Monday, July 17, 2006

South Park's "Trapped in the Closet" is back

by jaydro
Comedy Central will finally be re-airing that controversial Scientology-themed South Park episode "Trapped in the Closet" on Wednesday, July 19th. You may recall its previous repeat getting yanked from the schedule back in March, allegedly at the behest of Tom Cruise in the run-up of M:I 3 publicity. I thought I recalled Chris mentioning his consternation over this and Isaac Hayes's departure from the show, but I can't find that in a search (and my apologies if I'm misremembering).

Speaking of M:I 3, I saw it a week ago and posted a comment to Nick's old review that didn't make it to the main page:

I finally saw this. Happened to be near our local second-run cinema grill when I was hungry and close to showtime, so I decided to check it out. I thought it was better than the second, but still not as good as the first.

The concept was the best yet, but the execution was poor, I thought. I thought the action scenes were some of the most poorly directed/edited I've seen in a while, besides making little sense at times, though they did have their moments. At times I didn't care what they were trying to do, and the details of the capers were often glossed over as if unimportant--but in a film like this, what is important? The beaded sweat on Cruise's nose?

What bothered me was that the filmmakers tried to be so smart at times and show us yet more cool stuff that let our heroes do their thing, but at other times they seemed to ignore all that while bordering on ridiculousness. For me the recent Bourne films have set the bar for this kind of thing, and this M:I film just doesn't rank in today's world of action/caper/spy films, IMHO.

Cruise didn't seem much different to me in this one, as I recalled Nick's comments about halfway through the movie. Maybe it was all the media hype surrounding its release that made things seem different.

I don't know if it's Cruise or the movie or the Bush administration, but I ended up feeling disappointed that our hero and his cohorts weren't wiped out leaving Hoffman's character the victor--PSH was very good in this. He seemed to take on playing a supervillain the same way he might play Kenneth Lay of Enron.

And I liked the display of actual teamwork and frequent use of the old Lalo Schifrin music.


Blogger Chris said...

I actually didn't see MI:3 because of the South Park thing. I'll wait till it comes out on HBO or something and I don't have to pay for it.

I love JJ Abrams to death, but I have zero tolerance for corporate censorship.

It's a good thing Comedy Central is putting it back on the schedule. Matt Stone said they wouldn't be making any more episodes unless Trapped in the Closet was put back into circulation. This last season was tough on them. Bloody Mary, Trapped in the Closet, and Cartoon Wars all suffered from corporate interference in one way or another, and the episodes all suffered from it.

South Park simply doesn't work unless Parker and Stone have complete freedom to do what they want.

7/17/2006 02:56:00 PM  

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