I really didn't want another Paintball episode and the first few minutes of this felt like it was going to be Paintball by another set of rules but same conventions - school goes insane for a game, school breaks down in inexplicable fashion, movies are generally referenced. And then, like it often does, a Community episode became self aware and righted itself.
That's kind of been the meta arc of Britta - she was supposed to be Awesome Love Interest to start, everyone realized they had instead just made her annoying, and then made being annoying and bad work for her. Britta being annoying and only playing the game as a way to get Tory and Abed to talk was so great and so what this episode needed. There needed to be someone grounded to point out how ludicrous the small moments are - like Chang's lockerboy gang - the fifth time they've done it - just so we knew they knew this has happened quite a few things. And then Evil Britta was just on another level. This was written as a Troy/Abed farewell but Britta stole it.
It was a silly episode until the third act, and then the silliness gave way to Troy & Abed's relationship and it went ok. The cloning bit should not have worked, on multiple levels, but it felt like earned it. The goodbyes were perfect for their relations, as you'd knew they'd be, and the surprise cameo was fun. The emotion felt genuine - which was one of the best parts of the original Paintball episode. I guess I did want another Paintball episode, but really wasn't expecting to get one like this.
Originally posted by thecubsfanThis was written as a Troy/Abed farewell but Britta stole it.
And you stole all my takeaways. In a farewell to Barnes, 'twas Britta for the win. Fitting that Levar Burton was here since the Britta/Jeff knock-knock argument was a beautiful successor to "Jeff Winger's dumb gay dad."
Moving stuff, especially the character-perfect goodbyes. And it all looked amazing, THANKS RUSSO.
Originally posted by WiretapI loved this like a first born child.
I can not count how many times I stopped, reminded and watched this scene. I laughed so hard each time. Banks is a welcome addition to the show and his facial expressions are timeless.
A lot of nice moments. I am sorry to see Troy go, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized if any of the five had to go, I am glad it was him as I only enjoyed him through his interaction with Abed (which was awesome) and felt the other characters were more pivotal to the show.
And my love for all thins Britta grows more each day.
Britta saying she Britta'd her goodbye was classic too. I felt really sad when Troy and Abed said goodbye. It was not the saddest goodbye in TV history, but it was the saddest in years, that's for sure.
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Me too. Arrow's "anti-decompression" (great term) is one of things I like most about the show. They're balls to the wall every week. It's refreshing. And it's not like they don't have a huge list of things yet to accomplish.