One day when I was playing Dungeons and Dragons at a friend’s house we took a small break and we watched some of Community since that everyone there had already watched most of the show but I had not yet. I watched an episode and I freaking loved it. So then I bought all five seasons (at the time since then the sixth season is out) and watched them all in the span of a week. One year later I have decided to make a top ten list of my favourite episodes. However, this isn’t an actual top whatever list but just a list of ten episodes that I like and going from series to series mainly since I think it would be hard to make a list of ten and then reordering them.(This was meant to be a top ten list but I got really tired and lazy trying to get this out.)
Spanish 101: One of the first episodes that I do like from Community is Spanish 101 for two things, the story with Jeff and Peirce and ending with Troy and Abed. The episode revolves around Jeff trying to spend time with Britta and plans on doing it by trying to work with her on an assignment but Pierce swaps with Britta causing Jeff to be rather annoyed. In the study room Jeff waits for Peirce who arrives late and Jeff just wants to get the assignment over and done with quickly, however Peirce has other ideas. He decides that they need put on a whole show that barely has anything to do with the assignment. Troy and Abed then come along and show off what they are doing for the assignment and Jeff then snaps at Peirce who then leaves to try and hit on Britta at the silent protest that is happening outside. The next day after Peirce’s drunken ramblings their teacher, Chang, gives Jeff a passing grade and Peirce to so the assignment by himself. But Jeff decides to stand up with Peirce and does the whole show with him and we get a montage of the different scenes they had cutting along with the images of the rest of the gang seeing the craziness that happens. They both get low grades and they start to have more of a friendly bond between each other. Now to the second part of why I like this episode is the rap at the very end where Troy and Abed converse in Spanish what they were saying and just start putting nonsense together since that’s what the subtitles translated.
Modern Warfare: For the first season I think that this is one of my favourite episodes. The episode starts off as any usual episode of Community but then things change quickly as Jeff takes a nap in his car to find that the whole campus is deserted and covered with paintballs. Jeff finds out that The Dean Pelton announced that the prize has students hunting each other down. Jeff nearly gets attacked by Leonard but Abed saves him and delivers an adlibbed Terminator 2 line. They arrive back with Troy and Jeff discovers what the prize is priority registration for next semester. The chess club then tries to attack them but the gang uses a trap to shoot them in the back, also Jeff takes off his sweater to have a Bruce Willis from Die Hard image. They head out of their safe room and find Peirce with Starburns who gets shot by him. They head into the toilets to have a pee break where they get ambushed by Britta, Annie and Shirley. They join forces and they head across campus where Troy and Annie get hit by the Glee Club, Jeff uses Peirce as bait and he finds out where the Glee club are and they take them out. Later that night in the cafeteria the remaining members go over what they are going to do with their priority registration and Shirley says that she is going to book morning classes so that she can spend more time with her boys and then the roller-skater troop attacks them and Shirley and Abed are taken out of the game. Dean Pelton talks with Chang in his office where Chang asks for him to be put in the game so that he can take them out and gets enrolled in a class. In the study room, Britta patches up Jeff and they end up banging. Britta tries to get the jump on Jeff but he was one step ahead but Chang comes in wielding an advanced paintball gun and then gets into a slow-motion shoot off with Britta who gets hit but Chang also gets hit who starts to detonate a paint bomb that engulfs the entire room with green paint. Jeff goes to Dean Pelton’s office and blasts around the office with Chang’s paintball gun and Dean Pelton tries to give Jeff the blu-ray player but he shoots him in the head and asks that he wants the priority registration which the next day he gives to Shirley. I love this episode since that it pretty much is homage to 80’s action movies but most notably Die Hard and since they swapped from guns to paintball it was a really good touch.
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: I love playing Dungeons and Dragons and this is something that I really do like. The episode starts off with a voice over introducing a character called Neil who transferred there after being bullied but the same starts to happen at Greendale. Jeff observes him and tries to cheer him up with bringing up his interest in D&D. Neil gives Jeff all of his manuals that he has which has Jeff worried about him so he gets the group together play a game with Neil to cheer up his spirit and they didn’t invite Pierce since he is rather a bit of a dick. Abed acts as the dungeon master for the group and Chang start playing with characters whilst Neil plays as his own character and he manages to impress them by killing the first wave of enemies with one swing. Pierce arrives in the study hall and is rather pissed that he wasn’t invited to play and Abed plays him into the game where he plays himself. Neil gives his character his cloak and Peirce uses his turn to steal Neil’s sword and flees from the group. Jeff and the group now decide that the group would hunt down Peirce and recover Neil’s weapon and Peirce goes off and gets some help from another student getting ahead of the group’s advancements. The group advance their story by heading to a town to acquire a Pegasus to pursuit Peirce and Annie seduces an elf to get the Pegasus. Peirce returns to the group and he uses his newly acquired amulet that controls Draconis to freeze time and transforms Neil’s character to be overweight. Peirce also uses his turn to tell Neil that it was Jeff who coined the term Fat Neil but Neil doesn’t seem to care and uses his turn to show pity on Peirce and the rest of the group does the same. Peirce gets frustrated with inactivity of the group and unfreezes time and he tries to go for another move but that uses up his turn and Neil attacks Peirce with the sword by throwing it at the amulet around his neck and Draconis eats Peirce and the dragon gives them some of the treasure that he has been hoarding ending the campaign. I mainly like this episode since that it does show up on how much of a dick that Peirce even for a fictional world. Also I like the opening credits for the show since that they have a more unique look since that all the actors had a more fantasy based images used for their pictures.
Critical Film Studies: This is a pretty interesting episode of Community since that it parodies two films, Pulp Fiction and My Dinner with Andre. This I did rather like since that looking at the promos for it showed that it was going to be a Pulp Fiction parody and this twist is rather good. The episode has Jeff and Abed having dinner at a fancy restaurant and Jeff notices something different about Abed and that he is acting social and normal. Jeff also wants to get through this dinner so that he can then take Abed to his surprise party that is, of-course, Pulp Fiction themed, where Britta was able to get the diner that she worked at booked for the party. In the restaurant Abed tells Jeff about his trip to the Cougar Town set where he played an extra in the show (which he actually did). Abed also manages to get Jeff to open up and have a real conversation where Jeff lets out his insecurities and recalls an incident where he had to dress up as an Indian girl. Meanwhile at the Diner Troy seems to be jealous about the gift that Jeff had got Abed since it was a briefcase (copying from Pulp Fiction) and Chang tries to get Troy to open up the briefcase, which he does and discovers there is a lightbulb and a certificate of authenticity claiming that the briefcase is the one that was used in Pulp Fiction. The bulb ends up overheating and then causes the certificate to burn. Troy blames Chang for what happened and starts breaking things in the diner. Jeff gets annoyed with Abed when he finds out that what he was doing was all an act and the rest of the gang comes in revealing that they had a surprise party planned and Britta even got fired from the job because of the damages. Later Abed meets with Jeff at the diner and brings up the reason of the ploy and that is he feels that him and Jeff had feel like they were drifting apart and it was his idea to get them back together. I like this episode for the homages to Pulp Fiction and it works really good way and the plan that Abed came up was rather unique.
A Fistful of Paintballs: This and the sequel episodes are my favourite episodes of all time. The episode starts off with Annie saving Neil from a group of bullies but when he wants a gun he gets shot. Dean Pelton had come up with a new paintball concept since that last year’s contest was a failure. This time around he partnered up with Pistol Patty’s Cowboy Creamery, an ice cream company who ponied up $100,000 for the winner and that’s how the pandemonium starts. Annie finds Abed back at her camp and he asks for her to join him, Jeff and Chang. But back with them they have been trapped by the math club and Chang betrays Jeff but Abed makes the save but Chang gets away. Jeff informs Annie that he is low on ammo and they discuss whether or not to align themselves with Peirce who is held in the cafeteria or steal it, but they are interrupted by the Black Rider but they manage to evade him noting that he doesn’t look like a student that goes there. Heading to the cafeteria they run into Britta, Shirley and Troy who are working for Peirce who has set up safe zone named after himself Fort Hawthorn. Peirce says that they should team up and split the cash between themselves and tells them where the ammo stash is at. Whilst looking for the stash Annie rescues Chang from a group of cheerleaders, Chang gets away from her and Annie peruses him to find The Black Rider. Abed and Jeff arrive to save Annie and she discovers that Peirce had loaded Jeff’s gun with blanks and they head off the Dean’s office where he is hiding in the supply closet with the paintball stash where they stock up and Annie takes Chang’s paintball gun from last year and they head back to Peirce. They find the room trashed and they find Peirce and confront him, he says that he filled the gun with blanks because he was pissed that he didn’t get invited to a card game the group had but it turns out they weren’t playing, but in fact voting to see if Peirce would be allowed in the study group for next year. But it turns out that he is still in since that it had to be a unanimous decision and that Annie voted to keep him in but nobody else knows. The Black Rider emerges and gets into a stand-off with Jeff as Annie gets in a stand-off with Peirce. Pierce feigns a heart attack but when the Black Rider goes to help him he gets shot by Pierce, the Black Rider then reveals that he was only there since he worked for Pistol Patty so that they can keep the money, Peirce runs off vowing revenge. But here we come to the best part of the episode. Chang is seen looking for a new alliance when he is shot by a paintball machine gun from the back of Pistol Patty’s van where a group of people dressed up as a commando team disembark where Pistol Patty announces that it’s time for Plan B Operation Total Invasion. The good thing about this episode is that it starts out as a western film, parodying spaghetti westerns most notably the Dollars Trilogy but then at the end it completely changes leading into the second part.
A Few Paintballs More: This is a pretty good follow up to from the first part and then it turns into a Star Wars parody, but the first thing that I want to talk about is this, I am sure that this episode I’m sure inspired the Death Troopers in The Purge: Anarchy since there are a group that goes around with a machine gun in the back of a truck and this episode aired in 2011 which aired two years before the first film, but that could just be a coincidence. The episode begins with a text crawl going over what had happened before. Pistol Patty and a squadron of Troopers march through the halls of Greendale and arrive at the Dean Pelton’s office to then reveal that Patty is in face Dean Spreck, of rivals City College, and he tells Pelton of his plan which Abed and Troy overhear. Troy and Abed return to the surviving students and form a rebel alliance to defeat the Troopers and win the cash to repair the campus, but this also causes a problem between Jeff and Troy to see who would be the leader. During the bickering Spreck sends in a robot armed with a paint bomb to get everyone in the room but Magnitude sacrifices himself for the rest of the rebels. Peirce gets captured by the Troopers but convinces them to take him as prisoner offering to give them information on Jeff. Abed flirts with Annie going through a Han Solo impersonation and she is attracted to this personality. Troy and Jeff come up with two different plans to take on the Troopers with Jeff wanting to do an all-out attack to get the gun in the Ice Cream van whilst Troy says that they should lure them into the Library setting up the sprinkler system to cover them in paint. But Annie being the voice of reason suggests they do both by using Troy’s plan as a distraction to take the gun. Troy, Abed, Annie and Shirley draw some Troopers in the Library whilst Jeff’s group goes after the gun. Troy’s team manages to fortify themselves in the study room but when they try to escape through the vent but they can’t escape due to one of them getting stuck in the vent. So they decide to shoot their way out of the building and Troy is shot during the escape but Abed and Annie manage to barricade themselves in a room and Shirley is able to set off the alarm and they are able to take out the Troopers as well as Abed and Annie, who share a kiss in the raining paint and Abed snaps out of his Han Solo persona. Meanwhile with Jeff’s team the gun overpowers their team with Britta being the sole survivor from their team, but Shirley rescues her in a golf buggy and they shoot the remaining Troopers but Britta gets hit during their run. As Shirley celebrates she gets shot by two troopers but Pierce manages to feign a heart attack again and shoots the two remaining enemies and wins the fight for Greendale. He then announces that he is going to give the money to the school and the people rejoice. The next day the study group meets in the library minus Peirce (who arrives later) talking about what classes they are going to take next semester. Peirce arrives and starts telling them their story that he has been at Greendale for 12 years and that this is the only group that he has been a part of and is the only group that has ever wanted him. In the end he decides that he no longer is going to be part of the study group and the group just thinks that he is acting out but he doesn’t return ending the series. It is a really good ending for the series and the parodies for Star Wars are really good. Also from what I found (from Wikipedia) that after Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige gave the direction to Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America: The Winter Soldier after watching the finale in which Joe directed.
Digital Estate Planning: One of the things that I do like about this show is that a couple of times they will do an episode that is rather unique and I think this is one of my favourite one. The episode consists of Peirce and the group being invited to a warehouse where they are met by Gilbert Lawson who is Pierces father’s assistant. He informs him and the group that in his father’s last will and testament it was is dying wish for Pierce and seven friends to play a game that he had in development for thirty years. The game is pretty cool since that they decided to go with the more retro designing of 8-bit gaming to modern day graphics. In the game they are greeted by Cornelius, Pierces’ father, who tells them that this is actually a punishment for him since that Pierce questioned the moist toweletees industry and that the first player that reaches the end of the game wins Pierce’s inheritance and Gilbert will take the position of the eight player. Plus, for a twist Gilbert knows a lot about the game and easily kills the group to progress further in the game. After restarting from the game the group come across the first village where Abed falls for a NPC called Hilda. But whilst going through the town looking for a clue for the game, Britta creates a strength potion that Jeff believes is actually poison and during that time Annie and Shirley manage to kill the towns blacksmith and his wife (Hilda’s parents) and decide to burn down the entire town down to erase their traces there. Gilbert then arrives, levelled up and kills the group but when he kills Britta he drinks the ‘Potion of Strength’ and dies since Jeff was right and it was actually poisonous and Gilbert is sent back to the start of the game. Gilbert becomes frustrated and he decides to use cheat codes and turns his character invincible. Abed decides to stay with Hilda and rebuild her life and after beating most of the team they find the item they need to get to the last level, the white crystal. Gilbert confronts the group and when they try to attack they just reflect off him. Jeff and Peirce realise that he is cheating and confronts Gilbert out of the game where he goes on to give them his backstory where it turns out that he in fact Peirce half-brother since his father had an affair and says that he deserves Pierces inheritance and that he was more of a son than what Peirce was. They head back into the game and they find that Abed has built a large castle and an endless amount of resources to build up what they need. Gilbert arrives at the end where Cornelius congratulates him and says he worn stand for his lies and asks him to sign an agreement disavowing him from the Hawthorne bloodline, but he rejects it and Cornelius starts a war against him. The group arrives heavily armed at the castle and is able to defeat Cornelius but everyone has sacrificed themselves to defeat him and Gilbert is the only one left standing, who rejects it believing that he is not deserve it. Gilbert thanks the group and starts to bond with Peirce whilst offering drinks for the rest of the gang and Abed manages to get a copy of Hilda before leaving. I like this episode for quite a few reasons, I’m a big gamer and that something more different for a design it is well designed.