Community Season 5 “G. I. Jeff” Review

Community Season 5 Episode 11 G.I. Jeff (1)
As someone who grew up with Saturday morning cartoons and other after school gems like Jem and the Holograms, Thundercats, He-Man and yes, G.I. Joe, I was elated to learn that Community was doing an episode on the show that is basically “a cartoon based on action figures for kids,” I was elated.

Even if you are a G.I. Joe novice, there was still plenty to appreciate about the episode, including the writers poking fun at a cartoon based on soldiers in which no one ever dies. The incorporation of the commercials was also pretty funny. I loved the nicknames – Overkill (Chang), Buzzkill (Britta), Tight Ship (Annie) and Three Kids (Shirley). I also love episodes of Community that go off the beaten path and allow secondary characters to get in on the shenanigans. Chang’s snowman is one of my favorite parts of the second season episode, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.”

Much like Abed’s stop motion animated psychotic break was triggered by his mother changing Christmas plans, the gang found themselves in an awesome recreation of G.I. Joe because it was Jeff’s birthday. Unsurprisingly, Jeff had been lying about his age and was struggling with the reality of hitting the big 4-0. Not only did Jeff’s psychotic break give us an awesome homage to G.I. Joe, we also got my favorite line of the night from Fourth Wall (Abed) – “[I]maginary Britta is right, and only Imaginary Britta!” Ha!

Also amusing was what triggered Jeff to realize the benefits of embracing reality and letting go of his G.I. Joe universe in which he clung to his youth – boobs and scotch. Classic Wingman.

A few other funny moments:

– What clothes did you draw me in? – Classic Dean Pelton.

– Buzz’s reference to having cake on his birthday, which was a funny callback to him faking his birthday in order to get more meow meow beanz.

– Be friendly and direct. Keep the message simple. Loved the tag at the end of the episode.

Overall, I really enjoyed this episode. The Community writers have never feared going all in on concept episodes and their commitment to the G.I. Joe universe really paid off last night. What did you think of this week’s episode? Sound off below!