In Community season 2, episode 7, Aerodynamics of Gender, Troy discovers a place of peace with a magical trampoline. What movie/television show inspired this storyline?

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    Do you have a special reason to believe it was inspired by something? While Community sometimes does parodies of other movies/shows, I believe that most storylines are original.
    – magnattic
    Feb 18, 2013 at 16:59
  • @atticae I have a reason to believe it was inspired by something.
    – user209
    Feb 18, 2013 at 17:03
  • @atticae I just kept thinking that I'd seen that story before. Especially about the two rules. Feb 18, 2013 at 17:23

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It was inspired by The Secret Garden. It's a book I'm not familiar with, but The Onion's AV Club says:

This trampoline storyline was like something out of Simpsons, almost directly. (That show also had a famous trampoline B-story.) However, Community makes its own story out of this basic premise by weaving together the idea of trampolines being hideously unsafe with an elaborate parody of The Secret Garden (complete with lush imagery out of the final season of Lost) and the end of every story where people discover paradise but then ruin it by ... leading other people to it.

emphasis mine

Reading over the Wikipedia summary of The Secret Garden, there are some obvious parallels. The servants who introduce the protagonist to the garden, parallels the janitor in the Community episode. Both works share the lush greenery, and the gardens in both share magical properties.


the opening scene when Troy first goes to retrieve the basketball reminded me of Six Feet Under- the musicals cues (which after this first time, are used throughout the series) are very much in the foreground & super similar to six feet under's - the lighting is kind of hyper-soft & supernatural like SFU used to do in dream sequences & then there's that flash to white heading in to the title sequence

Not sure if it's a direct nod, or if the show's just being it's style-jumping self.

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