Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
As enjoyable as South Park’s multi-episode storylines can be, sometimes it seems like there’s no winning with these more ambitious efforts. Either the core joke driving the story gets played out over time, or else the series works so hard to keep drawing in new ideas and timely news stories that the whole thing becomes unwieldy and collapses under its own weight. With “Nobody Got Cereal?”, the show definitely erred on the side of the former. That’s probably for the best, though it’s just as well the writers didn’t try to stretch this one out to three episodes.
The basic ingredients this week were more or less identical to last week’s stellar “Time to Get Cereal” – everybody ripping on Al Gore, ManBearPig as a metaphor for the looming threat of climate change, Red Dead Redemption 2 as the town’s current distraction of choice, etc. Given how little this episode strayed off the beaten path in that regard, it was inevitable that the novelty would wear off sooner or later. That sense of familiarity prevented “Nobody Got Cereal?” from reaching the heights of its predecessor.