COMMUNITY “Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples” Review

Community (NBC) Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples

COMMUNITY “Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples” Season 2 Episode 5 – Abed’s oh-so meta Jesus film doesn’t turn out quite how he expected in the “Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples” episode of COMMUNITY.

A lot of shows have taken on religion lately, but this is by far the most bizarre take. It’s also my favorite. It’s pretty much meta within meta and Abed as both Charlie Kaufman and Jesus? I`m in.” “Come on, Charlie Kaufman, some of us have to work in the morning. Damn.” Hee. “Jesus was like E. T., Edward Scissorhands, and Marty McFly combined.” Hee. Abed’s wig is shockingly sexy and les shockingly hilarious, and he perfectly captures messianic-speak. “Every moment of our lives is a world premiere and my father’s already bought the popcorn.” He even wins over Britta: “I don’t even believe in God, but I love me some Abed.”

This season has felt Shirley-light so far, but she gets some love tonight and Abed and Shirley are almost as great a pairing as Abed and Troy. “Did you just scripture me, Muslim?” So wrong it’s right, and, oh, her poor sad little Jesus film with Britta’s even sadder little dance! “Do the line, Atheist.” Plus, who knew that The Good Wife’s Kalinda would only have the second best woman with baseball bat scene of the week?

The resolution to the Shirley-Abed plot is a thing of beauty. Abed wakes up and realizes his film, as he tells God, is “the worst piece of crap I’ve ever seen in my life.” There’s a nice nod to how self-obsessed we can become when we immerse ourselves in religion, and it also, through Shirley, shows the generosity of spirit we can find in spirituality. Their mutual forgiveness and sweet handholding is lovely (“You humble me.”), but I’m thrilled Community doesn’t leave it there. Instead, Abed gets Professor Duncan to call up his finished version Shirley’s film, complete with Troy’s Beatitude rap. All right, everyone, open your books because Abed has broken the internet.”

In the subplot, Pierce starts hanging with the hipsters (the old rebels who have had their hips replaced) because he feels put upon by the study group. Love the poker game, but really, how gullible is the dean? Jeff as the dad is hilarious, especially when he flips down the paper just to bark out “no religious discussion,” then goes back to reading it. Then his crankiness when he goes to claim Pierce:” Go wait in the car” is spot on. Pierce as a sullen teenager tossing papers to the floor really works and I’m glad he waits for poor Richard when everyone else runs away screaming after their “crash” in the dean’s car. Were they even going five miles per hour? I can’t decide if the “Everyone hates Leonard. That’s why he’s cool” is a Big Bang Theory reference or not, but I hope it is.

As much as I love John Oliver, the cold open is mostly a miss for me, though the boos when Shirley asks what happens when you type in God make me giggle. Other than that, “Auto-Tune God of Farts” is about as good as it gets. Community almost always gets the closing right; though, and tonight is no exception. Jeff, Troy, and Abed talking in unison wearing matching outfits is awesome and when Annie shows up–bliss.

What did you think of the episode? What were your favorite lines/gags?

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