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Dean Pelton's Commercial Shoot Drives Everyone Mad on 'Community' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 1:30AM

'Community' - 'Documentary Filmmaking: Redux''Community' (Thu., 8PM ET on NBC) didn't do itself any favors in being accessible and straightforward with its comedy this week, as Dean Pelton slowly unraveled from reality while filming a new commercial for Greendale.

That said, for those who subscribe to the show's particular brand of humor, Abed's documentary video chronicling the over-budget and over-time video shoot was a genius blend of absurdity and sheer confusion. Sometimes, like last week, 'Community' keeps it real and gives us character piece. And then other times, we get what basically amounts to a cartoon version of reality, like this week.

That the show finds a way to balance the two is one of its greatest strengths, though this wasn't its strongest entry. While Annie's Stockholm Syndrome was believable with the character, Jeff losing his mind in the role seemed a little far-fetched. As for Pierce, though, every beat of what happened with him was totally believable.

What do you think? Do you prefer 'Community' when it's a little more grounded, or do you enjoy these flights of fantasy?

Check out Mo Ryan's 'Save Greendale!' open letter to NBC's Robert Greenblatt.

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Martin Sundstedt

Did anyone spot Awesome in the old (I presume 90's) commercial in the beginning ?

November 18 2011 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ciara Glynn

OH MY GOD I though I was the only one! It's funny because he did the Buy More commercial in a recent episode, one must wonder was that deliberate. Also, Danny is guesting on the show soon, so...unintention serial crossovers?

November 18 2011 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know the authors of these reviews must be frustrated by the negative reception they're receiving lately, but it's valid criticism.

This site is nothing like the TV Squad site from last year. In the past, I always looked forward to these reviews because they were thorough and pointed out many things I may have missed, including quotes or something happening in the background. And even if I didn't miss it, it was usually great to remember a fun moment or quote from the previous night.

The premiere of this season's Community was an example of a great read - http://www.aoltv.com/2011/09/22/community-season-3-premiere-recap/
And frankly, it's the last one that was worth reading. Considering that was posted 2 months, that's a little sad.

Compare that with a recent House review - http://www.aoltv.com/2011/11/08/surprise-office-makeover-on-house-video/
That review focused on the last 60 seconds of the episode, about something immaterial to the rest of the show, and ignored the other 40 minutes. In fact, that makeover hasn't even been featured in the show since.

Ever since it became AOL TV, it's gone completely downhill. I don't know whether the site has less writers now to cover the same amount of material (I noticed that Jason has reviewed SEVEN shows from Thursday. I appreciate the effort, but with all due respect, you can't possibly watch and review that many shows, and have quality reviews up before morning), or the authors just don't feel like writing the reviews anymore, but now we're lucky if the reviews are 2 solid paragraphs. And many of them only talk about one point or scene from the show, and completely ignore the rest. Not to mention it seems like the reviews seem to be relying mostly on the embedded video clip. It feels like you're just giving us the 30-second video to make up for the lack of writing. But if you watched the show, then you've already seen the video clip. I don't quite get it. There are other places to go if I want to watch a video of the show.

And one of the best parts used to be reading the comments and getting a discussion going for the show. Very few reviews get a long discussion going now. Unless things change, the comments will mostly remain negative, if the review gets any at all (which is the case an awful lot). Please don't take this comment the wrong way. I simply want to help point out in detail what I like and don't like in these reviews instead of the typical "This review sucks!" comment. I hope things get better, but if they don't, there's less and less point each week to coming back here.

November 18 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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