Gerald Broflovski, and the Thematic Connection Between S19 and S20
In a lot of ways, Season 20 almost feels like a mild reset compared to the last season of South Park - the ads have only once been mentioned, PC Principal hasn’t been in focus at all, and we’ve not seen ShiTpaTown again yet.
Rest assured! There’s a very strong connection in theme, but it’s not as blatant as one might expect. Let’s look back to the end of the last season… Nathan described PC as the act to “Spruce everything up, get rid of all the ugliness in order to create a false sense of paradise.
“ Matt and Trey discuss this on the commentary track as well - all the same ugliness hidden beneath a pretty layer.
Now, how does that relate to the new season?
Gerald Broflovski, in a nutshell, embodies this issue today.
When we see Gerald running around town, he’s extremely well-adjusted. He’s kind to everyone, he’s smiling, he doesn’t care about any of the abuse around him - he doesn’t even need ‘member berries’ to help him cope. He has a good relationship with his wife and children, is friends with many in the town, and is a reasonably successful lawyer.
And yet we, the viewers, know his double life.
We know that Gerald relieves his stress by writing hateful, misogynistic and sexually-charged messages online towards women he doesn’t know. This sadistic “inner ugliness“ allows him to “spruce himself up“ in reality and indeed create that “false sense of paradise“ by burying his hatred in a way that’s uncommon among South Park characters.
That is, perhaps, what has made Gerald such a strong antagonist - in a universe where unquestionably racist characters like Herbert Garrison and Det. Harrison Yates are in positions of power, where Eric Cartman is unstoppable… it’s so much harder to suspect (or accept that) someone as seemingly innocent as Kyle’s Dad is capable of such deplorable things.
Okay so one last theory from me on the spoilers and then I am going to write the next chapter of Forgetting because people are waiting *cough* @sapphicsugden *cough* and she might hurt me if I take any longer.
I’m just putting my thoughts out there because if any of this does actually work out how I want/hope/think it is I want there to be a record that I was right about a SL for once, because I am usually very, very wrong.
The pregnancy - Moira and Cain is my bet. Now for me this would make sense of the who spots a test and thinks they’re going to be a daddy spoiler. Because it’s plausible that Adam would see the test, knowing that they’re trying for a baby and assume that it’s Vic’s. I’m going for Cain as the dad because we had all that stuff a little while back about him trying to reconcile being a dad to Kyle with the way that Shadrack was with him as a child. He had all that doubt about being a good dad to Kyle, but came around in the end so he knows now that he can be a dad. This would also fit in with the big SL that Moira and Cain have coming up.
The Mind blowing news - So this is going to be for both Robert and Aaron. Mind blowing for me means something good, so good news not bad. It can’t be the reveal of the incident because, well that’s hardly going to be mind blowing for Robert. I think that the news is going to be Adam coming and telling Aaron that he’s going to be a dad and of course Aaron will tell Robert. Let’s face it, this is soap and Adam won’t wait to confirm with Vic before turning to his bet mate in his excitement. So Robert and Aaron are both ridiculously excited because they think they’re going to be uncles, and then Vic has to dash their hopes when it turns out it’s not her who’s pregnant but Moira.
Ross and the blackmail - Again from the spoiler I’m taking that it’s both of them he’s trying to blackmail but I’m going with him seeing them making up for lost time (having sex) somewhere they shouldn’t. It’s going to be a stupid, meaningless comedy side plot and it’s not going to be real blackmail as such. It will be forgotten as soon as it’s mentioned.