Well, we all knew this was going to happen. The writing’s been on the wall for a while now, even if we didn’t want to read it. That’s right, sad as it is, it’s finally Troy’s last d—
But wait, the floor is lava! To put off the pain of saying goodbye to his best friend, Abed turns this week’s episode, “Geothermal Escapism,” into a schoolwide game of hot lava, with a prize worth $50,000 reserved for the winner. And thus commences Community‘s
Water Lava World, a bleak, post-apocalyptic landscape where Mad Maxian gangs roam the halls — the Chair Walkers, Chang and his Locker Boyz (I’m assuming it’s with a z), the Floor Striders (who once had a truce with the Locker Boyz), the citizens of Shirley Island, Prof. Hickey — and everyone is one misstep away from lava death.
It’s a fun game for sure, and a fitting way to send off Troy, whose tenure at Greendale has included epically scaled activities such as zombie attacks, blanket forts, and, of course, paintball matches. But to Abed, it’s no game at all. The floor really is lava to him, because his mind can’t handle the pain of Troy’s imminent departure, and what was once a nifty diversion transforms into a touching goodbye between two best friends. READ FULL STORY