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Review: 'Community' - 'Romantic Expressionism'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 5th 2010 4:45AM
Alison Brie, 'Community'(S01E15) This episode would have been great for the scene where the study group looked around the room thinking of one another sexually. Without a single word, there was so much spoken with facial expressions and eyes and turns of the head.

I am glad we got more, though. Abed's 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' inspired movie nights reminded me of my own college experience. We used to do the exact same thing; it made 'Waterworld' and 'Battlefield Earth' instant classics. Unfortunately, we got into such bad habits that to this day I find myself mocking and ridiculing even good movies and TV shows.

Luckily, I'm a little quicker on the draw than Pierce. Kudos to him, though, for taking it the extra step and preparing for the next night. That's doing it 'MST3K' style, for real!

It looks like the side cast for 'Community' is going to be sticking around. They've already established "Star-Burns" as a low-key arch-nemesis of Jeff, and it looks like Britta's ex Vaughn is going to be a fixture around campus, as well. At least, he'll be around for a little while, considering he's fallen for 18-year old Annie. It still wows me that the 26-year old Alison Brie does such a great job at playing a teenager; and looking young enough to pull it off.

Vaughn actually managed to come across in a sympathetic light this week. He's no bigger a douchebag than Jeff. In fact, he's far less a douche than Jeff and Star-Burns. He is, however, a hippy-wannabe dork, but he seems harmless enough. Annie's a grown woman (barely), so she's allowed to make her own decisions, no matter how much Jeff and Britta want to play house with the study group as their children.

Besides, if it doesn't work out, we can always look forward to Vaughn's song about what a horrible bitch she is.

Oddly enough, Senor Chang was immersed into the group as a peer rather than an instructor rather seamlessly with his attendance at the horrible movie mocking event. I'd been wondering if they would keep the gang in Spanish class for several years to hold the show together. It would be a hard sell to believe that most of them would take Spanish more than they had to. And once Spanish was no longer the glue holding them together, how do you keep Chang in their circle?

Now we have the answer. The group itself has already transcended the importance of sharing a class together to be friends and even study together. They've become a sort of family at this point, and Jeff and Britta really are like the bickering parents. But every single member of the study group carries this show. It wouldn't work if these characters weren't so richly developed already -- in only fifteen episodes! -- and if these actors weren't so capable of bringing their A-game every week.

I'm starting to get a little weirded out by Troy and Abed's relationship, as well, though it's my favorite on the show. The reference to hand-holding and the simultaneous "They're just jealous" really makes you wonder. And yet, based on their personalities, I know it's nothing more than a very tight friendship. The kind of tight friends that film a sex scene for their own 'Kickpuncher' film even when Abed has been forced to play the role of the beautiful girl. Probably better to not pursue that any further.

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If I know how a Community College works then Senor Change will be teaching more than just Spanish. I'm sure he'll be around for the long run.

February 09 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I LOVED that the Derrick Comedy group were worked into the show this week. Meggie, Dan, DC, and Dominic are awesome.

February 05 2010 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd love to see Jeff & Annie together, who careas about the age difference? Their maturity level is almost the same and i know Anni would take the best of Jeff, also Jeff would help Annie to get a lil' tough, IMO, My husband is 17 years older than me we hang around with the same problems every other couple has.

February 05 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The first commenter beat me to the JD and Turk comparison. So all I have to say now is that Annie looked extremely hot in this episode.

February 05 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie looks extremely hot in every episode..

February 05 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved seeing Chevy doing the pratfall that made him famous in SNL's first couple seasons. Of course, they also made him dependent on pain meds...but they always got a laugh!

"Biggest laugh of the night!"

February 05 2010 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Troy and Abed at times remind me of an even weirder J.D. and Turk

February 05 2010 at 6:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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