Community – “The Geography of Global Conflict”

Community – “The Geography of Global Conflict

Okay, the only real problem I have with this week’s Community is that the interesting characters introduced last week played by Michael Kenneth Williams and John Goodman are nowhere to be seen. On that note, neither is Jim Rash as the unusual dean of Greendale Community college. That’s okay though. Even though the absence of the new characters is noticeable after last week, the A-story featuring Allison Brie at her best and the B-story featuring the unusual pairing of Britta and Chang more than make up for it. I absolutely love Community so I’ve never been one to judge it harshly.

Annie’s story involves our lovable type-A perfectionist meeting another type-A perfection (who is also… Asian!) and the clash that occurs as a result. Asian Annie Kim (guest star Irene Choi) has pretty much the same hyper-competitive streak as Annie, which shows itself when she steals Annie’s idea for starting a Greendale Model U.N. Speaking of guest stars we get Freaks and Geeks and Party Down alumnus Martin Starr as a history professor who keeps a picture of the creator of Model U.N. around his neck at all times. The Model U.N. debate and subsequent victory for Annie’s side was a pretty funny dig at the real U.N. too. A little obvious maybe, but if it makes me laugh “obvious” isn’t such a bad thing. The storyline also addressed the elephant in the room about the whole Jeff-and-Annie storyline. Joel McHale is 12 years older than Allison Brie. Given their real ages of 39 and 27 that wouldn’t be too bad, but isn’t Annie supposed to be 19 or 20 (she was stated to be too young to drink in the episode “Mixology Certification”)? Jeff is supposed to be in his 30s (early 30s maybe, but still). There’s always been something kind of weird about that and the show finally copped to that tonight.

I also liked the story involving Britta and Chang. I guess a lot of people don’t like Britta. I guess that’s understandable. She’s self-righteous and that’s never a particularly attractive quality. But I’ve known so many girls like Britta and have gotten along pretty well with them so I just can’t bring myself to hate. It also helps that Gillian Jacobs is easy on the eyes. There’s a certain age and/or level of responsibility when reckless rebellion no longer makes sense (if it ever did). Having reached that point Britta is sad that she is no longer “raging against the machine.” Likewise, Chang’s new role as security guard (treated quite ominously last week) has left him disillusioned once he discovers he has no real power. Again “obvious” might be the word that comes to mind for the way Chang and Britta use each other to feel authoritative and rebellious respectively, but it allows Jacobs and Ken Jeong to showcase the best of their characters. Community from the get-go has been all about the characters and three years in it’s still keeping it up. That being said, a little more John Goodman and Michael Kenneth Williams next week couldn’t hurt.

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