You guys, I love Community. I love Community like it’s my own child, but by God, the fact that it’s been thrown on hiatus isn’t exactly the most surprising development in the history of the world. They devoted an entire half hour; their entire Christmas episode, no less, to just basically giving Glee shit. It was amazing, but not exactly the best way to ingratiate yourself to a wider audience.
Dan Harmon has a long history of hating the shit out of Glee, and Community has definitely taken shots at the FOX show in the past. What makes this personally hilarious to me is that Glee really seems to be on a downward trajectory, and this is when Harmon and Company decide to really take their shots.
I actually haven’t been watching Glee this season, because I just can’t do it anymore. But anyone who has watched even one episode pretty much got all of the jokes: the incessant and confusing talk about Regionals, the disturbing love of mashups, the stacked seating arrangement, and the red-headed, goateed, mute piano player. That’s not even mentioning the relentless positivity and Glee’s tendency to sing their feelings “instead of making a face.”
SNL‘s Taran Killam doesn’t go for the calm bewilderment or poodle hair of Glee’s own Mr. Schue, instead, bringing a hyperactive, murderous energy to possibly the only group in Greendale more awful than foosball players. He was amazingly terrifying.
The entire premise behind this episode though is one of the things that makes me love Community. They first mentioned the fact that the group filled in for the old glee club during their fake flashback episode. I just assumed that since it was a fake flashback, that we’d never hear about it again. Instead, in true Community fashion, we get an entire episode the following season that is based upon this event actually happening.
Then there are the songs. Be sure to check out Keith’s post for the lyrics, because they are glorious. My favorite has got to be the rap about being a Jehovah’s Witness, since we get to see a little bit of Childish Gambino come out in Donald Glover.
“If years were seasons, this December would be the December of our December.”
Annie’s song comes in a close second in terms of amazing moments in this episode. As much as it was such a ridiculous, childish display of sexuality, I would bet everything I own or ever will own, that the vast majority of dudes watching this were So. Into. It. After all, at the end of the day, it’s Allison Brie writhing around in a low-cut dress.
Some of my favorite lines from this episode:
Shirley: “Andre and I will be spending Christmas giving gifts to the more persuadeable of our Jewish friends”
Annie: “I wouldn’t call an unannounced visit from your pastor a gift – and don’t bother this year. I’ll be at the movies with my bubbie.”
Troy: “You’re not taking both of them?”
Annie: “Well, one’s dead.”
“Yeah, it was almost like being on ecstasy, except instead of having pointless conversations and dancing like idiots – Wait. It was exactly like being on ecstasy!” – Britta
Annie: “And then this morning, I could hear them in the bathroom doing Country Western mashups. And they won’t stop talking about regionals!”
Britta: “Maybe it’s nothing.”
Jeff:”Yeah, if ‘nothing’ wears a sweater vest and seems aggressively asexual.”
“Who hates glee? Listen to how that sounds! Glee literally means ‘glee!’” – Troy