COMMUNITY “The Geography of Global Conflict” Review

COMMUNITY “The Geography of Global Conflict” Season 3 Episode 2 – Community returned this week a much stronger episode, and was a marked improvement over last week’s not-so-funny premiere. Last week seemed to serve mostly as a starting point for the season, setting up lots of new characters and storylines but not necessarily packing the episode with laughs. This week’s episode was a marked improvement, but didn’t live up to the pedigree of some of the episodes of the first two seasons.

We’re first introduced to Professor Cligoris, played by Martin Starr. You see, his last name is funny because it sounds very similar to a risque body part found on females. Fortunately, Starr was able to elevate his role past his sophomoric last name and had quite a few good lines. His deadpan delivery works really well with the outrageous personalities of the rest of the cast.

Annie meets an “Asian Annie” named Annie Kim, who steals Annie’s idea about having a Model UN at Greendale. So Professor (Ahem) Cligoris decides to have a UN debate to decide which Model UN will make the cut. I thought the debate story was great, with Abed’s constant references to Earth 2 and Annie’s temper tantrum being the highlights.

Unfortunately, the B-storyline was not anywhere near as funny. Britta can always be a polarizing character, but this week was a great example of why some people hate her. Upon finding out that somebody from her school has been captured as a freedom fighter, she decided to do some of her own rebellion on campus by doing some obtuse demonstrations. Combining her desire to be kept down by the man with Chang’s feeling of inferiority culminated in Chang tazing Britta in the neck at the end of the episode. The payoff for this story didn’t really pan out, so it just came off as a secondary, unfunny side plot.

I was a bit confused that both John Goodman and Michael K. Williams were absent from this episode completely. We got so much setup for their characters last week, at the expense of the laughs, that having them completely gone didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Fortunately, in their absence was quite a few more laughs than last week, so I guess all in all it was a good trade off.

What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments section below!

Random Thoughts:

- Where the heck was the dean?

- The Spartacus “I farted” bit at the end was hilarious.

- The world’s greatest extra was in the episode as the “Crisis Alert” guy. Check out all of the things he’s been an extra in the YouTube video below:

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  • StreetsBehind

    That wasn’t “The World’s Greatest Extra” – that was Erik Charles Nielsen. He’s a recurring character on the show.

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