**** Community can be watched on NBC WCMH Channel 4 for Time Warner and Insight Communications customers . For HD channel versions, check your local cable or satellite provider for more information. ***
A friend of mine made a comment that all the Thursday night comedies were lacking laughs, and I’d somewhat agree with that sentiment, but for all the laugh out loud chuckles each of the series might of incurred, it didn’t mean the shows were lacking. Take for example, NBC’s Community, which premiered it’s third season Thursday night with the episode entitled ‘Biology 101’. Not to say the episode wasn’t funny, but it was more funny ho-ho than funny ha-ha. When jokes would fly up on the screen it’d be ‘Oh that was funny.’ But no actual laugh. Again, nothing really ‘wrong’ with that, but again, the show made a better splash with storytelling, and it’s nice when ‘comedies’ do this.
A new school quarter is up,and the same wacky hi-jenks occurs, with this time, a bit more focus of getting the ‘band’ back together, the band being the study group. Jeff (Joel McHale) begins to see that there is a real magical power to the table itself, something that Pierce (Chevy Chase) always said but the group thought him crazy for. Meanwhile, Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy(Donald Glover) have moved into a place together, Chang (Ken Jeong) is living in the air-vents, and well, beyond that, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash)is trying to take charge (finally) after being humiliated for what has to be more than two semesters of Greendale. His first object of business is,besides wearing a suit, is to take charge of the school and it’s finances. And up is Vice Dean Laybourne (the genius that is John Goodman) who runs a section of Greendale that keeps the school afloat.
The real gem of the episode, besides the cute references between CougarTown and Community which is kept alive by Abed stating the fears of fans of the show (it’s coming back probably January which could be taken as a bad sign) and then Britta (the adorable Gillian Jacobs) who tries to make Abed feel better but still unintentionally ruins everything. At the same time, Jeff is ostercised out of the group by his own dislike of Pierce, which is we realize 100% now is about his fear of becoming Pierce when he comes older, while Pierce is making amends, even going as far to have the group hate Pierce to take Jeff back. To me, it was a lovely focal-point for the series which almost went ‘too far’ with Pierce last season and almost deliciously so, but to come back from that, well, how to do that? The cota between Pierce and Jeff encapsolated what makes Community a genius show, it mixes pathos with humor, wonderful guest stars (Goodman) with wonderful dialogue and references, it reminds us that while it may not have given us several ‘lol’ moments, the show still hits ‘the sweet spot’ thanks to creator Dan Harmon and co.
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