Amazon's intelligent personal assistant was the true linchpin of the episode, stealing the jobs of South Park's rednecks, becoming the apple of Cartman's eye, and, at least tangentially, ruining Randy's TV show. It was kind of a bait-and-switch: Come to see what South Park has to say about the Unite the Right rally, stay... to see humans try to be smart devices? The Alexas and Google Homes sent Darryl Weathers and his cronies on a rampage, taking to the streets of South Park with tiki torches and Confederate flags to yell that infamous refrain, They took err jobs!
It was an overstuffed premiere, ostensibly about Randy coming to grips with being white in today's society ("No matter how bad the country gets, you can always count on white people renovating houses"), but it had its highlights (Randy eviscerating blue-collar entitlement: "Coal mining and truck driving are not exactly jobs of the future"; the worst-best cover of Kendrick Lamar ever; Cartman's newfound obsession).
In fact, it felt kind of like the old South Park: breezy, crude, self-contained. Earlier this year, Matt Stone and Trey Parker promised they'd lean more into fart jokes than Trump jokes -- "If you have like a little monkey and it's running himself into the wall over and over," Parker told Bill Simmons, "and you're like, 'That's funny, but how am I gonna make fun of the monkey running himself into the wall?'" -- and away from serialization.