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Old 03-20-2008, 11:51 AM
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"South Park" 3/19/08: Britney's New Look

What was that song they were singing/chanting in last night's episode? It seemed be evocative of "Ave Satani," the theme from The Omen, but the melody and, so far as I could make out, the lyrics were entirely different.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:02 PM
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I thought it was pretty heavy-handed metaphorically and light on laughs, especially before the first commercial break. Deliberately, I know, but still.

There seemed to be a bunch of references to specific shots and dialog from some film or films that I didn't quite get. Maybe Wicker Man and The Lottery? I haven't seen either in years.

The singing struck me as a parody of The Omen, but I didn't catch the words either.

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Old 03-20-2008, 12:17 PM
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I figured most of the parody was from ''The Lottery." Either way, the look on the boys face was priceless after Britney blew her brains out. I was rolling on the couch laughing.

Other than that, a very non-funny South Park.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:23 PM
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The Wikipedia article says the lyrics were "Rectus Dominus," Dog Latin for "Ass Master." Heh.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:33 PM
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Ok, this was the first SP I'd watched in many years.

Strange. I was also wondering about the song.

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Old 03-20-2008, 01:31 PM
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I'm in Tampa. (Where is Schlaraffenland?)
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:11 PM
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Come to think of it, maybe the Dope needs a Celebrity Sacrifice Pool . . .
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:31 PM
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I love playing "spotting the references," but in this case it gets rather complicated, so here's my statistical breakdown:

Coding the sources:
"The Lottery" [L], Harvest Home [HH] (and its made-for-TV adaptation, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home), The Wicker Man [1973] [WM], Children of the Corn (S. King story) [CCs], Children of the Corn (the 1984 film) [CCf], and, finally, the "Headless Britney" SP ep. [SPhb]:

Themes/story elements:
rural village setting -- all of the above
...in New England -- L, HH
...in American Midwest -- CCs, CCf, SPhb
necessity of human sacrifice -- all of the above
link of sacrifice to harvest -- all of the above, although in CCs and CCf the link is implicit
harvest being primarily corn -- L, HH, CCs, CCf, SPhb
...or including corn -- WM
the prior privileging and/or veneration of the sacrificed human -- HH, WM, SPhb
actual killing committed by device, priest or demon -- HH, WM, CCs, CCf
actual killing committed by villagers working collectively -- L, SPhb
sacrifice accompanied by chanting or singing of holy incantations -- L[?], HH, WM, SPhb
outsider protagonist investigating locals' rituals -- HH, WM, CCs, CCf, SPhb
outsider protagonist trying to save the [presumed] sacrifice's life -- WM, CCf, SPhb
village turning tables on that outsider -- HH, WM, CCs, CCf, SPhb
...in a climactic scene in which the villagers surround him/her in a field -- HH, WM, CCf, SPhb
...and succeeding in killing or maiming him in their ritual -- HH, WM
outsider killed by demon and not by the villagers -- CCs
resolution scene depicting satisfaction of villagers post-ritual (or as it's completed) -- L, HH, WM, SPhb
resolution establishing that ritual ways will continue post-story -- L, HH, WM, CCs, SPhb
resolution explicitly including a satisfactory harvest -- HH, SPhb
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:45 PM
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I love playing "spotting the references," but in this case it gets rather complicated, so here's my statistical breakdown:
There was also a shot of a photographer screaming that was a visual quote from the 70s version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:47 PM
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Scrivener. Dude. I appreciate your enthusiasm, but you know they have medication that can control that now.
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:51 PM
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The Wikipedia article says the lyrics were "Rectus Dominus," Dog Latin for "Ass Master." Heh.
I don't think that's right. The "Rectus Dominus" chant was used in the Damien episode (where Satan fights Jesus and Satan's son, Damien, appears.) This chant was:
a) Much different, and
b) Had many more words. It was like two full verses of "Latin."
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Scrivener. Dude. I appreciate your enthusiasm, but you know they have medication that can control that now.
Nice snark, but without the occasional indulgence in fan wankery or other geekery, there's little point to engaging in message board pop culture threads in the first place.
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:58 PM
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Scrivener. Dude. I appreciate your enthusiasm, but you know they have medication that can control that now.
It's called Ritilout.
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I'm in Tampa. (Where is Schlaraffenland?)
Whaddya know? I thought you'd move to Miami-Dade.

Schlaraffenland is the German version of the land of plenty (Pieter Bruegel did a painting of it, there are also books, films and songs). My Swiss-German colleague used to tell me childhood stories about the place. He said you had to eat through ten meters of pudding to get there. The English version would be the land of milk and honey or the land of plenty.

"This mythical country had houses of barley sugar, roofs of cakes, rivers of wine, and streets paved with pastry; buttered larks (a delicacy of the period) fell instead of rain; roast geese passed slowly down the streets, begging to be eaten; even better, shops provided goods without asking for payment."

Most links I can find that refer to this name are in German.

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Old 03-20-2008, 03:08 PM
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Whaddya know? I thought you'd move to Miami-Dade.

Schlaraffenland is the German version of the land of plenty (Pieter Bruegel did a painting of it, there are also books, films and songs). My Swiss-German colleague used to tell me childhood stories about the place. He said you had to eat through ten meters of pudding to get there. The English version would be the land of milk and honey or the land of plenty.

"This mythical country had houses of barley sugar, roofs of cakes, rivers of wine, and streets paved with pastry; buttered larks (a delicacy of the period) fell instead of rain; roast geese passed slowly down the streets, begging to be eaten; even better, shops provided goods without asking for payment."

Most links I can find that refer to this name are in German.

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Or the French equivalent, the Land of Cockaigne. This paradise was alluded to in a Simpsons episode, in which Homer fantasizes about a gluttonous paradise in which food (including live farm animals) and drink float through the air and try to enter his mouth. (Also similar to this: the Land of Chocolate).
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:04 PM
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So the chanting specifically--was than an "Omen" ref? I figured most of it for a "Lottery" ref just as the rest of you did (they even mention that they used to do it by lottery and the part where the mom gives the little boy a camera).
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:45 PM
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And remember, ladies, don't blow the top 2/3 of your head off or you'll only be able to make low-pitched male gargling sounds.
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Old 03-21-2008, 03:20 PM
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Has anyone noticed this is the second episode without Kenny since his death in the last episode of season 11? Coincidence, or is something more sinister afoot?
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:13 PM
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I laughed a couple times, but when the credits rolled I looked over at my wife and said, "more creepy than anything," to which she agreed. The [mostly] headless Britney really squicked me out for some reason, and the whole tone of the episode was pretty dark.

Funny high notes were the singing and, "we've blurred some parts out to avoid offending anyone" - cut to a clear shot of Britney pissing with her face blurred out.
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:30 PM
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I laughed a couple times, but when the credits rolled I looked over at my wife and said, "more creepy than anything," to which she agreed. The [mostly] headless Britney really squicked me out for some reason, and the whole tone of the episode was pretty dark.
Yeah, I think I felt the same way. The headless Britney was sort of funny in a "Oh, that's sick" way at first but when they kept showing it/her...it got kind of creepy. Overall, I don't think I need to see it again. It's not another "Butters Show" or "NAMBLA" episode that in spite of the sickness, I can keep watching again and again.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:08 PM
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Yeah, this is a South Park episode I'll probably never watch again, as are about 10% of the episodes that have aired so far. I get the feeling that the writers wanted to do a Britney Watch-themed episode, but weren't sure where to go with it, and had NO IDEA how to end it until the last 24 hours.

So where is the doper discussion about how much of your head you can blow off and still continue living in real life? What if you followed it up with a hemicorporectomy and amputation of both arms?
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:23 PM
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The connection to the historical sacrificing of young women was the point. Good crops require a human sacrifice. We still do it but we drive them into killing themselves with excessive adoration and the pressure of endless following and flash photography. It was not as compelling a theme as some others.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:32 PM
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Maybe Wicker Man and The Lottery? I haven't seen either in years.
The Lottery (1969) is viewable in two parts on YouTube. After seeing this episode, I just had to see The Lottery again.
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Old 03-22-2008, 02:41 AM
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The [mostly] headless Britney really squicked me out for some reason
Yeah, me too, and I'm usually not all that squickable. I've always been a huge South Park fan but I turned it off at about the time her manager showed up at the hospital. I don't remember any other time I turned off an episode because I just didn't want to see any more of it.

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Old 03-22-2008, 01:09 PM
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So where is the doper discussion about how much of your head you can blow off and still continue living in real life? What if you followed it up with a hemicorporectomy and amputation of both arms?
Kinda reminds me of that headless chicken from a while back who wasn't entirely decapitated and they fed him with a little eye dropper.
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Old 03-22-2008, 01:39 PM
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Kinda reminds me of that headless chicken from a while back who wasn't entirely decapitated and they fed him with a little eye dropper.
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Old 03-22-2008, 03:22 PM
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For whatever it's worth, or says about me...I thought it was great. Seriously, I don't think I've laughed that much in weeks. At least weeks.

BTW...what was with that sculpture garden that Kyle ran into? Movie reference? Real-world landmark?
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:05 AM
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Moderator notes: I've changed the thread title to reflect the actual title of the episode, since the prior title was a spoiler.
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:59 PM
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What was that song they were singing/chanting in last night's episode? It seemed be evocative of "Ave Satani," the theme from The Omen, but the melody and, so far as I could make out, the lyrics were entirely different.
According to the transcript at South Park Scriptorium, the words are

Hetus. Alte omnebus.
Virtu e poquebus.
Rectus. Hoc honebus

They are nonsensical Latin words that have no direct translation into English.

http://spscriptorium.com/index.htm has every script from all 12 seasons of South Park online for anybody who needs to refer to specific episodes. The latest scripts are usually up 2-3 days after the episode first airs.
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:06 AM
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I liked Butters' resolute declaration that he was a squirrel. But not much else.
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Old 03-26-2008, 03:30 AM
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The ep had some funny bits but it really was the most heavy handed episode I've ever seen - pretty obnoxiously so at some points.
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Old 03-26-2008, 03:41 AM
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I had a really hard time looking at the Brittany with 2/3's of her head gone. But they did make me laugh several times. Definitely one of the creepier episodes.
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