After last week’s flashback-ridden debacle, my hopes were high for the season finale: as the last episode Megan Ganz would ever write as part of the staff (now a writer on Modern Family), and as a potential series finale, I figured some closure was in order.
I’ve been thinking a lot about origin stories lately; New Girl aired one this week, Cougar Town did one during their fourth season – and of course, Friends had many (incidentally, my review of ‘The One with the Prom Video’ published today).
Although ‘Basic Human Anatomy’ should be a terrible episode (given this season’s track record) – high-concept “body switch” comedy, a focus on the weakest element of the season in Troy and Britta – it’s actually the best we’ve had in the fourth season of Community.
All season, I’ve held onto hope for Community. How could I not?
There are going to be a lot of people who don’t like ‘Intro to Felt Surrogacy’, and for perfectly valid reasons: it’s not very funny, most of it is a very weird homage for a show like Community to do, and the most important character moments of the episode are largely inorganic.
Signs were promising for Community when ‘Herstory of Dance’ opened with the best Dean costume gag of the season – and despite floating aimlessly for the middle section, it finds a great way to close the arcs of the episode, albeit in a sappy and slightly confusing fashion.
Although ‘Economics of Marine Biology’ has one too many plot lines for its own good, it was the first episode of the season I’ve truly enjoyed, for a number of reasons.
Before watching ‘Advanced Documentary Filmmaking’, I was worried.
Nothing signals the arrival of spring like a Thanksgiving episode, right?
I have no problem with Community becoming more of a low-key comedy: trying to match the combination of high-concept stories, layered referential humor, and strong character arcs was an impossible task for any show to maintain.