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Donald Glover talking about the Apollo 13 episode and some other upcoming themed eps here:

http://www.daemonstv.com/2010/10/12/...out-community/

Coincidentally, I was reading the above article quoted by VisionOn, and Donald Glover says exactly that!

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Donald said that there are definitely ways to do everything and what he loves is that none of these special episodes-whether they deal with space or zombies or feature claymation animation-are dreams. The action in the episodes actually happens.


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Zombie episode felt like a ripoff of the game Dead Rising.

Still entertaining though.
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Yeah, but they aren't fantasy episodes. They ACTUALLY happen in the show. No one wakes up at the end of the episode and says the whole thing was a dream. That means their actions have consequences.

The show's willingness to go outside of the sitcom norm into these massively strange and occasionally surreal themed episodes is largely what makes it unique on air right now.

The more Community plays to that strength the more likely it will be to not attract any new viewers who can't cope with the level or strange, but I'd rather the show die bravely attempting something different nearly every week than have the network rein it in to become a generic school comedy.

I can't think of a single sitcom on television which is doing what Community is. Better Off Ted had a similar oddball feel and episodic themes (the swearing memo - classic), but that's long gone now.


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Maybe it's just me, but I thought last year's Halloween episode was much funnier than this year's ep. I didn't find anything funnier than Abed's "Christian Bale" Batman impression. But maybe that's just me.
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Zombie episode felt like a ripoff of the game Dead Rising.

Still entertaining though.

It was in the sense that Dead Rising is a rip-off of all the other Zombie flicks that came before.

Loved the episode, fun stuff.

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Doesn't seem like they go to class anymore.
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It was in the sense that Dead Rising is a rip-off of all the other Zombie flicks that came before.

Loved the episode, fun stuff.


They copied all the using items as weapons, the army coming in, and spraying.
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Doesn't seem like they go to class anymore.

the only worthwhile thing about class episodes was that it set up the characters. now it just does better. an entire show just about people going to school would get boring fast - kinda how on The Office, while they may be in an Office at times, they really aren't working. The setting of Community is the college, but they aren't learning/studying
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I loved the zombie episode. "Make me proud - be the first black person to make it to the end." C'mon, this was a great episode made in good fun, like most of what they do. Even the interaction between the Dean and the agents at the end was priceless. "Are you the only witness?" "Yes." *reaches for gun*

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Maybe it's just me, but I thought last year's Halloween episode was much funnier than this year's ep. I didn't find anything funnier than Abed's "Christian Bale" Batman impression. But maybe that's just me.

I miss eps here and there, but that's the funniest thing I've seen on here...so far.

"I knew you'd say that"...*BLAM!*
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They copied all the using items as weapons, the army coming in, and spraying.

Yes, I realize that (I played the game) but if you've watched a lot of Zombie movies (especially Romero's, 28 Days Later, etc) you'll see that Dead Rising pays homage to those, Army coming in, weapons, etc, etc. Why do you think before Dead Rising there is a disclaimer stating that any similarity to Romero's films are coincidental? (which it's clearly not).

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Yes, I realize that (I played the game) but if you've watched a lot of Zombie movies (especially Romero's, 28 Days Later, etc) you'll see that Dead Rising pays homage to those, Army coming in, weapons, etc, etc. Why do you think before Dead Rising there is a disclaimer stating that any similarity to Romero's films are coincidental? (which it's clearly not).

He's just showing his ignorance of the movie genre. Especially when the entire setting of the first game is a total rip-off of Dawn of the Dead and anyone with even a vague interest in horror movies would know that.


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Doesn't seem like they go to class anymore.

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Why you know it's correct?

They should get a teacher.

Community College should have multiple teacher's per topic.
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let's not play the logic game at this stage

zombies. chicken fingers. anus flag.
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Why you know it's correct?

They should get a teacher.

Community College should have multiple teacher's per topic.

Are you serious? I can't tell over the internet if you really want Community to feature more classwork and studying or if this is a sly attempt at humor. (?)

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It's not a show about the teachers, its a show about the students. That's like saying in Saved by the Bell, we should see the teachers more often. All we saw was Mr Belding, and even that was only his interactions with the students.

Or like saying in Peanuts, we should see some adult influence in these kids' lives.

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It's not a show about the teachers, its a show about the students. That's like saying in Saved by the Bell, we should see the teachers more often. All we saw was Mr Belding, and even that was only his interactions with the students.

Okay that's going TOO FAR!

Comparing Community to Saved by the Bell in any respect shouldn't be allowed. It's offensive to serious comedy television everywhere.

What's next? Jeff is the new Zack? Abed is the new Screech? Britta is the new Jessie? Troy is the new Slater? Annie is the new Kelly? Shirley is the new Lisa?

Holy crap, I think I've just convinced myself that Community is a remake ...


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saw the first half of the heathers, mean girls episode. who knew abed was a insult mastermind?

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NBC ORDERS TWO ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF "COMMUNITY" (24 TOTAL FOR THE SEASON): http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post19432808.


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The show's willingness to go outside of the sitcom norm into these massively strange and occasionally surreal themed episodes is largely what makes it unique on air right now.
Community reminds me of the better seasons of The Simpsons. Season 6 comes to mind. Pretty much anything before they became a celebrity pimpfest.

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I can't think of a single sitcom on television which is doing what Community is. Better Off Ted had a similar oddball feel and episodic themes (the swearing memo - classic), but that's long gone now.
Better Off Ted was more oddball than Community.

Community, when it is hitting on all cylinders, has this weird mix of absurdism and mushiness that comes together because the characters, while very conscious of their predicaments, aren't cynical about their lives.

Better Off Ted was more straight down the middle oddball, in the Monty Python sense. Also, BOT was astonishingly cynical. They dabbled in mushy with Ted's daughter, but even there the funniest episode was the one where Veronica uses Rose to fire people.

BOT is almost a polar opposite of Community. BOT's characters were often barely conscious of their predicament, highlighting their hubris and ensuing hijinks as they obliviously escalated every situation into a catastrophe. Community's characters are constantly self-aware and arrive at most of their humor in the process of bettering themselves or resisting better themselves only to face facts in the end.

Community has a sweet streak that Veridian Dynamics would have weaponized.
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I get the mean girls parody but what was the trampoline about? I dont mind because it paid off with Donald Glover's reaction to the grounds keeper's racism.


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It felt like a mix of Mean Girls, Cocoon, and something very very weird...

Someday maybe I'll actually WATCH my projector...
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I don't know what to make of the episode but it was really good!! Nothing else on tv like it and it somehow works.
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This was definitely one of the stranger episodes of Community.

I was straining to identify where I had seen the magical secret garden idea before but I guess it was just emulating the feel of a lot of movies where there is a magical paradise that is invaded by outsiders and is then destroyed. The walking through the hedge and wooden door reminded me of Narnia and Secret Garden.

The Nazi ending was very funny though. The way it was just dropped in and then Troy said "I did not see that coming" was excellent.

My favorite part of this episode was the Terminator Bitch HUD which contained lots of little in-joke references such as Dan Harmon's friendship with the showrunner of Cougar Town and a few others which I cannot remember now. The updating plot synopsis was funny too.

edit: think about sequel to paintball was another in-joke from the HUD.


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My favorite part of this episode was the Terminator Bitch HUD which contained lots of little in-joke references such as Dan Harmon's friendship with the showrunner of Cougar Town and a few others which I cannot remember now.

It was Robo-cop.

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Did someone say "bottle episode?"

I like the way that even the "normal" episodes take a turn for the strange and naked.

The biggest laugh I had this episode however was Troy's expression at the Halloween Chang/Shirley callback.


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Weird episode. I need to google what the heck a bottle episode is. The puppy parade was just too cute.

Someday maybe I'll actually WATCH my projector...
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Weird episode. I need to google what the heck a bottle episode is. The puppy parade was just too cute.

Bottle episode as in "ship in a bottle."

All the action takes place in one small, enclosed area between a few characters. Usually done to save money because it requires no scene changes or additional casting.

Examples - Hospital dramas where there is a quarantine and everyone is confined to one room (Chicago Hope). Sci-fi where the crew are stuck in a powerless space shuttle (Enterprise).


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