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Old 11-13-2013, 01:32 AM   #796
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Funny, we watched about half of season two last night. It's almost uniformly great. Paradigms of Human Memory in particular is a real highlight.

If I recall correctly you started souring on the show a bit earlier than everyone else. I always liked the Chang puns, and he was hilarious in season two. The blackface elf and oiling himself up are two of the hardest laughs I've had watching the show. I love just about every episode of the first three seasons, truly.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:27 AM   #797
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I still say "Now you're talkin' my changuage".

well, in my head, but I think it.

The best way I'd put it is I thought Season 2 got pretty erratic. But I want to wait until I actually see the backhalf of the season again before being more specific-some episodes I disliked I've only ever seen once.
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:56 AM   #798
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Season five trailer. Looks like Harmon elected not to go down the retcon path. I like this clip though. Excited.

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Old 12-11-2013, 09:47 PM   #799
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whaaat that looks good
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:41 PM   #800
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Help! Lava!

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Old 01-02-2014, 11:22 PM   #801
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yes

In the first episode, I loved how the plot flowed around basically a pretty simple premise in the study room and kept building on it. That's totally a vintage season 1/2 vibe, and it was a great feeling when Alan walked into the room and I realized they'd done it again. And the way the second episode cut-and even just staged- Annie in Jeff's class and the rest of the gang in Professor Garrity's class made Cornwallis's class and the Hunger Games take from last season feel tense in comparison. This felt relaxed and confident, and most importantly, funny. This was great.

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Do we all have to say something?
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Better than the gas leak year.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:15 AM   #804
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Loved it. Made the season four episodes seem even worse than they really were.
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It's amazing how much better the show is just by not making the dean a parody of himself.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:14 PM   #806
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This past episode was all kinds of bizarre, and while hilarious (particularly the Dean, clearly the MVP here) and well executed (barring perhaps the twist at the end, just because it's out of place in this particular episode) it feels a bit early for them to go concept episode given all the heavy lifting they set up with the first two episodes and what the end of this one sets up for next week.

I was a bit mystified at first, thinking I was overthinking the David Fincher-ness of it all but, but it became clear pretty early. Granted, serial killer films are clearly the "genre" here, but the bulk of it is Fincher and I have a feeling that more than any other parody they've ever done stuff went over the audience's head, including many of their crazy cult level fans.

The set up is clearly Zodiac (the "killer" gleefully writing to the authorities, the detectives becoming obsessed with an ultimately unsolvable case, Annie realizing she's talking to a likely suspect once she's already alone with him, etc.) but there are a lot of other direct references to Fincher's work (down to Shirley's kids singing a version of Radiohead's "Creep" that's very similar to the one that scored the teaser trailer for The Social Network) including Seven. The fact that it's raining all the damn time, doing library research while playing the same Bach piece that Morgan Freeman's character did, the chase scene with Star Burns at the end, there's a lot of Seven in it.

It's a bit convoluted though, first off Zodiac, while an incredible film, was a flop and isn't all that highly seen, so hinging the whole thing on that as a parody was interesting when Fincher has a more recent and widely known serial killer mystery in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that's more widely seen and not really referenced here; but also it throws in a lot of other references to other serial killer things like Red Dragon (the opening credits mirror Red Dragon's) and the tv version of Hannibal is referenced with the antlers in the stable scene, and when Abed goes on his rant about mildly autistic detectives on broadcast and cable tv (and then proceeded to delete episodes of Hannibal and The Bridge from his DVR).
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:14 PM   #807
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Oh, and Walton Fucking Goggins is on next week, my favorite TV actor on my favorite show, excellent.
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I'm probably the one millionth person on the internet to point it out, but it was lame that they so blatantly ripped off a classic 30 Rock joke with Jeff's Dave Matthews line.
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Thought the same thing. Vintage Donaghy.
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:45 PM   #810
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Meh, I didn't make much of an impact given all the rest of the episode. I wasn't partial enough to the line on 30 Rock to have remembered it either.
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