This week’s “Community” returns and scores big time with “Football, Feminism and You.”
It seems that Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) is looking to recruit former high school quarterback king, Troy (Donald Glover), to play pigskin for the college team. The Human Beings (they used to be called the Greendale Grizzlies, but that is hardly P.C., considering “most of these kids have been called ‘animals’ their whole lives.”) haven’t a prayer – especially with a pregnant woman for a linebacker – and only a man with passable hand-eye coordination can save them now.
Aside from school spirit, this week’s episode tackles the issue of racism. Since Greendale’s school football team is not meant to discriminate against any race, gender, ethnic or religious background, the respective mascot and poster must demonstrate this accordingly.
And what better way to show frank open-mindedness than by methodically dissecting each individual, genetic imprint person can possibly have?
Just wait until you see the finished product.
Next week, they’re daring dwarfism.
This is certainly the best of this episode’s overlapping storylines, if only for Jeff’s (Joel McHale) adamant alarm at having his Greendale enrollment discovered by existent law firms. Although growing as a character, he continues to add a level of roguish charm, mainly thanks to McHale’s own tenacious ability to summon charisma at will.
Meanwhile, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) is having trouble fitting in with the rest of the girls – a problem that’s plagued her for her entire life. Leave it to giddy gossip Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) to initiate her into the sacred rite that is: shared trips to the bathroom.
This storyline, while engaging, was only okay. Brown has fantastic comedic sense and is almost singlehandedly responsible for its fragile success.
Once again, this is an episode almost entirely devoid of Abed (Danny Pudi), though he announces as much at the beginning through his routine, fourth-wall-impervious commentary, after a witty play-by-play of Jeff and Britta’s “will they or won’t they” relationship. Though his re-emergence was welcomed during his customary tête-à-tête with Troy, it simply wasn’t enough. While not untapped, Abed is a reservoir of comedic potential that has hitherto – to a large extent – been underused. “Spanish 101” sent the ball into the end zone and the beginning of this episode cast a strong lead, but it remains to be seen of the big shots at NCB truly have what it takes to make this a victory.
And sadly, for all of Chevy Chase’s talents, his character, Pierce continues to derail into one-dimensional gag-land.
Maybe next week, in “Introduction to Statistics,” the once-great comedian will again measure up to his former glory.