I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Thursday TV Tournament: Match-up 18 Results

Today's match-up is between ninth seed, The Office Season Seven, Episode Sixteen, "PDA," which aired February 10, 2011, and twenty-fifth seed, Community Season Two, Episode Seventeen, "Intro to Political Science," which aired February 24, 2011. The results are in:

Thank goodness that this particular match-up was a little bit easier to judge than the last one. "Intro to Political Science" developed the Pierce in exile/revenge of Pierce theme, and that was pretty cool, but it almost felt like there was little more. On the other hand, "PDA" is the return of the love affair between Holly Flax and Michael Scott. It was the turning point after two and a half weak seasons. While Community as a whole has been better than The Office for the last two seasons, this particular episode of The Office is simply much better than this particular episode of Community.

Tune in next time for twenty-ninth seed Community Season Two, Episode Twenty-Four, "For a Few Paintballs More," which aired May 12, 2011, and twentieth seed, Community Season Two, Episode Nine, "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" which aired November 18, 2010. It looks like Community just might make it to round three after all!


  1. "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" gets my vote in this round.

    Both were pretty fun, but it felt like a landslide in my choice's direction. The end of "For a Few Paintballs More" definitely set up for an interesting dynamic for next season, but the blanket fort completely won me over. It reminded me of how cool an idea that still is. A blanket fort for men indeed. Just think about it and you KNOW it would be an amazing time to have a blanket fort of that scale. The entire ending sequence was equally as fantastic too.

    "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" was simply Community at its best and was far better than Community at not quite its best.

  2. Thanks for the vote, Adam. Even having watched the episodes and hearing your testimony, I feel that I need to re-watch the episodes. This is a tough one.