South Park

Season 11 Episode 13

Guitar Queer-o

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Stan and Kyle become obsessed with Guitar Hero to the point where they're breaking high score records and it doesn't take long for Stan to realize that he could go even further with a different partner. Will the stress of being a rock star get to Stan now that his best friend is no longer by his side?moreless

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  • I didn't like this episode...such is apparent, I guess, from the glaringly poor 3.5.

    3.5
    Please allow me to quickly dispel and misconceptions you may have about "Guitar Queer-O": no, it's not funny. If we were to find this episode humorous, we'd also find ships in a bottle humorous. Why? Because in this scenario, our funny bone is tickled not by jokes, but by scenes that are interesting and slightly inventive. Most people, however, when asked what their idea of "funny", "interesting and inventive" will not be the general consensus. Am I being too harsh? I challenge anyone to truly laugh out loud while watching this episode (unless, of course, you are cognitively inept, in which case you probably have issues reading this short excerpt). When asked for a funny scene, or reoccurring joke, in this episode they often reply with "Heroin Hero". Now, we're going to do a little exercise. I want you to put on your thinking cap, squeeze your eyes closed real tight (don't actually do that, I need you to keep reading) and try and remember back to the first time you heard the Heroin Hero joke. Now think: was it actually hilarious as you claim it to be, or merely amusing but mostly inventive?



    Now don't think this poor review has anything to do with a preexisting bias against South Park as a show. South Park has been my favorite show since I was 7 (that accounts for ten wonderful years of fan-dom).moreless
  • Good parody on Guitar Hero by South Park

    8.5
    "Guitar Queer-o"



    Grade: B



    So South Park takes on Guitar Hero and does it in a funny way of showing the truth about players of Guiar Hero and how it can make or break friendships in some occassions. I think the people who don't like this episode are the ones who don't like Guitar Hero.



    The episode begins with Stan and Kyle playing Guitar Hero (2) and scoring over 100,000. A talent agent comes knocking on their door and reckons that they could reach 1,000,000 points in the game with some practice.

    After playing Guitar Hero for a while, the agent concludes that Kyle is holding back Stan from reaching the 1,000,000 points score since he's not as good as him. He tells him that he can match his skill with another Guitar Hero player to ensure he'll finish the challenge.

    They meet at the cafe and the new Guitar Hero player is called Thad, who is so good at the game that he can play without the system and memorise all the notes. After Kyle finds out that Thad has replaced him, he storms out, leaving Stan and his friendship with Kyle in jeopardy.

    Stan finds Guitar Hero stressing and goes to the store to find some guides. A video game clerk says he should play "Heroin Hero" to ease the stress, and all you have to do on it is chase a big dragon but you never catch the dragon, you just keep following it.

    Meanwhile, Kyle goes to the bowling alley and plays Guitar Hero by himself, and others look at him realising he's good at the game. With an offer of taking a job there, Kyle takes it so he can play Guitar Hero for free.

    The pressure of playing Guitar Hero is hitting on Stan, and he can't play as well due to Heroin Hero. Thad quits after Stan doesn't like the song "I wanna be sedated" and wants to change it to "Cheap Trick". Now Stan has to reach 1,000,000 points by himself.

    Stan stays up for 3 days straight playing Heroin Hero and the agent comes in, telling him he has to play as the challenge has started. Stan fails miserably and can't hit any notes. Everyone leaves and Stan is booed by the game.

    Going back to the store, Stan gives up on Guitar Hero and wants to play a simple racing game. While playing, Stan realises that he enjoyed Guitar Hero because he was playing it with Kyle, and goes to the bowling alley.

    At the bowling alley, Stan tells Kyle that he needs him, and they decide to beat the game once and for all and they reach 1,000,000 points. The game congratulates them by saying "YOU ARE ****!" and both Stan and Kyle are disappointed and quit the game for good whilst Cartman and Butters replace them.



    So it was a pretty funny parody of using Guitar Hero to demonstrate the game, and personally I thought it was funny due to the fact that I noticed all the references to the game and why it can be overexaggerated sometimes. My favourite part of this episode is when the boys find Randy playing Heroin Hero.moreless
  • great

    8.5
    stan and kyle try to break a guitar hero record but stan realizes he could be doing much better with a different partner. this puts a strain on the boys' friendship. will they reconcile?



    good episode on the popular game series "Guitar Hero." the plot was pretty good and there were many jokes that made me laugh throughout. i think it loses some steam near the end, but overall it is a pretty decent episode. so, because of all of this, my final grade for "Guitar Queer-O" is a B+, pretty good episode, i certainly think so at least. Greatmoreless
  • More Video games stuffs whats nexts

    9.0
    In this episode it's about Guitar Hero I love that game. Somehow Stan and Kyle got the high socre on expert co-op mode and freakin' Randy tries to play the game just like he did in the World of Warcraft episode. And somehow Stan and Kyle get famous and then this Manager only wants Stan and this other Kid who somehow remember how to play the game without looking at the TV. I like how they show the real gameplay of Guitar Hero and Stan plays freakin' Herion Hero what a dumb game. Then Stan and Kyle get 1,000,000 points on Guitar Hero expert co-op mode and the game say you are fa**ots man what would happen if the game really said that?moreless
  • A parody of all gaming consoles pretty much

    7.5
    Obsessed with the Guitar Hero video game, Stan and Kyle make a great team and score record points when they play. Stan realizes he has the potential for enormous success if he plays with another partner. He and Kyle break up but, without his friend, Stan quickly folds under the pressure of being a rockstar. Stan ends up having to play solo but couldn't because he ha stayed up 3 days straight playing "Heroin Hero" to help "ease the stress".



    Kyle ends up in a bowling alley playing Guitar Hero in exchange for free Frescas. After his meltdown, Stan goes back to the video game store where he buys a different game, and although the clerk tries to get him to buy a game called Rehab Hero (which involves being chased by a dragon), he gets mad and gets a driving game. Stan then sets up the game and plays next to a radio. When the radio begins to play "Carry On Wayward Son", he suddenly remembers all the good times he had playing with Kyle, and "reverses" his vehicle (in the game, but looking backwards as if reversing in real life).



    Stan goes to the bowling alley to say sorry to Kyle. Kyle forgives Stan and they go back to Stan's place to break a million points on Guitar Hero,after kicking Randy, who has taken up playing Heroin Hero, off of Stan's XBox.



    The two do it only to find out that they are given the message of "You Are f@g$" Stan and Kyle leave and Cartman and Butters take up Guitar Hero with Butters requesting that he gets to "be the one to betray [Cartman] after the sex and drugs party."moreless
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  • TRIVIA (18)

    • When Stan talks to Kyle at the Mick Lanes Bowling alley, on the right of the Guitar Hero game, there is a game titled "Custer's Revenge."  Custer's Revenge is an infamous porn game.  However, the game being shown on the screen is "Breakout."

    • Sharon says that the boys would do better off learning to play a real instrument, but in previous episodes, Stan and Kyle have shown themselves to be capable of playing guitar and bass respectively.

    • Look Closely: During the scene where Stan and Thad were playing Guitar Hero at the arcade, during the shot showing the TV/Game, look in the background; you will see an arcade machine (one of those crane games) with a toy similar to Cartman's frog toy that Cartman is very fond of.

    • The episode features "Guitar Hero" arcade cabinets, which were not produced or even available until early 2009 by Raw Thrills.

    • Stan claims that real guitars are stupid, so why was he seen playing a real guitar in Christian Rock Hard, Die, Hippie, Die and Smug Alert,?

    • "Chasing the dragon" - is an appropriate term for someone who takes heroin, as heroin is derived from opium, an Asian plant, and a dragon is a very recognizable Asian symbol. Heroin is something you need more and more of, so it's like a dragon you keep going farther and farther to get. But it's never enough.

    • When Kyle and Stan score 100,000 on Carry On My Wayward Son notice how their Guitars are unplugged when they're celebrating.

    • When Randy is playing Heroin Hero, Stan says to get off the Xbox, but the gaming system he has looks more like an old Super Nintendo than an Xbox.

    • When Randy plays Guitar Hero and fails he ends with 40 points. On an actual Guitar Hero game, the lowest score you can possibly get is 50 points.

    • The song playing when Stan is playing the racing game is the same song heard during Randy's dream sequence in "Spontaneus Combustion".

    • After showing Heroin Hero on South Park, a lot of websites made their own Heroin Hero game.

    • In Guitar Hero, it is actually impossible to score 1 million points solo. You can score just over 900,000 points solo. So Stan could not break 1 million unless he was doing co-operative.

      It is also impossible to get 1,000,000 points playing co-op on a low score song like "Woman"

    • The fingering pattern that Thad used to play Buckethead Acoustically was nowhere NEAR the way it actually goes.

    • In the final song of the show when Stan and Kyle are going for 1,000,000 points, it is shown that they lose points from 999 thousand back down to 990 thousand. It is impossible in the game to lose points.

    • You can clearly see on the bowling sign that they misspelled Kyle Broflovski's name as Kile Barffloski.

    • The guitar gear Randy uses consists of a guitar that looks like a Gibson Les Paul (it is even in the most recognized color), but the cutaway is deeper. He also has an amp that says "Vaux" on the front which resembles a "Vox" amp.

    • The only way you can get 1,000,000 on Guitar Hero is to play Cooperative mode.

    • When Kyle and Stan score 100,000 points the wires from their Guitar Controllers are seen detached from the controller.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Butters: Fellas, fellas! They're going to do it!
      Cartman: What?
      Butters: Stan and Kyle, they're going to break a million points on guitar hero and unlock super stardom!

    • (About Stan)
      Craig: Dude, what's the matter with him?
      Butters: He's been up for three days straight playing Heroin Hero.

    • EV Games Clerk: There he is! So, did you break a million yet?
      Stan: No, I didn't break a million points and unlock superstardom, all right? I'm done with that stupid game!
      EV Games Clerk: Aw, come on. Once you start playing Guitar Hero, you can't stop till you reach the top.
      Stan: I just wanna find something else to play.
      EV Games Clerk: Have you played Rehab Hero? You get chased by a big dragon, but you keep running away from it.

    • (Stan and Kyle walk in and Randy is playing Heroin Hero)
      Dragon: Come on, come on. You almost got me. Catch me. Come on.
      Stan: Aw Goddamnit! Dad, get off our X-Box!
      Randy: Hang on, I almost caught the dragon.
      Stan: No, me and Kyle are gonna play Guitar Hero!
      Randy: I can get him! Wait! Where's he going now?
      Stan: You don't ever catch the dragon, Dad!
      (Stan turns the X-Box off)
      Randy: NO! NO I SAID! I AM YOUR FATHER! PUT IT BACK ON!

    • Kyle: But it's our game. We bought it together.
      Stan: I know, and, and I wanna be fair about it, so, I'll buy you out of your part.
      Kyle: Buy me out?! What are you saying?! What makes you so high and mighty you can buy me out?!
      Stan: Don't put this all on me, Kyle!
      Cartman: Oh my God this is so awesome.

    • Manager: You've got real potential, kid. I have no doubt you can break a million.
      Stan: Really? That'd be sweet.
      Manager: I think you could. But uh, as for your friend, well, to be honest, I think he's holding you back.
      Stan: What, you mean, Kyle?
      Manager: Look, you score a lot higher than him; there's no question who the better one is. I wanna put you with some other players, find a partner for you who can really help you max your score.
      Stan: But, Kyle and I always play together. We both chipped in for the game system.
      Manager: Very honorable. But you know where loyalty gets you in a game like Guitar Hero? Nowheres. Just listen to that video crowd. I haven't heard a video crowd go that wild in a long time. You've got a chance to score a million points, and I hate to see you throw it away because you're worried about your friend's feelings.

    • (Listening to Carry on Wayward Son)
      Manager: Well, what do you think?
      Producer: I like it. That's these boys playing?
      Manager: No, that's Kansas. But these boys scored a hundred thousand points to it on Expert Level in Co-op Mode.

    • Manager: I'm Charles Kincaid, from the Kincaid Talent Agency? I just heard you broke a hundred thousand points on Guitar Hero.
      Stan: Yeah, we did.
      Mr. Kincaid: I'm impressed.

    • Cartman: Ow! Craig, stop cheating!
      Craig: How was THAT cheating?
      Cartman: Because you tripped me you black asshole!

    • (Randy does poorly on Guitar Hero)
      Announcer: GAME OVER! YOU SUCK!

    • Manager: This is Thad.
      Thad: 'Sup
      Manager: Thad is so good at Guitar Hero, he doesn't even need a TV screen. He can play acoustically.
      Stan: Yeah, but can he play Buckethead on Expert?
      (Thad hits notes on Guitar Hero controller)
      Stan: Nice, but now play John the Fisherman.
      (Thad hits notes on Guitar Hero controller)
      Man: Ooh, I love this song.
      (People at restaurant start to clap)

    • Randy: Well you kids wanna see something really cool? Check this out.
      (Randy picks up a guitar and starts playing Carry on Wayward Son)
      Once, I rose above the noise and confusion
      Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion. I was soaring ever higher. But I flew too high. Though my eyes could see I-
      Stan: Dad? Dad! What are you doing?!
      Randy: I can actually play a lot of these songs on a real guitar. You want me to teach you boys how?
      Cartman: Uhh, that's gay, Mr. Marsh.
      Stan: Yeah, that's stupid, Dad.
      Randy: But... But this is real.
      Cartman: Real guitars are for old people.

    • EV Games Clerk: (About Heroin Hero) It's real easy. All you do is run around a magical forest and shoot simulated heroin. You could call it the ultimate first-person shooter.

    • Announcer: Congratulations, you played enough Guitar Hero to score one million points! You!...are!...FAGS!!
      (Long silence follows)
      Stan: That's it?
      Kyle: Goddamn it. Goddamn it!
      (The two walk away. Cartman stands up and takes Stan's controller)
      Cartman: Butters, you wanna play me next?
      Butters: Okay, but I get to be the one that betrays you after the sex and drug party.
      (Butters takes Kyle's controller and the two start playing)

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode drew in an audience over 4 million viewers and was the most watched telecast for young adult males(18-34) on the Wednesday the episode was aired.

    • Featured Songs in this episode: * "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas * "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones * "John the Fisherman" by Primus * "Surrender" by Cheap Trick * "Pretty Vacant" by The Sex Pistols * "Cherry Pie" by Warrant * "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison * "Woman" by Wolfmother * "I Remember You" by Skid Row. Also Jordan by Buckethead is mentioned in this episode.

      All the songs featured in this episode for Guitar Hero are in the Guitar Hero games except "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison, and "I Remember You" by Skid Row.

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