Community – Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality

by Alan Rapp on March 1, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Community – Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality
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Community - Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality

The night doesn’t go as planned for anyone as “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality” features several forced pairings in an episode with several fun moments but doesn’t ever quite click (although it does offer some fun character interactions along the way). With the departure of Donald Glover, it appears Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks) has been drafted into duty as Abed (Danny Pudi) new sounding board as the pair bond over the course of the evening when the whackadoodle faces Hickey’s consequences for accidentally destroying several of the professor’s cartoon duck drawings.

The rest of the gang decides to hit up a charity event for needy children with cleft palates which is really just an excuse for Professor Ian Duncan (John Oliver) to hit on Britta (Gillian Jacobs), which Jeff (Joel McHale) agrees to support until he becomes attracted to Britta after seeing her awash in the popularity of old radical friends (which doesn’t last long after realizing they’ve sold out and moved on with their lives). Oddly Annie (Alison Brie) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) earn little more than cameos here as their characters quickly abandon the festivities for their own adventure off-camera.

The most interesting, and bizarre, piece of the night involves Chang‘s (Ken Jeong) odd experience in a black box theater involving the character’s interactions with what may or may not be a ghost audience and ghost janitor that eventually makes him flee in terror (and offers a nice nod to The Shining to close the episode).The result is an occasionally humorous episode with a pretty hokey message about friendship whose best joke (other than Chang’s bizarre night) comes in the form of the end credit sequence between Oliver and Jim Rash that is in no way connected to the rest of the episode.

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