Before I being this Community review, we should all take moment and reflect on what was the last Community for a very long while. Community is going on the dreaded “hiatus.” The rest of season three has been shot and is ready to go, but we just don’t know when we’ll see it. I still think Whitney eventually fails and Community will claim its spot back on Thursday night. We lose Community for a while but we do pick up 30 Rock which always has the potential to be great. Anyways, E. Pluribus Anus!
This episode of Community was relatively simple despite being a musical episode. The plot was quite simple. Abed wants to hang with gang on Christmas and the Glee club opening is just the vehicle he needs to get all the gang together.
I definitely liked that the music sort of came from a place of plot but also from a place of whimsy. In Scrubs’s musical episode it was all explained by a condition of the patient. Here it was meant to take on a silly musical feel. I think we all appreciated the moments in which they broke into song. And the songs they all broke into were about joining the Glee club. The songs were almost like siren calls.
Of course we’re supposed to avoid siren calls as they lead us into temptation but in a moment of sheer brilliance Abed gives the lead performance of the musical to Britta because he realizes it’s not about “being good” but “hanging out.” That’s one take on all the “glee” stuff but I think we can read a little bit further into it all.
The episode was not short on jabs at Fox’s TV smash hit Glee. The constant questioning of what “regionals” are. The weird piano player. The commentary on the camera angles and even some of those weird hummy outro voices. Basically, Harmon is saying his show isn’t “Glee” and it never will be. It doesn’t do what Glee does and it never will. However, isn’t a TV show better when it’s about making great TV instead of making weird spectacle. It would be sort of ironic if this episode of Community was the highest rated yet. I guess you just have to sing in order to get ratings.
Abed sort of broke my heart when he was talking about the semester ending on a dark note. The semester ends on a dark note for all of us Abed. I’m not sure if Harmon knew his show was destined for hiatus when he filmed this episode but it sure felt like it. Oh well, even if we only get three seasons of this great show, NBC could have cancelled it after the first half of the first season and been justified. I want to write so much more but you’ve heard it all before. So let’s enjoy it all. We’ll always have Annie as Sexy Santa.