Whether right or wrong, in “Don’t Make Me Come Back There” we see how many try — successfully or not — to do what’s best for those they care for.
There’s no more a frustrating proposition than, “What if?” In “We Can Be Heroes” this question follows Joe Caputo around like a bad smell.
“A Tittin’ and A Hairin’” shows how love, lust, sex, anger, desire, and power motivate physical and mental violence inside and outside the walls of a Federal Penitentiary.
“Where My Dreidel At?” examines the importance of having a sense of belonging within a community, and for those on the “inside” — what it means to feel like an outsider.
Dork Shelf recently spoke with actress Selenis Leyva about what working on Orange Is the New Black has meant to her.
“Fear and Other Smells” delves into the unease, excitement, and anxieties many of the characters feel — imagined or not.
“Tongue Tied” reveals how some either devote or submit themselves to a higher calling.
We live in a culture where a woman’s worth is ultimately defined by her physical appearance. In "Ching Chong Chang" we see the inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary are not immune to the pressure to be considered aesthetically pleasing, whatever that definition may be, and the pain that goes along with it.
A clever, emotional, and meticulously constructed parable about Dan Harmon’s return to Community, “Basic Sandwich” is a well earned declaration of victory more than anything, even if it is a little inaccessible.
Dan Harmon, like a one man Save Greendale Committee, has returned to a ruined school and turned it back into the place we most want to visit on Thursday nights, showing us the difference between stories and sandwiches.
“G.I. Jeff” constantly delivers nostalgic 80’s animated fan service, but Community has set a strong precedent for making these fun departures into character exploration exercises, so there is an implied mystery afoot as well: Who is imagining this? Why? And does it matter?
Delivering about two laughs for every one second of airtime without leaving its primary location, “Advanced Advanced Dungeons and Dragons” is about slaying the metaphorical old naked lunatic called “communication problems” who rides an invincible dragon named “family ties.”
For a pretty straight forward 22 minutes that takes place in only three or four settings, “VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing” is complex and fun, but might leave some people (namely those who aren't familiar with Breaking Bad) behind as it eagerly eats its own referential tail.
“App Development and Condiments” sees Community in comfortable territory as it takes laser focus on modern forms of cliquing, has fun digging at Internet meritocracies like Reddit, and imagines Greendale as a Huxley-ian meme-eugenic dystopia populated with highly upvoted comedian guest stars.
A heart-filled examination of friendship that starts with Jeff and Duncan scheming selfishly, and ends around the Table Mk II with warm assurance, the bondage of honesty, and the best reference to The Shining since The Simpsons had a crack at it in the early 90’.