Episode Reviews (7)
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I've just read quite a number of great and insightful comments here on this episode and have little to add to what was already said. I do want to point out that the intro music they used was a really smart blend of the intro music for both shows. It's really the Community theme, but done in L&O style. Maybe somebody else can articulate it better, but that was really something else! The attention to detail in this episode was just so amazing! And I am an L&O fan. :)moreless
I'll admit I'm not a fan of Police Procedual shows it's like how I feel about Westerns just not my genere, though I'll admit there are one or a few I like like "CSI (original version)", "The Shield" and "The Wire". But this episode I though was great because it parodied on both the TV show "Law and Order" and the genere in general.
I really love how they had all of the format intact from the cinematography, pacing, detective work, and courtroom drama at the end. But most importantly everyone was playing it straight in the roles they had which is what always makes a parody work. Really liked Troy and Abed playing the detectives, really like how both of them were trying to be cooler than the other but I just really liked the dialog they had which was hillarious. Two favorate moments I loved were when Troy acted as a backpack snatching decoy, it was funny how he was acting because he is so obvious. The other was seeing the chase scene it was just funny seeing how unsmooth both Troy and Abed were but there were times when they looked at the camera.
I also like the back and forth between both Jeff and Annie as the lawyers, one favorate moment was with Annie when she felt she scored a victory in the case she did a little dance. Even like the small role by Sherley as the Leutenant, the actress really felt like she could play this kind of role if ever in a serious police procedual show.
But to me the great moment was when I saw one of my favorate actors Michael Ironside play a guest role in the episode. I'll be honest it was something I never though would happen in a million years, Michael Ironside in a comidy, he actually turned out to be funny because he was playing it straght, playing that hardened persona that he always does best.
So, campus criminals beware, Greendale Blue will find you.moreless
Best TV episode of the season for me
Any fan of Law & Order and Community cannot give this piece of anthology less than 10. It looked so much like a L&O episode. The director, editor and crew have to be commended for this accomplishment. The casting was perfect. Troy and Abed as the detectives may have been no-brainers, but still they did everything right. The "Why do they always have to run" bit was classic. I have to say I didn't mind less Britta and Pierce.
While others may feel it felt too much like L&O and not enough like Community, I prefer Community when it goes all-out parody. They do it so well, that I feel sometimes shorted, like there's something missing during "regular" episodes.moreless
Community's homage to Law & Order abundantly reveals why the show is so beloved. Playing like an episode from Law & Order, yet ground firmly in the fact that they are not police not is the place a courtroom, the story flows brilliantly with an unexpected 'murder'. What follows are twists, turns, interrogations, court scenes, 'NOT police' business and basically awesomeness. Troy and Abed shine as the two L&O detectives that do the leg work, each trying to be the cooler one, trying to throw the final zinger. Jeff and Annie are also great in their roles as lawyers, while Michael K Williams particularly shines. Overall, this is the standard of comedy and plot that we have come to expect from the Community team and is a fine addition to an already great show. The only flaw that could be perceived was the lack of involvement of Pierce (Chevy Chase) in the episode. His character seemed deliberately denigrated to the sidelines as a bookie whom Troy and Abed pry for information.
The ending is swift and deliberate, characteristic of L&O, and we have to wait and see how this will shape up as the rest of the series unfolds.moreless
Community and Order?
I'm not saying that you need to necessarily be an expert on Law and Order to truly appreciate this episode, but I will say that not being a huge fan of the show may marr the viewing experience. I've seen maybe two or three episodes of the show over its long run, and while its enjoyable, it never became must-see TV for me. Community decided to take on the show and pay it homage, and while it was as funny the way Community usually is, some parts felt a little too straight-forward to me.
I will say this: there were dozens of individual moments that stood out and made me laugh out loud. I really enjoyed Abed and Troy as the two detectives that tend to make up most Law and Order shows, and the return of Todd made for some good laughs (considering the gang hates his guts for whatever reason). The Dean was absolutely hilarious, and I'm really glad that the show upped Jim Rash to series regular. He's added a lot to the third season. And how can I really complain about an episode where Michael K Williams, the guy who played Omar in The Wire, actually QUOTES Omar by saying "A man's gotta have a code." It was one of those jokes that Community does so well: blink and you'll miss it.
As much as I enjoyed the episode on a humor level, sometimes, the show indulged in the qualities that I don't like in the Law and Order series so much: the slow investigation, the scenes that don't add anything necessarily to the episode... and while the twist in the final moments of the episode is interesting, it's so serious that it felt like a completely different show for a second. I suppose this is the point of paying homage to Law and Order, but at the same time, it didn't feel enough like the Community I've come to love.moreless