Community – Abed

Community‘s fourth season has been a little behind schedule. However, last night’s “Heroic Origins,” couldn’t have been more fitting to the times–what with Iron Man 3 and all. The show paid homage to comic books and M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, studying the individual histories of each member of the group.

The Players:

  • Director: Beth McCarthy Miller
  • Writer: Jim Rash
  • Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash

Episode Title: “Heroic Origins”

Abed is convinced that the study group was destined to meet at Greendale. He pieces together everyone’s past, revealing that their lives have been intertwined for years. Meanwhile, Chang plots to destroy Greendale once and for all.

The Good:

  • The Crazy Quilt of Destiny: Abed points out that the study group met before going to Greendale. We get to see how their careless actions created problems for other people. We’ll admit, the origin stories were a bit of a stretch, but the writers knew how to wrap the episode making everyone forgive each other.
  • Chang’s Change Of Heart: Earlier this season, we learned that Chang was faking his Changnesia and planning something awful with a mystery person. Last night, it was revealed that the plan was to take down Greendale, on orders from Dean Steven Spreck. But Chang had a change of heart. The writers must’ve sensed that Community fans didn’t want a repeat of last season (where Chang took over the school and kidnapped Dean Pelton). While the “take down plot” may still happen, we’re happy Chang won’t be part of it.

Best Lines:

  • “This is the real world, not some comic book adventure.” –Jeff

The Bad:

  • No Pierce/Chevy Chase: Pierce would’ve been perfect in “Heroic Origins.” Though he was always the odd one of the group, we appreciated his nonsense comments. His randomness and innapropriate remarks made us laugh. It’s too bad that Chevy Chase is no longer on the show. He’s dearly missed.
  • The Return of Dean Spreck: Unless Dean Spreck is back to instigate another paintball war, we’re not interested in his plans. We know he wants to take down Greendale, but with only one episode to go, we’d rather focus on the many other things going on.

Overall:

“Heroic Origins” was a pleasurable episode. It was fun to see where everyone was five years ago, and Annie’s outburst was shocking and hilarious. Flashback episodes are nothing new, but the Community added edge to the idea by connecting everyone’s past. Also, we’re relieved that Chang had a change of heart. We won’t be getting a repeat of last season’s finale.

Rating: 7/10

Community airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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