This week’s episode of Community had a lot riding on it. After the rather disappointing previous episode, it felt like only a miracle could save Greendale.
Thankfully, they did it the only way they knew how. With paintball!
Modern Espionage takes a leaf out of the Spy Thriller as it is discovered that an underground paintball game is being played on campus. The Greendale Seven agree to uncover who is behind it and shut it down before someone attempts to assassinate Guest of Honour at the Cleaner Greendale Ceremony.
Despite the fantastic story and homages, there was a distinct lack of cameos in this episode. Admittedly, the writers brought back Starburns to give him a (possible) send-off, but the strong focus on the custodial staff throughout the episode made the lack of their Chief Custodian (Nathan Fillion) all the more noticeable. His absence doesn’t hurt the show, but the lack of lampshading about it feels like a missed opportunity.
All in all, “Modern Espionage” is a fantastic episode to come out of Season Six, it doesn’t quite match up to its paint balling predecessors, but really feels like a return to the original series nonetheless.