Sunday, October 31, 2010


Community Season Two: Epidemiology

It's Halloween and I'm celebrating by re-watching the totally weird-ass Halloween episode of Community. Zombies abound. Halloween Costumes reach new heights of hilarious. And, in the midst of it all, we get great insights into character friendships.

Britta: (To Jeff) Man, I wonder how much effort you put into being unintentionally handsome.


Troy:I'm a sexy dracula.
Abed: You mean vampire.
Troy: I don't need to know WHICH dracula I am to be a dracula. Nerd.

All the end-of-days commotion starts when Terrible Dean chooses to cater Greendale's Halloween party with MREs from the Army Surplus Store. He unintentionally purchases radioactive waste and feeds it to the group which causes a ton of gross, zombie-like side effects. The group quickly separates and Jeff, Abed & Troy find themselves in the basement, being constantly spooked by a screaming, horror movie cat.

Jeff: What is up with that cat?
Troy:Is someone throwing it?

Jeff's vanity finally gets him taken down by a zombie horde and soon Troy and Abed are left to fend for themselves as the Greendale Zombies hungrily chase down their sweet, costumed flesh. Abed helps Troy escape just before he's overtaken.

Troy: I love you.
Abed: I know.
(SQUEEEEEEEEE! Loved this part!)

Eventually, Troy decided to face down the zombies with the "POWER OF IMAGINATION!" which he soon discovers to be a terrible plan. In the end, all is well and no one remembers their zombie-fied night.  A kooky Abba soundtrack plays throughout, adding to the cartoony-ness of this episode.  The hyper-reality of it all is very reminiscent of "Modern Warfare" and "Contemporary American Poultry." There are a ton of pop culture gems in this one including a Ripley/Alien Queen showdown and there's a great Change/Shirley happening which may or may not be forgotten in future episodes.  I'm anxious to see how that plays out.

 To top everything off, George Takei's voice...

makes a special appearance, providing narrative bookends to the episode. He also had a special surprise for all the Kevins out there, when he gave a free (totally kick ass) voicemail recording saying, "Kevin can't come to the phone right now because he's on a spaceship with me, George Takei."

Yeah, Community, I'll take that. Good job.