Community “Contemporary Impressionists” Review

After returning from it’s much discussed hiatus last week with the sub-par “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts”, Community came back this week with the slightly funnier “Contemporary Impressionists”. My biggest problem with last week’s episode was that they seemed to be focusing more on the dramatic side of Shirley’s relationship with her fiance, and they sacrificed laughs in the process. Tonight’s episode, however, peppered in quite a few more laughs and also had a higher than normal amount of dramatic beats.

Another problem with last week’s episode was that it was Shirley-centric, and Shirley is just…not all that funny. With this episode being Abed-centric, you’re just bound to get quite a few more laughs. The whole idea of a league of impressionists was hilarious, and it was great to see French Stewart back on TV and being funny again! I was really touched by how Troy stuck up for his buddy, telling the group that Abed brings out the kid in all of them and often saves them from “boring reality”. It’s hard to argue with him, so the rest of the crew agrees to join Abed at an impressionist event to pay off his debt.

What follows was a lot of hit and miss bits as the group all shows up as their respective celebrities. The whole idea to make Jeff even more vain might have sounded funny on paper, but seeing him be such a douche for the whole episode wore thin pretty quickly (Although the Ryan Seacrest resemblance is uncanny). Much more impressive and funny was Shirley as Oprah, Annie as Judy Garland, and Britta as white Michael Jackson.

After the group lucks out and actually fulfills French Stewarts demand, Abed’s debt is paid off. This leads into one of the most interesting scenes in the episode. Troy and Abed’s bromance has been one of the funniest, and sweetest, parts of this entire series. Seeing them start to drift apart is very interesting, but I hope they’re able to resolve their friendship quickly. A lot of the trailers and promotional material for the second half of season three hinted at a rift growing between these two characters, but since so much comedy comes from them being together, I’m hoping it’s a short stint and that we’re back to their trademark secret handshake sooner rather than later.

Random Thoughts:

– Dean Pelton being paralyzed by Jeff’s good looks was one of the funniest bits of physical comedy I’ve ever seen on this show.

– Who would have thought the best impression would be Britta as white Michael Jackson? It was uncanny!

– There was a lot of effects in tonight’s episode. Chang’s math problems, Jeff’s ego apple, and Abed’s Doctor Spacetime fantasy in the Dreamatorium. Usually the show plays out in a very realistic way, so seeing all of this stuff was a bit distracting.