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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When Chang's paint bomb explodes, the explosions can be clearly seen emanating from either side of the study room door rather than from Chang. Also, Britta is not visible in the shot even though she had been standing upright near Jeff before he ran. 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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References The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) See more »

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Maybe the most hilarious episode yet
6 May 2010 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The "paintball" episode is hilarious! After the usual pre-titles opening scene, the entire episode is shot to look like an action movie. That's what's great about "Community": the sense of heightened reality. It allows for some wonderfully absurd satire.

In this episode ("Modern Warfare"), the entire student body at Greendale is engaged in a last-one-standing paintball war. Everyone wants to win The Prize. (The prize itself is a great satire on the college experience.) Armed with paintball guns, our heroes make their way through a war-torn campus, ever wary of the glee club who might snipe them from the trees.

The episode is filled with classic action movie moments: slow-motion moves, jumping off walls, sliding on floors, tragic "deaths", suspicions of betrayal, hails of gunfire, and Mexican stand-offs galore.

Joel McHale runs around in a sweaty wife-beater while his buddies wear battle gear. People are dodging paint pellets, ducking for cover, ambushing their enemies, and avenging their fallen friends. Not your typical day at school.

The hilarity is topped off by Senor Chang's (Ken Jeong) appearance toward the end as a bada** mercenary for the dean. (The music alone makes his entrance priceless.)

"Community" has proved over its first season that it's a fresh new sitcom that knows comedy. Each character brings something different to the table and the show is witty and absurd and full of satire. I like some episodes better than others, but I absolutely LOVED this wonderful homage to action flicks. This is "Community" at its most inspired. Brilliant.


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