If I were feeling especially curmudgeonly, I'd take "App Developments and Condiments" to task for going back to the "Greendale becomes a post-apocalyptic wasteland" well so soon after "Geothermal Escapism" a.k.a. "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen, Donald Glover." But as a fan of cheesy '70s sci-fi (think Logan's Run and The Omega Man), I was laughing too hard to care. And, as an added bonus, the parody was rooted in a relationship that hasn't been explored in some time -- the love/hate bond between former foosball rivals-turned-teammates, Jeff and Shirley.
After a single, a triple and a balk, Community hit its first home-run of the show's fifth season thanks to the dearly departed (and entirely off-screen) Pierce Hawthorne, who bid farewell to his old study group the only way he knew how: by screwing with their minds.
So far, Season 3 of Community has evenly divided itself between high concept outings like "Remedial Chaos Theory" and "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux" and more standard sitcom narratives like "Geography of Global Conflict" and "Studies in Modern Movement," with the former episodes generally proving stronger than the latter. Given the mostly weak competition, "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" was probably the best "normal" episode Community has aired this season; the A and B-storylines were juggled far more effectively than in "Advanced Gay" (the show's worst outing so far this year) and the writers still left plenty of room for their pop-culture flights of fancy, from the welcome return of Abed's Batman -- who emerged from his Batcave (actually the Dreamatorium) to investigate the theft of his super-special Dark Knight DVD -- to the dead-on Dragon Ball Z-homage during Jeff and Shirley's epic, revenge-driven foosball game.
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