"Discos and Dragons"
is an episode of Freaks and Geeks starring
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, and James Franco.
Nick explores disco, Lindsay listens to the Grateful Dead, and Daniel tries something new. What's cool? Friendship.
The school year is ending. Over Ken's objections, Nick joins his new girlfriend, Sara, at the bowling alley's disco night. Lindsay receives an unexpected academic honor that puts her in a funk, so Mr. Rosso loans her the Dead's "American Beauty" to clear her head. Rosso punishes Daniel, who was about to break the law, by assigning him to the AV unit, where the geeks hang out; they resent the intrusion of someone cool, and Daniel is convinced he'll never do anything well. Sam wants to stop doing geek things, so he's crossing Dungeons and Dragons off his list. Where does friendship fit?Written by
In the summer of 1981, the Grateful Dead did play nine shows in a week and a half, starting at The Summit in Houston, Texas and finishing up at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado exactly as Laurie stated to Lindsay when describing her summer plans. See more »
Harris is seen using an IBM PC in this episode, which takes place towards the end of the school year in the spring of 1981. The IBM PC wasn't released until August 1981. See more »
Greetings Princess. It is I, Carlos the Dwarf. The dragon has been slain and you're free to rule your kingdom.
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I've never played Dungeons and Dragons, but part of me feels like I missed out on something - especially after seeing the Geeks' revelry. Maybe it's because there's some kind of catharsis in their joy (over *something*) after putting up with high school.
This is ultimately about finding one's own niche. Some of us take up a dying dance craze to forget an old flame (with the help of the enchanting Lizzy Caplan). Others opt for a different path when the burden of academia becomes too confining (or in this case, hop on a bus). And then there's Daniel, the wayward teenager who's found his way into a bit of D&D with the high school outcasts. Maybe there's no such a gulf between cultures after all.
Every time I watch "Freaks and Geeks", there's an unshakable sadness when I get to 'Discos and Dragons'. It marks the end of a series that was mercilessly cut short. And yet, there's a bright ray of sunshine at the end of this journey. Truth is, I don't think I could ask for a better finale. It's poignant, rewarding and serves as an ideal ellipsis for this show; it's over, but the doors are still open for these characters.
If it has to end, at least it's a blissful one.
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