In South Park, Mysterion rises every day to protect the town. But in the South Park “Mysterion Rises” episode last night, all was revealed about the mysterious superhero. After the show’s current superhero saga started by starring the Coon and the newfound Captain Hindsight, an actually successful superhero took the reigns for Part 2. What’s more, unlike the Coon and his former friends, this one actually has real super powers. Therefore, when South Park had Mysterion rise and give away his secret identity, it became apparent in hindsight.
Warning: Spoilers follow
Part 1 of the saga had Cartman/The Coon get kicked out of his own group, BP drilling into another dimension, and the all-powerful Captain Hindsight getting blackmailed. Yet this week was all about the show’s other original superhero, who actually revealed who and what he really was.
The buildup to the South Park “Mysterion Rises” episode was over what the hero’s real identity was, which has been a guessing game ever since “The Coon” premiered last spring. But the fan base turned into a group of Captain Hindsights when they saw it was someone they already knew to have a super power – immortality.
Kenny McCormack has always hidden behind a mask, but this time, he traded his parka for the outfit and gravelly voice of Mysterion. In between using his alter ago to intimidate his parents and set Captain Hindsight straight, he also sets out to investigate a rising cult.
Thanks to BP drilling in the Gulf, the dark Lord Cthulhu has risen to destroy our dimension. Therefore, his human minions are popping up in town – 10 years after the McCormacks went to one of their meetings. Not only did the South Park episode reveal Kenny’s heroic self, it likely set up the origin story of just why he cannot die.
The show’s last multi-part series tackled the true identity of Cartman’s father once and for all – even though no one’s seen it since. For this three-part saga, it appears they are about to reveal an even bigger South Park mystery in between all of the superhero/BP satire.
In the meantime, South Park had Cartman get cozy with Cthulhu, swipes at the LeBron James Nike commercial and The Neverending Story, and The Dark Knight, of course. The title alone spoofed the announcement of the Batman 3 title a week before this saga also reaches a third chapter.
Superhero fans are well aware that the third part of a superhero trilogy is always disappointing. Therefore, South Park fans will hope that “Mysterion Rises” doesn’t set them up for a Superman 3-, Batman Forever-,or Spider Man 3-like anticlimax next week.
South Park Studios- “Mysterion Rises”