Community: Season 1, Episode 3

Introduction to Film (1 Oct. 2009)

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Brita comes between Abed and his father when she signs him up for a film class, and Jeff risks failing a class unless he "seizes the day."

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Jeff signs up for a class, taught by a "Carpe Diem" inspired Professor Whitman, thinking he can coast through and get an easy A. Jeff quickly discovers he'll need to put in much more effort than expected just to pass. Meanwhile, Britta helps Abed with his dream of studying film. Written by NBC Publicity

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In the movie Abed made, there was a subtitle "I think the wrong person just left" it was wrongly translated into Arabic (most likely by mechanical translation), mistranslating "left" as a direction. An Arab would not make this kind of language mistake. See more »

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[Professor Whitman has gotten the students to stand on their desks]
Professor Whitman: All our lives, we're told "Don't stand on your desk." Well, why not?
[One student crashes to the floor after her desk collapses]
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In honor of "Community"- a review of every episode. (S1;E03- "Introduction to Film")
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(This is the third part in an ongoing series, in which I am writing brief reviews of each and every episode of Dan Harmon's beloved cult-comedy "Community.")

"Introduction to Film" is where creator Dan Harmon and his talented cast and crew hit the nail on the head, and show just how brilliant "Community" is and can be. A wonderful episode featuring both broad humor and absolutely touching character development, this very well could be one of my top 5 favorites of the first season. And it's the first episode to really explore the character of Abed (Danny Pudi), who has almost, in a very strange way, become the sort-of mascot of the series thanks to an incredible performance and expert crafting by the actor and writers. (Although that's likely not the best way to describe him.)

While Jeff (Joel McHale) finds himself in a kerfuffle contending with the eccentric Professor Whitman (John Michael Higgins), Abed enrolls in a filmmaking class with the help of Britta (Gillian Jacobs). As he works on a project (which involves him following Jeff and Britta around, asking them to play his parents in a film based on his life), Abed also comes to odds with his father Gobi (Iqbal Theba).

The exploration of Abed (and to a lesser extent the character of Jeff Winger) is what really elevates this episode. Abed, who is hinted to have some sort of developmental disorder, and models his life after film and television tropes, is a fascinating character. And he was sort-of the main driving force behind how "meta" and self-aware the show "Community" became over time. Pudi has consistently knocked the ball out of the park with the character, and this was his first chance to shine. He plays someone who is convincingly contending with a disorder, yet also gives a lot of nice subtleties to the character, showing there is emotion and reason beneath the surface. As someone who suffers disabilities myself (Asperger's, Bipolar and Depression), I have to say Pudi and his character are absolute revelations.

I also have to comment that I appreciated the slight further development of the Britta character (who has always been my favorite character, honestly), in addition to her interactions and rapport with Jeff. The supporting character of Professor Whitman is also a complete blast. John Michael Higgins is fantastic in the role (that of a bizarre, light- hearted professor who lives by the motto "Seize the day", and will fail Jeff if he doesn't appropriately seize one day), and it's a shame that he only appears in three episodes of the series. I also quite enjoyed the character of Gobi, and Iqbal Theba is able to bring life to an otherwise simplistic character.

This is a fantastic episode all around. It was a great early example of the magic of "Community", and is easily a 10 out of 10.


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