Community

Season 2 Episode 24

For a Few Paintballs More

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 12, 2011 on NBC
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The game of paintball continues at Greendale as new intruders arrive. Even with their arguments about strategies to defeat the enemy, the group must unite to win the reward of $100,000.

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  • Great episode

    8.5
    I was afraid of what they could do after the paintball episode of season 1, but they really did a great job.
  • For A Few Paintballs More...

    10
    Following on from last week's exceptional "A Fist Full of Paintballs", the second half of Community's two-part season finale came to us this week in the form of "For A Few Paintballs More". Whilst part one focussed on the riot between students eager to get their hands on the $100,000 prize for being last man standing, the second part took us to new levels of paintball wizardry as the college bands together for a common purpose. It is revealed to us that the empire like regime of the ice cream company appearing to be in charge of the competition is actually a front for Greendale's rival learning establishment City College. Their dean's plan being to offer the large prize to students so that they will tear the college apart trying to win, then offing them one by one with his army of paintball storm-troopers so that no one claims the winnings. With a premise like that it really isn't hard to imagine that seriousness wasn't exactly a key point in the execution of this episode. How fun it must have been to act out everything portrayed on screen I can't say for sure, but for anyone who has ever played paintball the nostalgia will likely have been rampant when viewing.



    Hitting home the Star Wars theme to the episode, the opening credits deserve another standout mention this week as we move on from the wild west theme to a Star Wars opening scroll. Genius as the homage was, I am actually somewhat frustrated with the writers choice to include it in the episode as I still can not decide what I was more impressed by: the way in which the Community theme tune was still completely recognizable even when played in the grand orchestral style of the Star Wars theme, or the extent to which I laughed, when after one short paragraph, it read "Let's not draw this out...". Whether it was the Star Wars fan boy in me laughing or not I will never know, but I'm sure anyone would appreciate the satire. Of course no Star Wars homage would be complete until the characters take on the legendary roles of the protagonists so when Abed called dibs on Han Solo, the episode was well and truly on its way to becoming a classic. Forming their own version of the rebel alliance, the students of Greendale all agree to band together to defeat City College, with the last man standing donating the prize to the college to repair the damage caused by the game. As they work to defeat their enemy we see the return of the extremely charming Abed from part one, this time as the reluctant but cocky hero who's role he has taken on. I praised Danny Pudi's performance last week and mentioned that he has been a consistent beacon of everything that is right with this show since day one, however, his turn as Han Solo may actually have been his best yet. A mix of his Don Draper and cowboy facades, the acting like other actors ability of the man is simply astounding at this point. Though an Emmy nomination will almost certainly never come his way, if there is a better supporting cast member in a comedy that isn't Community itself, I can't think of who that might be. Continuing with the performance thoughts it is definitely worth mentioning some of the great recurring characters that got some screen time in this episode as well. Whilst the twenty minutes of airing limits their roles to literally seconds, Garrett, Vicki, Leonard and Magnitude's appearances in the episode were all strong additions. Whilst the first ten minutes lays the groundwork for a showdown, the back half of the episode belongs essentially to the execution of Greendale's plan to defeat the invading forces. Troy leads half of the college to lure soldiers into a trap in the library whilst Jeff leads the others in an attempt to take down their enemy's most powerful weapon - a gatling gun. There's little to say for any depth of plot that exists as there really isn't any; what unfolds is largely just a bunch of people shooting at each other, that being said, it is unbelievably entertaining. The on beat that could have any long term consequence for the show comes when, as they begin to lose their fight and all hope seems lost for Greendale, Annie takes the opportunity to kiss the charismatic version of Abed before he paintball-dies and reverts back to his usual self. It seems unlikely however that the kiss would result in anything more as Annie has now had a crush on every male member of the study group besides Pierce and absolutely nothing has come of any of it. After being informed that he was to be kicked out of the study group in last week's episode, Pierce has very little to do with "For A Few Paintballs More" until its close. Staying on the sidelines and trading Greendale secrets to the enemy for pudding cups, he managed to redeem his bad ways when he steals a storm-trooper uniform to get behind enemy lines, killing the last remaining members of the City College forces and winning the game for Greendale; offering the money to the college despite his exclusion from the rebellion. Seeing his selflessness as a sign of change, the group offers him a chance to rejoin and take whatever class they decide to be in next year along with them, shockingly however, he declines. I'm fairly certain that Chevy Chase is returning to the show next year as I've seen nothing to indicate otherwise, but how this story line will be resolved I'm really not sure. When the dust settles, this season of Community and this episode itself was fairly fantastic. There were low points and episodes that felt like a bit of a let down relative to the general quality of the show, but overall it's not difficult to see why NBC made a pick-up for a third season.moreless
  • Very well-written and performed, and several surprises.

    10
    All in all, I think the second series was better written and more adventurous than the first. The only reason why I still prefer the first is that Chang was way better as a teacher who was, within Greendale's context, 'mad with power'. This time, he was just a pathetic lame bloke trying to fit in, and while the actor's great and there are still some funny moments, changing his character that way and Flanderise him that much was a criminal offence IMO. But I digress...



    I think writing was genius, and the way they linked the episode with several plots and subtle sub-plots of prior events is just brill - amazing sense of continuity and attention to detail considering, for instance, the competitiveness between Jeff and Troy (e.g. the spaceship and the trampoline), Cougar Town (and very much in-character for those two to be there, throwing the shippers yet another bone), minor characters and their second-lasting breath-taking one-liners, the foe yay between the deans, the list goes on and on... I also liked the way Annie going (however briefly) for the third option mirrors Jeff doing the same on the series one finale.



    For two years I've enjoyed Danny's outstanding acting skills and his extraordinary character so it's almost 'wrong' to pick favourites, but I think this episode was his best to date, for both the actor and the character - and that's saying a lot since he's always ace.



    Also, I'm a huge Jeff fan, but I like the way this programme was more of an ensemble cast this series, and less Jeff-centred. The idea of him being the first to be eliminated was ground-breaking, especially for a finale, but for some reason if there's one programme that can pull that off without jumping the shark, it's this one. Lovely ending too - nice cliffhanger/resolution without soapie love triangles. Again, if there's a programme able to do that with style, it's this one.moreless
  • Epic

    10
    The "Community" paintball episode "Modern Warfare" from season one might have been the most epic episode of the show's freshman season. It was so good that both fans and the show wanted more paintball and more paintball is exactly what we got. The two part episode "A Fist Full of Paintballs" & "For a Few Paintballs More" mimicked the themes of spaghetti Westerns and "Star Wars" … Westerns for part one and "Star Wars" for part two. Overall, I preferred the Western theme of part one (though I am a huge Westerns buff). It also helped that part one included a big name guest star in "Lost" alum Josh Holloway as a hired gun aiming to end the hopes of Greendale's paintballers. I think that the theme in part one was played up quite a bit more than the "Star Wars" theme in part two, because they really could've overdone things with that theme. Despite preferring part one's Western theme, I do believe that part two was the funnier of the two overall. There were many things that I really liked about "For a Few Paintballs More," so many that it's probably easier to break paragraph form and talk about them as individual points.



    · "Star Wars" theme: Though I'm honestly not a "Star Wars" geek, I really appreciated some of the aspects of what the "Community" writers were trying to do with this. I really liked that they made Abed (Danny Pudi) the Han Solo hero type, because you just figured going in that would be left to Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), which Abed hilariously alludes to in the episode. · Abed & Annie Relationship: Maybe it was just that Abed as the Han Solo type made Annie (Alison Brie) really hot for him, but there could definitely be a budding relationship brewing between the two for season three. I certainly approve of this, though it could/would have a negative effect on the Abed/Troy (Donald Glover) bromance. ·Jeff Winger: The show makes a big deal of Jeff being the "leader" of the study group, in fact there are probably jokes about this in almost every episode. So, when you have an ongoing paintball war you probably expect for Jeff to play a big part in leading our group of misfit heroes to glory. He attempted just that … but, was the first of the main cast to be eliminated from the contest, which was the absolute best move I believe the writers could've made. ·Pierce: Pierce (Chevy Chase) has been a jerk for the majority of the season and Chase has done a fantastic job portraying that. It was nice to see Pierce kind of get a little bit of redemption by tricking the City College hoodlums at the paintball war's end to win for Greendale. As a result of this the study group was going to let Pierce remain, until the writers threw a big cliffhanger in at the finale's end when Pierce tells the group that he doesn't want to be back in. Is this it for Pierce and Chevy Chase on "Community"? My guess is not even close, but you never can tell. We shall see at the beginning of season three.moreless
  • Action. Romance. Tragedy. Surprises. The season finale of Community has it all.

    8.0
    It's quite ridiculous to think a comedy show can pull off a feeling for the second time in a row. Yet, Community's second attempt at a paintball war has you feeling the same excitement as before. It proves that there's really no difference between seeing fictional characters shoot guns with bullets and guns with paintballs. For a second, the effect stays the same.

    As the race continues we enter Star Wars territory and so there has to be an evil villain, a shocking twist and allegiances. It all works perfectly in the wasteland that is Greendale. Every scene you wonder who will fall next, who is going to win and who is going to clean all of it up. Luckily, you get answers to all these questions. The scene with Abed and Annie might be outplayed, especially since it's unlikely this romance will get a sequel but for a few seconds, it works and it's even beautiful. The scene where paint falls down from the sky is ridiculous, hilarious but still powerful. It's one of the trades of Community. It's witty, fast-paced and extremely self-aware but it manages to work the cliche without feeling outdrawn. It was a complete delight to watch our characters embark on a crazy adventure where some lives would be lost for the greater purpose. As hilarious and weird the setting might be, Community makes it worth your while.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Actors Busy Philipps and Dan Byrd who are stars on the show Cougar Town make a short cameo appearance toward the end of the episode when Greendale celebrates its win in the paintball game. Cougar Town was referred to several times in the episode "Critical Film Studies" when Abed explained what a big fan of the show he is and how he got invited to the set of the show, which indeed occurs as Danny Pudi had a background cameo in the Cougar Town season 2 finale "Something Good Coming".

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 12, 2011 on Citytv
      Sweden: December 10, 2011 on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 9, 2013 on SMICHOV

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • As Jeff recites the tactical plan to the group, he begins a countdown, but before he can finish it, Vicky runs off screaming her name. This is a reference to the Leeroy Jenkins meme in which Leeroy gets tired of waiting around while his guild talks tactics during a game of World of Warcraft and runs into battle screaming his name...resulting in the death of the entire guild.

    • The sequel to "A Fistful of Paintballs" is "For A Few Paintballs More" is an allusion to the sequel of the Clint Eastwood movie For A Few Dollars More.

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