Community: Herstory of Dance
by Stephen Janes (@stephenkjanes)
The past couple of weeks featured some vintage Community humor and witty progression. This past episode didn’t live up to the recent success that we were getting used to but did see some nice character progression.
After announcing that Greendale will host a Sadie Hawkins dance, Britta decides she will protest with her own Sophie B. Hawkins dance, featuring the singer of the same name. Britta believes she can organize a successful dance but doesn’t anticipate the amount of work required to do so, leaving her fairly stressed.
While Britta plans her protest dance happening in the same room as the Sadie Hawkins dance, the rest of the study group criticizes her every move and seems to be rooting for her to fail. I actually felt sorry for Britta and wanted her to succeed, which is a change from the usual feelings I have of her. Gillian Jacobs played the victim role very well for somebody who is known for portraying a hard-edged fighter.
Most of the episode followed Abed in his attempt to “grow up” and mature. He decided he was going to forfeit any pranks with Troy and actually attend the dance to meet new people, which was when Annie and Shirley stepped in. Both offered to set-up Abed with a girl, who agreed to both offers. Abed then decided it would be more fun to relive a sitcom episode where he dated two girls and had to balance his time between them.
I would have preferred if Abed didn’t narrate his every move (or even future moves) and at least try to grow up. The ending result was fairly bland which was unfortunate for his character, who usually offers the most intriguing elements of any show. He did, however, meet a girl named Jessica who shares similar quirks and mannerisms as he, so you can’t help but think she will have a role in the future of the show which could either hurt or help the show. Jessica could offer a fresh perspective, but she could also be another mouth to feed (in terms of screen time).
Troy and Pierce didn’t have too much time on screen this episode. Troy mentioned early on that he wanted to pull “classic” hijinks at the party but didn’t really get any time to do so. We did see him balance a large stack of cups at one random time, and outside of that he was minimally used. Pierce had about two lines in the middle of the show then came back for the big “moral of the story” realization, although it was fairly touching.
Winger was another character that was minimally used, unfortunately. Although he was basically antagonizing Britta the entire time, I wish he had more interaction with some of the other stories, specifically Abed. He could have been an intriguing roadblock while Abed was bouncing between dates. Chang (or Kevin) seemed to only exist to remind people that he has “Changnesia,” stating this almost every line of dialogue. I wish he would stop the Kevin act and start revealing his real motive, but I’m sure this will be revealed in due time.
Overall, the episode wasn’t entirely great but it had some moments. I wish a better job was done to get some characters more interaction (Winger, Pierce and Troy specifically) but again, this is a show with a large cast and you can’t expect everybody to get the same amount of screen time. What this episode lacked in humor it made up for in character progression and morality (see Abed and Pierce). It was an episode that could be skipped, but this might have been the start of something more long-term between Abed and Jessica, which I hope develops into something later this season.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars