This might have been the saddest episode in the series so far, as the study group waved goodbye to Troy on his last day as a Greendale Human Being
In “Geothermal Escapism,” Abed prompts a game of “the ground is lava,” which, in proper Communityfashion, quickly transforms into another parody episode, this one poking at post-apocalyptic movies like Mad Max. Greendale itself becomes part of the fallout, and everyone is after Abed’s prize: his most cherished comic book.
First off, the episode delivers in terms of hijinks. Community is well known for its high-concept, paintball-smattered episodes, and “Geothermal Escapism” falls right in line. From Chang and his Locker Gang to Hickey’s monstrous floor-waxing vehicle, we have here both wild imagination and clever stabs at the post-apocalypse genre. Look for references to Alien and The Warriors as well. Such references and stabs, in my opinion, define Community’s place in modern television. It is the funhouse mirror that distorts and warps the popular culture it sees in front of it. No show does this the way Community does, and they really upped the bar with their latest episode.