Community has returned after a three month hiatus that had fans freakin’ out with fear their favorite comedy was gettin’ axed. Thankfully, Community prevailed and is back where it belongs, Thursday nights at 8pm on NBC. Make sure you join us every week as we recap the continuing exploits of Greendale’s most infamous study group.
Last episode left Greendale on the verge of war as tensions were rising higher and higher between Abed’s (Danny Pudi) pillow fort and Troy’s (Donald Glover) blanket fort. In this week’s, “Pillows and Blankets” the greatest battle of our time commenced. And in a glorious return to the concept episodes we fans love so much, the creators of Community decided to present the conflict through the lens of a Ken Burns-directed, PBS documentary. It had it all: solemn testimonials, photograph pan and scans, found footage via cell phone cameras, and every other war documentary trope you’ve been subjected to in your high school, social studies classes. Basically, this might have been one of their most genius concept episodes, yet.
In true documentary fashion the majority of “Pillows and Blanket” is told through a narration, provided fantastically by Keith David. Each member of the study group plays an important, and completely expected role. Annie (Alison Brie) serves as a nurse aiding combatants suffering from injuries like broken glasses and lightly grazed testicles. Britta (Gillian Jacobs) captures the horror of linen warfare with her often blurry and terribly framed photographs. Jeff (Joel McHale) uses his power of compelling speech to rouse both sides to the fight while at the same time sharing in a text message exchange with Annie like displaced lovers during wartime. Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) proves she’s as good at kicking asses as she is wiping asses and eventually becomes Troy’s second in command. Peirce (Chevy Chase) is the first to choose sides, joining Troy because he’s less weird and foreign, but quickly defects to Abed when Shirley is made his superior.