‘Community’ finale review: 90 minutes of brilliance

Three more reasons to smile.

Never have we been so spoiled on TV than we were Thursday night — not only were there three episodes of “Community,” but as a whole they may have actually been three of the best episodes in the series history.

Really, it’s hard to even the three stories from each other in terms of greatness. First, you had the study group teaming up to fight off Giancarlo Esposito in a video game (which hilarious featured Abed procreating with a pixelated character) — then, the gang joined up yet again to take down Chang courtesy of a heist that saw Dean Pelton restored to his former glory (or however it is that defined glory).

Finally, we saw the grand finale — which really showed thus that in the midst of some of the darkness of these characters’ lives, there is hope. Jeff Winger stood up against the man who caused him to lose his job by helping his friends (even if it was over something like signing on the dotted line for Shirley’s sandwich shop), and this created reverberations that caused Abed to regain his good side and lose that nasty felt goatee.

Ultimately, a good many people ended up growing up in one way or another — though at the same time staying true to themselves:

-After joining the air conditioning repair school in order to bail out the gang during the heist plot, Troy finally found his place within their ranks — but on their own terms, and it really took the death of the Vice-Dean to realize it. (So long, John Goodman.) We were not sure about this plot for most of the season, but this was a fulfilling way to tie it all together.

Britta, through her counseling of Abed, realized that she can help people without knowing it.

-Pierce discovered that there is a non-racist bone in his body.

-Annie … well, Annie didn’t really learn anything. She was actually pretty quiet in the final few episodes.

Ultimately, we are set up for a pretty great final year at Greendale Community College (though this is not to necessarily say next year in the final season). The Dreamatorium in its full form is gone, Shirley has made her dream come true, and Chang is back to living within the ducts of the school like a troll does under a bridge.

Based on the utter brilliance of these 90 minutes, what we really know is that we’re going to miss “Community” dearly all summer, and NBC is out of their minds if they take away one of the best creative forces in TV in Dan Harmon just because of some behind-the-scenes drama that can be worked out.

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