How awesome is this show?? I'd promised myself not to watch it anymore until next year (I'm trying to cut down. My therapist says I watch too much TV). But 30 seconds into tonight's episode 'Regional Holiday Music', and I was telling my resolve to go take a hike.
This episode was 22 minutes of pure comedy gold! There have been a lot of failed comedies this season and I want all of them to take notes. As far as I'm concerned, this was a hit-or-miss episode, and if any show on the face of the galaxy could pull it off, it's Community. Bear in mind, tonight's show wasn't nearly as good as 'Remedial Chaos Theory' or 'Modern Warfare', but compare this to any episode of Whitney (blech) or even New Girl (the 'breakout' comedy of this season). The difference is in light years.
I'm proud to admit I've never seen a single episode of Glee, nor will I ever see one. A lot of Glee fanatics would not have been amused by this.
Lines like 'Abed, you look gleeful' made me laugh like a hyena! This show had its share of funny moments including Annie's embarrassing bit for Jeff (accompanied by a proportional drop in her IQ. Yikes, Glee fans must be livid!), Dr. Gleekenstein's (actually his name was Cory) hissy fit and to top it all off the most delightful forty seconds of my life which involved Dean Pelton, Senor Chang, Star Burns, Lenard, Magnitude and a bunch of Christmas ornaments. Genius!
And how long have we waited for Troy and Abed to re-enter the rap scene?? Ever since 'La Biblioteca' entered my life, I have yearned for the moment when these two would break it down again. Bravo, you crazy freaks!
- Wanna guess what my new ringtone is gonna be? No, not Troy and Abed's rap song. Britta singing as the Mouse King was music to my ears.
- Fun fact. I used to be a reverse bully in high school.
- Taran Killiam was just plain irritating as Cory. Bring him back soon!
- The 'three wise monkeys' scene by the girls during Troy and Abed's study room performance was so hilariously subtle. Just how much thought do they put into this show??
Explain to me again WHY this show isn't coming back for NBC's mid-season schedule, because I am thoroughly nonplussed.
I wouldn't call it a masterpiece and I'm sad that for the first time it's a truly unrealistic episode (all the others could have an explanation in real life, even the far-fetched zombie plot on S2's Halloween or the hypnosis on the previous Xmas), and I admit I hated it at first (and no, I'm not a hurt Glee fan - I've only watched one episode of Glee and thought it was completely stupid), but it eventually grew on me as it's still got some of the genuine Community factors that I love, like obsessive lampshading.
I love that they did a Glee episode on Community!! ;) And they did it in style!! Amazing!! Just the way they went about with the recruiting!! Brilliant!
Troy and Abed rap, I'm speechless! Can't get it out of my head, and hoping they put it out for sale on iTunes or something so I can buy it and show that I support the show! (..or else, I'll find it elsewhere though)
Confession time- I totally watch Glee. Color me guilty. But it's really sucked this past season so I welcomed some lampooning. And really Community did one better- they wrote their own songs and had me smiling and laughing the entire time. Plus I enjoyed the shots at Glee like the random singing between scenes, the dead ringer for the piano player who's treated like a piece of furniture, and the piano playing all by itself. After all, Glee is the answer when questions are wrong!
Please note- stage parents? Teach your little money maker not to mouth the lines of the big people actors. It's really distracting. Yeah, I'm looking at you little curly headed girl in the kids choir (and Hermoine in the first Harry Potter movie).
And lastly, I have that Santa mug that makes a brief appearance in the Trobed rap. It's from the 2010 Target collection and it just became even more awesome.
If this episode did not make you smile or laugh ear to ear the entire time it was on then you may need to go check your pulse quick. Well written lyrics, well performed over the top but charmingly well executed bits. Reminder of the potential it has.
I firmly believe that this is not only one of the best episodes of community ever, but for any 30 minute television comedy series in quite some time. The songs were epic, the parodies were quick but sharp. Unfortunate NBC does not see what we see in them.
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