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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Almost perfect! I would have rated this 3-part finale a 4.8 just because I wish we could have seen just a tiny more of Evil Abed. But since the choices were 4 or 5, I chose 5!!! I love Community, and hope Harmon is sticking around. The best part of this show is the writting, I wouldn't have it any other way... that man is a genious! I hope they get #SixSeasonsAndAMovie for real!


X-Man is a superhero. -____- Review fail.


Excellent finale. It works as a season finale and a series finale.


LMAO @ the whole biology exam being one question. What is cellular mitosis? Also I love that Jeff pointed out them having to retake biology all summer. That was a great metaphor for all the fans who are going to rewatch this season all summer until it returns (in the fall). I don't know who are the bigger idiots. NBC for not renewing a full season of one of their best shows ever or the idiots who are not TUNING into this show. Forget six seasons, they can do a movie now and get some more fans on board. I wouldn't even mind if they drop Chang and Pierce next season somehow and bring in some new characters. This show can do anything at this point. The Emmy pricks better recognize Danny, Gillian and Joel. "I AM THE TRUEST REPAIR MAN!" 20 - A- (Love the 'Breaking Bad' references)
21 - A (Chang finally got a great episode in. Deanlganger, Doppledeaner, Deanlchanger. Hilarious!)
22 - A (I'm still lmao @ "Jeez Dennis. Are you on coke?"/"NO! No. Take him to the Police. He MURDERED someone!") Season - A-
Seasons - 2>3>1


@joyeful not sure if it was just his character he had a problem with but its Chevy Chase he has always been tough to work with even in the good old days, but I totally agree Pierce was written perfectly the last three episodes and showed so much growth as a character.
@janet yes unfortunately it is true. Even if they dont go together I would have done it the other way around for some community viewers to hang on to whitney (though I am confident no true community fan would) but the way it is is just ridiculous and an insult to one of the smartest comedies out there. Though I have to be thankful that most good shows land on NBC because they are such a terrible network that they have to save their best rated or most popular shows. I mean Community or Chuck would not have gone past 2 seasons on any other network. And Chuck got 5 and Community is going to be currently at 4, hopefully the 13 episodes wont be the final 13. Though they did cancel Awake and kept Whitney, and I know there are more viewers for Whitney but Awake was such a smart show, unfortunately to smart for the average viewer.


Ew, RajBauer, is Community going to be preceded by Whitney? What an insult! Who would watch both of those shows? They don't even go together! And on Friday night? Oh well, at least we get another season.


This was a perfect review - you pretty much nailed it. Question though; are you going to review the previous two episodes as well? Because I honestly think it's worth mentioning that Piercinald Hawthorne grew more in these three episodes than the entire three seasons combined. Accepting a black brother and giving up his fortune to someone more deserving in Digital Estate Planning. Going along with Jeff's plan even though it meant he wasn't the star in Chang Dynasty. Everything you mentioned in this episode. After watching these three episodes, I can't for the life of me figure out what Chevy's issues are with his character. Pierce honestly has never been written better.


Cruel Cruel Cruel. Abed was so badass as evil Abed. But this was such an amazing season finale and the best one so far, and it didnt even require paintball. Each of the episodes tonight were awesome in there own right. A video game one, a heist one and then a great sendoff. If this were the end I would have said a perfect three seasons for a great show but I am excited there is more.
What I am not excited about is either Harmon or Chase leaving because they are both so key, it being moved to friday with Whitney as a lead in (seriously people need to stop watching crap and pay attention to great shows like Awake which unfortunately got cancelled :'(), and finally that it only got a 13 episode pick-up. I know the order could increase, but NBC's best shows are Community and Parks and parks got the full 22, why didnt community? I feel like NBC is being run by monkeys which wouldnt surprise me given the failure of the network.

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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.