Community Season Finale Review: Destroying the Darkness

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When Dan Harmon conceived "Introduction to Finality," he may very well have believed it was the final Community episode he would ever write.

And, even with Community renewed for a fourth season (Boo-yah! Good job, NBC), Harmon may be correct, considering his contract is up and no new deal has been signed at this time. It's a depressing thought, but it also made for a pitch-perfect season three finale, one that could easily have served as a series finale - and may wind up serving as a Harmon finale.

Evil Abed

We concluded with yet another inspirational speech about friendship from Jeff, but this one felt far more sincere and far less self-involved than his past attempts to fire up the group, which were often with some self-serving goal in mind.

We watched Britta gain acceptance as a psych major, while Abed actually admitted he needs help.

We witnessed the evolution of Troy, who started the series as a fun-loving, immature young man child and ended as, well, the messiah of air conditioning school. Yes, this still is Community, but even within the confines of that ridiculous concept, we really did see Troy save another man's life and actually be the one to tell others: play time is over. Stop being weird. That dude is a murderer! Take him to the police.

Pierce found a successful business and stopped using gay as a derogatory term; Shirley gained the self-confidence to join him and Jeff actually looked up his father online.

Yes, all of our characters (save Annie, really, but she's just so darn cute and hilarious that she can just stay cute and hilarious) found themselves in a better position when the episode concluded. They destroyed the dark timeline. The only concern now is whether Community will be able to say the same next season if Harmon isn't at the helm.

(And this Harmon Tweet from tonight isn't exactly encouraging: Thank you for supporting Community through its December. I owe you all for making the most satisfying project of my life possible.)

But I can't end our final Community review of the season on such a down note: "Introduction to Finality" brought the funny!

Britta thinks X Man is a superhero. Shirley considered selling her son for a chance to bump it with Denzel. Annie insulted Dance Moms as the reason for everything being terrible in the world. And, come on, our Community quotes section is forever highlighted by Abed saying this:

You're VH1, Robocop 2 and Back to the Future 3. You're the center slice of a square cheese pizza. Actually, that sounds delicious. I'm the center slice of a square cheese pizza. You're Jim Belushi. | permalink

Seriously, no furths, TV Fanatics.

NOTE: For our other Community reviews from the night, read through Dan Forcella taking on "The First Chang Dynasty" and Leigh Raines tackling "Digital Estate Planning."


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I hate to be a downer .. but I didnt enjoy the two last episodes as much as previous seasons', i dont know if that is because i saw them while tired but I dont know what to think of greendale anymore, i mean I love the fact that it's a ridiculous college but in this season it kinda lost the "college" part. I love the series because somehow I can relate it to my college expierence (although i hate my real university) and now I dont really know how it can be relatable to real life in any way. this is my favourite show though.. hope didnt chang some feelings


And Annie and Jeff still didn't hook up like the foreshadowing in the first episode of season 3. But that's ohk I still love them together or separate.


Liked the video game episode quite a bit. Really, really disliked eps 21 and 22. Hardly laughed at all (21 was the worst, though). And Chang is really, really unfunny now, and his army of kids is just creepy and... icky. The only way Chang worked was as the worst teacher ever holding power over the rest of the group.


My favourite thing of possibly ever was the mitosis metaphor... so damm clever


Amazing three episodes! This can serve as a series finale, but they obviously left some few holes open. I HOP NOBODY LEAVES THE SHOW. NOT CHEVY. NOT DAN. JUST NONE


Sorry, but... The character of Pierce is not key. He's an annoyance I could do without. Chang makes a much better villain than Pierce. Most of the time all Pierce does is take up time and space being an irritation. At best he provides a trigger/comparison for Jeff's fear of aging. Which is boring. The show would not lose much if he left. An amazing thing about Community is that almost every single character on it is charming, even when they're being villains. Even Star-Burns is charming, and Vice Dean Laybourne, and Abed's dad. Hell, even Leonard has his moments. But Pierce? NONE. NO CHARM WHATSOEVER. Even when the show tries to force some charm onto him, like when he said he fell asleep in a patch of sunlight and Troy said it was adorable. Sorry, not adorable. Just repulsive.


@AlexRoggio - The reviewer is right. The whole point is that Britta is such a tool that she doesn't realize that the "X-Men" is a GROUP of superheroes.
Only the most devout comic book fans (and certainly not Britta) would know that there's actually an Marvel character named X-Man. @RajBauer - Yep, I'm aware of Chevy's rep. I think the last "blow-out" that Chase and Harmon had stemmed from Chase walking off set because he didn't like the script or something. The whole mitosis thing...there was an episode of Sabrina The Teenage Witch where her boyfriend spent an entire episode trying to memorize what mitosis is. Wonder if that was an homage/parody/reference to that...


I loved all 3 episodes. The computer game one had me laughing the most. I agree that Pierce grew more than ever, so did Troy and Abed a bit? And so did Jeff. Looking forward to next season.


Because it sounds like past tense - Aka he's not doing the show anymore.


Wait, what? How is Harmon calling community the most satisfying project of his life "not exactly encouraging"?

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Community Season 3 Episode 22 Quotes

Abed: I'm reading the novelization of The Chronicles of Riddick.
Evil Abed: Can you really say that's a saner decision?

Britta: Shut up, Leonard. I know about your crooked wang.
Leonard: No such thing as bad press.