Monday, November 21, 2011

Does NBC Think It Is Better Than Greendale? For Shame!...

Last week's episode of Community proved to be even more timely and relevant than series creator Dan Harmon and his writing staff could have imagined when breaking the story. "Documentary Filmmaking Redux" seemed like just another follow up to a beloved past episode, mixed with some not-so healthy new hijinks, and an homage to yet another classic pop culture moment. But airing after Human Beings all across the world heard the news that NBC was deciding to give the students of Greendale an extra long holiday hiatus, suddenly the words spoken within the episode held even more weight.

"Oh, I get it," special guest star Luis Guzman breathed.

"You're worse than crazy. You're ashamed of your school...Worship the people that are here. Worship this place. It changes people's lives," he said to Dean Pelton, after the latter's descendent into madness to create the perfect, most artistic, most "blowing of the public's minds" commercial.

"This is a special school. You don't deserve to be here."

On it's own, it seemed like just a moment for fans to smile once again over the weirdos they have come to know, love, and think of as family. But on the backdrop of the events of the week, it was the perfect response to the suits-- certainly better than any 140 character response coming out immediately after the news.

And fascinatingly, what followed was Dean Pelton's "resignation" video that, admittedly insane in visuals, was just as sincere and serious in the voice-over. He planned to resign because he thought he failed the school; because his ego and his big dreams got the best of him. He wanted something flashy, something hip, something to make the masses stand up, say 'Whoa', and worship him. He turned his back on the people who were standing by his side now, when he, and Greendale, were just the "little entities that could."

Interesting how now NBC is moving away from the trend of quirky "little" comedies like Community, Parks and Rec, and The Office, and instead hedging all of their bets with vehicle sitcoms for snarky comediennes they water down.

There was no way Harmon could have planned this, and yet it fit. That's the beauty of a show like Community, though. On the surface it certainly seems silly-- even non-sensical at times-- but when you sit down, shut up, and listen, it has things to say. It has a message relevant to what's going on in the world beyond "just" pop culture.

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