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Review: Community - Football, Feminism and You

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 23rd 2009 1:29AM
Donald Glover(S01E06) See, now that wasn't so hard, was it, Community? I knew you could give me another good episode. And finally a sympathetic side to Britta. So far she's been the annoying, self-righteous blonde that Jeff wants to sleep with for some reason. But that's about all we've seen of her personality. In fact, I couldn't even see why Jeff wanted to get into her pants.

This week, we got to get behind Britta's walls a bit and see her even take her first tentative steps outside of them. Shirley, as the social queen of the show, was right there to help her along the way. And Annie was right there, too, to give Britta the chance to be a shoulder for someone to cry one.

Which brings us to what Jeff's up to this week. I guess it's going to take a really damned long time for Jeff to "grow." Every time he seems to have a moment of self-awareness about his douchebaggery, he turns around the next week and is just as big an ass.

So I have no delusion that his realization that he shouldn't toy with Troy's life just to try and maintain his own means that he's learned anything. It didn't help that Troy ultimately realized that playing football was just what he needed. It fits with the personality already established that Troy sabotaged his own pro career by injuring himself intentionally. He's been plagued with self-doubt since the day we met him.

This is the kind of character moments that I need to fall in love with this show. It's so close to pulling me in. This week we got into the heads of Britta and Troy a little more and I like both of them more as characters. And I can more and more see the value of this group of eccentrics supporting one another on their community college journey.

And yet, Pierce still isn't being brought into any of the emotional connections the cast is having. He's had a few moments of his own, but for the past couple of weeks the focus for Pierce has mostly been on his ever-widening areas of "expertise." This week he has experience in graphic design and Y2K preparedness, among other things, making him perfectly qualified to create the Greendale Human Beings (love the name!) mascot.

And the Dean still hired him after the school song fiasco. The boards on the wall breaking down the various stereotypes were awesome, especially the color chart from Seal to Seal's teeth. "Not being racist is the new racism." Jeff nailed that one on the head.

With the look of some of Troy's new teammates, I would love to see a few moments of one of his games this season. I want to see the pregnant chick and that long flowing white beard coming out of a helmet. Even how pathetic the field is was so appropriate. The Dean is actually taking his one-trick; I want this to be like a real college; and milking it for plenty of laughs still. Even better that nobody we've seen seems to have any respect for him. Even his former therapist laughed at his profession.

With episodes like this, Community is back on track. Oh, I forgot to mention Abed... because he was mostly absent this week. I like that his "thing" is to be the self-aware member of the group. It was used to great affect in the cold open where he agreed to lay low for an episode, as was his cameo at the end as the "Human Being."

[If you missed a joke, you can look for clips and full episodes of Community at SlashControl.]

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This show seems more "cartoonish" than a show like The Office. I think you can expect the characters to grow from one episode to the next about as much as Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson grow after every episode where they have a moment of insight. Just expect more humor and less drama and I think you'll find this show is quite great at what it does!

October 24 2009 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There were much less funny moments than in previous episodes, and the story wasn't that good either even though it was the focus of the episode. Community is very inconsistent compared to Modern Family. Full review of the episode.


October 23 2009 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, the way it's gone, so far, Jeff has had a "moment" episode with pretty much every character in the study group, wherein he realizes he was a douche to them and repents. Pierce when they worked on their project. Gossiping with Shirley. Abed in Introduction to Film (kind of.) Britta, while pleading her defense last episode. And both Annie and Troy this episode. While in the pilot he pretty much had his "moment" with the entire group.

Now that that formula's exhausted, I'm curious to see where they go from here.

October 23 2009 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Rogus

I really really don't understand why you want Jeff to grow. I hope he never does. it would ruin the show if he became more sympathetic. He is supposed to be a selfish douche and I'm glad he is, it's funny that way.

October 23 2009 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Mike Rogus's comment

I agree, I never wanted to see the characters on Arrested Development grow. It's the same situation. Their insanity an neurosis is what keeps the show going.

October 23 2009 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jeff: [Football] is in your blood.
Troy: That's racist.
Jeff: It's in your soul?
Troy: That's racist.
Jeff: It's in your eyes.
Troy: That's gay.
Jeff: That's homophobic.
Troy: That's black.
Jeff: That's racist.

October 23 2009 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The mascot costume at the end was the creepiest thing ever.

October 23 2009 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love how pierce recover from "as far as I'm concerned, there's only one black hole worth studying,"

October 23 2009 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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