Recap / South Park S 17 E 8 A Song Of Ass And Fire

This episode contains examples of:

  • Ambiguous Syntax: When calling Microsoft, Cartman has to clarify what his title of "wizard king" means:
    Cartman: No, I'm not king of wizards, I'm a king that happens to be a wizard.
  • Art Shift: When Kenny is crowned a Japanese princess, the style shifts into the opening sequence of an anime show.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Anime Theme Song talks about killing Princess Kenny and how cute he is.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Tom and Tammy Thompson, the hosts of the South Park morning news (It wouldn't be a Game of Thrones parody without it).
  • The Chessmaster: The news reporter.
  • Cliffhanger: Black Friday gets moved from November 29th to December 6th to make way for the saga to continue two weeks later (there wasn't a new episode the following week so they can show "A History Channel Thanksgiving" for the holiday).
  • Continuity Nod: Kenny's loyalty to Sony's consoles goes back to "Best Friends Forever", where he once owned a Playstation Portable.
  • Empty Promise: Parodied with George R.R Martin, who constantly torments Butters and Scott with the promise of dragons in Game Of Thrones, and later can not even hold to the promise of delivering a simple pizza (which he similarly hypes vigorously).
  • Faux Affably Evil: This is not the Bill Gates from the movie.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Cartman endlessly arguing with the old man listening in on his conversations about invasion of privacy...who is quick to point out he is trespassing on his garden.
  • Lemony Narrator: Kenny's narration at the beginning of the episode, done in the voice of a woman due to his desire to be a princess.
  • Only Sane Man: Steve Ballmer, the current CEO of Microsoft. Unfortunately, this gets him killed by Bill Gates for being "too weak".
  • Previously On: A recap of "Black Friday" appears at the beginning. The phrase is said by Kenny, muffled as usual.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Steve Ballmer seems to be one of the few sane adults in the world. He doesn't consider the console wars to be that serious and remains calm and collected despite what is happening. He gets killed by Bill Gates for not treating it like a real war.
  • Running Gag: Cartman talking about betrayal in the old man's garden, with a different companion each time.
  • Serious Business: Played straight concerning Black Friday, however Steve Ballmer subverts this regarding the console wars, not taking Cartman's melodrama seriously at all and wishing to maintain an adjusted impersonal business. This defiance of Serious Business gets him mortally wounded by Bill Gates.
  • Shout-Out: In addition to Game of Thrones, the episode throws in a dose of The Walking Dead for good measure.
  • Shown Their Work: During the "Wiener Chorus" scene, George R.R Martin mentions how Joffrey dies of poisoning, an event in the books that, at the time this episode first aired, had not yet taken place in the Game of Thrones TV series.
  • Special Edition Title: A slightly modified version of the opening sequence is shown, with the theme song replaced by an epic theme with the kids dressed in their medieval outfits.
  • Take That, Audience!: The anime version of Princess Kenny might be an exaggerated parody of the (often female) sector of the South Park fanbase that draws the characters in "kawaii" anime style. The crossdressing is just part of the whole package.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The episode is styled after Game of Thrones.
  • X Must Not Win: Bill Gates specifically states this concerning the console wars, believing a good natured run where no one necessarily loses is a sign of weakness and even kills Steve Ballmer for defying it.
  • Zombie Gait: Parodied when Randy informs the approaching Black Friday shoppers that they're not allowed on mall property yet, so the shoppers start walking like this.
    Randy: Smartasses.