in Sally Struthers spaceship.

    • when starvin' marvin crashes through cartman's living room wall with the marlark spaceship cartman clearly says"holy shit!" without being cencored you just can't hear it as well as you could because of the crash

    • When the CIA guys torture the kids with the balloon they are wearing headphones; how can they hear what the kids are saying?

    • Kenny is seen the second time the boys go through the wormhole, even though he was given to Sally Struthers beforehand.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • CIA member: Boys, we need to talk to you about a matter of national security. Now!
      (grabs Eric and Kyle, his colleague takes Kenny and Stan)
      Mr. Garrison: (door gets closed) I hope you give them the chair!

    • Kyle: Wait, wait, I think I can explain this whole thing. Marklar, these Marklars want to change your Marklar. They don't want this Marklar or any of his Marklars to live here, because it's bad for their Marklar. They use Marklar to try and force Marklars to believe their Marklar. If you let them stay here, they will build Marklars and Marklars, they will take all your Marklars and replace them with Marklar. These Marklars have no good Marklar to live on Marklar, so they must come here to Marklar. Please, let these Marklars stay where they can dwell and prosper without any Marklars, Marklars or Marklars.
      Alien: Young Marklar, your Marklars are wise and true.
      Christian woman: What the hell did he say?

    • Federal Agent: Earlier this morning, an ethnic child was seen piloting an alien space craft over Chinese airspace. Cartman: Cool! Federal Agent: Cool?! That ship has enough plutonium on board to vaporise a large city. Is that "cool"? Stan: Yeah.

    • (none of the Ethiopians want to read the Bible)
      Missionary: Remember... (pulls down a screen and points to it) reading the Bible plus accepting Jesus equals food.
      (all the Ethopians start reading the Bible)

    • Marvin: (series of clicking sounds)
      Missionary: No no Marvin. Speak in God's language...English.

    • Marklar Leader: You see we call everything Marklar.
      Kyle: Doesn't that get confusing?
      Marklar Leader: No, not at all. Hey Marklar!
      Marklar: Yes Marklar.
      Marklar Leader: You see!

    • Marklar Leader: I am Marklar, leader of the Marklar.
      Stan: Uh, cool. My name is Stan and I'm the leader of Earth.
      Marklar Leader: Marklar to you.
      Stan: Cool!
      Cartman: Ey! I'm the leader of Earth!
      Stan: Screw you, Cartman! I called leader first!
      Cartman: Well, you can call leader 'til your ass bleeds, but that doesn't make it true!

    • CIA member: I need to talk to you, you, you, and you. (points to Cartman, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny)
      Mr. Garrison: Now what have you little bastards done?
      Cartman: It was Kyle who went #2 in the urinal!
      Kyle: Shut up, fat ass!

    • Stan: Maybe we'll come and visit sometime.
      Cartman: Yeah, and maybe Jesse Jackson will be president.

    • Marklar: You Marklars must leave.
      Missionary: But you will all burn forever in eternal hellfire!
      Marklar: Yes, that's nice, thank you for stopping by.

    • Pat Robertson: (slowly stuttering through the technical lingo) Now stay with me on this one folks. Sally Struthers has a Tiberian junker, which is the favored ship of the Huts, and she has trapped our new CBC ship in a, uh, positronic tractor beam. So we're going to need an ionic tractor disruptor. Not a regular ionic tractor disruptor, but a negative ionic tractor disruptor to help spread the word of Jesus. (mutters) I look like a f---in idiot up here.

    • Mr. Garrison: The hare-krishnas are totally gay!

    • Cartman: (as Tom Brokaw) Good day, gentlemen. I'm here to get the big story, the big scoop. I have just found out that you have found some kind of ship from an alien race. Seeing that I am Pulitzer Prize winning Tom Brokaw…
      Executive 1: Look, kid. Did you think this was going to fool anybody? You don't look anything like Tom Brokaw?
      Cartman: What? Dare you question my integra-tah?
      Kyle (from inside): I told you Tom Brokaw doesn't have a mustache, fat ass.
      Cartman: Whooh, I had some bad burritos today.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Star Trek

      Missionary:Holy crap, they have photon torpedoes!

    • Star Trek

      The layout of the bridge of the Christian ship is similar to the Galaxy class starship from Star Trek, including the USS Enterprise-D.

    • Sally Struthers:

      Sally Struthers was parodied in two episodes of South Park: "Starvin Marvin" and "Starvin' Marvin in Space". In the earlier episode, she appeared as a grossly obese character of herself who worked for the Feed the Children Foundation, a fictionalized version of the Christian Children's Fund. In the latter episode, Struthers character was even more exaggerated as Jabba the Hutt.

    • Greek:

      The word "marklar" sounds suspiciously similar to the Greek word "malaka", which can be heard repeatedly during most conversations of contemporary Greeks. The word's meaning varies heavily with context, expressing friendship, surprise, appreciation, anger, insult etc. The literal meaning of the word is rather demeaning, so non-native speakers should avoid it - even if it is the most popular Greek word – as it takes skill and experience to properly use it.

    • Star Trek:

      The planet "Alpha Ceti 6" is mentioned. This is a reference to Star Trek, where Khan Noonian Singh was marooned on Ceti Alpha 5. Ceti Alpha 6 exploded, and Ceti Alpha 5 assumed its orbit.

    • Twilight Zone:

      The Marklar species is a parody of the Kanamits from the "Twilight Zone" episode "To Serve Man."

    • 700 Club:

      The 600 club is a parody of the 700 club on the Christian Broadcasting Network. Not sure if this was intended or not, but many clubs are called the 600 club, including "the world's largest community for Satanism and the Occult."

    • Star Wars: This whole episode features elements that parody the "Star Wars" films. The main references being Sally Struthers as Jabba the Hutt which she mutated just like Jabba's human appearance in the very first release Star Wars movie and Kenny being frozen into Carbon which is what happened to Han Solo in Star Wars Episode V: The empire strikes back