Community 2.15 "Early 21st Century Romanticism" Review

On the surface, "Early 21st Century Romanticism" doesn’t feel like a complex or ambitious episode. And for the most part, it’s not really. But even though this appears to be a season one-esque episode that is fairly low-key in its approach and execution, there is actually a lot going on. Not only episodes of the series have to be super high-concept or straight-forward like "Celebrity Pharmacology," and this one has like four different versions of Community within it.

Britta and Troy and Abed’s stories are fairly straightforward, grounded threads that could have fit right alongside any of the great season one episodes. But Jeff off and away from the group with Duncan, Chang and a whole lot of other randoms Chang invited to Jeff’s apartment for a party is a bit more somber and contemplative like some of this season’s earlier efforts. And finally, Pierce’s drug-induced insanity is a completely absurd and creepy thing that the series never usually dives into, which is perhaps why it was the least successful thread of the episode. Added all together, "Early 21st Century Romanticism" is an episode that doesn’t rank near the series’ or the season’s top efforts, but it’s a fun, quality effort that has a lot to offer. Read More...


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