J Talks Conviction and Kookiness on Community 3×15 “Origins of Vampire Mythology”

While I normally don’t write stand-alone reviews for Community, I enjoyed last night’s episode so much that I think it is warranted.  “Origins of Vampire Mythology” struck just the right chord of funny, sweet, and weird, and pretty much summed up the essence of all the main characters.  Having been slightly underwhelmed by the two-part blanket/pillow fort battle that preceded “Origins of Vampire Mythology” (maybe I just don’t like to see Troy and Abed fighting), this week’s episode was a perfect example of why I love Community so much: the genuine wackiness and heartfelt earnestness of the characters.

Everybody is earnest in what they do: Annie genuinely wants to help Britta, even if she goes about it in a questionable way; Shirley is there for her friend Jeff in his time of need; Troy is lovable and loving, and is sometimes a doofus; Abed is Abed.  Even Jeff, who is egotistical and self-serving to the extreme, pursues his egoism and self-promotion with conviction and zeal.  The show doesn’t apologize for who these characters are, and as a result their study group/friendship is both believable AND a barrel of laughs.

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Comedy Quickies – Thurs May 19/ Parks & Recreation, The Office Season Finales

Two hours of finale from the NBC Comedy block this week. The Office spends an hour (and presumably a large budget) sifting through high profile celebrities interviewing for the manager position. Then Parks & Recreation delivers two cohesive half-hour episode making up their incredibly, almost surprisingly gripping finale leaving us in painful cliff-hangersville.

Below the jump: Parks and Recreation & The Office

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Comedy Quickies – Wed May 18/ Modern Family, Cougar Town & Happy Endings

This week on Modern Family it’s like the pre-finale, finale, the Cougar Town scares children & Lou Diamond-Phillips guest-stars. Happy Endings time travels back to the beginning of the series and we are treated to the immediate fallout of the wedding-walkout. Also check out my wrap up of The Office Season 7  & “Search Committee” Review. Thursday quickies for Parks & Recreation and The Office coming soon!- S

Cougar Town

I’d probably be afraid of those kids too. I like that Ellie and Grayson decided to extend some kindness to Tom and include him as brief as that will be.

Penny Can – love the return of Lou Diamond Phillips, what is it with that guy. I always enjoy when Bobby gets some depth. I understood his attachment to Penny Can and his reluctance to sell. His friends really will always look out for him, his mark will be on those Penny Cans forever, or y’know, as long as those things last. – S

Below the jump: Modern Family & Happy Endings

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Comedy Quickies – Wed May 11/ Modern Family, Cougar Town & Happy Endings

Another week another set of amazing laughs! Happy Endings continues to be amazingly hilarious (if you haven’t been watching start NOW!)  Also in Comedies this week, Cougar Town & Modern Family. For Thursday night comedy quickies; Community, Parks & Recreation & The Office click here! – S

Cougar Town

I absolutely loved watching Jules & Bobby work together (and apart) as parents to attempt to mend their son’s broken heart. When Jules called in her father Chick (played by the amazing Ken Jenkins) he was able to bring words of wisdom helping Jules & Bobby work out their hurt feelings, and adding a hint of sentimentally to the episode, something that Cougar Town weaves so gently into their scripts amidst the humour.

Also loved the developing relationship between Ellie and Jelly Bean Laurie. Ellie is a tough nut to crack, but once you’re in, you’re in. I love the sweetness between the group of friends, and how they’re able to be ruthless with each other at the same time.

Below the jump: Modern Family & Happy Endings

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Comedy Quickies – Thurs May 12/ Community, Parks & Recreation, The Office

One season finale and two shows steamroll through their penultimate week of the season. Community gets its Star Wars on in the thrilling season finale and Parks & Recreation warms our hears and takes us to the Prom. The Office manages to keep on keeping on without their fearless leader. -S

Community

Now this is how you do a season finale. Every finale should have a kiss like the one between Annie and Abed, a rainfall of red paint not required.

I absolutely loved Troy taking charge before it was thrust upon Jeff. Also Abed quickly taking on the role of Han Solo before Jeff fell into it (I loved Abed as Han Solo about as much as Annie did, I also always love a good Han Solo).

I do wish that the two-parter was aired in the same week to keep the momentum since the first episode was more action packed and this week was more emotionally centered. Both fantastic but working better together than apart.

Below the jump: Parks and Recreation & The Office

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Comedy Quickies – May 4th/5th

Finale time is upon us! 30 Rock wrapped it’s fifth season this week, and Community kicked off it’s 2-week finale! Also in Comedies this week, Cougar Town, Happy Endings, Big Bang Theory, Parks & Recreation and The Office. – S

Cougar Town

I love that neither Bobby nor Jules understood the punishment bestowed upon him by the council.

Oh Trav, I think we all kind of knew he was going to getting his little heart crushed, and as hard as it was for us (and Jules) to watch the lead up to the proposal where Grayson and Trav bond was great.

Below the jump: Modern Family, Happy Endings, The Big Bang Theory, Community, Parks & Recreation, The Office & 30 Rock

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Comedy Quickies – April 27/28

B is engaging in a battle with his laptop and the evil forces of tech support. He assures me that he will emerge victorious one way or another and will be back with his always awesome insights into our fave comedies in time for May sweeps.  So until then you’re stuck with me.  – S

Cougar Town

We were promised an episode where Laurie discovers twitter and becomes awesome at it. As a follower and part of the @Larmy, I thought that it would be more obviously incorporated into the show (somehow?)  although I was impressed by the twitter account & how she used it to conquer trivia night.

What I really loved was 1) watching Jules be humiliated in public for stupid mistakes, mostly because her reactions were priceless, and because the contrast to Bobby completely owning his title as Wrong Balls Bobby as he hit his competitor’s ball at a major golf tournament after Jules prayed to have her bad luck transferred elsewhere. 2) Barb’s misuse of the work Kick-Ass after last week’s redefinition because gettng your ass kicked is never a good thing.

Below the jump: Happy Endings, The Big Bang Theory, Community, Parks & Recreation, The Office & 30 Rock

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Comedy Quickies – April 20/21 Cougar Town Returns, plus Modern Family, Happy Endings, Parks & Rec, 30 Rock & more

A quick round-up of this week’s Comedy’s. B is off this week so it’s just me, but don’t worry we’ll have him back ASAP to bring his snappy comedy reviews to the Party! – S

Cougar Town

The Wall

Because dosing someone with cough syrup & having them pass out in a hole they were digging would probably also be a fitting premise for any number of procedural crime shows out there – on Cougar Town it’s a mother’s love.

Baby’s a Rock n Roller

I love Bill Lawrence’s knack for balancing wacky humour with real life issues. It wasn’t hard to see where we were going when Jules decided to watch Stan for the night. She’s already raised a kid who turned out.. okay, she’s been through it and Grayson hasn’t. He was adorable with Stan, even building him a baby prison fort. Jules just wants to pound grape.

I love that Laurie loving Smith didn’t really change her. While she stopped loving clubbing, the one night stand and the glory of the walk of shame! Plus! Great use of the outdoor mall, loved the sound barrier between the wine bar and the pop-up nightclub.


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Comedy Quickies: April 13/14

It was a busy week! On the docket: Modern Family, Happy Endings, Breaking In, Workaholics, Community, The Office, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Modern Family

I love Claire, I love when she’s mad and flustered and uncomfortable. Julie Bowen is flat out hilarious. Watching her drive around reminiscing about her time in college while trying to talk Hayley into going was fantastic, even better was us knowing what was on the outside of the van when all the men were honking on both sides. Best was Claire starting out furious but then backing down with satisfaction when she heard that most of the calls were for the “hot blonde”. Of course Phil wouldn’t think that through, or even actually check to make sure the van looked right after he got it covered. – S

Loved the van. My favourite moment was Phil’s phone conversation with the potential John. Who knew an MLS listing could sound so dirty?! The Cam and Mitchell plot this week bored me. It’s funny to see Cam freak out and Mitchell step in as the supportive boyfriend, but the audience has seen this same storyline played out countless times already. Characters need to evolve to stay interesting. I was glad to see Jay making an effort to take Gloria’s advice. While he will never be a sappy show-your-love kind of guy, he’s making progress towards being a better family man. I like that. – B

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Comedy Quickies April 6/7

Comedy Quickies for April 6/7 including: The Big Bang TheorySecret Diary of a Call Girl, and new shows Breaking In and Workaholics.

Breaking In

It’s not that I had overly high hopes about this show, but simply based on its premise I expected Breaking In to be a more cleverly crafted comedy. Instead of a tightly wound satire about quirky genius hackers, the show was an overly fast-paced hodgepodge of worn-out humour. Both the characters and the dialogue need more work before this show officially joins the ranks of the other Comedy Quickies shows. That said, I am willing to give the show a chance and see if it can become anything more than just a rejected Chuck script. – B

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