Community Review – “Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing” and S6E4

After a bit of a lackluster start, Season 6 of Community finds its groove by leaning on its most eccentric characters, Dean Pelton and Ben Chang. “Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing” brings back the heart of the show: laughing at itself and turning clever dialogue on its head. New additions Keith David and Paget Brewster are also proving to be great additions to the cast, and the show feels like less of a drag and more of an enjoyable program. Did I mention that it’s free to watch online?

Pros:

Off the Chang: Poor Chang is always getting the short end of the stick. It was so gratifying to finally see him get the spotlight he deserved, even if he had to be beaten to a pulp emotionally before his potential could be realized. So what if he got cast because of eye shape?

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The truth about Karate Kid: Thanks to an amazing guest star appearance from Jason Mantzoukas (Rafi from The League) as the film director, we get an honest take on who the real star of Karate Kid was. It was even better to see Annie pushed from her high horse. She did sound like Vinny Barbarino (John Travolta) from Welcome Back, Kotter. And how hilarious was it that Other Annie got cast as the Karate Kid? I need to keep a few of those insults on-hand next time somebody pisses me off.

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Whhhhy-Fi: The conversation about Wi-Fi and IT guys is hilarious. “We have oxygen. We need wi-fi.” It’s casual conversations turned malarkey that bring the heart of the show back. Elroy (Keith David) really brings it home with by adding his outdated tech references. “Tera-? They did it, those bastards; they finally did it.”

Keith David is amazing: How long before Abed realizes that Elroy was also the owner of The Cape?? Keith David hasn’t necessarily replaced Troy (token jokes aside), but he bring a sort of wit that Troy never had, and Elroy’s team-ups with Abed are more intellectual than silly and adorable. It’s not Donald Glover, but it’s passable. “I’m a big fan of the Performing Arts, but I’ll go to Chang’s play anyway.”

The Gay Dean theme song: Here’s another classic Community musical to add to the list of already great ditties. This one parodies Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”

Cons:

They’re totally Britta’ing Britta: To prepare for the Sixth Season of Community, we went back and started from the beginning. It’s only then that I noticed how far Britta has fallen as a character. Some people might feel like that’s just where her character is in life, but she’s become a total floozy, reduced to shitting her pants for comedic effect.

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Gay Dean: I’ve always liked the idea of not addressing Dean Pelton’s sexuality. The lack of transparency made it a bit more mysterious and the writing always seemed to be more clever when the jokes weren’t so obvious as they have been in the last couple episodes. I did love that they took the double-standard of homosexuality and rubbed our faces in it, but it was not a rocket-ship, thrusting the show to new heights.

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…They… They really killed the birds: That’s just cold. How are they gonna do the little baby birds like that?

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Predictions:

It’s time for some Jeff: There has been a noticeable lack of Jeff this season – no speeches, no “too cool for school” jokes. As the top-billing actor on the show, it’s time that he get some love. He still exhibits leadership over the group, but it’s his horrible judgment and manipulation that usually takes the stories into the zaniest places.


Hush Comics “Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing” a for bringing the funk back to Greendale Community College. The episode left me wanting a bit more out of the story, but a Chang-centric tale and solid guest star provided plentiful laughter.

 

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  1. jh montgomery

    I loved when Dean’s got too much to hand, so he apologized to Abed: Abed being the only none-white character within apology distance.

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