I can't really explain the awesomeness of this episode - from the mock 1980's G.I. Joe ads that slowly morphed over time into surrealism, to the slow disintegration of the G.I. Joe - Cobra rivalry to Abed dressed as the wrong kind of Indian... Indian... this has to be one of the most creative episodes of television in a long, long time.
I would probably put this on par with 'Modern Warfare', but it might be even more ambitious because they nailed SO MUCH of both the GI Joe cartoons and the 1980s toy culture that it's hard to know where to start.
I think I need to watch it a dozen more times to pick up on all the references I missed. Just amazing...
Originally posted by thereminAnyone else notice those single frames pop up, a la Fight Club?
I caught those a couple times. I mostly liked the episode, but my biggest problem with it is that I was expecting (and hoping for) a more serious real-world situation. Jeff almost dieing was pretty good, but I wish they'd taken it a little further.
I was one of about 300 people that got to work on this and didn't see the full thing until Thursday. I really liked a lot of the little touches that were put in there like when Cobra Commander was de-masked, and the voice actors they got.
The fact that something like this aired in prime time on NBC is really ballsy. Probably my favorite departure episode yet, because it was just so immersive and dedicated to the world that it threw itself into. Although, the claymation episode is still the gold standard.
I watched both episodes with my 5 year old and 4 year old sons (I saw the first one On Demand previously to make sure they could handle it) and they loved it. I enjoyed it and now it will be part of our Friday nights. Much like Avatar was.