South Park: ‘Tweek x Craig’ Review

I'm Your Tweek, You're My Craig

I don’t even know what I’m supposed to think about the latest from South ParkOn the one hand, I love the fact that they use the show as a platform for social commentary. On the other hand, I really didn’t understand what the fuck they were talking about for most of this episode. Asians deciding who is gay and who is not? Is this a thing? Or Craig and Tweek being told they are gay so they just go along with it so they can be “cool”. It was all just a little too weird for me but like every episode of South Park, it still had some funny moments.

This was simply one of those episodes that you either really liked or really disliked and I think I fall into the latter category. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock or something but does this kind of thing actually happen? I grew up in the ’90s where it was totally not cool to be gay so seeing the complete opposite occur was interesting to say the least. I just feel like some of these episodes could and should have been a lot funnier and this was one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I love South Park to death and I’ll never stop watching but really, there wasn’t too much funny going on in Tweek X Craig.

Tee Hee Hee

Damnit Leslie, would you just shut your f@#$ing pie hole already! That will officially never get old and I love how PC Principal continues to yell at her during every school assembly.

Damnit Leslie

This assembly was all about Yaoi, which is hands down one of the weirdest things I have ever heard of. Apparently, Yaoi is a genre of fiction which focuses on romantic or sexual relationships between male characters and is typically aimed at a female audience which is exactly what happened in our episode. The Asian girls at school decided to draw Craig and Tweek in a variety of weird ass sexual scenes. And Craig’s reaction was no different than mine:

Dude, What the Fuck

Apparently, the writers of South Park had asked people to draw up some images of Craig and Tweek prior to this episode airing, in case you were wondering where in the hell they came from. So people actually draw this stuff? Dude, what the fuck!

i-am-so-confused

Tweek and Craig are called to PC Principal’s office and hilarity ensued. Tweek and Craig emphasize that they are not gay and are given a lecture on some guidelines regarding affirmative consent. This was followed by Tweek and Craig being forced to role play and it was the epitome of awkward, even if it is only a cartoon.

"Craig, can I touch your penis?"

Now Craig, what would you say if you wanted to take a gander at Tweek's asshole?

Randy was also a complete idiot throughout this episode as he starts to believe that the Asian’s decide who is going to be gay. They just pick who they pick, ya know? It was also pretty funny watching Craig’s dad and Tweek’s dad have completely different reactions to the news that their boys are gay (even though they aren’t). I love how the people of South Park are so stupid, it just makes the series so much more funny to watch.

Randy decides to call China in an attempt to figure out how Asians make people gay. He is led to believe that this is a Japanese thing and Randy is the dumbest human being ever. Luckily for all of us, it’s pure comedy especially when you consider how serious he is in his beliefs. More Randy, please!

Cartman is also questioning the news and wonders whether he should kick Craig’s ass for seeing his wiener. He is visited by Cupid-Me, one of the most ridiculous characters ever, and he is sent out by Cartman to hit Craig and Tweek with his love arrows. And pee in their mouths which was really fucking gross.

Love Is In The Air

Of course, this doesn’t actually work and Craig and Tweet get in a fist fight instead but all of this doesn’t last too long when Craig and Tweek realize that they are going to have to stage a fake break-up and admit that they are gay in order for all of this to go away. Also, this happened after Craig arrived at Tweek’s house and it made for an absolutely awesome gif:

Randy and Tweek's Dad Cheering

Tweek’s dad reacted in a much different, and positive, way than Craig’s dad and it was fun watching these contrasting reactions. Plus, Randy showed us his new PC tattoo.

Let Me Handle This, I'm PC

Back at school, Craig and Tweek’s plan goes seriously wrong when Tweet conjures up his inner Brad Pitt and puts on a performance for the ages. Of course, this was not how it was supposed to go down because Craig is totally shunned by everyone for being such a dick. How dare he cheat on Tweek with Michael!

And what followed next was South Park at its most insane. With Great Big World’s Say Something playing, we were treated to a montage of reactions to Tweek and Craig’s break-up which wasn’t even real in the first place. They’re not even gay! And even if they were, why is the whole town upset about it? Dude, what the fuck!

Tweek's dad crying

At this point in the episode, I have no idea what is going on anymore. So the Asian girls at school draw pictures of Craig and Tweek being gay together, the whole town ends up believing this because they are completely idiotic which leads to Craig and Tweet staging a fake break-up that ends up being a real break-up due to Tweek’s awesome acting skills which ultimately leads to them getting back together. So…are they gay? What just happened? Did the entire town just will them into being gay even though they aren’t? That’s a thing now? Dude, what the fuck!

This whole episode felt radically different to me and I don’t know if I liked it as much as some of the other episodes this season. There’s always good jokes in every episode but I felt there was a lack of the real funny stuff that I have come to expect from South Park. Maybe I’m missing the point though. Maybe this was more about how society pushes people into thinking a certain way to the point where they just decide to accept it. It’s pretty obvious to me that Tweek and Craig are not gay but by the end of the episode they just let the town decide what is best for them so they’re now pretending to be in a relationship together. I also wonder if this relationship is going to continue into the final four episodes.

Besides Randy, Cupid-Me was the other highlight of this episode. I don’t know why but Cartman’s imagination always has the ability to make me laugh. The scene with Cartman and Cupid-Me in the gay bar was downright hilarious with Cupid-Me smoking a cigarette and trying to pick up dudes. There is something about a Cupid version of Cartman dropping an F bomb that I just love.

"Oh, now you need me huh? Fuck you dude!"

Overall, this was as interesting as they get but I just wasn’t laughing as often as I usually do.

The Verdict

Episode Score: MIKEY DISLIKES IT (BUT HERE’S $100)
Mikey Dislikes ItI’m still in a little bit of shock after watching this episode. To be honest, I had no idea what Yaoi was and now I wish I could unthink it out of my memory. I mean, I can’t believe this is actually a thing. Leave it to South Park to involve the fans in the weirdest way imaginable. And this entire PC story is starting to get old. It was great at the beginning but it’s starting to lose its edge and the jokes did not land quite as well.

That said, I love the effort that is going into these episodes. The fact that they are trying something new and original is something I am definitely glad to see but can we please have more Caitlyn Jenner-type episodes. I am still laughing over the whole “Buckle Up Buckaroo” thing and I would love to see more episodes like that one.

It’s really hard for me to dislike anything about South Park but this episode was probably my least favorite of the season so far. That’s not to say that this show is bad or is losing its quality, it’s simply that my expectation for this series is way too high. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

And just a random thought but don’t you think an episode dedicated entirely to Leslie would be awesome? All we know at this point is that PC Principal yells at her every single assembly so it could turn out to be a super hilarious idea to use her for an entire storyline.

So what did you think of ‘Tweek X Craig’? Did it make you as happy as Tweek’s dad when he found out his son had a boyfriend? Or did it taste like Cupid-Me pissing in your mouth? Let us know in the comments and thanks for reading, fellow South Parkers.