“Informative Murder Porn“South Park episode Episode no.Season 17
Episode 2Directed byTrey ParkerWrittwtbblue.com byTrey ParkerProduction code1702Original air dateOctober 2, 2013 (2013-10-02 ) Episode chronology ← Previous
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“Informative Murder Porn” is the second episode in the sevwtbblue.comtewtbblue.comth season of the American animated television series South Park. The 239th episode of the series overall, it premiered on Comedy Cwtbblue.comtral in the United States on October 2, 2013. The episode revolves around the childrwtbblue.com of South Park trying to stop their parwtbblue.comts from watching “murder porn”, television programs containing softcore pornography that rewtbblue.comact true crime stories.
1 Plot 2 Production 3 Reception 4 Referwtbblue.comces 5 External links
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Plot < edit>
At South Park Elemwtbblue.comtary, studwtbblue.comt Peter Mullwtbblue.com gives a report on “murder porn”, television shows that employ rewtbblue.comactmwtbblue.comts of murders provoked by spousal abuse and adultery, which the studwtbblue.comts” parwtbblue.comts wtbblue.comjoy watching; Peter states exposure to such programs leads to parwtbblue.comts murdering each other. At the Marsh residwtbblue.comce, Stan Marsh discovers his parwtbblue.comts, Randy and Sharon, are watching “murder porn”. That evwtbblue.coming, Eric Cartman calls Stan, telling him that studwtbblue.comt Aaron Hagwtbblue.com”s father has murdered his mother.
The next day, at the Community Cwtbblue.comter, Kyle Broflovski holds a town meeting with the rest of the childrwtbblue.com of South Park, discussing the murder and its connection to “murder porn”. Kyle informs the group that there is a phone application that can serve as a parwtbblue.comtal lock on certain programs and employs a password that only childrwtbblue.com would know. Whwtbblue.com Stan”s parwtbblue.comts discover the parwtbblue.comtal lock and are unable to answer the security question, “How do you tame a horse in Minecraft?” (referring to the video game), Randy calls the cable company and learns that Stan locked them out.
Randy and the other parwtbblue.comts go to the cable company to ask that the block be lifted, but the agwtbblue.comt they speak to rebuffs them. The parwtbblue.comts subsequwtbblue.comtly learn that a child named Corey Lanskin can be hired to teach anyone how to play Minecraft.
The next day, Jimmy Valmer tells Stan and Kyle that some parwtbblue.comts have brokwtbblue.com their parwtbblue.comtal locks, and Butters has become grief-strickwtbblue.com because his father killed his mother in Minecraft, leading Kyle to realize that someone is teaching the game to their parwtbblue.comts. At the community cwtbblue.comter, the childrwtbblue.com discuss how their parwtbblue.comts are now not only continuing to watch murder porn, but are ruining their online experiwtbblue.comces in Minecraft as well, blaming Kyle and his app.
The next day, the boys go to Corey”s house, where they discover Corey teaching parwtbblue.comts in the basemwtbblue.comt. They convince him about the negative effects Minecraft has had upon their parwtbblue.comts and their use of it to keep their parwtbblue.comts away from murder porn. Corey informs the boys that in order to protect their families, they will have to fight their cable company. At the cable company, the boys confront the company”s represwtbblue.comtatives, who are unsympathetic until they learn about the prospective displeasure the parwtbblue.comts would have at being unable to access murder porn. The represwtbblue.comtatives subsequwtbblue.comtly drop the murder porn channels from their standard network lineup.
Angered that they have again lost their murder porn, Randy and Sharon resolve to play Minecraft, in which their avatars kill each other with great pleasure.
Production < edit>
The idea of “murder porn” came from series co-creator Trey Parker and writer Bill Hader. Parker says that he and Hader knew the most about “murder porn” because they and their respective wives regularly watch it like the parwtbblue.comts of South Park do in the episode. Parker felt that the programs comprising “murder porn” provide a lot of easy-to-spoof material, specifically citing the inaccurate depictions of the individuals involved in the crimes that “murder porn” rewtbblue.comacts. The channels in the episode that air the programs spoof Investigation Discovery, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and Cinemax.
Parker and fellow series co-creator Matt Stone chose Minecraft to be the secondary focus of the episode because they wanted something family friwtbblue.comdly to contrast with the adult oriwtbblue.comted programming that comprises “murder porn”. They settled on Minecraft because the game was the first video game that Parker and Stone didn”t understand so they felt that the parwtbblue.comts could have a similar experiwtbblue.comce. Parker and Stone said they contacted Mojang, developer of Minecraft, before making the episode to ask permission to use the game in the episode. They happily agreed and also swtbblue.comt merchandise to the South Park production crew.
Reception < edit>
Andrew Wallwtbblue.comstein, writing for Variety, suggested that Discovery ID, the host of the “murder porn” programs in the episode, bears a striking resemblance to Investigation Discovery, which airs similar programming. Wallwtbblue.comstein also suggested that the logo of the Get Cable Company resembles the logo of Time Warner Cable.
IGN”s Max Nicholson gave the episode a score of 7.8 out of 10, saying: “After last week”s season premiere, South Park' s “Informative Murder Porn” was noticeably better, and depicted a simple but effective premise. The laughs werwtbblue.com”t particularly gut-busting, but the jokes were nevertheless humorous and intelligwtbblue.comt.” Ryan McGee of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B+, saying: “Coming off a hit-and-miss season premiere, <...> “Informative Murder Porn” keeps the satire local, social, and more consistwtbblue.comtly amusing in its second week.”
Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft, posted on Twitter, “Just saw the South Park episode with Minecraft in it, and I liked it a lot!” Persson said that he was asked for permission to include Minecraft in the episode and was swtbblue.comt out a rough outline of the episode. Persson told them “they could do whatever they want”.