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Finally Community delved into that weird little niche it’s been known for. This time we got it in the form of a parody featuring a mixture of Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars. With the solid material coupled with the callbacks for longtime fans it resulted in this season’s strongest episode to date.
In an ode to his real life counterpart, Chang became a star and went off to Hollywood based on the viral popularity of his catchphrase (say it with me) “Ham, girl!”. Ken Jeong is arguably Community’s biggest star which is hilarious when you consider he plays the show’s dumbest character. His absence hit hard with the group until they realized there was money to be made off some footage he shot for a student film with Abed. Lots of money. Cha-ching!
So we got to see the crew put their acting talents to use to create a full length feature. Building a B-movie around one recycled outtake of the film worked surprisingly well. Knowing the background of Abed, the writers could have went the road of having his artistic integrity derail the making of the film so I’m glad it didn’t unfold that way. Instead we were treated to a great cheesy storyline, with terrible costumes and special effects.
There were a lot of hilarious bits thrown in there. A stand out was the tension between Britta and Annie due to Annie’s over sexualization of her character (a pleasure droid turned assassin of course). Another hilarious sequence was Elroy’s awkward dialogue with Chang (“Sometimes my eye falls off because…I’m a robot.”) Thrown into that mix were glimpses at the romantic feelings Jeff and Annie have for each other, albeit under the guise of their movie characters…who happen to be father and daughter…so thats just weird. Moving on.
Jeff’s episode arc was definitely the strongest. At first we were introduced to his jealousy of Chris Pratt which lead to many great jokes concerning his transformation from overweight guy into action hero . It was pretty interesting to see Jeff actually mention the show Parks and Rec by name since they shared the same network at one point (“I know they gave digital muscles to Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy. I watched Parks and Rec, I watched it!). At the end we did get to see that all of the angst Jeff had were for much deeper reasons than his Chris Pratt jealousy. Jeff was truthfully worried all his friends would leave him and he would be the only one left at Greendale which clearly draws off some real life parallels.
Few more notes
- Frankie playing the steel drums! Its still paying off
- The return of Magnitude! It’s just a shame we didn’t get a “Pop! Pop!” out of him
- Throwback to the season premiere with the room full of frisbees. Nice touch for fans
- I’m really hoping the mystery 3 ball in Elroy’s trailer pays off
- Chang getting replaced by Randall Park at the end. Nice catch for any fan of Fresh Off The Boat
Everything resolved nicely at the end with Chang getting welcomed back to the crew with open arms. Great way to end the episode by highlighting the crews camaraderie when dealing with the very real situation of another member of the team possibly leaving.
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- Jeff's episode arc
- Creative uses of Chang footage
- Cameo's and callbacks