TV REVIEW: Community Season 3 Episode 5 – Horror Fiction in 7 Spooky Steps

When the study group fill out psych evaluations for Britta’s psychology class, she discovers that one of them have homicidal tendencies. To deal with this issue, she insists that they each tell a horror story in order to find out who has the most disturbed mind.

Britta’s new major in Psychology is perfect for her, she gets to find out deep, dark secrets from people and aid them on the road to recovery – in theory. This week, she goes the complete wrong way about solving her mystery, in fact one could say she ‘Brittas’ it… Oh this is the gang’s new phrase to explain when someone makes a small mistake.

This said, however, the horror stories that the gang come up with are fun. Abed’s is predictably clever but passionless, Troy’s is wonderfully silly and Shirley’s involves the Rapture, the Devil and redemption. At the end of it all, nothing is really solved as Annie’s was the most gruesome story… until Annie realises that Britta messed up the test results and they have to be run again.

While this was a good idea for an episode of Community, the problem is that their Hallowe’en episodes of the past have been so good, the show had a lot to live up to. Sadly, it failed. On the plus side, having each of the characters be a storyteller showcased their imaginations – or lack thereof – and allowed their stereotypical views of the others to come to light. The episode had a great idea behind it, but something was lost in the translation from script to screen and compared with the zombie plague of last year, it appeared to be missing the lustre of the past. Hallowe’en episodes are an excuse for the characters to act wildly crazy, but they only seemed to do this in their imaginations.

This week, Community had some great ideas, but failed to follow through on any of them. Shame.

GS Reviewer: Brogen

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One comment

  1. Agreed. It was fun, but nothing compared to the past. In fact, I miss the show’s Season One tone. Something was lost and they aren’t consistent with that feel anymore. Maybe it was since Pierce turned completely unlikable mid-Season Two. I’m happy that the next episode was amazing, but I’m doubtful they’ll maintain the positive momentum.

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