NBC Thursday was in fine shape this week, assuming that you don’t count ‘Outsourced.’ As of this week, I definitely don’t.
I have to admit, I missed the first few minutes of ‘Community’ this week. I was right in the middle of a pretty significant boss fight in ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ and I lost track of time. But hey, I totally killed a werewolf guy, and that’s gotta count for something.
I’ll rewatch the episode once it hits Hulu. If checking out the first third changes my opinion, I’ll make a note of it. From what I saw, though, ‘The Psychology of Letting Go’ seemed like business as usual for ‘Community’.
Chang’s restraining order issue was highly entertaining. If recent developments mean I get more John Oliver in my ‘Community,’ the show will be that much better for it. I’ve also got to give some credit to the accidental oil wrestling, which honestly seemed to work better as a concept than as an actual joke, but I still got a kick out of it.
The main thrust of the episode involved Pierce and Jeff both dealing with death in different ways. Pierce denies it, while Jeff fights against it. It would have been nice to see Pierce figure things out, but revealing the truth to him would be like kicking a puppy. In the end, ice cream was a good choice.
‘When It Rains, It Pours’ is an excellent ’30 Rock’ episode. It’s a little light in some areas and speeds through some parts with plenty of joke potential, but it’s generally strong.
Like last week’s episode, Alec Baldwin’s performance really takes the show up a step. His speech in front of the congressional committee is absolute brilliance, as is the aside regarding the cancellation of ‘Law & Order.’
I’ve never much cared for Queen Latifah, but she really delivers the goods in her guest spot, even outshining Rob Reiner. Her grandstanding is fantastic, and the delivery of her somewhat nonsensical speeches is impeccable.
The one disappointment is the lack of focus on the creative soul that is Dot Com. There’s comedy gold to be mined there. While the talking dog sitcom at the end is fantastic, I feel like more focus on the entourage could be a very good thing.
If this season keeps going on like this, ‘The Office’ may finally win me back after a disappointing season or two. ‘Andy’s Play’ isn’t the funniest episode around, and it’s not the best by far, but it is a huge step in the right direction.
I could do without the fully musical intro, but it seems like Ed Helms is really having a blast here and that’s fantastic. Ed Helms is a severely underused member of the staff. Putting him as the central focus of an episode is a tremendous idea.
Michael actually made me laugh in ‘Andy’s Play,’ which is fantastic. If nothing else, his post-credit audition is something that needs to be seen. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing an extended cut of Michael doing a few full minutes of a ‘Law & Order’ episode on his own.
Keeping the focus away from Michael is a great idea, though it seems next week we’ll be getting him in full force as all four of his past loves converge in one spot. I can’t say I’m excited to see them all, but it’ll be nice to have Holly back for sure.
All right, I’m tapping out on this one. The show’s not clever or creative or different in any significant way, which would be fine if it at least had the common decency to be funny as well. Sadly, it’s none of those three. I wish the cast luck – especially Diedrich Bader, who I’ve always had a soft spot for – but they’re going to be continuing on without me.