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
For his work in this episode, Paul Feig was nominated for a 2001 Emmy for Best Writing in a Comedy. See more »
When Nick and Sarah are practicing in Nick's basement, there is a poster on a door of a zoom into the Mandelbrot set fractal. The first computer generated fractal was crudely visualized in 1980 by Benoit Mandelbrot at IBM's research center in New York. The type of image that is displayed wouldn't have been commercially available until the 90s. See more »
He thinks being the Dungeon Master gives him the license to mess with our heads.
Oh, I'm Sorry. Perhaps I should let you encounter kittens and grandmas so as not to upset you.
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Feig's everlasting comic classic is a tour de force of art when it comes to set an example of cutting through the dogmatic commercial views. The passionate bulletproof love of Paul Feig, the creator, for the 80s is a profound poetry that is visible in his keen eye on the details of the conversations. From references that SHOULD come in handy to the complete makeover in their vocab that shines light on the journey that warps us back a couple of decades ago, Judd Apatow and Feig has created an ultimate teenage treasure where each cast is so invested and reflective in their performance that they have managed to make it big easily in their later days.
But despite of having such an absorbing performance from the cast members, even the younger cast that shows you the range which is not usually something you get to see, I would once again jump back to Feig's smoothness in his flaws. And he does have it, and it seems like he too knows it and embraces it in a way that the storytelling grows friction less and pulls out a much more meaningful and powerful note that it outweighs the flaws or distractions on the script.
This depiction of rebellious teenager and the lost-warrior-alike parents of theirs, in a rapidly evolving era has honesty in balancing the world- even the elders or teachers are humane, just as James Franco says once, "These old people also have bad people among them." Take the parents, for instance, each of our teenager hosts have some baggage in their house and as the series ages, the perspective changes and the three dimensional characters finally reveals and accepts all the sides of themselves, where you then, exhale victoriously as Feig explains or more correctly metaphorically notions the very existence or origin of these Freaks And Geeks that we all root for.
Discos And Dragons
The finale that we never saw it coming, is somehow an adequate full stop to this 80s pop culture mayhem, as the creators mentioned it, plenty of times before too, this stage of life was never intended to stage or end in a happier note, a balanced; surely, which they hold on to.
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