I was lucky enough to have happened to flip over just as the latest South Park take on Christmas began to air. I keep forgetting to watch these days! Needless to say it is difficult to say if this or the episode that featured Mr. Slave assisting Mr. Garrison in the classroom was the most irreverent!
I was glad to get to see it reaired as it will certainly be one of my favorites of all time. It was so wrong on so many levels that it shines out above most. The rejuxtaposition of the meaning of Christmas was brilliant. The sacrilegious elements were the best ever dared on television! And of course, it is always a treat to see Mr. Hankey return for the Holidays. It sure wasn't very Christmasy of the Iraqui soldiers to mistreat Santa like that! I will have to finally get around to renting "Black Hawk Down" as I suspect that the crash of the sleigh is a shot-for-shot reproduction of a crash sequence in that film. Especially given the use of "Red Sleigh" as a call name. The Poo-Choo Train was delightfully disgusting and Cartman was more Cartman-esque than we've seen him in quite some time. And perhaps Jimmy's rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" will appear on a future South Park CD, in it's entirety! That would certainly kill more time on an album than "American Pie" (unless sung by Jimmy).
As for the seemingly apparant return of Kenny, why not? Death was always just a setback for the plucky kid in the too-tight parka. It will be good to have him back in the fold.
And of course on the initial Wednesday night airing of the episode, I really enjoyed the further treat of a reairing of Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics! That has the single best rendition of the Carol of the Bells EVER! Most of the songs were great, but for me the terribly irreverent Christmas song by Satan will always be a holiday favorite. Especially given the timing of the original airing relative to JFK Jr.'s death (if memory serves). But at the same time, reportedly Anne Murray really wanted to sing "Blame Canada" on Oscar night, despite it's inflamatory remark about her, so perhaps the Kennedy family saw the tounge-in-cheek nature of the lyric and took it all in stride.