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Old 01-15-2014, 03:36 PM   #811
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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).
It's a Fincheresque hodge-podge of that whole sub-genre. No need to think it all has to be one focused parody.
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True, just seems like they should have either gone full Fincher (too obscure) or erred more on referencing more of the sub-genre since it's about 90/10 Fincher/other things.
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:11 PM   #813
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:28 PM   #814
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:55 AM   #815
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I liked last week's episode a touch more* even with the weirdly discordant ending, but this episode had stone-cold perfect banter. The semen delivery slayed me.

*lie detector as plot device for uncovering truth? you might as well have hooked up the kids in The Breakfast Club and started interrogating them to skip to the end ITS MORE EFFICIENT
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Loooooved this episode. I hadn't felt this way about an episode since Season 3. Gave me that old Community feeling. Just rapid fire brilliance. Great stuff.
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Classic episode indeed.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:42 AM   #818
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Bye bye Troy.
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:11 AM   #819
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I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a bit emotional during the goodbyes at the end. It's going to be really weird without him but, what can you do? Lovely partings.

Also, Britta has been killing it this season.
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I haven't watched any of this season, but happened upon it last night and decided to watch. Glad I did.
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:13 PM   #821
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Why does this show not attract a bigger audience?
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:19 PM   #822
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I'm still sad.
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Old 01-26-2014, 01:05 AM   #823
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Britta's been the secret MVP for the past 2 years. I don't count the gas leak year.
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My favorite bit here was easily the Game of Thrones stuff. To the spoiler goes the victory. The rest of it was kinda just there.
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Disagree, this episode was pretty hilarious and season 1-like, but it was so slight and disjointed and seems weird that there's no reverberations from Troy leaving, and doesn't portend well to the character heft the show can have after losing characters so quickly. Hickey works well and Duncan and Chang are fine for background bits but none of them belong in the core group or have much potential for depth/resonance that I see at the moment.

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