Community: Season 1, Episode 23

Modern Warfare (6 May 2010)

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Greendale Comunity College is transformed into an apocalyptic war zone when the dean promises the winner of a paintball competition priority registration, and it could fan the flames of sexual tension between Jeff and Britta.

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The sexual tension between Jeff and Britta becomes a hot topic among the study group. Meanwhile, what starts out as a simple contest for a chance at early class registration turns the peaceful campus of Greendale Community College into an all-out war zone. Friendships are tested, as only one student can be victorious. Written by NBC Publicity

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This episode spoofs a number of classic action movies; many from the 80s and 90s, including: "28 Days Later" (when Jeff wakes from his nap and surveys the desolate campus), "Highlander" (The Prize), "The Matrix" (Abed's wall jump), "The Terminator" (come with me if you don't want paint on your clothes), "Predator" (Jeff Winger, you son of a bitch!), "Escape From New York" (I thought you were dead, man), "The Fifth Element" (Annie popping out of the trashcan), Mexican Standoff (popular in many 'spaghetti westerns' and Tarantino films), "Red Dawn" (the group gathering around a fire discussing what they'll do with the prize), "The Warriors" (Disco Stu egging the study group 'to come out and play'), "Saving Private Ryan" (Shirley quoting the Bible while shooting), "The Running Man" (Chang urging Dean to put him in the game), "Die Hard" ('No paintballs, Hans?...what do you think I am, stupid!?'), "Hard Boiled" (Chang's entrance/outfit), "Scarface" (Chang shooting up the study room one-handed), "The Matrix" (bullet time effect), "Wanted" (bullets hitting each other mid-air), "Predator" (Chang maniacal cackling as the bomb is about to go off), "Rambo: First Blood, Part II" (Jeff shooting up Dean's office), "Die Hard" (the entire sequence in Dean's office, really. From Jeff's arrival yelling out 'Deeeeeaaaaannn!!' to laughing with Dean before it's revealed he has another gun taped to his back and he shoots Dean in the head). Additionally, Jeff's outfit is almost identical to Bruce Willis in "Die Hard" (he even ends up without shoes) and the entire episode's score mocks "Lost" See more »

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When Britta is holding a gun on Jeff in the library, the gun is held sideways as the camera is looking at Britta, but upright when the camera is facing Jeff. See more »

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Dean Pelton: [after Jeff shoots his office] You get it all out of your system?
Jeff Winger: [laughs] Almost.
[Pulls a paintgun from behind his back and shoots Pelton in the forehead]
Dean Pelton: What do you want from me, Jeffrey?
Jeff Winger: Guess.
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Outstanding Episode
24 September 2014 | by (Mannheim, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of Community that will later define and characterize typical Community-episodes.

The first few minutes start as usual. But then after Jeff wakes up, he wakes up in a post-war scenery....

This episode is depicted as a kind of parody, but also kind of an homage to action movies. It is not that much exaggerated as parodies are most times. Parody episodes are just about making fun of the clichés....but in this episode of Community it fits all in. The whole story of the Season arc is developing, you get the know the cast better, more important: you get to know the atmosphere and state- of-mind at the Community college better, and all these nice developing scenes are surrounded with brilliant action scenes. The plot is very well and it looks like they made right choices everywhere (Chang as the psycho Headhunter, the slow-mo scenes).

And then sometimes, you briefly leave the action scenery for a quick moment of reality "in a TV series" and find yourself sucked in from the happenings only to realize "oh it's only blood..no paint!" :D

One of the best early episodes, outstanding from the other episodes so far...in a different way. Community has more of these nice half-parody, half-homage episodes and all of them are good.

10/10


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