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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[the study group is pinned down by the glee club]
Jeff Winger: Pierce! Do NOT come over here!
Pierce Hawthorne: Screw you! I'm coming over there!
[Pierce crawls out from behind cover and gets hit multiple times]
Pierce Hawthorne: Medic!
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At Least It Was Here (Community Main Title)
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Performed by The 88
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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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