'Community' Season 2, Episode 24 (Season Finale) Recap
I was watching this episode thinking three things: 1) I wish the season wasn't over, 2) I totally should've rewatched last week's episode before this one because 3) I'm not gonna have much to say about this second half.
And then things got a little more interesting. Thankfully.
I still wish NBC had shown both parts together on the same night for a supersized one-hour finale episode because, for me, the first half (last week) had the action, while tonight was more emotional. Yes, maybe it's stronger to wrap up a season on an emotional note, but this is paintball! There's no crying in paintball.
Yeah, I'll get over it. There was still plenty of gunslinging goodness here, and um, some other amazing stuff that I'll get into when you click in ...
Abed said it best tonight: "Too risky. Sequels are almost always disappointing."
Yes, that was a perfectly meta nod to the fact that everyone said the show couldn't top the first paintball game in 'Modern Warfare,' but they were willing to try anyway. Risky pays off in my book making this one nowhere near disappointing. That's not to say I loved it (remains to be seen if it's better viewed as a whole), but it was a nice season ender.
First up: THE KISS! We saw it coming, with Annie desperately flirting with Abed, I mean Han, all episode, but daaaaaaaaamn. I liked their steamy, dripping-in-paint makeout session a little too much.
Did Abed really only go in for the kill because it's what Han Solo would've done? Or might there be some lingering feelings when we pick back up next season? When you break it down, they are a lot alike. Just saying.
The City College dean versus Greendale's Dean Pelton thing was silly, but it still paved the way for some sexually-charged flagpole stuff. It was worth it for the phallic City College flag being raised over the Greendale anus one.
Jeff was pretty quiet here, and Chang was basically just an extra with no lines, but it made room for the ladies to step into the dominant positions. I love take-charge badass Shirley. And she even cussed! "How bout we save this school's ass." And it was a valiant effort that she and Britta made in that golf cart, but in the end, Pierce played the hero.
Winning the game and donating the money to save the school was Pierce's redemption moment. It happened. It's done. But that doesn't mean things are all A-OK. I mean, Pierce has seriously been going to Greendale for 12 YEARS?! That was a very sad twist to picture him getting booted from study group after study group for over a decade.
But they were really harping on the sadness, dammit! I don't want Pierce to make me care, and honestly if it hadn't been for the end tag I would've yelled at my TV when the episode ended on Pierce saying he's done with the gang.
Again, I don't love the guy. In fact, read any recap of mine and you'll see I kind of loathe him (and am not alone), but let's not get melodramatic here. Pierce the hero quickly turned into Pierce the martyr, and the only thing I hate more than a saboteur is a freaking martyr.
But they ended on a lighter note, taking a step back to acknowledge that someone -- fictitious on this episode show and in real life -- is gonna have to clean up the mess they've made. Have fun with that.
And in a nice bonus, as we teased last week, eagle-eyed 'Cougar Town' fans could spot Laurie (Busy Philips) and Travis (Dan Byrd) hanging out on the quad and chanting for the Human Beings when they won the game. Love that touch.
"Don't shoot, red-haired guy."
"Why would someone who gets paid to do things be at Greendale?"
"You're the worst!"
"I think it's called a taint."
"I'm calling dibs on the Han Solo role before Jeff slouches into it by default."
"Dammit Shirley! Forget your newborn child and think about the people who need you."
"Those guys are ballers, yo. I hope you like getting balled."
"Resistance is as pointless as your degrees."
"Everyone look alive. Leonard, good enough."
What did Leonard do to get banned from a Denny's More Little Rascals pranks?
"Britta, I've been in a few real wars, but this one is actually the most terrifying."
I loved Donald getting shot -- "I had a dream it would end this way."
"Will you still be Han Solo after we die?"
And, of course, the short and sweet 'Star Wars'-style intro card read:
For a Few Paintballs More
It is a dark time for Greendale.
City College has invaded
the campus paintball game.
Pierce Hawthorne has been
kicked out of the study group.
Let's not draw this out ...
So I'll stop drawing this out and let you talk/type. Did you like the finale? Are you sad we have to wait until fall for more? Take it to the comments ...
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