|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Thursday, March 23, 2006 |
( 3/23/2006 02:37:00 PM ) Bill S.
BURNING ROPE BRIDGES – Leave it to South Park's writers to treat the recent controversy around last season's Scientology satire – and the public departure of Isaac Hayes from the show – with their usual big crayon irreverence. Last night's season premiere gave Hayes' character Chef a characteristic send-off – turning the formerly jovial womanizer into a brainwashed pedophile at the hands of a nefarious cult called the Super Adventure Club ("Our club has a message – and a secret that explains the mysteries of life!") Brazenly taking snippets of dialog and songs from Hayes' previous appearances and splicing 'em together with deliberate disregard for their rhythm and timbre, the SParkers worked overtime to make the new Chef comically disturbing, constantly entreating the boys in the show to go back to his house so they could "ma-ake lo-ove." In the end, he's sent careening off a burning rope bridge and down a deep ravine (in a shot deliberately recalls Homer Simpson's famous fall down Springfield Gorge) where his body is ravaged by both a mountain lion and a grizzly bear. The last we see of this once relatively reasonable symbol of adult authority, his body is being pressed into a Chef Vader suit.
Guess they're not expecting Hayes to change his mind any time soon about returning to the show . . .