TV Recap: “Community,” ‘Digital Exploration of Interior Design’ « Weekend Watchers

TV Recap: “Community,” ‘Digital Exploration of Interior Design’

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This week’s Community had a tough time making up its mind. The A-, B- and C-plots were difficult to define in hierarchy as well as completely seperate from each other. The half-hearted nods to other long-term stories further muddled the picture.

There was stuff to like in each of the plots, but none of them entirely worked. In one, Annie and Jeff discover hate mail from a “Kim” in his locker. Jeff tracks down Kim’s locker, only to discover she has apparently recently died. Jeff is distraught that he never had the chance to apologize, not out of genuine remorse as Annie had hoped (hinting that there is more to come in the future about their relationship), but rather because he just cannot live with the idea of someone disliking him. As it turns out, Kim is a guy who Jeff had forgotten about on multiple occaisions. It was a sort of sweet moment, or at least would have been if it did not feel so forced and artificial.

Britta, Pierce and Shirley were grouped together for another plot that built off of the latter pair’s failed sandwich shop plan two episodes ago. A Subway opens in the cafeteria and the three plot to take it down. For legal reasons, there is a new student named Subway (played by Travis Schuldt) who represents the company and can reveal nothing from his past. Britta attemptsa to charm him into revealing secrets to close the shop, but the two fall for each other, much to the chagrin of Shirley, Pierce and Subway executives. Schuldt was fun in the role, but nothing on consequence really came from the plot.

Troy and Abed were busy building a new fort. Abed insists on using only pillows, but Troy, at the urging of the Dean, wants to use blankets as well and set a world record. This disagreement grows into a bigger conflict with prodding from Vice Dean Laybourne, who still wants Troy for the air conditioning repair school. By the end, it has escalated into a full-fledged war and will continue next episode.

Had this plot recieved more time, the episode as a whole may have worked better. It is nice to see cracks in the normally rock-solid Troy-Abed friendship explored, especially with Abed being set up as a somewhat unsympathetic villain due to his inherent stubborness. The episode hinted, though, that the coming war will grow far beyond this rift and that they will not remain at odds for long. The stage is set for next week’s installment, the first large-scale concept-driven episode in a while, to be just what the show needs right now.

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