Packing 30 or so years of high-stakes, high death-toll action movie references into less than 30 minutes of your community college comedy show: it's a tall order, but Dan Harmon got it done. And then some.
Last night's episode of Community, "Modern Warfare," pitted the gang against the rest of the school in an all-out paintball war "with a prize for last man standing. Or last man in a wheelchair with no
paint on him," courtesy of Dean Pelton: priority registration.
What ensued was a beautiful, brilliant blend of everything from Aliens
to The Matrix
to ... do my eyes deceive me, or did I see a little bit of Running Man
in there, too?Watch the full episode here at BuddyTV
, and join me after the jump for my favorite lines from the episode:
Best quotes of "Modern Warfare":
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"To be blunt, Jeff and Britta is no Ross and Rachel. Your sexual tension and lack of chemistry is putting us all on edge, which is why, ironically, and hear
this on every level, you're keeping us from being friends
." - Abed
"Come with me if you don't want to get paint on your clothes." - Abed
"And tell the drama club their tears will be real today." - Jeff
"Heh. It's just Starburns." - Pierce
"Real nice, Troy. That'd be great PR for the black students." - Shirley after Troy suggests they turn on the others
"I'm not an ambassador. I'm a gladiator." - Troy
"I'm going home, Brita."
"I know, Shirley. I know."
"No, seriously, I'm going home. Can you help me up?"
[Evil maniacal laughter]
"What are your interests?" - Dean Pelton
"Arts and crafts." - Senor Chang
Oh, and all those jabs at Glee
? Subtle but sharp. Loved it.Which movie references did you catch in "Modern Warfare"? Was this your favorite Community episode ever (and by ever, I mean "of Season 1")? It even outdid the mafia movie masterpiece that was "Contemporary American Poultry."
Let's just say, if this episode was standing alone out in the neutral zone, I'd do a bad-ass sideways jump in front of it to guard it from a rain of paintball fire. I loved it that much. And Donald Glover agrees with me.
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