1.8 Starvin’ Marvin


Starvin’ Marvin

Aired: November 19, 1997

While I don’t remember much about this specific episode, Starvin’ Marvin is one of my favorite characters in the South Park universe. We will discuss that more in a season or two when we get to Starvin’ Marvin in Space. The episode hits on another fairly serious topic in world hunger. Unfortunately I don’t remember much else.

Starvin’ Marvin was the Thanksgiving themed episode for the season. Sally Struther’s makes a celebrity appearance in this episode and she was apparently very hurt by her depiction in real life. My online research also shows that we will be introduced to a number of secondary characters for the first time in the series.

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Character Score (Out of 3)

Stan – Composite: 2

Drew – 2: Stan was Stan.

Matt – 2: Carried the main storyline but not much else. Stan still had his “speech” in there, but nothing else that really carried the show.

Cartman – Composite: 2.85

Drew – 2.8: Cartman’s treatment of poor people and Starvin Marvin is constant laughs.

Matt – 2.9: Cartman is just funny. That’s just how it is. Even when he is super rude and making fun of poor people, it’s somehow funny.

Kyle – Composite: 2.2

Drew – 2.3: Kyle makes several incorrect pop culture statements and moons the turkeys before the big battle.

Matt – 2.1: As I stated before, Kyle didn’t play a huge role. He had 1 part that made me laugh at was when the turkeys are attacking and Kyle moons them and says “Here you go turkeys!”

Kenny – Composite: 1.35

Drew – 1.7: Kenny participates in a canned food grab. There are also several moment

Matt – 1: Didn’t do much besides die and even that was kind of boring…Death: During the battle of Turkeys vs. South Park, the turkeys surround Kenny and begin to attack him. They pull out his eyeball and leave him to die. The rats climb inside him through his eye and begin to eat his body from the inside out.

Secondary Characters (Out of 10) Composite – 8.55

Drew – 9.2: Strong performance from secondary characters like Starvin’ Marvin and Chef.

Matt – 7.9: Terrance & Phillip, Sally Struthers, Mr. Garrison, Mayor, Dr. Mephesto, Marvin, Principal Victoria, Chef, Uncle Ned, Jimbo, Officer Barbrady

Total Character Score (Out of 22)

Drew – 18

Matt – 15.9

Composite Character Score – 16.95

Episode Score

Relevance (5) – Composite: 3.3

Drew – 3.3: Braveheart, Starving people, lack of humanitarianism, especially around Thanksgiving. Mayor mocking Mephesto.

Matt – 3.3: I saw relevance in the Ethiopia commercial, the canned food drive and just the overall idea of Thanksgiving and doing things to help the poor.

Irreverence (5) – Composite: 3.55

Drew – 3.6: Poor people, Starving people, Sally Struthers

Matt – 3.5: Poverty and world hunger are serious issues and they hit that topic hard this episode.

Laugh Score (5) – Composite: 3.9

Drew – 4.2: Several good moments. The Braveheart scene made me laugh the hardest. Cartman calls Stan a Vas Deferens which is hysterical to me.

Matt – 3.5: There were absolutely moments in this show that made me laugh, but it wasn’t one of those when I’m laughing on and off the whole time.

Personal (7) – Composite: 4.75

Drew – 5.9: Starvin’ Marvin is a great character in the South Park universe. Several good memories tied to this episode.

Matt – 5.2: Overall, a solid episode that I enjoyed watching

SP Factor (1) – Composite: 1

Drew – 1

Matt – 1

Total Episode Score (Out of 23)

Drew – 18

Matt – 16.5

Composite Episode Score – 17.25

Favorite Quote

Drew – “What the hell are you supposed to be anyway.” – Chef

Matt – “Well then, perhaps they should, and decrease the surplus population!” (Talking about poor people to Wendy)

Favorite Moment

Drew – The commercial with Cartman wandering around in the background

Matt – At the Thanksgiving buffet, Cartman is explaining to Marvin how it works and then proceeds to keep all of the food from Marvin and eats it all himself instead and even takes Marvin’s pie.

Total Score / Rank

Drew – 36

Matt – 32.4

Composite 34.2 – Current Rank: 6/8

Matt’s Review

This episode begins with the boys watching Terrance & Phillip. An ad comes on to sponsor an ethiopian and they’ll get a watch. Stan calls with his mom’s credit card number and says they want to adopt an Ethiopian. An Ethiopian child is then delivered to their house instead of the watch. The boys begin to like Marvin and even fight over who he gets to stay with. They come to bring Marvin back but accidentally take Cartman instead. In the meantime, Dr. Mephesto creates a rabid turkey and they begin to reproduce rapidly and attack the town. There is then a war between the town and the turkeys and the town wins. They figure out they took Cartman by accident and bring him back and take Marvin back to Ethiopia. He brings the dead turkeys with him and he is a hero. Overall, this episode had a great storyline, it made me laugh and I enjoyed it.

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