Community: Intro to Political Science

by Za’chary Westbrook
4 out of 5
INTRO TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

You know how in teen drama series no one ever really seems to have classes. Or, at least, not classes that have any bearing on their lives besides moments for looking moody in a Death Cab for Cutie montage. Also, parents. 90% of TV teenage drama can be averted by good parenting.

Anyway, the last few weeks our community college gang has been taking it a little light on the college side of things. Not that we really noticed, but it was definitely about to get conspicuous. Which brings us to the first gag of the night: the study group trying to remember how to study. I mention it because it is probably the most consistent gag the show has. Only once have we seen the group actually study and that was for last season’s Spanish Final. And that gag sums up what this episode is about. Continue reading

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Glee: Blame it on the Alcohol

by Za’chary Westbrook

2 out of 5

BLAME IT ON THE ALCOHOL

Watch Glee drunk! Why didn’t I think of this before? It would certainly have made the sight of Heather Morris in cut-offs look less like blonde, half-drowned Juliette Lewis. Because if there’s one thing this week’s episode of Glee taught me, it’s that alcohol is awesome. Also, completely unavoidable. Seriously, there’s no realistic way anyone can stop drinking. That’s doubly true for anyone who doesn’t have much of a life. Actually, I have no idea what the writers were trying to get at. The “drunk dial” episode of Community was more anti-drinking than this was. Continue reading

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Chuck: Masquerade

by Za’chary Westbrook

3 out of 5

MASQUERADE

Just when you thought the Chuck writers couldn’t possibly contrive us any more family members: Volkoff has a daughter! With Timothy Dalton dead and his evil empire in snooze mode, the spy family has no nemesis and, therefore, no one to kill time with before Chuck and Sarah’s wedding. So, this is the most natural point in the story to discover said off-spring. Continue reading

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House: Two Stories

by Za’chary Westbrook

4 out of 5

TWO STORIES

Despite some moments of pure magic tonight, it’s all evened out to a fairly average episode. Now, by average, I mean an average level of entertainment. The delivery and construction was decidedly out of the mold, which was nice. The story itself is typically House-having-feelings, but changing up how a typical story is told is just as good as telling a new story in a typical way. Of course, it’s cool to see an unusual story told in an unusual way, but that tends to be over-egging the narrative pudding. So, uninspired story with well-executed structure gets 4 marks. Continue reading

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30 Rock: It’s Never Too Late For Now

by Za’chary Westbrook

3 out of 5

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR NOW

I’m just going to call it: this is 30 Rock‘s last good season. We’ve had five season of quality comedy, that’s something to be proud of and I just hope that Tina Fey and co. give their show the dignity of going out while it’s still funny. (Psst. No Season 6.) At this point, the show is tired. There’s a great cast of awesomely zany characters doing their thing. Unfortunately, it’s the same thing they’ve been doing. That’s necessarily a bad thing, either. It’s been really funny, so far, but now it’s drying up. The characters have done all they’re going to do and tonight’s episode was a showcase for that very fact. Continue reading

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Community: Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking

by Za’chary Westbrook

5 out of 5

INTERMEDIATE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

So, this week, The Office did a very Community episode and… yeah. Since the mid-season break, Pierce has been sailing out of control and it’s been threatening to completely unbalance the show’s dynamic. His increased belligerence has made him impossible to work with and the only way to have a story that doesn’t center on him, at least as the antagonist (AD&D), has required completely removing him from the action (E21CR). It’s time to resolve. So, Pierce fakes a serious illness in order to get revenge for not being taken seriously.

“Well, my days of not taking you seriously have certainly come to a middle.” Continue reading

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The Office: Threat Level Midnight

by Za’chary Westbrook

5 out of 5

THREAT LEVEL MIDNIGHT

For a few weeks now, we’ve been subjected to the writers attempts to shoe in the minor characters to lead stories in anticipation of Steve Carell’s ¬†farewell. Tonight, it was like they suddenly realized why that wasn’t going to work and went for broke. What we got is an episode that idiots will be quoting on their Facebook statuses and will be hailed as the best episode of the season until Carell actually leaves. And for good reason. Continue reading

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