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Basic Sandwich 

When the group learns about Greendale's first dean, they embark on a mission to find his old computer lab; Subway enlists Chang to spy on the group as part of its plan to take over the school.



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Russell Borchert
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Subway Rep (as James Michael Connor)


When the group learns about Greendale's first dean, they embark on a mission to find his old computer lab; Subway enlists Chang to spy on the group as part of its plan to take over the school.

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17 April 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's a very weird feeling coming up to what may be the last episode of Community ever. Whatever it would give us, it was on the back of a fresh new Harmon season and a reinvigorated cast. So I came into this finale expecting the best.

I guess it did come at the cost of some characters in this episode. Britta and Jeff's marriage was always going to be called off in the event of Saving Greendale, so Britta didn't really get to do much. Duncan was hilarious in his little bit, but I was disappointed that Hickey and Shirely were roped off (heh) from the whole scene and instead got their own lacklustre segment. That being said, it was funny what Hickey said to Shirley about the hangliders when the cliché thing to do would be to profess love.

Richie, Carl and Change provide the villain aspect. As Harmon has stated, he never wanted Community to ever have a villain without a reason, which I thought Chang might be guilty of. He hasn't been as in depth as I would have liked this season, but damn, he has been funny. Best part was him slamming the table and having his glasses fall off. Richie killed it with his bizarre mind exploration bit, and the almost ridiculous magnetic fruit.

Chris Elliot as Russell Borchert was perfectly eccentric and over the top. He gave the new character feel no preparation at all and stole the scene from the word go. Not only was his beloved ignorance of the new century whimsical, but the way he made the Dean look almost normal was exactly what I expected of Greendale's founder, and I loved it. Cats on YouTube? I too would be horrified.

Annie grew so much in this episode which seems almost weird in that she hasn't had that many moments of growth in S5. Her little side tangent with Abed perfectly encapsulated how much they care about each other and even if Abed's speech went on a bit into the unknown, we do know that he cares deeply about Annie and that, like I predicted, the Jeff-Britta marriage would fall apart. We also see the most human moment of Abed so far at the end there with his chuckling, really out of the blue but surprisingly touching.

The scene with Jeff and the machine reading thoughts was really really great. It perfectly characterised each of them with only a few lines of thought and the call back to Season 1 with the my-lady and my-lord was really great and built on the Annie moment where she let go of Greendale for not wanting to hurt Russell like the school board had hurt them.

The ending was probably a bit rushed. Jeff and Britta called off the marriage in two lines of dialogue, while shippers will be furious that Jeff and Annie didn't even get a moment together. I was actually banking on a Jeff speech at the table, but only got a gavel bang. Oh well. The star that Annie finally hung up was a nice touch.

This episode really did feel like a short movie to me. The darker tones, the more dramatic entrances, and the feel good ending were crucial to that. If we ever do get a Community movie, it's safe to say they know what they are doing.

And so begins the agonising wait for renewal. Looking back at five great years of Community, I can't even think about it being over. I know we might never get a perfect finale only because we don't know whether we get renewed, but this episode tried it's hardest and it should be commended for doing that. We've had characters grow so much, we've had some of them leave (but not before making us all emotional) and we've had the zany and over the top moments with the study group we all love. Fingers crossed for that to go on next year. Thank you Dan Harmon.


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