South Park

Season 13 Episode 11

Whale Whores

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 28, 2009 on Comedy Central

Episode Fan Reviews (17)

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  • perfect

    The Japanese keep killing whales and Stan is determined to get them to stop. He becomes the new star of the show "Whale Wars" and is only intent is to stop the Japanese. But he is caught by Japanese police, where he learns the real reason why they want to kill all whales. Will Stan be able to help the whales after all?

    Pretty funny episode, the spoofs of Deadliest Catch and Whale Wars was funny, as was Stan's plan to trick the Japanese. No real complaints, and this is easily one of the best episodes of the 13th season, so because of all of this my final grade is an A+
  • why such a low rating? this episode was brilliant

    i have no clue as to why this episode currently has only a 8.6, i was laughing and intrigued the whole time. this episode is about stan joining the cast of the horrible reality show, whale wars to stop japanese from killing dolphins and whales, which you can tell trey parker and matt stone obviously hate because everychance they can they harshly make fun of the over wieght captain. its hilarious everytime you see the jappanese running towards dolphins waving their spears in the air. this episode also has one of the best south park montage ever which centres around stan being on a hit tv show while cartman sings poker face by lady gaga. this episode is not like the last 2 episodes which were mediocre at best, it is worth a 10.
  • Dear lord let this be the worst of it

    Okay okay, I get the jokes and some were funny. but overall this was the worst episode of southpark I have ever seen, and for anyone who knows how i felt about the Starling two parter that's saying something.

    still it's worth at least one watch if only to see how close one can go to being insensitive without actually crossing the line.....too much.

    it starts simple with making a comment on the japanese attacking whales and dolphins to a really over done degree. but as it turns out it was just a set up reason and filler after the first 2 minutes just to get Stan into a boat and thus the real comment is one a show that I have not seen and I'm guessing most others haven't or do not care to for the very reasons said in this episode.

    whatever social commentary though is completely dwarfed by the overkill of how far the Japanese will go like killing a football team, and the solutions to the issue was so retarded it undermined everything good before hand. the only thing saving this from a lower rating with me was that although bad jokes I still laughed at this thing.
  • When Stan's birthday trip to swim with dolphins turns bad when the Japanese kill all the dolphins, Stan joins the crew of reality TV show 'Whale Wars' to try and stop the senseless killing of dolphins and whales. Some okay moments, but too unfocused..

    This review contains spoilers.

    I'm not sure what to make of this episode. It has some amusing and quite clever moments, but ultimately does not quite work, and comes off as an average-at-best instalment, and in places feels very 'thrown together'.
    At first, I thought it might end up being a retread of season nine's 'Free Willzyx' – how wrong could I be.

    With the Marsh family visiting Denver Aquarium to swim with dolphins, I was hoping that this was going to be a story that heavily featured Randy, one of my favourite characters. Sadly, he only gets one really amusing moment (pushing the little girl out of the way, insisting it is him that gets a kiss from a dolphin) before he fades into the background of the story.

    The Japanese appearing out of nowhere every time to kill all the dolphins and whales in a bloody slaughter, is fairly amusing at first, but gets old very quickly.

    Maybe I didn't fully take to this story because I haven't seen 'Whale Wars' – I don't think it's shown here in the U.K. (at least, not on any channel I have / want), but even beyond that, the story didn't seem certain as to what it wants to be.
    The only really amusing and notable moment of the story is Cartman singing Lady Gaga (I'm not a fan of hers, but Cartman's version was funny).

    Mid-way through, the episode takes a sharp turn as the cast of 'Whale Wars' do battle with another such show, 'Deadliest Catch'. Although two such shows at war with each other could maybe be amusing, here it detracts from the overall story and on hindsight seems to be little more than story padding.
    Likewise, other than to get on TV, Cartman and Kenny suddenly deciding to join Stan's mission doesn't really lead anywhere.

    As for the ending... the explanation that the Japanese were hunting dolphins and whales after mistakenly beliving them to be responsible for the bombing of Hiroshima... it *should* have been funny, but just somehow doesn't really work.

    All-in-all, not one of the season's best episodes. Not bottom-of-the barrel either (that still goes to the terrible 'Eat, Prey, Queef'), but I hope the rest of the season's episodes are stronger than this one.
  • Stan tries to stop the Japs from killing whales and dolphins.

    There is something subliminally stupid yet perfect about this episode. Very funny, even hilarious, this might just be a South Park classic. I never even seen the show they make fun of called "Whale Wars" but it doesn't matter because they do a great job at just making jokes about the whole situation. If not the entire episode, the ending of the episode is quite strange and insulting to the Japanese. But to remark, the last line of the episode is remarkably what turns everything full circle and makes for a great laugh as the credits role. What’s sure to be a controversial episode, South Park doesn’t let up.
  • Great episode!

    This was a very funny episode with great humor throughtout. Oh, and P.S, there are spoilers for the jokes in this review.The jokes were brilliant in the episode. It started at the beggining with supreme jokes with the Japanese. "F**k you dolphin! F**k you whales!" Then, Stan joined a team of so called "bad-asses". That was really funny also. I won't reveal any other jokes, but the jokes were gold in this episode. Cartman was funny in this episode espically when he was singing "Poker Face" The storyline was brilliant. Where the hell do they come up with this stuff? So brilliant episode overall, one of my favorites and one of the best Season 13 episodes.
  • Hilarious episode. Parker and Stone still got it

    Possible Spoiler: This is one of the funniest and most clever episodes of South Park to date. Without a doubt my favorite moment of the episode was when they were in the Japanese museum, and the man showed the boys the photo of a dolphin and whale bombing Hiroshima. I totally wasn't expecting that at all. And I also loved the part when they were flying Kamikaze planes into the whales in the ocean, screaming "Fu** you whale!!"

    I wonder how Trey Parker and Matt Stone come up with this stuff, it seems like they have an endless supply of laughter!

    5 stars
  • Whale Whores funny and poignant

    With Whale Whores, South Park tackles several issues from whaling, activism, reality shows, and even Lady Gaga. Listening to Cartman sing Pokerface during a montage of Stan taking on the Japanese whalers was classic.

    In true South Park style, no one is truly damned or let off the hook. Japanese whalers are generally easy targets but South Park fixes their target on the head of Sea Shepherd who feels the brunt of some of the worst insults in the episode. The show also highlights the hypocrisy of western activists who decry whaling while turning a blind eye to cruel practices in their own country.

    As always when they tackle such controversial issues, South Park makes you think while making you laugh at the same time.
  • A strange, brilliant episode that comes together in the last 60 seconds.

    The short version: Japanese whalers are slaughtering whales and dolphins worldwide. When Stan takes over the crew of "Whale Wars," things take an increasingly violent turn. Soon enough, Stan, Kenny, and Cartman are captured by the Japanese...and learn the stunning origins of the Japanese hatred of aquatic mammals.

    This episode has really been the first of its kind since "Scott Tenorman Must Die." Much like that brilliant episode, "Whale Whores" seemed strange and pointless for the first 20 minutes. It wasn't until literally the last 60 seconds that the storyline came together in a stunning, hilarious, thoroughly unexpected climax. Without giving too much away, let's just say that the message presented at the end is not what one would expect.

    One of the best of the season. Well done, guys.
  • Stan decides to really save the whales and dolphins by going to work for a group of people who try to stop whaling operations on the ocean. When Stan becomes the Captain he really starts to escalate the violence and get his message across.

    Truly an over the top episode of South Park. I had not seen any coming attractions and when they were swimming with the dolphins at the beginning and the hoard of Japanese men come running in with spears, etc. it was amazing.

    The world knows that Japan is probably the number one country still in the whaling industry. The amazing story that the Americans supposedly concocted to get them to take the suspicion off America for the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima was absolutely outrageous. These guys still go so far outside the box sometimes. Cartman and Kenny joining the crew was of course classic Cartman. Always looking for his fifteen minutes of fame.

    Another great example of taking something people really don't like, but tolerate. Then taking the subject over the edge and beyond reason. Very funny, especially the screaming Japanese. I really wonder if anyone was offended by this or saw it for what it really is. Maybe they are trying to offend someone! :) Thanks for reading...
  • Quintessenitally South Park

    No one else could tell a story like this. Love it or hate it, this episode was South Park to the core. It got straight into the story and have a good sense of drive and direction thoughout. I have to give credit the the whole ratings war twist. One second I thought lame but then it became pretty darn funny!

    Cartman was at his best again, and really kept the humour going stong. His sudden interest in whales after the ratings spike was funny as!

    Odd was Kyles almost non existance in this episode. Thats not a bad thing, it was a rarely seen charecter dynamic and I never complain when a show does something a bit different. Although having Kyle hanging around with Cartman over Stan was (I joke) an intolerably radical change!

    It goes without saying this ranks as one of South Parks wierdest episodes, and amougst them probably the best. To make sense out of such randomness is a skill!

    There was something missing which dulled this episode down, but I cant quite put my finger on it. Perhaps the best way to described it was that I was smiling thoughout but I was never laughing out loud. Whilst the story was novel and fun ride, it was probably like a really good family rollercoaster than a white knuckle ride. That said it still enjoyed and i think it continues this season considerable improvement over the last 1 and 1/2.
  • where do they get these ideas

    In this episode it Stan's birthbay and they go to a place wheres dolphins are. Who doesn't want to ride a dolphin. then the Japanese comes and just kills the dolphins. oh my gosh they kill the dolphins you bastards it's too bad they didn't say that. It so funny when Cartman was singing Poker face and Kenny was on the dumns and kyle on the guitar but it was on rock band I love that game then Stan finds a way to destroy the Japanese and then Cartman still sings poker face man It LOl when Cartman sings and then the japanese stop
  • This is one of these special SP episodes which make efforts to get a quality points across.


    I'm having a hard time understanding such low ratings on a such a well put together episode. Let's not even go into the Cartman as Lady Gaga cause that's already my new ringtone! I hate having to explain episodes cause I'm sure this is obvious to most individuals above the age of 10 but here we go. Matt and Trey go into great depths while staying funny of course to portray the Japaneese as these wild crazed maniacs who kill whales and dolphins out of passionate hatred. This is just an extreme mimic of our portrayal of the Japaneese as "evil" in some of our mainstream media. Shows like "Whale wars" make it seem like the Japaneese are there just to mass massacre the "dolphins and whales" when in reality they are just trying to feed their people as we are with "chickens and cows". All and all an awesome episode which burnt all a-holes trying to profit from distorting other cultures.
  • Nice for Stan to get some air time but then Cartman sang Poker Face!

    Stan was brought to the front of the stage this week in South Park and I've always found that he flourishes better without Kyle, and vice versa. I know they are the moral centre of the show but we forget that they are equally as bad as the rest of the kids in terms of behaviour. All was going well until Cartman sang Poker Face and then I was just itching for more Cartman doing GaGa. The show does work better when the likes of Cartman, Butters and Randy are heading the storylines, but it was a decent middle of the road kind of episode, not as good as Butters Bottom **** though.
  • Great Episode. F**k YOU WHALE! F**k YOU DOLPHIN!

    Hilarious episode. One of my favourite of this season. Up there with Fishsticks. Thought the Pokerface bit was great but I thought the whole wale and dolphin pilot joke was even better. I thought that the japanese were going to use the whole the "oh you americans have such large penis thing again but i thought the hiroshima thing was even better.

    Ok its a silly episode but south park shouldnt do social commentary every single episode. I enjoy these more simple episodes just as much because they can just go wild with the ideas. Some of the social commentary episodes can also sometimes feel abit forced or arent that funny like the Britney spears episode.

    9/10! awesomo.
  • Started out good, but lost its way

    I thought it was a decent episode overall. It started out pretty funny, but did not turn out how I expected. I thought they may have made fun the infamous Hayden Panettiere video, but they didn't. My favorite line in the episode was after the old captain was killed and one of the crew members says, "Maybe he's all right?" I also think that the "twist" at the end with the Enola Gay could have used other "pilots", like Crab People. That way, they could have maybe tied it back to Deadliest Catch angle. Anyways, looking forward for next week's episode.
  • After two disappointing episodes, South Park returns to form. The funniest episode since Fishsticks.

    This episode was flat out hilarious, and I'm shocked to see the diversity among opinions. I thought there would be a much more positive turnout. Anywho...

    Stan's birthday is completely ruined when the Japanese come and kill all the dolphins and whales in the sea park. Stan becomes determined to make a cause and get revenge so he joins Whale Wars. Little does he know that all they do is throw stink bombs at the Japanese as a form of attack. Stan decides to go full force and start physically harm the Japanese. Cartman and Kenny join along and what turns out to be a reveal of dolphins and whales being responsible for Hiroshima.

    Now let's get into the funny. The episode has so many funny moments. Killing Miami Dolphins, Cartman singing Lady Gaga, then changing the lyrics to make fun of Stan, Cartman wanting to be on TV but not admitting it, Cartman yawning at the Hiroshima museum, laughing at the eye joke, Japanese prison blues, the list goes on.

    It was ridiculous, it was hysterical, it was South Park. I mean a whale and dolphin bombing Hiroshima? Come on, that's classic offbeat random ass South Park humor.