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Monday, May 2, 2011

COMMUNITY "Epidemiology"



STATS
COMMUNITY
“Epidemiology”
2010
Directed by: Anthony Hemingway
Written by: Karey Dornetto
Starring: Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Gilliam Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, and Ken Jeong (basically the best ensemble since Jesus and his apostles)

My version of the Last Supper. It’s quippier.

WHA’ HAPPENED?
The basic premise of Community is that a group of disparate adults from different backgrounds form a new sort of community at a community college. In each episode, they do wacky stuff.

In this particular episode, the gang goes to a costume party in the school library. The dean serves tainted food and the student body starts turning into zombies. Most of the episode is a straight-up horror spoof with references to Aliens, Dawn of the Dead, and basically all my favorite movies.

Except this one.

The gang gets whittled down to one survivor (Troy) who has to get to the thermostat to lower the temperature and cure all the zombies. Not exactly your average episode of Two and a Half Men, huh?

ISN’T THAT SPECIAL?
Community is the best show on television and the most daring and awesome sitcom since Night Court (werewolf lawyer notwithstanding). Each episode is crazy-funny and Dan Harmon and his writing staff aren’t afraid to swing for the fences every single week. (What other show on TV does an episode-long My Dinner with Andre spoof?)

Further, Community is profoundly inclusive and diverse. Part of the fabric of the show is its variety of races, ages, and body types. That said, there aren’t any openly gay characters. And Dead Pelton (who I guess is omnisexual or something) can be viewed as problematic for gay audiences.

Personally, I find this guy hilarious.

So when they managed to outdo the first season’s Halloween episode with something much more ambitious and insane, I had to write a post.

WHAT YOU SAY?
“He’s acting like the impression of him we do behind his back.”

“Just been proven racist by the racist prover.”

“They can make us sick by biting us. The banana said so.”

“What is up with that CAT?” “Is someone throwing it?”

SHIRTS AND SKINS:
No real nudity, but Troy goes shirtless and shows off how perfect he is.


There were several other costumes of note, primarily Britta as a non-sexy woodland creature and Chang as not-Kristy Yamaguchi. And of course Dean Pelton finds an excuse to dress as Lady Gaga.

BLOOD AND GUTS:
Well, no one DIES-dies, but almost all the characters get bitten and turn into zombies. Actually, the zombie make-up was pretty legit.

RANDOM THOUGHTS:
This is the best show on television. Did I mention that?

Overall, this isn’t the funniest episode of Community, but it might be one of the ballsiest. It’s right up there with Contemporary American Poultry.

Frankly, I cannot wait till next week’s paintball finale. It’s going to be epic, or at the very least, give us some good Josh Holloway face-time.

this guy + paintball = my favorite thing

OK. IS IT GAY?
Yes. While the Troy/Abed dynamic is technically a platonic bromance, it really straddles the line sometimes. This episode has one of the most overtly romantic moments between them, when Abed sacrifices himself so that Troy can continue their mission. It’s a more genuine moment than the romance in most horror movies I’ve seen. More to the point, it’s not really played for laughs. Scenes like that are why I love this show. Let’s give this two Neil Patrick Harrises.

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