‘Community’ Season 2 Finale Preview: More Paintball & ‘Lost’s’ Josh Holloway

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While Community sort of started out as a satire of college-based TV shows and movies, it has since become more of a “movie satire of the week” type show. Since late last year, the Community gang has satirized everything from zombies to gangsters to their biggest hit – action movies – with the paintball-related episode “Modern Warfare.”

This Thursday’s season finale, “A Fist Full of Paintballs,” is a sequel of sorts to that incredibly popular paintball-themed episode, with a heavy emphasis on westerns as opposed to action movies, and a guest star in the form of Lost‘s Josh Holloway.

“Modern Warfare” was a television masterpiece directed by Fast Five director Justin Lin. It referenced everything from Die Hard to Predator to Terminator to Escape from New York to John Woo’s The Killer and Hard-Boiled to The Warriors and The Matrix. “A Fist Full of Paintballs,” not unlike “Warfare,” will almost certainly reference every western movie ever, but especially all the Sergio Leone-directed ones. As for why Josh Holloway is making an appearance or what role he’ll be playing – your guess is as good as mine?

Check out the “Fist Full of Paintballs” promo below:

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Though Community is still one of my favorite TV shows – and it’s probably the show I most look forward to on Thursdays – it’s no longer as consistently entertaining, in my opinion, as it was last season. As great as the “movie satire of the week” format can be, the show has lost a bit of its luster due to over-saturation.

Indeed, I loved “Modern Warfare” and the zombie episode as much as the next guy, but part of what made those episodes so awesome and interesting was that they were unique. Now that practically every episode is a parody of a movie or a genre of movie, I’m starting to miss the more sitcom-esque, world-building episodes. Community would do itself a massive favor by making its parodies more sporadic. Which isn’t to say that they’re bad – far from it. They’re just better in small doses.

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Hopefully, we’ll get some sort of conclusion (or at least elaboration) on the Jeff/Annie kiss from last season’s finale. I know, I know — I’m a sucker for unexpected romance, what can I say.

Community, starring Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, amongst others, airs Thursday nights @ 8pm on NBC.

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  1. It’s the best sitcom that more people need to watch, and I can’t wait for this.

  2. THANK YOU!!!!! I love this show as well but every week feels like some movie parody. Like you said, it was much better when these episodes were sprinkled in. I hope the writers realize this over the summer and go back to a blending of dealing with class and other life stuff and not as many (but still some) movie parodies. I think they use the movie parodies to try to get press to improve viewership, but I think (unfortunately) they’ve already maxed their audience.

  3. I like this season better than last season so I’ll have to disagree. Mentioning good episodes shocked to see you left out one of the best comedy episodes of television period the D&D Episode it was not only best of season but best of the entire show.

    • Well, agree to disagree. I liked that episode, didn’t love it.

  4. I would LOVE to see this show go back to world-building and character development. I absolutely loved the first season and laughed out loud regularly and though I’ve seriously enjoyed this season, too, I have not found it as enjoyable. The fun of the movie parodies was due to the quick break from the overall arc – it was surprising and different – but now it’s just old hat and expected.

    Anyway – I agree, I agree, Ben!

  5. You could not be more wrong. This season was the best yet. Tonight’s Paintball episode, D&D, Zombies, Conspiracy Theory, Troy’s 21st birthday, Claymation Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Abed’s Pulp Fiction birthday, Abed’s background story, and the Fake Clip Show were all classic episodes.

    • Oh, and the episode where Pierce was manipulating the group from his hospital group (with guest star Levar Burton). One of the best episodes of the season/series.

    • Troy’s 21st birthday and Abed’s Pulp Fiction birthday were two excruciatingly boring experiences for me. I enjoyed pretty much all the other ones you mentioned, though, even loved some of them. Just me.

  6. I agree with those who didn’t feel this was a very strong season. At least not compared to last season. This was probably the best episode of the season. Brie was especially good.

    I hear a lot of praise for the clipshow-that-was-not-a-clipshow episode. I thought it was jut terrible. The lowpoint of the show It felt like a clipshow and the story flowed liked a clipshow and that just sucked the life out of it.

    Britta (and to an extent Shirly) was unbearable all season. And there is such as thing as to much Chang. Pierce and the anthropolgy teacher were the highlights of the season.

  7. I agree – last season was definitely more solid than this season. This season has a lot more “miss” episodes but the hit episodes are still on point. My favorite episode this season was the conspiracy one. Last night’s Paintball one was epic. And there was one a few weeks back which was pretty awesome too – I forget the details but it was during earth week (30 rock and The Office were awesome that week too)

  8. Abed’s Pulp Fiction birthday was horribly boring. Kept waiting to laugh, never happened. Until the end when Troy & Abed are at the table with no money.

    • Dante I got to agree that episode sucked.I’ve liked the entire season except Abed’s birthday.

  9. I’ve got to agree I reckon they need to put in the parody episodes less regularly not that some of them having been fantastic, the Apollo 13 parody springs to mind as well as the zombie special, fistful of paintballs etc. I also miss some of the character development episodes like the one with Pierces ex stepdaughter. Also can they please stop making him the villain!

    • Yeah, we’re in agreement. The character development episodes were few and far between but well worth it.

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