I might have also liked this episode so much because it recalled character aspects from Season 1, as Shirley and Jeff team up (as they did way back in the episode that introduced Vaughn) so Jeff can visit the carnival and learn what it is about this Blade guy that makes him so irresistible.It’s also something of a return to Jeff as he once was because, though he admits he’s not in the least in love with Britta, he still cares enough about her tastes in men to feel inadequate when stacked up against a carny who shares the same name as a kickboxing vampire.Speaking of which, hearing the name “Blade” makes Troy and Abed think of the movie Blade, so, throughout the episode, they’re watching it.Dean Pelton is around as well, mostly for comic relief and gives the astute sum-up of the film: “Boy, this guy doesn’t give vampires a square inch of leeway.” Pierce and Chang get a silly, throwaway plotline in this one, too.
Additionally, Shirley is all the while fearful of Abed’s psychic abilities.
Contradicting my introduction and what I just said about the last episode almost entirely, this one makes it onto the best list basically just for being a solid genre parody.
Season 3 struggled some to find homages and parodies to work with after the series sort of shooting its wad one season prior.
It’s just such an intensely bizarre concept to tackle such dissimilar (though, I suppose, both quite chatty) films and it perfectly captures a number of the important details from both.
If you’ve seen Andre, the tone of this homage is shockingly on point and the Pulp Fiction side of the episode becomes largely centered, as it should, on a mysterious briefcase (which, here, contains Jeff’s birthday present for Abed).