“For a Few Paintballs More” pick up right where we left off in “A Fistful of Paintballs,” with a mysterious storm trooper-like army roaming the halls of Greendale Community College. Troy and Abed manage to escape into the nearest class room, overhearing the conversation being had between Dean Pelton and City College’s Dean Spreck, who had been dressed as Pistol Patty this whole time. The rivalry between Greendale Community College and City College has been well-documented throughout the series, and it came to a head in the finale with Dean Pelton being held hostage and City College’s troops dominant for much of the end-of-the-year Paintball Assassin game.
Troy and Abed devised a plan to gather what was left of the Greendale student body, proclaiming that the western theme has shifted to a Star Wars theme, and Abed immediately calls dibs on the Han Solo character (before Jeff stumbles into it by default). Since roles are being called, Troy, in a move reminiscent of (the spaceship episode), announces himself the leader. Jeff scoffs at this new development, taking it upon himself to challenge Troy’s suggestions with his own. With its A and B teams in place, Greendale sets off to thwart City College’s invasion. In comparison to last week’s action-packed first installment, “For A Few Paintballs More” followed a far more strategic, collaborative effort, relying on character-specific roles. Abed was his team’s rebel, and Annie quickly found herself taking a liking to his interpretation of Han Solo – something about confident defiance just seems to work for her.
Having the student body split up into two teams allowed for some great interaction between characters who don’t often see much screen time together, such as Britta with Leonard and Annie with Abed. There was a nice nod to last season, with Troy utilizing his “super plumbing skills” to rig the library’s fire alarm sprinklers with paint, which Shirley activated as she escaped, eliminating all of the storm troopers who were in the library in one swift move. With Shirley and Britta seemingly the last two Greendale students remaining, they took out what was left of the City College troops that were on campus. That is, until their last two reserves came out from hiding… and then there was Pierce.
Throughout the season, Pierce is the one character that I personally felt for most. While many throughout the Community fandom grew agitated by Pierce’s antics, wondering what direction his character would go in, he was the one character who endured the most throughout the year. While we witnessed the shades pulled back on most characters, Pierce was the most humanized. While Jeff has let his father’s lack of involvement in his life weigh on him, Pierce lost his mother, a woman who we knew from early in Community’s first season that Pierce was still very close to. When we found out that Annie lived in a sketchy neighborhood, we were also reminded that, as wealthy as he is, Pierce has been longing for acceptance since childhood. The character of Pierce, in retrospect, was the most humanized throughout this second season. His frustration with being excluded from the group is almost a constant reminder of him being excluded by his father. That it was Pierce who won Fat Neil over during the Dungeons and Dragons game offered him slight redemption, as did his resolution with Jeff in “Intro to Documentary Film-making.”
The ultimate redemption was finally had in the closing moments of the season finale, though. By being the sole survivor of Paintball Assassin, it was Pierce who saved Greendale during City College’s invasion. Maybe this is, in fact, why Pierce decided to walk out on the group after all was said and done. Maybe he finally realized that, as flawed as he may be, the group needs him as much as he needs them. It should be noted that it was also Pierce who was responsible for the group passing Spanish 2 in the first season, as well as who saved them from the Black Rider. This mutual necessity should be something explored in greater depth next season.
“Yay! Go Jeff Winger’s study group. Those guys are ballers, yo. I hope you like getting balled.”
“Pop? Pop what? What is he trying to say? Pop what, Magnitude?”
“Troy, do you happen to have a better plan?”
“I do happen, Jeff. I happen very much.”
“Greendale, it’s been a pleasure fighting with you. Some of us won’t make it, but there is a place where we will all see each other again, and that place is Denny’s.”
“We’ll figure it out later, Leonard.”
“The one near the 15th Exit, I’m banned from there.”
“Well, then I guess I’ll see you in hell.”
“Then let’s kick some tail.”
“Leonard, we’re losing.”
“Britta, I’ve been in a few real wars, and this one is actually the most terrifying.”