‘Community’ review: Love and Subway

Bring on Subway!

There’s something magical about watching an episode of “Community” sometimes — few sows play with your mind with such a great degree of success, and also spontaneously make you want to jump up and down like a six-year old kid. Who else was jumping up and down for Britta’s impromptu relationship with Corporate Man Subway?

As much fun as we had watching Troy and Abed start to become unraveled thanks to the intervention of Vice-Dean Laybourne (and his new hairdo), the real standout moment of this episode really was getting the opportunity to see Gillian Jacobs’ character fall in love for the billionth time, but this time with a man who, despite his secret shared interest, had sold his soul to the sandwich company she was standing against. Everything from the “1984” references to even the removal of Subway at the end worked out brilliantly, and his exit allows the character to remain idealized in Britta’s mind as something she can never fully have. It adds something to Britta’s “tortured soul” persona, even if she did bring everything on herself.

In going back to the blanket fort storyline, that is what we believe most people are going to be spending the majority of their time talking about over the course of the next week. After all, it’s a two-parter, and the tension between Troy and Abed for control has hit a peak now that Troy is being willed by Laybourne to act out and take ownership of his own ideas. Was it funny to see a blanket and a pillow fort square off? Sure, even though it did not reach the same sort of intellectual level as what was happening with Britta.

The sign of a great show is how you handle even the smallest plots, and even “Community” did a fine job here with a throwaway storyline of how Jeff was trying to make amends for a girl named Kim who supposedly died after leaving a hate message in his locker — only to later find out that Kim was the guy who had passed on to him the tragic news to begin with as a form of punishment. There were jokes, and we laughed. So long as there is solid writing, not every story has to be deep and contain Pierce drinking ink out of pens.

While we have heard some complaints about the spring season when it comes to episode order as well character choices, we’re really still finding “Community” as funny as ever — which in our mind, equates to it being the funniest show on TV and one of the best ways to spend half an hour of your free time. No show will stimulate your mind so much while making you laugh so hard in the process.

Oh, and we also have to give producers credit for finding the best use for Subway in a TV show since “Chuck.”

Photo: NBC

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