This is a “watch or else” kind of situation….We finally have some Community back in our lives and there is no good reason not to watch.Community’s 12th episode comes to your TV (that should be open to NBC even if you are out of the house) at 8/7c.The story is: As the study group returns after winter break, Jeff (Joel McHale) reveals that he’s been seeing a shrink and taking anti-anxiety medication. The newfound confidence leads him to experience debilitating levels of narcissism(if you can imagine a more narcissistic Jeff) , which Britta (Gillian Jacobs) tries to help him manage. Meanwhile, over the break, Abed (Danny Pudi) developed a celebrity impersonator habit that has saddled him with debt. In order to help Abed shed his debt, the study group puts on costumes and goes to work for Vincent (French Stewart) as celebrity impersonators – appearing in character at a Bar Mitzvah celebration.
Not that it is needed but i will give you great reasons to watch tonight’s episode instead of whatever is on TV in that God-forsaken hour
no more reasons should be listed…..This will be on your TV…
2. Britta (Gillian Jacobs) will do a Michael Jackson impression and I bet you she will “britta it”
3. French Stewart (Harry Solomon in 30 rock from the sun) will be guest starring .
4. Many costumes will be involved as the gang impersonate celebrities in a bat mitzvah .
5.The most amazing reaction to anything on TV: Dean Pelton’s (Academy award Winner Jim Rash) reaction to Jeff’s new hot and confident look. A must see,trust me.
I thought of posting the minute I heard the news but I couldn’t. NBC’s decision to bench Community and not include it in it’s mid season was tragic.It is in its core a business decision, Community does not have the ratings the network needs but that does not mean people are not watching Community. Community’s audience is mainly young viewers who watch it on Hulu,Netflix and itunes which are not included when the nelson ratings are calculated. Nothing has been set in stone yet NBC did not release a return date for Community but it is probably coming back in the spring maybe sometime in March which for me is an unbearable amount time to wait. The internet is going crazy with this new and if it has any indication it indicates how many fans Community has and even though I am reading those fans (including me) are being called annoying for loving the show TOO MUCH. well, there isn’t too much of love let me tell you that but the fans are so dedicated to the show for a reason, the show takes you into its private world, it is hard to watch Community and not get addicted and attached because of how much attention the show pays to both the joke and the story. this is a show that has a lot of heart, it feels like those people are your family in a world of your own creation. I did not like Community when I first watched it because I did not know any of the actors other than Alison Brie and of course Chevy Chase and i did not finish the pilot because I was watching it while i was attending to a family commitment and escaped to my bedroom to watch it, but a while later I got back to it and watched the first season with appetite,then went back and re watched it. to this day i watch an episode of Community daily and every time I enjoy it more.
there must be people who are O.K about Community, you might not be as crazy as I am about it but is it possible you will allow it fade into TV oblivion? Community is not the type of show the coddles the audience and spells every single details for them, it respects its audience intelligence and even if you are not a TV nerd and you don’t understand some refrences that are made you will still laugh ate the joke because it works on both levels. The cast and crew are committed into making this show their pride work and when watching it you feel that energy and love that the cast and crew has for it’s own show.
I’ve been reading some terrifying and reassuring predictions on the internet, some think show will air it’s 22 episodes then go under, other predict that the show will be dropped by NBC and be picked up by another network or even it’ll go on cable. Some are reassuring themselves with the theory that NBC is benching Community to give Whitney a chance and if it tanks Community will be aired on Wednesdays in a more friendly time slot (it airs 8 pm on a Thursday and competes with The Big Bang Theory,the X Factor and The Vampire Diaries) which is a theory I am good with because Community needs to get away from The Big Bang Theory.
I really hope this is not the beginning of the end for Community because it does not deserve it, it is different from what TV has to offer but not alien and though NBC has backed up this show for 2 seasons I think it just needs to do more. here are some articles and websites that are trying to save Community if you care to take a look and please do.
1. Sign a petition to save the show http://www.save-community.com/
2. A very heart warminmg letter to NBC http://www.aoltv.com/2011/11/15/community-save-greendale-letter-to-nbc/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
3. a photo petiton to save Community http://welovecommunity.tumblr.com/
4. Sign a petition to save the show http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sixseasonsandamovie/
5. Email NBC to let the network know what you think http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/
I will leave with this, if you make a little effort to save this show you’ll make a lot of people very happy so please help as much as possible to get this show back on the air.
A Community fan who just wants her show back
A gay party and a funeral all in one episode to deliver on Community’s promise to be “less weird” . Troy’s plumbing talent established in season one is continued in this episode as the janitor played by Jerry Minor makes a comeback and tries to convince Troy to do some plumbing with him to make him feel the joy of fixing things. I love the fact that even though Troy is becoming a man he is not becoming too serious about his life because that can be a drag…no pun intended.
In the cafeteria Annie is having peas,orange slices and a diet cola for lunch (um eat woman….) , just though it’s worth mentioning we never got to see what Annie eats and it may be trivial for some people but for me everything in Annie interests me, actually all the lunch choices were interesting. Two gay guys approach Pierce and Pierce doesn’t recognize them as gay men, is it homophobic to assume someone is gay if they act or dress in a manner that suggests so? if so then I guess at that moment Pierce was the least homophobic in the group isn’t he? The group tortures Pierce in a light hearted dynamic which is a little of a change from the perivous ones that can be a little mean.
Upon learning that his gay friendly campaign is making money regards to the fabulous Urbana Champaign Pierce is more than happy to support the gays, it is nice to see the CEO side of Pierce because we can easily forget he is a wealthy business man. Britta enlightens the group in Psychology pointing out that Pierce had an “oedipal complex, all men have to kill their fathers so they can do something to their mothers” I am not sure Britta was concerned about how related this information is to the situation she just saw an opprtunity to brag and took it with her half ass-ed version since she did not finish the chapter…she’s the worst.
Troy’s story is the driving force of a more mainstream sitcom, as one who is watching Community since season one like myself might see the character development that is about to take place and an indication of what I think might be one of the most interesting story lines to be featured on Community, another viewer who is flipping through the channels might see a secret society initiation with John Goodman delivering a role that might be written for him and only him (nod to whoever pitched that idea in the writers room) , a black Hitler and an astronaut making Paganinis, It is a win win for both parties. Troy is offered a choice in the episode and while he chose to stay with Abed I did not like this choice and I don’t mean I didn’t like it as a critisim to the writers choice but this is the first time I see troy’s friendship with Abed hold him back to no fault of Abed’s and even though we see Troy growing into a man that doesn’t stop him from reverting to old habits like he did in season one where he confessed that he injured himself on purpose to ruin his chances of going to collage. Finding something you are good at is hard enough and I feel sorry for Troy who refused to use his talent to better his future and I wanted him to choose something either air conditioning repair, plumbing or just say “I know what I have to do now, I have to find soemthing I love to do.” yet he chose doing nothing instead and he will regret that one day, but the idea that Vice Dean Laybourne will not allow him to squander his talent is comforting . This is also the first Troy adventure, he goes in a wild ride on his own and has an important decision to make and no one knows about it except for Abed and Abed doesn’t go through it with him.
At last we meet papa Hawthorne and though I knew before hand he was a racist no adjective prepared me for Larry Cedar’s portrayal of Cornelius Hawthorne, one of the crappiest dads or human beings to ever appear on TV (another nod to whoever pitched that idea). He offends and horrifies almost anyone and Pierce shrinks in his presence, even though I never hated Pierce and I never thought his role as a villain in season 2 was over the top for those who felt so this episode must’ve vindicated him for some people. Jeff takes Pierce’s relationship with his father personally and Britta is so quick in pointing it out, in this episode Britta is the one that has a perceptive look into what Jeff and Pierce are going through and because she is both right and so damn annoying no one is willing to listen to her.
The party is back on after Pierce’s father demands it’s cancellation courtesy of Jeff, regardless of why Jeff was defending Pierce it was nice to see him protecting one of his own again. The party looks fun and gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, the dean’s outfit alone needs its own article, Pierce is horrified and afraid that his father will disown him and as Jeff is pointing out what a relief it is to not have a father in Pierce’s life the words become sad as later on Pierce is free from his father forever. both Pierce and Troy have choices to make, Pierces has a choice to stand up for his father but chooses the easy way out and fakes a heart attack when he is caught in the middle between the gays and his father and Troy has to choose between plumbing and air conditioning and even though I did not like his choice I have to admire the fact that he stood up to the frightening figure that is John Goodman.
In the hospital the most dramatic and brillaint scene in the episode is in a bare hospital room with Pierce laying on the bed and his father by his side Jeff has had it and Cornelious Hawthorne sense of entitlement and ownership that all of us as sons and daughters never understand triggers what in my opinion the most resonant and quotable Jeff speeches ever and because I love it,this was some serious acting on Joel Mchale part . In this moment Jeff had no agenda, he was not trying to prove a point or even trying to fix something, he just needed to say it and said it (which is the second time this season Jeff bares his soul for no reason at all only for the sake of honesty in the first time it was Annie on the receiving end in “The Geography Of Global Conflict” ) I will quote it all because the reason “I am His father’ is not always enough especially when you are a lazy one “Listen up colonel crept keeper: I can live a million years and I could spend every minute of it doing important things, but at the end of it all I would’ve only lived half a life if I had not raised a son,this was a gift that was handed to you , you squandered it.And the reason you have so much hate in your heart is because you are trying to fill a hole where your kid was supposed to go and now it’s too late, now you’re just stomping around trying to prove you exist,well mission accomplished. But here’s a question I’d like to pass on to you from every son of every crap dad that ever existed SO WHAT?! I am done with you..He’s done with you, the world is done with you.” and the world was done with Pierce’s dad because after this Pierce’s father has a real heart attack and dies and this might seem like a joke but it’s really not. Community has the ability of make you laugh,cry, thinks and really feel so wisely sad , it has that ability.
Jeff feels like crap in the funeral because this is the worst thing you can imagine, to tell someone to go to hell and they actually do. He is the killer there is no way around it and unlike with the death of his mother Pierce is more than willing to let his father go, he has no problem with accepting death because in this case it brings him relief and freedom, it ia a horrible yet a very true thought. The similarities in what Jeff is going through and what Pierce is going through are staggering, but in the end Pierce faced his father issues postmortem and Jeff still denies them because I think for Jeff dealing with his father is just too hard and painful for him, his father left him and as was said before by Jeff in season ones’s “Home Economics” he insulted him and neglected him, Jeff’s dad made him feel worthless and his mom made him feel special and the only way to find balance between those two is to find none, to chose to believe his mom and trivialize the importance of having a dad because thinking of his dad reminds him of a time where he was not enough (though the speech made it clear he though of what he’s going to say many times). I have to note that in my mind Jeff’s mom is a once sexy woman who now depends emotionally on Jeff and once treated him as a replacement for a husband,not in a gross way. Jeff’s dad is a charming as hell 60 something man who has never had a relationship but gets a lot of action and lives in a crappy one bedroom apartment, it would be really sad though if he was successful.
the episode never really ends, there is no resolution which for me means that the writers are focused on one direction that will take place sometime near the middle of the season but I am not sure, what I know for sure is that it is going to be dark.