Warning: This review contains full spoilers from the episode.

Following on from last week’s episode “A Song of Ass and Fire,” the concluding episode of the trilogy, “Titties and Dragons,” is here. South Park has been renowned for creating trilogy based-episodes (e.g. “Imaginationaland” and “Coon and Friends”), and this one demonstrates the brilliance that season seventeen has been delivering thus far.

The opening theme for the episode is changed once again; this time using the ‘wiener song’ from the previous episode. This was by far the weakest aspect of this episode, with the joke no longer retaining the same impact it once had. In the previous episode, I thought it was funny at first, but the second time round, it lost all merit. The novelty was there during “A Song of Ass and Fire,” but it became lack-luster with the re-use. Don’t get me wrong, some jokes are made to be reused, but this one was already weak and didn’t really develop at all. This was without a doubt the weakest area of the episode and this was reiterated later with the George R. R. Martin segments.

Princess Kenny returns in a brilliant segment which follows on from the Japanese anime that was touched upon at the end of the previous South Park episode. Using the full Japanese animation, these scenes were incredibly well done, entertaining, and offered a handful of laughs. In the plot, Kenny is Sony’s ‘savior’ and sent on several errands for the company including the removal of the Microsoft blockade on PlayStation 4 shipments. Kenny arrives on the scene via parachuting and this is truly a stroke of brilliance from Parker and Stone. Witty, comical and genius; this is exactly the excellent content that South Park has continued to put out time, after time.

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The episode returns to the mall, where shoppers await in their masses for the rescheduled Black Friday. The truly comical moment lies in the conversation between Channel 9 Anchor Niles and one of the shoppers. The man has been queuing for the past six days and explains how they ate their child out of hunger, all for the opportunity to buy a Blu-ray player. He states that with the 96% discount, the Blu-ray player will only be $20. Trey Parker and Matt Stone make an excellent point here – demonstrating metaphorically – the extreme extent that some individuals were willing to go to in obtaining discounts on Black Friday. The scene ends on a high note with the man breaking out into an amusing jingle (“I ate my son for a Blu-ray player with a hohoho and a jingle-jingle-jingle. My son got ate and it tasted good hoho jingle-jingle hoho”).

Elsewhere, Stan is drawing up the battle plans for Black Friday and believes the best route for entering the mall is through the Red Robin. The Red Robin is a spoof of the notorious Red Wedding from Game of Thrones Season 3. Kyle and Cartman arrive to form an allegiance with Stan, and Kyle swearing an oath to the PlayStation 4. However, the camera turns to find that Kyle has his fingers crossed, showing his allegiance is still with Microsoft’s machine. Princess Kenny is invited to the wedding by Cartman and leaps out of the window in excitement – only to be splattered on the floor. Drawing a shocked reaction – Kenny stands up from the pool of blood – with Trey Parker and Matt Stone playing the opposite to Kenny’s famous death gag. I was not expecting them to do this and it served as a nice surprise for the episode.

My favorite part of this episode (and throughout the trilogy) has to be the betrayal garden. This has been used repeatedly in all three episodes – and each time – it changes and reinvigorates the humor behind the skit. Stan accompanies Cartman into the garden, where he outlines his plan of  obtaining PS4s, with his true intentions masked in betraying him. The best moments of the previous episode lied with the exchange between Cartman and the old man who owns the garden; this happens again. The old man returns with the comment: “they’re going to betray you at the Red Robin Wedding, he got the idea watching Game of Thrones.” Cartman is furious and replies with: “Why don’t you tell everyone what Prometheus was about while you’re at it?” The entire exchange has the quality that South Park is legendary for, being witty, comical, and hilarious. The remarks continue with Cartman stating: “I’ll shit in your fucking garden,” something which is even better when it’s referred to later in the episode.

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Previously mentioning the ‘wiener’ jokes, they return with a whole new set for George R. R. Martin. This includes when Butters and Martin are venturing back to the mall; Butters asks him why horses are so important to travel on, only for the camera to zoom out and show the horse’s phallus present. A non-related wiener joke is made about Martin, where he is expected to cut the ribbon but hasn’t arrived yet. Furthermore, Niles makes the comment even better by putting this into the context of Game of Thrones and how people are still waiting for the ‘dragons and zombies.’ This is very clever from Parker and Stone, who did this in the previous episode with the pizza metaphor, demonstrating another stroke of their brilliance. When Martin eventually turns up, he is about to cut the ribbon before he stops; then proceeds to tell another ‘wiener’ story.  This eventually leads to a shopper leaping over the ribbon and cutting off his ‘wiener’; this being a reference to a certain Game of Thrones character.

Randy is now the leader  for the cops in the mall and when he is on-screen, the comedy excels. Randy is my favorite South Park character and I feel like he was not fully utilized in the episode. However, when his segments come up, he is fantastic. This includes his excitement to the Tom Hanks/Beyonce wedding and also when he kills off one of his own cops. He screams: “NO! NOOOOO!!! EVERYBODY REALLY LIKED HIM!” – a reference to how Martin kills off fan-favorite characters in the Game of Thrones series.

The wedding scene has some really enjoyable moments; this includes the previously mentioned joke about the wedding between Tom Hanks and Beyonce. People are excited by this, claiming that they love both of them and how well they suit each other. Celebrity jokes are a reoccurring theme in South Park and this one is used extremely well. During the wedding, the head of Sony and Microsoft fight to the death. Bill Gates removes his shirts in which his body is plastered tattoos. These include: “Trust No One,” “1972” (the year that Gates formed his first company), “MS-DOS” (an early Microsoft operating system that dominated the market), and “RIP Steve Jobs 2011.” Gates kills the CEO of Sony, claiming the Xbox One to be the superior machine. The boys accept this and proceed through the mall to buy their Xbox Ones – filled with the bodies of dead shoppers.

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The Black Friday shopping scene is cropped together with actual raw footage from actual Black Friday events, demonstrating the chaos it causes. ‘Stop Touching Me Elmo’ is even in the mall to add to a few laughs in this segment. The outcome of this episode might have been changed by the actual fact that the Xbox One was actually the winner of  Black Friday in the USA. It could be possible that the shoppers actually affected the outcome of this episode.

The ending of the episode is perfect and literally had me in laughter. The boys are playing the Xbox One at which point Cartman stands up and leaves the house. He starts talking about how they don’t need video games and picks a stick up, explaining how much fun they can have in different ways. Cartman remarks: “Screw video games dude, who fucking needs them? Fuck ‘em” which proceeds with: Commentator: “The South Park video game coming to stores soon!” To make things even better, Butters enters the frame with: “Yeah and if you believe that I got a big floppy wiener to dangle in your face.” The ending is a reference to the many delays for South Park: The Stick of Truth.

“Black Friday”, “A Song of Ass and Fire,” and “Titties and Dragons”, together, create the best South Park trilogy to date. These three episodes combined offer one of the best sets of episodes that anyone can watch. Not only that, it has offered some of the most memorable moments from season seventeen. There are weaknesses in this episode, but overall, it concludes the trio of episodes extremely well. For that reason, South Park “Titties and Dragons” deserves a Grade A.

 

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