'Community' scares up an epic Halloween treat

community-cast-joel-chevyImage Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBCSomething wicked this way comes—and by this way we mean at Greendale Community College, and by something we mean zombies. It’s all going down on Community‘s annual Halloween episode—the plot of which series creator Dan Harmon is trying desperately to keep under wraps.

“Knowing too much about this particular plot would ruin it, but I promise it’s an awesome, one-off crazy conceptual episode with plot points and effects that are more familiar to horror film fans than our show’s fans,” Harmon revealed last Friday on the Community set. (As he was talking, a parade of costumed and bloodied extras marched through GCC’s hallowed halls, which were decked out with fake bats, chains, smoke machines, and various dismembered body parts.) “We’re going over schedule and over budget to get it right,” he adds. “I’ve had to promise to do a few what I call ‘Bottle Episodes,’ where the group never leaves the library, to make up for it.”

Luckily, we were able to scare up a few more details from Joel McHale, whose character Jeff Winger dresses up as David Beckham. “Last year, Annie was throwing a party and spent the episode trying to get everyone involved and we ended [up] at the party. This year, the group starts at the party, some circumstances beyond their control happen, and they start behaving badly to put it mildly. Like every crazy thing that goes down at Greendale, there is a perfectly legitimate explanation.”

Case in point: There’s a very good reason why Abed is dressed as an alien and Troy is Sigourney Weaver in the yellow robot suit. ” Our costumes are a metaphor for us,” said Donald Glover. “The robot is mechanical and cold like Abed, and Alien is strange and works all on instinct like Troy.”

Other costumes include Pierce’s Captain Kirk, Annie’s Little Red Riding Hood, Britta’s tyrannosaurus rex, and Shirley’s Glenda the Good Witch/Barbie/Miss Piggy confection. “Shirley has a problem with effectively presenting a costume in a way that the masses would understand,” said her alter ego Yvette Nicole Brown.

Meanwhile, Senor—er student—Chang (Ken Jeong) purposely picked a confusing figure skater costume complete with a turquoise ruffled leotard and thong, the latter of which serves as “a racist flytrap” of sorts. “He keeps asking people to guess who he is, and when they guess Michelle Kwan or Kristy Yamaguchi, he calls them racist and says he’s Peggy Fleming,” explained Jeong. “He was a matador last year and this is an improvement. The whole episode is better. It’s darker, deeper, and funnier. It is the Empire Strikes Back to last year’s Star Wars.” (Carrie Bell)

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  • HD

    I didn’t even read any further than the first paragraph because if Community or any tv gets as close to the brilliance of Modern Warfare, a true genuine surprise of television, then I sure don’t want to be spoiled. But I am hella excited!

    • KLH

      Completely agree. That was a brilliant episode and I didn’t even need to get all the references.

  • pop

    yay! sounds amazing.

  • dawnomite

    Sounds awesome. Britta as a t-rex – she is so random. Loved her squirrel last year.

  • Karina

    :D this sounds almost at good at epic paintball episode….joel mchale as david beckham mmm xoxo :D haha

    • Jessie

      He’s seemingly moving on from the tight jeans and collared shirt of his sexy cowboy to (hopefully) shirt off the whole time and soccer shorts. Ahh Joel McHale… What you go through for your craft.

  • Amelia

    I adore this show and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I cannot wait!

  • gf120581

    If it’s half as good as last year’s Halloween episode, with Chevy Chase dressed as the Beastmaster and tripping on ecstasy and Abed doing a frightening impersonation of Christian Bale’s Batman, we’re in for a treat.

    “There’s a storm brewing on the horizon, but you and I will save the night. Chex mix, pretzels, baby carrots – PREDICTABLE BUT APPETIZING!!!”

  • Will

    It might have something to do with HvZ (Humans vs. Zombies) which is huge here at my college.

  • toonaspie

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess…zombie epidemic!

    It definitly sounds like something Community would do. Heehee.

  • Matthew Thomas

    I’m so freakin excited! Community knows how to do parodies brilliantly. The paintball episode, the buddy cop episode and the mafia episode were all highlights of last season.

  • Elizabeth

    “Joel McHale, whose character Jeff Winger dresses up as David Beckham.”

    That alone makes this episode awesome!

  • Sheri

    So…very…excited!! This is CLEARLY the funniest, smartest comedy on NBC rite now. MOVE OVER 30 ROCK!!

  • meliot

    This makes me excited to see the new season of Community on Thursday. The chemistry between all these characters is amazing, the writing brilliant, and the parody of pop culture hysterical. I can’t believe anything can top last year’s Halloween epi, but will bow down to Dan Harmon if it does.

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  • Mark Steven

    this is so nice to hear about! I’m so excited too with this… haha, I hope this is also good like the Halloween episode last year! this will take a lot of scary!

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