‘Community: Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts’ Review: It’s Back!

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It’s back, it’s back, oh thank the dear, sweet, heavenly Lord, it’s back. After a hiatus long enough for everyone to burn through their old episode DVDs, Community has finally returned to everyone’s screens.

And you’d bet that after all that buildup, all that waiting, Community‘s comeback would strike awe into men, women, and children, bringing forth the apocalypse and turning Robert Downey Jr. sober?

Well, no. It didn’t. It was good, but it wasn’t anything like that – and it shouldn’t be, considering we left off in the middle of a perfectly normal season. In fact, it came across as a nice way to ease into this half of the season.

The plot is fairly simple and digestible – Shirley makes preliminary plans to start a sandwich shop on campus with Pierce, but their brainstorming is interrupted by a remarkably well-orchestrated proposal from Andre, her boyfriend and ex-husband, which she accepts. To give Shirley the opportunity to plan her business with Pierce, Britta agrees to help plan the wedding. Jeff decides to write the speech, while Abed and Troy do a “weirdness purge” so that they can be normal at the wedding.

Obviously, not everything goes quite as planned. Britta turns out to have a knack for wedding-planning, which offends her feminist sensibilities. Abed and Troy’s normality seems weirder than them being, well, weird, and everyone takes too much advantage of the open bar.

Some people, espescially the weirdos who haven’t been watching past episodes with almost obsessive frequency, might find it a bit difficult to get back into the character’s psyches. The wedding, and the open bars, gives the characters ample opportunity to bare their souls, something viewers might not quite be ready for.

Other than that, there’s not much to say. The episode wasn’t bad, it wasn’t even mediocre, but it didn’t have the typical Community level of epicness or hilarity. It was just…nice.

It wasn’t the D&D episode, it definitely wasn’t one of the paintball episodes, but it was just great to see Greendale onscreen again. Six seasons and a movie? Let’s hope. (8/10)

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