What do shopping, Black Friday and the boys from South Park have in common with this post? Well, all of these things are in the incredible Black Friday episode from South Park. But the truth is, Black Friday is the key inspiration for this post. Indeed. We hope you had an incredible Thanksgiving holiday because Black Friday is next. Yes, we have plenty of great games on sale for Black Friday, and you should head out to our sale page to find out more. Whatever your heart desires, we’ve got it. Just in time for Black Friday of course.
Black Friday: The South Park Way
I’ve written about plenty of great animated TV shows before. Castlevania was a great writing topic and so was the post about one of my favorite animated characters ever. The one and only Garfield. Check out that post here. But I especially loved writing about Vegeta. Another great character from another great animated series I might add. But for now, I’ll focus on South Park.
I believe that the animated series doesn’t need an introduction, but the games do. And what a lucky break for every South Park fan out there. We do have The Fractured but Whole game by South Park and The Stick of Truth here in the IndeGala’s vault. Made by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Ubisoft, both games celebrate what’s great about South Park. The characters and the outrageous, hilarious humor. You can purchase them here.
Two Very Fun South Park Games
In South Park: The Fractured But Whole, you will delve into the crime-ridden underbelly of South Park with Coon and Friends. This dedicated group of crime fighters formed by Eric Cartman whose superhero alter-ego, The Coon, is half man, half raccoon. As the New Kid, players will join Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite and a host of others to battle the forces of evil. While Coon strives to make his team the most beloved superheroes in history.
And of course in The Stick of Truth, you get to arm yourself with weapons of legend to defeat underpants gnomes, hippies and other forces of evil. You can discover the lost Stick of Truth and earn your place at the side of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as their new friend.
One Steam user (Tripnou) said about Fractured But Whole: „The difficulty scale is perfect and make the gameplay interesting. Otherwise the stories are what you would expect of south park, pure fun :)“.
While another one (kangorillapig12) said „Amazing story, amazing gameplay, overall very very good, I would recommend“.
Revisiting South Park For Black Friday
What better way to revisit this day of mass consumerism, than with satire and lots of humor? That’s all thanks to the genius of Matt Stone and Trey Parker of course. The creators of South Park. And although South Park touches on so many current and hot topics, Black Friday wasn’t left out back in 2013. Which is when the original seventh episode from the 17th season aired. Appropriately titled, Black Friday, the episode deals with…. well Black Friday. Seen from different perspectives and of course different characters. Randy Marsh is involved in the event (of course he is), and so are the boys.
The boys will be split on the decision on whether to buy bargain-priced Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for their group gaming sessions. And things will get weird from there. There will be bickering, splinter group and lots of Game Of Thrones references. Thanks to my all-time favorite South Park character. Butters.
Shop Till You Drop?
But I feel that the Black Friday episode is just not enough for this particular post. Something is missing, and I think I have the missing piece. The shopping. Yes, shopping is an essential part of every Black Friday sale. Thousands of shoppers usually flock to the busy stores in order to find bargains for them or their loved ones. It’s unclear how Black Friday will unfold this year, given the current ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, but hey. Lockdown or now, there will be going to be some crowds on Black Friday, but for those of you who prefer online shopping, we’ve got you covered.
So, that being said… Which movie scenes best reflect the shopping experience? Which scenes are the most memorable? While I’ll try to maintain my cheerful, holiday spirit I must admit this list won’t contain solely holiday scenes. However, it will contain scenes both from TV and movie projects.
Let’s begin, shall we?
The Chuck Versus the Nemesis episode from the hit TV show Chuck uses the Black Friday sale in the subplot and quite successfully I might add. Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is placed in charge of prepping the store for the Black Friday sale, but things will not go according to plan. First and foremost, this episode takes place from November 21 to November 23, 2007. But secondly, this episode marks the first mention of the Fulcrum organization. Which would become the main adversary in season two of course. But at the same time, it’s one of the most acclaimed episodes in the first season of Chuck. For instance, IGN.com gave the episode a 9/10, feeling the episode made good use of the Black Friday subplot. And yeah, it fits perfectly here.
Falling In Love
It’s one of those underrated Meryl Streep movies that just happens to be one of the best. A low-key great Christmas movie with some of the best actors in the world. Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro. They play a successful and very married character that will start an affair with each other, after a mix up of their Christmas presents. They’ll keep bumping into each other, and well… The rest is history. Diane Wiest is also in this movie and so is Harvey Keitel. Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro appeared in The Deer Hunter (1978) and after this movie, in 1996’s Marvin’s Room. So, if you’re on the lookout for a good romantic movie, look no further. It’s an oldie but a goodie of a movie. With great shopping scenes.
Jingle All The Way
This movie is a true gem. And I don’t know about you, but I reminisce of the times when Arnold Schwarzenberg not only starred in comedies but also in kid comedies. Jingle All The Way is one such movie and I love it. Not to mention, it has one of the best shopping scenes ever recorded on film, which is why I think it’s worthy of a mention here. It’s even more hilarious thanks to the kooky performance from Arnold, and if by any chance you haven’t seen it by now, DO IT.
Oh, and special pièce de résistance is the YouTube comment section below this particular scene. Please, feel free to scroll down and laugh yourself into oblivion. You’re welcome.
Fun fact: The story is based on the 1980s shopping frenzy over the Cabbage Patch dolls. However, it ended up perfectly mimicking the Tickle Me Elmo craze of Christmas 1996.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Much like with Falling In Love, over here in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it’s all about the intro scene. Which just happens to be the shopping scene in question. And of course, the movie contains one of the finest performances in Jim Carrey’s career. He’s amazing as Grinch, the misanthropic green-furred creature that despises Christmas. Sir Anthony Hopkins is the movie’s narrator, and Christine Baranski is just adorable as Martha May Whovier. However, No movie, other than this, has featured so many characters in heavy make-up and costumes since The Wizard of Oz (1939). It’s not the best Jim Carrey movie, but it’s certainly a spectacle in its own holiday right.
What are Your Black Friday Plans?
What are your plans for spending Black Friday? Will you be taking chances and head out to the stores, of Amazon/E-Bay which will be your best friends? Tell us in the comment section. And also please share your favorite shopping/Black Friday scene or movie. We’d love to know.