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Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

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When Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) decide to share an apartment, they host a party for the group, which takes on an altered reality as several scenarios play out. Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gilllian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown also star.

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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

The timeline with Troy getting the pizza had me
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

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The timeline with Troy getting the pizza had me
Just came to post the same thing
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Pizza pizza me so hungee!
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Abed: "I gotta say, I hope this is the real one because I just found a nickel in the hallway."

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Great episode after a string of good-to-mediocre ones; definitely the best so far and one of the most unique episodes of the series.

Using different timelines was a really creative way to show us what's going on with all of the characters; group tensions, individual problems, and relationships. We got a lot more out of the episode being done this way than we would have had it been just a straight dinner party.

Tons of laughs and some great character development. Hopefully this is a sign that Community is back on track for the season.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

This was a good one. Much better than the last two. Not surprised that we got another great bottle episode. A lot of funny lines too but again it's Troy carrying the comedy.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

"Single Malt Platinum Boobs & Billiards Club"

Gillian Jacobs looks amazing this season. Maybe she's smiling more. Or maybe her boobs are bigger. Could be either one.

And yes, Troy's timeline was amazing.

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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Now that's more like it. This probably wouldn't even crack the top 10 funniest episodes, but man, did it feel good after the mediocrity of the first couple episodes and the downright unpleasantness of last week's.

This is a great example of the writers doing a gimmicky episode, but not making it about the gimmick. It was about the characters and their relationships and the multiple timelines actually served the development of those relationships. It wasn't perfect. Some of the character beats (read: Jeff/Annie) felt like a rehash of a rehash, and there was maybe a bit too much recycling of lines/scenes (I didn't need to see the whole die rolling routine 7 times), but there was an authenticity to it all that really tugged at my heart strings. I was genuinely happy to see them all dancing and having fun together in the end.

Thumbs up!
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Hmm, I thought it was a pretty awesome episode myself. Tons of funny and worked the cleverness of the central concept very well. I loved that the happiest timeline was the one where everyone realized how manipulative Jeff is, and he is out of the room where the scene plays out. That had the feel of a deeper thematic subtext that the show seems to be going for when at its best.

Troy: "I demand to be housewarmed!"
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Awesome idea, and one of my favorite episodes in a while
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Troy eating the cigarette had me for some reason. Great to see this show back in top form again.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

I'd say this was easily one of the top 5 episodes and a welcome return to form after last week's flop.

Yes, figuring out their respective place both within the group and in relation to one another is a topic this show does rehash quite a bit. Still, this was a clever and meticulously crafted episode, with a wonderfully surrealist bent that when it's at the top of its game, Community does very well.

Stoned Britta singing and dancing toward the pizza.

At some point, I'd love to see a return of the dark timeline.

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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Awesome. This show truly doesn't compare with anything else on TV, at least as far as creativity goes.

We were howling during Troy's timeline. Had to pause it because we were laughing so hard.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

I can't remember a time I've laughed as hard as I did when Pierce got shot and everything else around him was going to hell.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Originally Posted by Achtung View Post
Troy eating the cigarette had me for some reason. Great to see this show back in top form again.
Same here. I liked that he had his candy cigarettes in a fancy case.

That dark timeline was really fucking dark, wasn't it?
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Started watching this, and when they broke out the Yahtzee board, I tweeted at Dan Harmon about how I loved the yahtzee reference, because I wrote about a Yahtzee massacre (Yahtzee Claims Three Victims at World Championship). By the time the ep was one, I needed to tweet at him that the events in my scenario must have taken place during Troy's storyline.

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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

I had planned as going as an evil version of myself for Halloween a few years back, I think I'll revie the idea inspired by this ep. But with a felt goatee for my wife and a little one to put on her pregnant belly.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

I'm with everyone else about this being the best of the season so far. Troy's timeline was awesome, as was the black ending.

Unfortunately I saw the "Jeff cheated" thing from the beginning. I just thought they were going to hope everyone overlooked the fact that there are 7 in the group.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

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Unfortunately I saw the "Jeff cheated" thing from the beginning. I just thought they were going to hope everyone overlooked the fact that there are 7 in the group.
I saw that coming too, but figured they'd catch him and give us a seventh timeline -- which they did.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Originally Posted by kstublen View Post
The timeline with Troy getting the pizza had me
that was freaking awesome. loved it. one of the best segments of this show ever.

i appreciate that this show does stuff like this and not try to be by the numbers.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Fantastic episode. Definitely one of my all time favorites. Loved Brita coming out of the bathroom to get pizza.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

Originally Posted by kstublen View Post
Using different timelines was a really creative way to show us what's going on with all of the characters; group tensions, individual problems, and relationships. We got a lot more out of the episode being done this way than we would have had it been just a straight dinner party.
I couldn't agree with you more. This was for me the best episode of Community ever. Amazingly clever but it stayed with the general tone of the show.
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Re: Community -- "Remedial Chaos Theory" -- 10/13/11

This episode was awesome. Anyone think that it was a little bit of a nod to "Fringe" as well? I'm not caught up to date with "Fringe,"
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but I know there's the whole alternate universe thing happening,
and I think in the bathroom at the apartment there was a portrait of a seahorse on the wall.

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Originally Posted by Deftones View Post
i appreciate that this show does stuff like this and not try to be by the numbers.
No pun intended?
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Originally Posted by majorjoe23 View Post
I had planned as going as an evil version of myself for Halloween a few years back, I think I'll revie the idea inspired by this ep. But with a felt goatee for my wife and a little one to put on her pregnant belly.
Put your arm in your shirt and you can be evil Jeff. Granted, he never put on the goatee, but it'll still work

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