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Study Group: Community, ‘Advanced Documentary Filmmaking’

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Tonight’s episode of Community was filmed documentary style by Abed (Danny Pudi) in order to find out the truth behind Chang’s/Kevin’s (Ken Jeong) “Changnesia,” a issue that has been around since the beginning of Season 4. Jeff (Joel McHale) tries to undermine Kevin at every turn to prove he hasn’t really lost his memory while the rest of the gang do their part for Abed’s film.


Many people either love or hate Ken Jeong. I personally didn’t mind him when he first showed up in movies like Knocked Up, The Hangover, or Role Models but eventually I grew tired of his shtick. I wouldn’t say I downright hate him, but really I think Community was better when there was little to no Chang. However, as a major plot point of this season, the episode “Advanced Documentary Filmmaking” makes Jeong’s character the forefront. As a toned down character Jeong actually was fine here, but the biggest laughs (for me) were from Troy (Donald Glover) and Annie (Alison Brie)’s “good cop, bad cop” team of forensic investigators, Partner and Houlihan, respectively. Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) along with Pierce (Chevy Chase) really did nothing for me. 

Jeff tries to destroy Greendale getting a grant with all this Changnesia business but ultimately fails and learns what it’s like to be Chang. Overall, McHale’s character has been given a lot of development lately which I enjoy, and hope to see more of. Quite frankly, I’d like to see more from everybody else too, but since Jeff is the central character, him getting the bulk of time to develop and shine seems right.


Overall, this episode didn’t necessarily wow me like the past two (probably the best of the season IMO) but it had its moments. For non-spoiler reasons the credits scene was predictable but for the fans of the character they may feel more at ease. I don’t know, I guess we’ll see what happens. In short though, the episode was alright, earning a few laughs throughout. 

I’m giving it 7 out of 10 trout fish.


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