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Community – Basic Sandwich

by Alan Rapp on April 18, 2014

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Community - Basic Sandwich

Concluding the show’s Fifth Season, “Basic Sandwich” finds the Save Greendale Committee searching the campus for the hidden computer lab of the college’s founder (Chris Elliott) who disappeared in the 1970s (along with an entire wing of the school) while doing research on computer intelligence capable of emotion. Realizing that the circuitry of this creation was made almost entirely out of gold, the group searches frantically for treasure which they could use to stop Subway from buying the campus.

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Community – Basic Story

by Alan Rapp on April 11, 2014

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Community - Basic Story

The first-half of Community‘s season finale offers the former Study Group, now the Save Greendale Committee, a problem unlike any they have faced before. After an insurance inspector takes a look over the campus and discovers all the work that’s been done in recent months has actually turned Greendale Community College from a liability nightmare into a potentially profitable real estate, the land is quickly sold out from under the college to Subway.

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Community – G.I. JEFF

by Alan Rapp on April 4, 2014

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“G.I. JOE is the codename for America’s daring awesomely trained awesome mission force. Its purpose: To fight Cobra, because they’re terrorists!”

Community - G.I. JEFF

That was awesome! Unapologetically pulling the nostalgic strings of everyone who grew up watching G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, and guaranteeing I will buy this season on DVD, the only question anyone needs to ask about G.I. Jeff is: Is it a great episode of Community or the greatest episode of Community?

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  • Title: Community – Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
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Community - Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

When the group learns of a rift between Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks) and his estranged son Hank (David Cross), who just happens to be an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, the group plans a special night of gaming in an attempt to bring the two together. Things don’t go quite as planned when Hank immediately sees through the ruse and decides to randomly redistribute the characters sheet from Abed‘s (Danny Pudi) carefully constructed quest meant to bring a family together which becomes a competition between the teams led by father and son.

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  • Title: Community – VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing
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“Abed, I don’t like this side of you. And I do not like that side of VCR technology.”

Community - VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing

In a pair of stories where things quickly escalate out of control, Jeff (Joel McHale), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), and Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks) discover a stack of unused and forgotten Greendale text books which they decide to sell on the black market. Meanwhile, Abed (Danny Pudi) and Annie (Alison Brie) get lost in an absurd competition trying to choose between Annie’s brother (Spencer Crittenden) and Abed’s girlfriend (Brie Larson) as their new roommate.

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  • Title: Community – App Development and Condiments
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Community - App Development and Condiments

Owing more than a little to 1970s dystopian future flicks such as Zardoz and Logan’s Run (and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World), the latest episode of Community plays on a tried-and-true theme of the show in the near-immediate overreaction of the Greendale campus to absurd levels. What begins as beta testing for a new app called MeowMeowBeenz that helps students rate each other and their professors spirals quickly out of control as a rigid class structure is adopted creating a dystopian future on the campus lorded over by the Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and the rest of the “5′s.”

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  • Title: Community – Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality
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Community - Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality

The night doesn’t go as planned for anyone as “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality” features several forced pairings in an episode with several fun moments but doesn’t ever quite click (although it does offer some fun character interactions along the way). With the departure of Donald Glover, it appears Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks) has been drafted into duty as Abed (Danny Pudi) new sounding board as the pair bond over the course of the evening when the whackadoodle faces Hickey’s consequences for accidentally destroying several of the professor’s cartoon duck drawings.

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  • Title: Community – Geothermal Escapism
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Community - Analysis of Cork-Based Networking

The Save Greendale Committee face two important tasks (or what passes for important at Greendale Community College) in the latest episode. As Annie (Alison Brie) gets lost in the politics and labyrinthine, back-dealing, behind-the-scenes world of the college while trying to help Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks) get a simple bulletin board rehung in the cafeteria, Jeff (Joel McHale), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Professor Ian Duncan (John Oliver), and Chang (Ken Jeong) create the theme for the school dance (not initially realizing where Chang got his brilliant ides of “Bear Down for Mid-Terms”).

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Community – Geothermal Escapism

by Alan Rapp on January 24, 2014

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“Troy and Abed in a bubble.”

Community - Geothermal Escapism

And then there were five. In a fitting farewell to Donald Glover (who is leaving the show to concentrate on his his stand-up comedy), Abed (Danny Pudi) gets the entire Greendale community to sign-on for a game of Hot Lava where no student or faculty member is allowed to touch the floor until only a single survivor remains. As expected, Greendale devolves into a bizarre dystopian future in only a couple hours as the entire populace becomes obsessed with winning the game (and the $50,000 Abed puts up for a grand prize), and the various members of the Study Group each find their way to say goodbye to their friend and wish him well on his worldwide adventure.

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Community – Cooperative Polygraphy

by Alan Rapp on January 18, 2014

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“I leave you the obligatory sperm.”

Community - Cooperative Polygraphy

Pierce‘s (Chevy Chase) death, and the unusual terms of his will, bring a scientist (Walton Goggins) with a lie detector test and a set of questions to be answered (to determine if any of Pierce’s friends were responsible for his death) before each member of the Study Group can receive what their departed friend had left them. Although every member of the group realizes the situation is a desperate last attempt for Pierce to cause trouble in the group, lured by the possibility of getting their hands on their friend’s millions, each agrees to participate in the series of questions that will reveal various secrets and disturbing facts about each of their closest friends.

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