February 15, 2013

Quick Thoughts: COMMUNITY, "Paranormal Parentage"

I'm sure most Community "fans" were still unhappy with "Paranormal Parentage" because of their unhealthy devotion to Dan Harmon, but I thought it was better than the premiere and a decent episode of television.

"Paranormal" had enough pop culture references (Scooby-Doo, The Ring, Calvin and Hobbes, etc.) and horror movie tropes to make it look like an episode of Community, but I appreciated how it used the time to examine the characters and how some relate to others. Plus, it kept Chevy Chase off the screen for most of the time while also giving him an emotional sub-plot involving his brother.

The only flaw was it exposed how uninteresting Britta and Troy could be as a couple. I thought there scenes together were nice enough, but her interactions with Jeff were much more dynamic and captivating that it made me wonder why the writers abandoned that ship so early in the show's run. Don't get me wrong, I don't think this show needs a romantic pairing per se, but Jeff and Britta make more sense than hooking them up with Annie and Troy.

Silly couples aside, I enjoyed "Paranormal Parentage" and it made me laugh more than some previous episodes. Was it perfect? Of course not, but this show's set the bar so high that most outings cannot compare to the greats.


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