Community – Analysis of Cork-Based Networking

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2014

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Community - Analysis of Cork-Based Networking

The Save Greendale Committee face two important tasks (or what passes for important at Greendale Community College) in the latest episode. As Annie (Alison Brie) gets lost in the politics and labyrinthine, back-dealing, behind-the-scenes world of the college while trying to help Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks) get a simple bulletin board rehung in the cafeteria, Jeff (Joel McHale), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Professor Ian Duncan (John Oliver), and Chang (Ken Jeong) create the theme for the school dance (not initially realizing where Chang got his brilliant ides of “Bear Down for Mid-Terms”).

Meanwhile, in a thinly-veiled Game of Thrones reference, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) looks to pay back Abed (Danny Pudi) who spoiled an important plot point of a popular fantasy show she has just begun watching. Her attempted revenge includes reading the original novels and trying her best to ruin Abed’s enjoyment as well. While wearing sound-proof earphones to ignore her spoilers, Abed also makes a connection with a deaf Greendale student (Katie Leclerc), who Britta guesses correctly we will never hear from again. More intriguing, however, is the episode’s decision to back Brie Larson as Rachel.

Each of the three storylines provide some fun moments. The realization of the horrific birthday bear attack they are accidentally celebrating causes some quick revisions to the dance’s theme, and (while making multiple Labyrinth references) Annie’s journey has a nice message while providing fun cameos for Paget Brewster, Franklin & Bash‘s Kumail Nanjiani, and Nathan Filion as the school’s head custodian.

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