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Troy's Absence Leads to Chaos in Alternate Timelines on 'Community' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 14th 2011 1:30AM
'Community' - 'Remedial Chaos Theory''Community' (Thu., 8PM ET on NBC) is at its best when it steps beyond reality and into the surreal. Some of its most classic episodes have been completely unbelievable, but the strength of the characters sell it.

This week, with the roll of a die, the cast explored seven alternate realities. In each timeline, a different one of them went downstairs to get the pizza. Which means we got to see the group dynamics between the characters in whole new ways, simply by removing one from the equation.

Apparently, Troy is the piece that keeps chaos from reigning. He was determined to get the pizza as fast as possible so as to not miss anything, but in that short time so much insanity erupted.

In every timeline, Troy caught Abed's 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' boulder before it rolled onto the ground, but when he went down to get the pizza, the boulder hit the floor, Annie slipped on it, shattered Pierce's bottle of rum. Her purse fell off the table and the gun inside it went off, shooting Pierce in the leg. In shock, Britta lets her cigarette -- we know what it really is -- fall out of her mouth, where it lights the rum on fire.

It was pure insanity and Troy missed all of it. As we found out later, when we got a follow-up to this timeline wherein Pierce is dead, Troy's lost his voicebox and Jeff is missing an arm, among other calamities, this is apparently the classic "evil" alternate reality. So Abed made everybody goatees, like on 'Star Trek.'

We loved seeing 'Community' back in form. This was easily the strongest episode yet this season. What did you think, and which was your favorite timeline? Who here thinks we'll see the "evil" versions of them again somehow?

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