I was kind of "meh" on the episode until they got to the rehearsal, and then everything just clicked. Jeff and Britta got what I think is their best moment together, and they've actually had quite a few good moments together.
In the scene with Annie and Jeff outside, I noticed that the anus logo they designed for the flag last year was etched on the glass of the door behind them. I don't remember noticing that the logo had become official before.
I loved Dean's "That's ME!"
I guess Subway shacked up with Greendale now that Chuck is off the air?
The only part I didn't like was the tag at the end. I was waiting for a punchline that never came.
From a ratings perspective, usually Community is head-to-head against Big Bang Theory first-run, which was bumped last night for basketball. I could imagine a goodly number of BBT geek-nerds being less than enthralled with basketball & giving Community a try. (I always have to juggle TiVos to get both.)
I think my biggest laughs were the Dean's "that's me!" and the two "minutes later" title cards during Shirley and Britta's conversation. I agree that it's interesting that a Shirley-centric episode was the first one off the hiatus since she's by far the least-developed character, but Yvette Nicole Brown is great and I'm all for giving her more to do. The Shirley/Jeff foosball episode from earlier this season was fantastic.
Originally posted by Matt TrackerThis was my first episode, and I laughed more than I have through the two episodes of 30 Rock I've seen which did nothing for me. 'Course I could still be bitter about it outlasting Studio 60.
This is literally the only "Studio 60 forever, 30 Rock never!" opinion I've ever heard.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Originally posted by Big BadThis is literally the only "Studio 60 forever, 30 Rock never!" opinion I've ever heard.
You know how comics will say that when they try out jokes on each other, they don't laugh? They'll say "oh, yeah, that's funny," appreciating the structure and payoff but not being tickled by it? That's what 30 Rock does for me. I see the wit, I appreciate the pace. But it doesn't tickle.
I STILL laugh over Sarah Paulson's imitations and the the "Jesus Christ" skit from Studio 60. It got me.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Which is a shame because I would prefer no more Chang, and for every episode to start with an excuse for Pierce not being there as a running joke. Or you know, Professor Duncan also gets busted for not having a degree and joins the group.