Community Review: Conventions of Space and Time (4.03)

Overall, the episode is solid with a decent amount of laughs. Despite its Inspector Spacetime setting it’s not overbearing and quite enjoyable. The episode doesn’t change my opinion on this running joke, but I was able to look past it. The plot lines are all enjoyable, but I can’t help but be annoyed with the way they’re handling Chevy Chase’s character Pierce. The thing that’s the strangest about this season of Community is that we really haven’t seen much of Greendale yet. Part of the charm of Community is watching this group of misfits interact with their even stranger school, as well as the lovable background characters that inhabit it. I miss the feel of the gang being in the study room as they hold interesting conversations in lieu of studying. It’s still relatively early though and hopefully we’ll get back to Greendale pretty soon.

Community’s in show TV show, Inspector Spacetime has always been a reoccurring joke that felt like it out stayed its welcome for me. Ever since it was introduced the gang, more specifically Troy and Abed, have made minor references to the show in their daily lives. It was funny at first but lost its appeal after a while. When I heard that season four would feature an episode dedicated to an Inspector Spacetime convention I was worried. It also didn’t help that early reviewers were deeming this episode as easily the worst episode of Community to date. However after watching Conventions of Space and Time (4.03) last night my fears have been quelled.

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The show opens up with Troy and Britta together in bed watching an episode of Inspector Spacetime. When Abed approaches the door Troy shoos Britta out the window in an effort to prevent an Abed from freaking out about the intimate relationship. The scene plays off wonderfully and ultimately ends with an extremely satisfying payoff. It’s definitely one of my favorite intros of the series.

The rest of the episode features the gang at the Inspector Spacetime convention, minus Pierce and Shirley. Jeff, Britta, Troy and Abed all figure that the other two would not be interested in the convention and decided to not invite them, however the two end up crashing the convention anyway.

The thing that bothered me the most about this episode is the way they handled Pierce. It’s easy to see why Chevy Chase would leave the show after the way the writers continually keep excluding him from the story lines. I’ve read before that Chevy Chase isn’t exactly the easiest person to work with but it’s becoming more and more evident that the plot lines always seem to exclude Pierce from the group. Which is a shame given that at the end of season three Pierce seemed to have made significant strides in being a better person, yet the rest of the group continues to treat him like crap. That being said I did like the story line he was given with Shirley that provided for some great Meta commentary on Community and other TV shows.

The main focus of the episode features Troy dealing with his feelings of being set aside by Abed after Abed meets an equivalent Inspector Spacetime fan, Toby. Britta does her best to walk Troy through his feelings while he unknowingly keeps blowing off Britta. It’s a little disappointing that we never see Britta speak up for herself but I’m assuming this will play a bigger part as the season unfolds. Once again Troy carries a lot of the comedic weight this episode and produces a lot of great laugh with his unique delivery.

On Abed’s side of the story, he discovers that Toby isn’t quite all he’s cracked up to be and begins to work things out on his own. I’m really enjoying the fact that Abed has been able to get himself out of these situations on his own. It’s shows a significant amount of growth given the fact that in prior seasons Abed has always needed help to work things out. His story ends on a really sweet note with some call backs to his younger bullied years.

Last we have Jeff and Annie’s plot, which happens to be the strangest of the three. Their intentions were always to bail and go skiing during the convention but things change after the resort was closed down due to an accident. Annie decides to hang out in the hotel room where the staff confuses her for Mrs. Winger. She goes a long with this scenario and takes it to the point of creepiness. However, given her teeny bopper tendencies when it comes to her feelings for Jeff it works, but it’s just adding to the feeling that season four is playing match maker a little too much for my liking. Troy and Britta’s relationship has been a major focus for these first three episodes and now it seems like we’re going to start to see more of Jeff and Annie together.

Overall, the episode is solid with a decent amount of laughs. Despite its Inspector Spacetime setting it’s not overbearing and quite enjoyable. The episode doesn’t change my opinion on this running joke, but I was able to look past it. The plot lines are all enjoyable, but I can’t help but be annoyed with the way they’re handling Chevy Chase’s character Pierce. The thing that’s the strangest about this season of Community is that we really haven’t seen much of Greendale yet. Part of the charm of Community is watching this group of misfits interact with their even stranger school, as well as the lovable background characters that inhabit it. I miss the feel of the gang being in the study room as they hold interesting conversations in lieu of studying. It’s still relatively early though and hopefully we’ll get back to Greendale pretty soon.

Community airs Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC! Check out last night’s episode here on Hulu!

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