Diehard South Park fans–and I'll count myself among those who watch every week, even though we don't blog it every week–know that even the greatest episodes can be extremely hit-and-miss, and that may actually be part of the show's appeal at this point. Even the episodes that have some obvious clunk to them, like last night's "Canada On Strike," are capable of redeeming themselves with both pointed and pointless humor. So "Canada On Strike," despite some square-peg/round-hole jokes about the Writer's Guild strike (remember that thing?) was a stone classic. (It should be noted that last week's Heavy Metal-inspired fake-drug episode was pretty Goddamn great, too.)
But onto Canada: The country, hoping for some ethereal royalties from the Internet and a little bit of worldwide respect, decides to go on strike. South Park Canadians, for you casual viewers, are different from South Park Americans in that they have incredible accents, tiny beady eyes, and heads that essentially split at the mouth when they speak. Canadian official Stephen Abootman (read it aloud) leads the country in a great musical number, "Canada On Strike," reminiscent of Bigger, Longer, And Uncut. Sure, you can accuse Parker and Stone of repeating themselves, but if they can do it this well, go for it.