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S18.E06: Freemium Isn't Free

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The kids in "South Park" are playing the new Terrance and Phillip mobile game. Stan is addicted to the latest app to hit the market. Meanwhile, Terrance and Phillip aren't feeling so good about the fortune they're making on their new mobile game.

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Totally my favorite of the season so far.

 

Loved that the show took on Freemium games. Paying 40 cents on a "free" game is stupid, pay $59.99 on a game like normal people! I thought the reveal of Jimmy being a pusher was great.

 

Continuity check: Randy writing songs as Lorde and The gluten-free PBR. Of course Randy drank a "sampler" of eight wines & beers and called it a "tasting." Mark of alcoholism right there, right on top of claiming that the addiction gene "somehow" skipped over him.

 

That alcohol ad was great. "DRINK DRINK DRINK PUSSY PUSSY PUSSY DRINK DRINK DRINK...Please Drink Responsibly."

 

It was great to see Satan again. And he actually explained addiction in a clear and understandable way! Hell, he even brought up gluten! Oh yeah, LOVED the reveal of Beelzeboot, and his fight with Satan!Stan.  And of course the Canadians wondering who to root for was great.

 

"This is a sad day for Canada, and therefore the world."

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Fun episode.  Beelzeboot!  More Lorde and glutton-free beer references.

 

Four episodes left...last year they started the epic Gaming Wars Black Friday storyline..  I wonder if we'll get another storyline this season, maybe pay off the Lorde thing.

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Four episodes left? Damn, that sucks.

 

I liked this episode better than last week's, though that's not saying much. Bringing in Satan wasn't a bad idea, and Canadians (and their square wheels) are always good for a laugh. Also nice to see that Randy is a shitty father . . . though I could buy that he's genuinely oblivious to his own vices. Then again, he is Lorde. Ya ya ya ya.

 

And since when does Jimmy suck that hard? Is his appearance to make up for his lack of presence in "Handicar"?

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I love that Kyle was going on about how to get the word out to people on Canada pushing their fremium app scam and going on TV, like how they used to do in these situations while  Cartman was in the background and just did it by tweeting it and it immediately was trending!

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Wow, it's been quite a while, hasn't it, Satan?  I loved him calmly explaining the mechanics and philosophy behind addiction and temptation.  The Canadian Devil was a riot.

 

I love that Kyle was going on about how to get the word out to people on Canada pushing their fremium app scam and going on TV, like how they used to do in these situations while  Cartman was in the background and just did it by tweeting it and it immediately was trending

 

 

Reminded me how he quickly and effectively destroyed the psychiatrist that called him fat in TMI.  Man, Cartman could give Emily Thorne and Nolan on Revenge a run for their money.

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Lourdes is one of the funniest gags. It was so random and they stuck with it. 

 

All of Randy's drinking was great too because it kept getting amped up. "Get off your fucking high horse Stan-Wanna put some money on it?" He's kind of been stealing the show this season.

 

I watched the episode online and in the booze ad they said "fucking" and a lot of "pussy". Was it bleeped out on tv?

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As someone who is currently playing a freemium game on my phone and vacillating between thinking it's stupid and refusing to pay money for extra things but really, really wanting this one perk and it's only $1.99, I loved this ep. 

 

I also liked Randy asking Stan how many songs he'd have to write to pay off $25k and Stan replying, "One."

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That driving game scene with the music was just so damn perfect, though!

I wonder what will be continued from this episode. Will Stan's grandpa be seen at a casino? And, by the way, is that the same casino where the town almost saved themselves only to blow all the money when they "let it ride"? I kinda want to see "Premise Running Thin" attending school with the other kids.

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I really liked this episode.

 

That fake commercial had my hubby and I laughing our butts off... mainly because we've seen adds almost exactly like that during football.

 

I had to explain Freemium games to my hubby who was "I don't get it," and I said "yup, that's the point. You don't really get it free. To get the "real" game, you have to pay for extras, but the actual 'it' is always just around the corner." Hubby: "I still don't get it." Hee - fortunately the episode did a great job explaining the "logic" behind the games. And funny that the Candian Freemium game was just a little bit more lame (I'm guessing - I've not played any real Freemium games and only know about Candy Crush) than the usual games with a goal of rebuilding a Canada.... and that's what they were using the money for! Ha! Way to give away your evil plan.

 

Loved that Stan asking for help got him Satan... who actually helped... Hee. I hope they keep that a thing. We need more Satan in South Park. And Beelzeboot was awesome.
 

And of course the Canadians wondering who to root for was great.

 

That was a nice little detail.

 

I also liked Randy asking Stan how many songs he'd have to write to pay off $25k and Stan replying, "One."

 

I wonder how much he got for the "Push" song... which ironically I'm still sometimes randomly singing the chorus to weeks later including (and especially) "I am Lorde, ya ya ya. I am Lorde."

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This ep hits a little close to home: Freemium games were one of the things that ended my marriage. When you're five days from payday, think you have $100 in the bank and find out you only have $50 because your wife just spent the other $50 on a "bag of diamonds" from Hay Day, and this cycle is repeated endless times, including $1000 spent on Hay Day within six months...

 

It wasn't the only reason, mind you, but it may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

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