After each show started off with solid (albeit unspectacular) first weeks, it’s safe to say that “The Office” and “Community” seemed to be back in good standing this week — with one of them even rising to the level of spectacular.
Let’s start with this spectacular — a “Community” episode that easily ranks among some of the glory we saw during season 2. Having the idea of Annie orchestrate a model UN — and then have it stolen from her via her rival Annie Kim — turned out to be a brilliant way to bring all of the study group together. Jeff was in full-on leader mode, Chevy Chase had some of his best one-liners in weeks, and Abed was hysterical when comparing one team to the other as United Nations from different earths.
The best part of this for people hoping the show finally gets some Emmy love? We have a feeling Alison Bree will be submitting this for Best Supporting Actress based on her epic freak-out when things in the debate weren’t going her way.
Also of note this week — Britta’s hilarious attempt to feel “edgy” by getting in trouble with Chang, who conveniently was looking for a purpose. This may have been the best use of both characters in quite a long time, and it played off of their insecurities.
While last week “Community” ultimately tried to do a little much with all the guests stars and stories going on, this was simple — and more hilarious for it.
It may not be “cool” to say this anymore, but “The Office” is still funny without Steve Carell. As a matter of fact, Thursday night’s episode was better than most of the last two seasons. Putting Ed Helms’ Andy in charge has given the show a fresh feeling, and you see it perfectly this week.
The plot feels very “Office” familiar in that you have him trying to motivate his team to worker harder, and yet in the end his employees end up giving back to him in a nice way. It had a Michael Scott feel to it, but the good news with Andy is that he’s different — he’s not delusional that he is a better boss than he is, and he seems willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.
The good news is that this role is really giving the other characters more opportunities, as well. We had some good material this week for Dwight and for Stanley — while we have something interesting happening with Darryl and his ex, we don’t know what will materialize just yet.
Overall, are you liking where these two shows are going?
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