South Park

Season 13 Episode 2

The Coon

4
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 18, 2009 on Comedy Central
8.8
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During times of great woe and despair, one young person in South Park takes it upon himself to keep order. "The Coon" rises from the gutter and becomes South Park's sole vigilante…until a rival superhero, "Mysterion" shows up on the scene and challenges "The Coon"'s right to be a beacon for the townsfolk.moreless

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  • Who is Mysterion, seriously?

    9.5
    "The Coon"



    Grade: A



    One of the funniest and best parodies of Dark Knight and Watchmen. South Park's The Coon had you guessing, and tricked you at the end cleverly with no resolution, but nevertheless the episode was well plotted, had good quotes, and funny moments.



    The story begins narrating from Cartman about a superhero who stays at night cleaning up the garbage, dressed as a raccoon, called "The Coon", who incorrectly mistakes crimes at non-issues (people kissing normally as "raping" for example). "The Coon" tells the police about the town's situation of South Park. "The Coon" is of course Cartman, but nobody cares or wants to know who his real identity actually is.

    The next morning, Cartman does a presentation on "The Coon" and tells him if they want to meet him, then they tell them to meet him on the rooftop. Cartman as "The Coon" shows up, and discovers another person in a costume. This person claims to be "Mysterion" and Cartman assumes its Kyle, Craig, or Clyde. Mysterion never reveals himself and guesses "The Coon" to be Cartman straight away because "he's fat".

    Cartman, annoyed by the next day, of not knowing who Mysterion is, decides to focus on setting up a "Coonicon" on where "The Coon" shows at at a comic-con like convention. Nobody shows up and the staff already know who he is, which annoys him.

    At night, Cartman notices Mysterion telling the police about the status of the town, and confronts Mysterion to stop and reveal himself. Mysterion throws some fireworks on the floor to get away, and Cartman says they are illegal in Colorado.

    Back at school, Cartman questions everyone on who Mysterion is (with Wendy opening a possibility of Mysterion being a girl as well) and doesn't find the answer, so he decides to go to one person who might know the answers: Professor Chaos.

    At Professor Chaos' hideout (Butters) Cartman wants to get rid of Mysterion, but Chaos doesn't know if he should trust him. They decide to team up and Chaos claims to be getting closer in finding who Mysterion is, again also looking on who "The Coon" is (with only 3 identities to pick from, one of them being Cartman). Cartman has a plan to get rid of Mysterion once and for all.

    Meanwhile, Mysterion enters Kyle's bedroom and asks for his help, due to being the "smartest kid in the class", and needs some information from him.

    "The Coon" and "Chaos" are at a hospital with explosives (similar to The Dark Knight) and demand that Mysterion reveals himself, otherwise the hospital will blow up. Mysterion shows up and asks Chaos why he is doing this. Mysterion and Chaos end up in a small fight, when Mysterion seemingly is "killed". Mysterion gets back up and "The Coon" shows up, telling him he wants to stop Professor Chaos as well, and they hit him on the nose, making his nose bleed and run away as a result.

    "The Coon" tells Mysterion that he needs to reveal his identity, because the longer he doesn't, the more crimes will be comitted due to wanting to find out his identity, and for the "greater good". Mysterion reveals himself at the end, but because his/her face is similar to every one in South Park, there's still no way of knowing who it is. Cartman goes "I knew it was you" and Mysterion gets arrested for being a vigilante, allowing "The Coon" to stay as the main superhero of South Park.



    So this episode was very good, and the music they used on it worked to demonstrate the atmosphere of super hero movies, as well as using it in the tone of South Park. Full of good jokes, references, and a workable plot. "The Coon" is a pretty good episode, and is not to be missed.moreless
  • south park has two good episodes in a row!?

    9.0
    I can't believe it either. South park has two strong episodes in a row. Im bewildered, bamboozled, baffled. Its some crazy stuff. I loved the superhero idea and It had a lot of references to dark knight with a sprinkle of watchmen in it with cartmans Rorschach like talking. Having butters as professor chaos and the other kid as general disarray was very welcome, and people mistaking cartmans secret identity, the coon, for bruce villanch was funny. There also was a hilarious poster of bar obama ack that said change on it and then spray-painted below it it said "when?". South park just may be back on track after a sub-par 12th season.moreless
  • Cartman tries to fight crime as the Coon

    8.5
    In this episode Cartman become a crimefighter know as the Coon. But no one knows the Coon so Cartman tries to tell everyone then the Coon meets Mysterion who thinks he is a crimefighter and then everyone loves Mysterion. Then cartman tries to find out who is Mysterion. It can't be Kyle,Token,Timmy,Jimmy I think is Kenny. Then The Coon joins forces with Professor Chaos and General Dissoray. They Professor Chaos tells everyone that they're are going to blow up a hostpit then Mysterion comes out then the Coon makes him tell who he is and then Mysterion takes off his mask but you can't tell who he is that Sucks. If he die we will know it is Kennymoreless
  • A great take on all our favourite comic book heroes (and possibly villians)

    9.0
    One young citizen (who we shall call Cartman) takes it upon himself to maintain order during a time of despair in South Park. "The Coon" rises from the trash and takes his place as a lone vigilante who wipes out crime in the town of South Park. A rival superhero appears on the scene in the form of "Mysterion" and challenges the Coon's place as a "symbol" for the town. The question is, who is Mysterion? This episode does have some red-herrings to divert us from obtaining the truth. It's someone in the clas$ but as Wendy points out "How are you so sure Mysterion is a boy?"

    So I guess we will never know who Mysterion is.



    Great episode :]moreless
  • Cartman has watched The Dark Knight one time too much, while he tries to figure out who Mysterion really is. With a little help of Professor Chaos and General Dissoray

    7.0
    A good episode, but not as interesting as the previous one.



    I don't like it when a South Park episode evolves around one storyline in particular, and though it was good to see Butter's alter ego and his minions again, it couldn't keep me interested. Maybe because it wouldn't be a big shocker if we would have found out who Mysterion was anyway.



    What made it good, was that it was a Cartman-centric episode and his disappearing act at the police station was priceless too. And last but not least, you have to admit: the kid knows how to immitate Batman's screwed up low voice.moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Randy Marsh; Mr. Garrison

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Leopold 'Butters' Stotch; Gerald Broflovski

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 (4)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Professor Chaos: This way! We will now show you our secret headquarters of doom.
      The Coon: You guys have your own storage facility?
      Professor Chaos: Actually it belongs to General Disarray's grandma, but she lets us use it. This is where we come up with all our evil plans. Here's our computer relays. And this is like a.. a cube of chaos that can destroy the world in one second! And here's some of our evil minions! We have everything we need here. Can I offer you a Coke or a Sprite or something?
      The Coon: I'll take a Sprite.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Spider-Man 3:



      The fight at the construction building is very similar to Spider-Man 3 where Spider-Man fights Venom and the Sandman and then Harry Osborn comes to aid the hero.

    • Watchmen:



      The constant calling of the city as a whore in need of help might be a reference to Rorschach from Watchmen and his lines about how corrupt the city has become.

    • A Leprechaun in Mobile:

      On the news coverage of Mysterion, an African-American gentleman with a gold tooth and blue hat asks the people in the crowd if they've seen Mysterion to say yeah. This reference comes from the 2006 story and viral video hit A Leprechaun in Mobile in which a similar gentleman asks the Mobile, AL crowd if they've seen the leprechaun in a tree say yeah.

    • The Dark Knight:



      The entire episode is a parody of The Dark Knight complete with the secret identities, the husky voices, and the idea to blow up a hospital.

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