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SenorBeef
01-23-2014, 10:01 PM
Donald Glover's final episode.

5.01/5.02 "Repilot"/"Introduction to teaching" (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=711877)
5.03 Basic Intergluteal Numismatics (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=17000800)
5.04 Cooperative Polygraphy (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?p=17018930)

GuanoLad
01-23-2014, 11:17 PM
Wow.

Actual tears in my eyes.

Sampiro
01-23-2014, 11:22 PM
A full fledged return to the Golden Era.

Only to say goodbye to the Golden Era...

Damn.

SenorBeef
01-23-2014, 11:35 PM
Donald Glover is the greatest comedic actor I've ever seen and it's not even close. He gets the funniest possible reaction and timing out of every single scene he's in. The character of troy isn't particularly interesting, but Donald Glover makes him incredible. I will watch him in whatever he does from here on out, but I'm really sad to see him go. I think he's the heart of the show and it can't be the same without him. And it looks like the chances are decent we get a sixth season, too.

Sampiro
01-23-2014, 11:54 PM
He is one of a kind brilliant. He could be the next Robin Williams/Eddie Murphy in terms of fame and fortune if he wanted to, but apparently he doesn't.

Cat Whisperer
01-24-2014, 01:18 AM
Nobody cries on tv like Donald Glover. :D (It took a few episodes of watching "Community" on Netflix before I realized that he cries in every damned episode!) I don't really understand why he's leaving the show; I hope he gets it together at some point and returns - I can't imagine the show with Troy. How can you have, "Troy and Abed..." without Troy?

Tangent
01-24-2014, 01:49 AM
Loved it. The ending was perfect.

Uosdwis R. Dewoh
01-24-2014, 06:23 AM
Donald Glover is the greatest comedic actor I've ever seen and it's not even close.
Is Donald Glover your same-sex celebrity crush, Beef? It's ok, everyone has one.

What Exit?
01-24-2014, 07:43 AM
Fun episode. Insane even by their standards. It had one of the best final bits ever.

Intergalactic Gladiator
01-24-2014, 08:51 AM
"Why isn't it called Planet Trek? ... You don't go to stars."

Greatest line ever.

ISiddiqui
01-24-2014, 09:30 AM
I thought the episode was amusing, but trying WAY too heard to be Modern Warfare III.

The Controvert
01-24-2014, 09:55 AM
"Why isn't it called Planet Trek? ... You don't go to stars."

Greatest line ever.Putting on my nerd hat, Troy was wrong. They did go to stars in at least one instance, the Next Generation episode "Evolution" (http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Evolution_%28episode%29). Their purpose was to launch a probe to study a binary star in the Kavis Alpha system.

LeVar Burton appears in that episode, and would have made for a great comeback.

Quimby
01-24-2014, 10:10 AM
Loved this episode. Amazing how it goes from insanity to real heart so quickly and effortlessly. Donald Glover is such an important part of this show, I wonder what it will look like without him.

Intergalactic Gladiator
01-24-2014, 10:22 AM
Putting on my nerd hat, Troy was wrong. They did go to stars in at least one instance, the Next Generation episode "Evolution" (http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Evolution_%28episode%29). Their purpose was to launch a probe to study a binary star in the Kavis Alpha system.

LeVar Burton appears in that episode, and would have made for a great comeback.

They also visited a Dyson's Sphere in Relics, but I'm not going to quibble about it.

Noelq
01-24-2014, 10:59 AM
Beverly Crusher flew the starship through a sun to test the metaphasic shielding.

Intergalactic Gladiator
01-24-2014, 11:08 AM
And those people, they're all astronauts on... some kind of star trek.

Miss Woodhouse
01-24-2014, 01:31 PM
I thought the episode was amusing, but trying WAY too heard to be Modern Warfare III.


Weren't they trying for Waterworld? Shirley's Island, the locker boys with mowhawks, the bald professor with the big bad scary machine, the dang title card at the beginning of the game, etc. It looked like Waterworld to me.


Fantastic episode. Abed's clone isn't quite perfect. *sniff*

ISiddiqui
01-24-2014, 01:41 PM
I meant in terms of offering a massive prize and the entire campus goes to Hell as they play the game.

Intergalactic Gladiator
01-24-2014, 02:22 PM
I meant in terms of offering a massive prize and the entire campus goes to Hell as they play the game.

You have a better way to get the campus to go to hell every semester? ;-)

Despite losing Troy and Pierce (and we all knew it was coming), this season has been great so far. They even got better use out of Chang and the return of Starburns has been cool -- though as I understood it, Starburns was killed because Dino isn't really an actor and wanted to retire the character. I would argue that the loss of Chevy Chase isn't that significant because he really wasn't used very well anyway. I do hope there's room for Troy to come back in the future.

TBG
01-24-2014, 06:11 PM
I wonder what will happen when Clone Abed discovers that original Abed wasn't really killed in the lava, just horribly maimed, and he comes back for revenge in some sort of Darth Vader inspired form.

Sampiro
01-24-2014, 07:02 PM
I would argue that the loss of Chevy Chase isn't that significant because he really wasn't used very well.

No argument on him being no loss. With Glover everybody is screaming "Noo˘oooō˘÷ˇ˘§!!!", with Chase they just calmly said "Bye".

Jeff's revelation that he's never been out of Colorado was strangely real and sad. His character has a lot more depth now than in the beginning episodes, yet it seems amazingly real for such a surreal show.

Garula
01-24-2014, 07:51 PM
I love how no one even questions the honor system at Greendale.

emcee2k
01-24-2014, 11:19 PM
I guess I'm kind of the opposite of most community fans.

I didn't really like the whole "Troy and Abed" thing. I did at first, but after a while it just seemed like the same joke over and over. Which wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't such a huge part of the show. So, it doesn't bother me that Troy's leaving, if it means they have to try something new there. I just hope he isn't replaced with a new suspiciously Troy-like character. Or one of the other characters starts acting more Troy-like.

On the other hand, I liked Pierce. Not like, I'd like him as a person if I knew him in real life, but I liked what he added to the show. Yeah he was also a lot of the repeating same joke (old out of touch guy is old and out of touch), but at least they didn't repeat it a lot, so it was still funny when they did. But mainly what I liked was that he was different from the rest of the group, didn't always go along with what they were doing and provided some contrasts and conflict.

Cat Whisperer
01-24-2014, 11:53 PM
<snip>

Jeff's revelation that he's never been out of Colorado was strangely real and sad. <snip>And that was the first time it ever occurred to me that the college wasn't in California.

Sampiro
01-25-2014, 01:14 AM
And that was the first time it ever occurred to me that the college wasn't in California.

It doesn't snow that much in Greendale, does it?

Does anybody know where the sci-fi Con they went to was? I'm assuming it was in Colorado or else Jeff and Troy have short memories, though that wasn't Harmon.

What Exit?
01-25-2014, 06:53 AM
It doesn't snow that much in Greendale, does it?

Does anybody know where the sci-fi Con they went to was? I'm assuming it was in Colorado or else Jeff and Troy have short memories, though that wasn't Harmon.
It was near a place to ski which is why Jeff & Annie went along. So Colorado is quite reasonable.

pancakes3
01-25-2014, 08:44 AM
I guess I'm kind of the opposite of most community fans.

I didn't really like the whole "Troy and Abed" thing. I did at first, but after a while it just seemed like the same joke over and over. Which wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't such a huge part of the show. So, it doesn't bother me that Troy's leaving, if it means they have to try something new there. I just hope he isn't replaced with a new suspiciously Troy-like character. Or one of the other characters starts acting more Troy-like.


I don't think so. For one, I think Harmon is better than that. For another, Glover, as mentioned upthread, is a rather unique actor. I'm interested in seeing how they progress as far as group dynamic goes but I'm only slightly worried about Magnitude and Abed in the Morning.


On the other hand, I liked Pierce. Not like, I'd like him as a person if I knew him in real life, but I liked what he added to the show. Yeah he was also a lot of the repeating same joke (old out of touch guy is old and out of touch), but at least they didn't repeat it a lot, so it was still funny when they did. But mainly what I liked was that he was different from the rest of the group, didn't always go along with what they were doing and provided some contrasts and conflict.

If you watch the outtakes, the cast really didn't get along with Chevy to the point where it started to look petty and mean. Little snarks and jabs when Chevy flubbed his lines about his age and his ego. Things like "Great reference from the LAST millennium, Chevy." or mockingly "How dare you. I'm the funniest man in Hollywood." All of this I'm sure is deserved and I'm sure Chevy was a pain in the ass to work with but on the other hand the Pierce character didn't have much to work with, only exists to be humiliated, and he IS from an entirely different generation of humor as the rest of the study group.

Ellis Dee
01-25-2014, 09:22 AM
Great episode.

I bet if this was the first episode (minus the Troy leaving part, which admittedly would change the episode) I think I would have really liked last week's episode too.

RealityChuck
01-25-2014, 09:50 AM
"My self-published novel isn't going to publish itself, you know."

Fairy decent overall, but the final scene was just wonderful in every respect.

Quimby
01-25-2014, 10:39 AM
I can't remember the specifics but there were some references in the first season at least that it was Colorado. I also forgot and then remembered as soon as he said it. "Oh yeah, it *was* Colorado, wasn't it?".

Uncle Jocko
01-25-2014, 01:26 PM
I'm interested in seeing how they progress as far as group dynamic goes but I'm only slightly worried about Magnitude and Abed in the Morning.

On the other hand, it would be an excellent marketing opportunity for "Pop-pop ... Tarts!"

Tangent
01-25-2014, 01:31 PM
And I had no idea that Magnitude is British! Apparently the actor was also in the Harry Potter movies.

typoink
01-25-2014, 08:52 PM
They even got better use out of Chang and the return of Starburns has been cool -- though as I understood it, Starburns was killed because Dino isn't really an actor and wanted to retire the character.

Yeah, the last season tried to use Chang way too heavily as an actual plot point. This season, he's being used for incidental comedic relief and it completely works.

And I'm pretty sure Dan Harmon is genuinely just writing embarassing scenes for Starburns purely to force Dino to do them.

I'm genuinely shocked how good I thought this episode was. I think it's absolutely Community back at its best, which I really didn't think was possible after season 4. It's impressive how much heart and soul Harmon was able to bring back.

alphaboi867
01-26-2014, 04:43 PM
Weren't they trying for Waterworld? Shirley's Island, the locker boys with mowhawks, the bald professor with the big bad scary machine, the dang title card at the beginning of the game, etc. It looked like Waterworld to me...

That's what I thought.

...Jeff's revelation that he's never been out of Colorado was strangely real and sad. His character has a lot more depth now than in the beginning episodes, yet it seems amazingly real for such a surreal show.

That was very surprising. So I a guess that was a correspondence school in Colombia then? Also speaking of Colorado, I wonder if they're going to reference cannabis being legal somehow. Shirley getting stoned could be interesting. ;)

TBG
01-26-2014, 05:41 PM
That's what I thought.



That was very surprising. So I a guess that was a correspondence school in Colombia then? Also speaking of Colorado, I wonder if they're going to reference cannabis being legal somehow. Shirley getting stoned could be interesting. ;)

No no no, Shirley's sandwiches suddenly become massively popular and she can't figure out why, then Britta clues her in that it's all the potheads getting the munchies.

GuanoLad
01-26-2014, 05:51 PM
No no no, Shirley's sandwiches suddenly become massively popular and she can't figure out why, then Britta clues her in that it's all the potheads getting the munchies.And then Alex Reiger shows up and lectures them on a moral.

Exapno Mapcase
01-27-2014, 08:46 PM
This episode was one of the greatest things ever done on a sitcom.

Yet I'm not sure if it cracks my top 5 Community episodes.

Dan Harmon is a genius.

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