If things had lined up differently, I could imagine these two episodes making it all the way to the end. But as it turns out, "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" was eliminated today. In the end there can be only one. Why was "Paradigms of Human Memory" better? I think Adam Friedli summed it up pretty succinctly:
While I appreciate what they did with "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons," "Paradigms of Human Memory" wins this round for me.
Now, I know Community has only been around for two seasons. But even still, "Paradigms of Human Memory" felt like classic Community. It had tons of quick and witty jokes, and a lot of the subtle humor that made me fall in love with the show in the first place.
A large part of this was mentioning situations as if they were common knowledge to the viewer, when in reality this was the first mention of any of them. They also addressed and explained portions of earlier shows, such as Annie's issue with stolen pens. There was just a lot going on and it all worked really well for me.
This show also reminded me of an episode of South Park where the kids were stranded in a school bus stuck near an edge of a cliff named "City on the Edge of Forever" (207). The kids start reminiscing about events from previous shows, but they end up changing the details so they always end up eating ice cream. Now that's what I call a sticky situation.
Tune in next time for thirty-first seed, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season Six, Episode Nine, "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth," which aired November 11, 2010, and fifteenth seed, 30 Rock Season Five, Episode Twelve, "Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning," which aired January 27, 2011. We're half-way through the sweet sixteen!