I really like to find interesting things about South Park, so here’s one.
The image above didn’t really concern me before. I had assumed that it was in reference to a movie (there is a movie called Ticking Clock) and Mole got a novelty watch because he was a fan of it or something.
But when I searched the phrase “Third Act: The Ticking Clock” it came up with quite a few pages. The first was a website for South Park easter eggs, and people said it was because that was the start of the third act.
Then I clicked on the link just below and found this:
The Ticking Clock
Armed with a second wind, the hero now moves towards the showdown of the movie. In The Graduate, for example, Act Two ends when Benjamin learns that Elaine has been pulled out of school by her father and, worse, is about to get married. Benjamin’s task is to find her and stop her from doing so.
Thus he races against “a ticking clock” — a deadline for the action he must perform — in order to rescue Elaine from her family. If you can get a ticking clock into your third act, so much the better.
The ticking clock in the movie is the boys racing to save Terrance and Phillip from execution and getting them to the rendezvous point. They have twenty minutes to do so, as seen on Mole’s watch, from the start of the third act.
I’m not learned in all the elements of stories and such, so if anyone else already knew this then that’s pretty cool.
I just thought that it was clever of Matt and Trey.
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