Saturday, 12 November 2011

COMMUNITY, 3.7 - "Studies In Modern Movement"

Saturday, 12 November 2011

A quick blog to say that I really enjoyed this seventh episode of Community, which revolved around Annie (Alison Brie) moving into Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed's (Danny Pudi) apartment, before fracturing into smaller stories: Jeff (Joel McHale) pulling a sickie to avoid #Anniesmove and buy clothes at the mall, before being caught by the Dean (Jim Rash) and blackmailed into an afternoon of Mexican food and karaoke; Pierce (Chevy Chase) going crazy in Annie's old apartment with a tub of paint; atheist Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and religious Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) arguing about the roots of morality using a crazy hitchhiker; and Annie realizing her new living conditions are going to be very difficult, when she realized her "bedroom" is a linen fort and the actual spare bedroom's being used as a Holodeck-style "Dreamtorium".

Much of season 3's been exploring the group dynamic, and this episode was no different. (It even ended on the repeated note that the group's better and stronger without Jeff around... who's anyway beginning to turn his back on the responsibilities of being their friend.) I was rather delighted by the philosophizing between Britta and Shirley (having just finished reading The God Delusion), Annie's attempts to stop going into a meltdown over Troy and Abed's childish behaviour was fantastic, the "shadow puppet" scene was excellent, and watching Jeff and Dean duet to Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" was very funny (especially because Jeff actually enjoyed it). Plus I find there's a certain sense of danger whenever the characters are off campus. You expect crazy things to happen in Greendale Community College, but when the study group are in the "real world" it's not always so comfortable to watch.

Anyway, that's all I have to say. What about you?

written by Adam Countee / directed by Tristram Shapeero / 10 November 2011 / NBC