By Galen Simmons
For your consideration, I submit to you seven ex-Greendale Community College students: Jeff, Britta, Shirley, Annie, Pierce, Troy, and Abed. They found out last night that the school they attended for the past three years (13 in Pierce’s case) only existed in their minds. Greendale is actually the name of the mental institution they were all patients in, up until their recent release.
But all is not what it seems. Were the Greendale Seven really patients at a mental hospital, or was this part of some dastardly plot by the school’s head of security to keep them from uncovering the dean’s disappearance and subsequent replacement?
Oddly enough, it’s the latter of the two, even though the mental hospital’s explanation makes a lot more sense and would explain some of the people who attended Greendale as their classmates / fellow patients.
With that in mind, here are five things I learned from last night’s episode, “Curriculum Unavailable.”
1) John Hodgman makes a very convincing fake psychiatrist. For most of the episode, he had me convinced that all three seasons of Community were just delusions of seven mental patients. OK, fine, maybe I wasn’t completely convinced, but is it so wrong to want to believe your favourite show would end with exactly the same twist as Shutter Island (movie-spoiler if you haven’t seen it, but if you haven’t, I’m very disappointed)?
2) Pierce is becoming senile. Even a fake psychiatrist could see that. He’s slow to react, rude, and forgetful, and that was all before the senility began to sink in. Now it seems like Pierce has the potential to forget he was talking to someone in mid-conversation or even in mid-sentence. But I guess everyone is little crazy-town-banana-pants sometimes. Read more…
By Galen Simmons
Today we mourn the passing of one Alex “Starburns” Osbourne, whose life was tragically cut short by a mobile meth lab explosion. Alex was remembered today by his fellow classmates at Greendale Community College. The students took the news of Starburn’s death as a sign of the futility of the education provided by the school. A wave of discontent and violence overtook the crowd at the memorial, led by the infamous Greendale Seven.
Using the violence as an excuse, head of security Chang coerced the Dean into allowing emergency police-state powers, which allowed Chang and his pre-teen police force to unleash a wave of their own violence.
This ultimately led to a secret takeover of the school by Chang, who replaced Dean Pelton with a compliant look-a-like. When the dust finally settled, the Greendale Seven had been expelled and the future of Greendale was placed in doubt.
With that in mind, here are five things I learned from last night’s episode, “Course Listing Unavailable.”
1) Troy doesn’t deal with death well. Apparently he has avoided the subject his entire life. At the mere mention of Starburn’s passing, Troy has a mini breakdown. Apparently, Troy also thinks Jeff can prevent people from dying by never finishing his sentence, all because Jeff said 100 people had died by the time he finished talking.
2) Starburns was prepared to die for some time. He filmed and edited a video will, and for some reason, had given Abed and Troy power of attorney. The video will also had extra action footage, for Abed and Troy to splice into the will for extra zazz. Nothing’s more exciting than a video will set to heavy rock music and the deceased acting in badly produced action scenes. Read more…