I caught an exceptionally strong episode of Community. Advanced Documentary Filmmaking was the show's third foray in to an Abed doc-themed episode. This one was completely about Greendale attempting to get a grant to study Chang-nesia. It featured the strongest performance by Ken Jeong that I've ever seen.
I'm used to the silly characters he has played such as his re-occuring role in the Hangover films. I've never felt he was anything more than just kind of funny. His turn as "Kevin" in this episode had me nearly in stitches. I don't like to spoil, so I will not go in to great detail.
The rest of the ensemble also hit on all cylinders. Jeff's attempt to ruin everything felt natural for his character, Annie and Troy's good cop/bad cop detectives were great, Shirley's subtle one liners were all on point (she's underused, but great when they let her loose), Britta was being Britta, and Abed maintained his status as being the character that has always remained strong in spite of the changes in show-runners.
I can't say the episode was flawless. I'm so ready for Pierce to disappear. I know he had some random racist comments throughout the first three seasons, but this season it has just been awful. I know Chevy apparently was rarely available for filming, but it isn't like he improvised this stuff. The writers typed it up in their scripts. He just isn't funny. Always the dead weight in the episode.
Overall, this was another strong effort from Community. Ratings are down, but so goes the story for all NBC shows. It goes in the show's favor to be on this network. There is a strong base here to support it. I'm more than positive we'll get a season five.
Thomas William Shaw is an author and stage actor from Birmingham, AL. He lives with his wife, Lauren, their children, and their cats in a quiet place. Occasionally he will post about it.