I watched the entire NBC comedy block of premieres and I thought overall, Community killed everything.
The third act where "Jeff Learns About Respect" and Chang does a riff on Norman Osborne/The Green Goblin was the weakest act but it was preceded by about a million comedic hand grenades. The best of which was pretty much the entire second act blowing through a Jeff/Britta relationship and wedding storyline in the worst manner, complete with the nastiest French kiss makeout between two attractive people I may have ever seen. Not only did they blow through Jeff/Britta as a couple in one act, they did it by simultaneously demolishing the study group before putting it back together. Plus Betty White drank her own pee and sang a Toto song with Abed and Troy at the end.
They're back, baby! Now, we go to school!
(edited by John Orquiola on 23.9.10 1907) @BackoftheHead
Before the episode was the experimental Community "Twittersode" setting up the season 2 premiere.
Jeff, Abed, Troy, Britta, Annie, Shirley, Pierce, Starburns, Dean Pelton, Senior Chang and Annie's Boobs the monkey are all Tweeting between 7pm-8pm Eastern time setting up the first class of the new semester.
(but part of me still feels unfulfilled because P&R didn't come on after)
A terrific episode, and it was almost all character-based as opposed to their sweet, sweet jokewriting. I expected them to get out of Jeff/Annie and Jeff/Britta within the first episode but I didn't think they'd do it in such dramatic and spectacular fashion. What a scene that big fight was, like the nasty version of the one last year where they all realize they could be potential sexual partners.
Alison Brie's reactions to J&B's love were worth trillions of dollars, especially the shriek at the proposal.
Love Britta returning to "turning it into a snake" as her gesture of triumph and coolness.
I was skeptical about Chang's efficacy taken out of a position of power, dominance, and fear, but the end was so very promising. (I'm p.sure he was doing Gollum, not Norman Osborne. What were you thinking, John.)
Nice shots at BLEEP My Dad Says -- I guess they're playing nice with The Big Bang Theory for now so its hourmate gets the deflected aggression.
Betty White saying unexpected things for an old does nothing for me.
Pierce- "No wonder this guy is saying what I'm thinking."
Great episode, although I wanted to have Jeff/Annie last for a while to see what it would do to the group. To blow it up this quickly saddens me, as we are back to the same old, same old stuff (minus Senor Precious). I still have to give major props to Britta/Gillian. Just a tour de force of acting on many different levels from her in this ep.
"Put on your helmets, we'll be reaching speeds of 3!" "It was nice of you to give that dead woman another chance." "All right, look alive everybody...oh sorry Susan."- MST3K: Space Mutiny Click Here (myspace.com)
Something just accord to me as I am watching Glee (don't ask). The same actor that plays the principal on Glee plays Abed's father on Community. That puts those last season Glee digs in a whole different light.
Did anyone else notice this?
(edited by Leroy on 28.9.10 2054) "Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it." -- Tom Lehrer
My opinion of this show really hinges on what the side characters do at this point, and they really delivered for the most part. All I really hope for these days is for them to crank out 2-4 great episodes a season.