Community Season Finale Recap: 5 Seasons and a Treasure Hunt


“Firing on all cylinders” is not a phrase that I use often, but when the shoe fits, it fits. “Basic Sandwich,” the second half of Community’s fifth season finale, was all the things fans of the show love it for: absurd, poignant, metatextual, layered, and deeply funny. It was also unabashed in relating its central plotline (the search for Greendale’s founding dean, Russell Borchert, and his treasure, whatever that meant) to Community’s continued existence as a television show.


Dan Harmon has never exactly shied away from meta commentary about the show through a given episode’s central premise, but at times during “Sandwich,” the line between the players and the audience was gossamer thin, especially during Abed’s spinoff rant to Annie: “This show, Annie ... it isn’t just their show. This is our show, and it’s not over. And the sooner we find that treasure, the faster the Jeff-Britta pilot falls apart.” I half-expected Ron Howard to then voice-over, “Please tell your friends about this show.” That speech certainly puts a pretty fine point on it, and additionally makes it clear that the Jeff and Britta pairing from “Basic Story” was Harmon’s wink to all of us, as if to say, “You wanna cancel this show? How about a spinoff with these two?” It felt like Michael Scott negotiating the sale of his paper company to Dunder Mifflin: “If tomorrow, my company goes under, I will just start another paper company, and then another, and another, and another. I have no shortage of company names.” And while I and a lot of others would certainly miss this specific character grouping, there’s no doubt that Dan Harmon has no shortage of company names himself. But as the Dean pointed out, this wasn’t an hour-long episode of The Office (even though there was a B.J. Novak cameo). Ultimately, Abed’s right: Awfully Wedded / Tying the Not, while funny in this context, would be lucky to last six episodes, and far more painful to watch than any of Community’s most lukewarm offerings to date.  Read More...


Want to comment on this? First, you must log in to your SideReel account!