When news broke, back in February, that a sequel to last year’s “Modern Warfare” was in the works for the second season finale, my initial reaction was one that can be described as nervously excited. On one hand, it sounded awfully dangerous for Community to revisit what is considered by many to be the absolute standout episode of the series 49-episode run. “Modern Warfare” was absolute perfection, in terms of showcasing what this show is capable of creatively, and even though Community, over the course of its second season, has consistently raised the bar to near-unreachable levels, it would have be a stretch to think that magic could be recreated. It would have been a stretch a stretch, that is, until lightning struck twice and, once again, Community separated itself from all other sitcoms currently on-air (your move, Parks and Rec).
All fears were put to rest by the end of last week’s “A Fistful of Paintballs,” the first of a two-part season finale. This Thursday, “For A Few Paintballs More” should wrap up the two-part finale in epic fashion, as the study group aligns with remaining Greendale students in a paintball war zone, much different from last week’s Western theme that was first hinted at over the news ticker in “Intro to Political Science.” Notably, that very ticker suggested there would be no paintball this year, as well as acknowledging the unknown whereabouts of Professor Michelle Slater.