Dean Pelton's Commercial Shoot Drives Everyone Mad on 'Community' (VIDEO)
by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 1:30AM
'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.