Insheeption is a complicated, convoluted process. But Insheeption was explained as best as possible by South Park, as they used it to solve the mystery of hoarding. Stan and Mr. Mackey were revealed as hoarders, in the manner of A&E’s hit reality show. However, A&E’s hoarder experts never put their subject into dreamland to find out the source of their problems. Yet South Park’s resulting Insheeption became rather familiar to those who watched a suspiciously similar, confusing movie over the summer.
Warning: Spoilers follow
After taking on NASCAR and the Jersey Shore reality empire, South Park moved on to the most talked about movie during their summer break. Although hoarding was the initial subject of the first several minutes, it was merely a setup for deeper jabs at Inception.
The Insheeption process involved hoarders Stan and Mr. Mackey – as well as an unlucky sheep herder – getting roped into sleep therapy. But Mr. Mackey’s traumatic dreams and flashbacks to his youth pulled Stan in as well. Yet the hoarding experts understood what was going on, although they were the only ones who did.
Most of the now-famous elements of Inception got the South Park treatment, right down to the musical score. Cobb, Arthur, Eames, Yusef and Saito themselves even popped in as well to try to get Mackey and Stan out. Of course, the explanations as to how they would do it took longer than the actual task – and even included firemen and Matt Hasselbeck.
Since becoming a megahit, Inception has been parodied briefly by Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, and was just honored at the Scream Awards. However, Insheeption was even more extensive – and critical – in parodying the logic of the movie.
Sharon Marsh likely wound up speaking for Matt Stone and Trey Parker in stating that complicated and convoluted plots aren’t automatically cool. Yet the experts themselves kept calling it cool and trippy – and like some Inception fans, said that those who didn’t think so weren’t smart enough.
Although the Insheeption techniques deciphered and added onto much of Inception, they did leave out elements like totums, the kick, and zero gravity fighting. In addition, South Park found room to have Randy turn into a butterfly – in the kind of dream reinvention that some say Inception lacked – and other famous dream movie icons.
When South Park ruthlessly took on Jersey Shore last week, even Snooki and The Situation were able to watch it and laugh at it. But Christopher Nolan and company probably have less time to watch and respond to their Insheeption – while fans may still be too busy debating the original movie.
South Park Studios- “Insheeption”
MTV.com- “South Park Uses Insheeption To Tackle Inception, Hoarders”