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.
In tonight’s “Studies In Modern Movement” Annie is moving into Abed and Troy’s apartment and judging by the approch of NBC, writers and cast having the twitter accounts of characters tweet throughout the whole episode I knew that I am about to watch a light hearted, fun episode and I was right. Let me start with comments I read in the A.V Club comments section in their review about Community calling the advertising twitter campaign that NBC initiated cheap and gimmicky,that might be the case (when is advertisement ever not gimmicky?!) I am glad to see that due to lower ratings NBC are getting behind the show and starting to encourage audiences to watch it I don’t care why it’s happening I am just glad that it is.I am mentally prepared to have this show in my life for a long time.Reviews are not raving about this episode which I understand but I think that is because Community has set the bar so high that it’s always compared to its own previous episodes when it can get a B on the AV Club compared to other sitcoms of the night or even the week it gets an A so I stopped paying attention to that grading system and I just enjoy the show for what it is. I might not be a TV analyst/journalist who does this for a living but I know and I love my TV shows , whatever I write are just the opinions of one person who is watching TV and if there is anyone that agrees well great then I am not alone in the world after all ( wow life got dark!) . I needed to get that out of mys system first.
The story is divided into 2 parts in the beginning: Annie and the study group in Annie’s apartment and Jeff’s at the mall. the story is pretty simple, typical sitcom premise appealing to everyone even those who think Community is weird. Annie is warned by Britta regarding the potential of hating Troy and Abed after moving in for finding what’s adorable annoying; she finally does and freaks her out and she tries to act cool and adapt to the new situation, Annie is worried about being uptight which hasn’t been mentioned openly since season one’s sexual awareness episode. She is trying to fit in and we see her insecurities about being in the group as we have seen everybody else’s insecurities throughout the show. Part 2 of the story is Jeff faking sickness to go to the mall and he engages in an elaborate scheme to be believable and subdue Britta’s suspensions employing the help of a Gap saleswoman who later tries to hit on him but he is more aroused by clothes than anything else.
As we all know of Community the stories are never that simple the 2 stories become 4, Jeff and the Dean having a lunch date at the mall, Britta and Shirley taking a ride and picking up a hitchhiker named Jesus,Annie getting acquainted with her living situation with Troy and Abed and Pierce trying to fix up Annie’s apartment for inspection by the super “The Senator”.The stories are all equally funny and all characters get their fair share of the spot light regardless of one story excelling another. Annie and Trobed have it out when she discovers that those morons built a blanket fort for her to sleep in when there is a totally viable bedroom that is being used for virtual adventure, that room really scared me,those guys are inside their heads too much alittle Annie comes in as a big help. Jeff is caught in at the mall by Dean Pelton who is wearing khaki shorts and ends up wearing the same exact outfit as Jeff’s, Jeff is blackmailed into spending the day with Dean Pelton and as funny as that sounds you don’t know the half of it, the day turns into a date, they first go to lunch as Jeff orders for Greg AWWWW, then they go to those karaoke type of things at the mall and sing one of my favorites; Seal’s “A Kiss From A Rose” , though now it’s my favorite for a whole new reason, then Jeff discovers that he is being stalked by Dean Pelton and an interesting piece of information comes to light, Jeff has a therapist?! will we ever see that therapist ?and for how long has he been in therapy?he seemed depressed all he wanted is to be alone for the weekend…that’s sad. will there be a story line that reveals Jeff’s potential depression?
Britta and Shirley are having a fight in the car about religion and it puzzles me why Shirley’s religious beliefs are such a driving power to her story lines as hilarious as it was there must be a better use for Yvette Nichole Brown’s talents. Britta picks up a hitchhiker named Jesus and who he is starts to please and terrify Shirley and Britta as they are both trying to prove a point later they draw the line with racism and they throw him out of the car. Pierce is in Annie’s apartment trying to fix it up as that brilliant someone in the writers room who keeps pitching great ideas would have it Chevy Chase is given enough room to do what he does best , some great physical comedy. Pierce ends up inhaling the toxic fumes of the paint and swimming on the floor in a sea of white paint “This is all gay code”. Pierce is saved by the Super who does not look like a rapist at all, he’s actually nice. Annie comforts Pierce as he leans in for a kiss claiming he has brain damage…
Troy and Abed are distraught by Annie’s ultimatum, the room or her, and with the group’s help they fix up Annie’s new room and decide to give up their room and live in the blanket fort room instead of actually keeping their room and giving the other one that is slightly bigger to Annie… the group gathers in Annie’s little too much pink room for a great study group moment. I love those warm moments between the study group members, it reminds us of why exactly those knuckleheads hang out together. Jeff comes in and admits his lie but not to be a better guy but because he just went through a traumatic experience with the Dean and he figured since he left the Dean in the mall he might as well he puts it out there before Dean Pelton does. Dean Pelton tweets the duet of him and Jeff and the group mocks Jeff as they sing the song. what a great note to end the episode on.
Though the episode is not the best of Community I still think it was pretty great, it had some great heart felt moments and it had some laugh out loud moments. I enjoyed it tremendously and I can’t wait for more Annie and Trobed stories and more and more of Jim Rash’s comedic brilliance, please oh please the powers of comedy give him more story lines with Joel Mchale.
This week I come with a late rambling about this week’s all new Community due to much unneeded and undesired social life that I have to engage in every once and a while. Anyhow this week’s episode had a hard act to follow after “Remedial Chaos Theory” another seven story premise was a little alarming but do bear in mind that “remedial Chaos Theory” was 303 not 304 so “Competitive Ecology” was the one that was supposed to proceed the Halloween episode which makes sense. The episode was brilliantly funny written by no other than Dan Harmon the creator of the show I hope we see more of his writing this season.Britta analyzes the psych-test results that she gave the study group and discovers that one of them has very alarming results naturally she turns to Jeff to help her figure out who it is “Jeff can I have a quick conversation with you?” brilliantly answered by Jeff “doubtful but I support the dream” interrupted by the dean in a witch costume holy TV that was great .The study group are not wearing costumes except for Jeff who is dressed as “one of the fast and furious guys” and just as I was judging him for watching the movies he explained he doesn’t watch that shallow crap he just wore whatever girls like…Deep stuff man.
Britta starts off with her scary story and instead of camp fire the study group huddle up in the study room in a living room like part of study room F, Britta’s story was expectantly lame because she put no heart into it, she was trying to get the study group to tell their scary stories to dive in their psyche, just as we are about to do as the episode progresses. Britta’s story only had her and Jeff as they are a typical guy and girl making out in a car in the middle of nowhere, as if they are teenagers! Shippers rejoice not me though I am an Jeff/Britta fan romance aside. Britta casts Jeff as the jerk of a guy who’s only concerned with one thing and the radio announces a guy with a hook thing who esccaped and murders people and stuff…I am not paraphrasing the radio and the characters had Britta’s incohesive telling of the story and care for details where Jeff delivered the worst acting ever as a guy being stabbed, hilarious.Abed interjects with a better structured story based on what is logical for a character to do in a similar situation, He and Britta are the “romantic” couple now who are logical and as they listen to the radio that Abed got as a cautionary measure Britta mentions that she hopes he is as fertile as she is tonight…Sexy, then they listen to lame Kenny-G like music as Abed the story teller starts humming in in real life v=because it doesn’t make sense they turned on the radio the moment the news is announced, here is a point that needs to be made, i read in a lot of comments sections to multiple reviews of different shows and people pick at every single detail not realizing that to make a compelling story using a format like TV or movie it is not sane to follow all logical rules, there are bound to be loopholes and most is something that can be lived with for the sake of the story, so when you are watching a story on TV remember it is TV after all and not real life so sometimes you have to sit back and enjoy the show. Anyways Abed’s story ends with him and Britta standing back to back as they hold knives as the emotionally needy Britta (as Abed sees her and maybe all women in romantic relationships) says :”I love you” to be shushed by Abed. Note: How sexy did abed look in this particular story.
Annie’s story is not as logical and strucured as Abed’s but it is one of the best one in terms of what a scary story should be and it reveals a lot on how she sees herself in relation to Jeff and Britta. in Annie’s story the vampire Jeff saves her and carries her to his cabin indication what we already know about the character of Annie but then it gets interesting, as he is resisting the need to feed on her or in Jeff’s case ravish her and steal her “innocence” he suppresses this desire by feeding on Britta who has very interesting bite marks locations that say a lot. Jeff replacing his desire for Annie with Britta reveals much anticipated anger from Annie’s side ,After finding out that Britta and Jeff are secretly sleeping together for a year in season 2 her reaction was not as indignant as I expected her to be and now I understand that she surpressed this anger only to be revealed in small doses, and in this story it is the clearest representation of that anger I have seen so far. Annie views Britta as a threat and comforts herself with the idea that Jeff is tender with her feelings and careless with Britta’s and rationalizes Jeff’s attraction and interest in Britta as Jeff trying to cool off on his desire for her. She is not only upset with Britta who she made out to be Jeff’s victim “Skanky concubine” and “drained and tainted bitch-dog” , she is also upset with Jeff as she is proud she was able to change him as she has taught vampire Jeff how to read (in one of the most hilarious montages ever) and our Jeff how to feel maybe?! only to reveal he hasn’t changed she responds with eating Jeff alive and goes on at length on how to torture him…Anger issues, her story makes everyone uncomfortable and Troy jealous of the reaction she gets. It is the first time I see Troy jealous of Annie.
Troy’s story has him and Abed as top gun fighting pilots who drink some green stuff with no suspicion and are sown together by Pierce the crazy scientist, they gain power front their union and destroy Pierce who expresses his jealousy of their power. The revenge was so befitting of Troy as a character, Pierce has his butt sown to his chest, his hands as feet and feet as hands, Troy story is horrific and funny at the same time and on poor Pierce’s expense much to Pierce’s objection who offers a story using all the characters however he chooses to show how awesome he thinks he is and how he sees the study group members. In Pierce’s story he is simply called Magnum with luscious hair and has the three ladies of the study group as his playmates (indicating he sexualizes all his female friends even Britta who annoys them and Annie who is more than too young) he is attacked by his hood version of Troy and Abed and he manages to defeat them hitting Troy as he says “You are so relevant” before Pierce’s equipment finishes the job and punches him.
Shirley offers her self-righteous story, the study group members (except for Pierce who is absent from this story as he mistakes Jeff who is named Jango for him) are young collage kids or teenagers from the early 90s who are dancing to metal music and high on drugs, this is not how Shirley sees the group but an indication of how she relates to them, she feels victimized and ostracized by the group and she refers that feeling for being a christian and that might be the case but she is as she always does over dramatizes the situation. Britta gets the lion’s share of mockery in Shirley’s story on how she is needlessly defiant and keeps referencing that she lived in New York, she goes out of the cabin and gets attacked by locus. Enter the dean dressed as the devil, if the devil was a 1816 hooker, this is by far one of the best entrances I’ve seen in a long time that it deserves its own standing ovation. as the dean threatens them with Pilates: the demon that eats their genitals, Shirley shows up to save the day…oh wait no to say goodbye as she ascends to heaven leaving her friends to damnation as she utters the words “I forgive youuuuuuuuuuuu”. Note:Yvette Nichole Brown excelled in delivering this story
Shirley story drives everyone out of the study room as Britta and Jeff stop them and Britta reveals the truth about the psych-tests through a disturbing montage where s mysterious killers kills everyone and where Britta gets chocked to death as she reads “Warren Pierce”, this leads everyone to turn tables and accuse her of being the psycho, they all freak out in a hilarious showdown and Jeff tries to fix them with a story. In the past the famous Winger speeches and stories would have made everything better because as said before part of Jeff’s charm is novelty, what you don’t know about him makes him interesting and now the study group became his family and they know him better now and even express frustration with him so the jig is up, he can’t get away with the same crap he always pulls that is why it wouldn’t surprise me that his relationship to the study group is the longest relationship he’s known. the test results are done again as Annie discovers Britta ran them through the machine upside down and Jeff reveals he filled his out randomly because “I am just a guy that doesn’t like taking tests doing work or getting yelled at” but he is no sociopath. The correct results are finally revealed and as it turns out they are all insane except one Abed who is certifiably normal, and as I often read that Dan Harmon identifies with Abed I cen’t help but wonder it this is Harmon’s way of saying he is the only sane one in an insane world or it could only be that the most weird member of the group turns out to be the only normal one. The scene end-er is a touching one, it reminds me of the lase scene in “Abed’s uncontrollable Christmas” where the TV is turned off and the reflection of the study group members are on the TV screen, this scene is a happy Halloween from our beloved study group… wiping tear. This episode is yet another example of TV done right it offers the scary stories and a little more.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN 🙂
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Well summer is over and the time is here, a time for magic and Community. The NBC hit, yes I say hit and I mean hit, is due to premier in it’s glorious season 3 on September 22nd Thursday night. I will be glued to my screen all day just waiting.
New promos have arrived to ease our pain but for me it makes the wait more painfull because now I know what I am missing. Looks like from the start the show is going big: for some reason Abed is catatonic and needs lip balm applied by Annie, Jeff is sitting alone and depressed then is attacked by a pile of dust carrying an ax. Chang is wearing a robe in collage for some reason and Shirley is living a “Dream Girls” fantasy. At soem point the study group assures in song that this year is abut having fun and trying to be less weird, well they manage to be more weird. Looks like Community fans are in for a doozy “BRING IT!”
Below are the links for both promos to make your life easier because if you read this you watch Community and you deserve to have things to be made for you because you are awesome, great and noble and that is my objective opinion.