TV in Review: Community, “The First Chang Dynasty”
May 18, 2012 7 Comments
In a slightly peculiar twist of programming, there were three new episodes of Community aired last night. I’ll look at them all, but not at all at once. Let’s start today with “The First Chang Dynasty,” which is the sequel to last week’s compelling “Curriculum Unavailable.” Will the study group figure out what’s going on at Greendale? Can they rescue Dean Pelton? Will they defeat Senor Chang? What if we discovered that it was all a dream, and that they’d fallen asleep in Chang’s Spanish class back in Season One?
JEFF: You see? It’s not the real Dean!
COP: Of course. The head of security at Greendale Community College has kidnapped the Dean, and replaced him with — a Deanalganger.
We get to see how Chang is handling his attempt at playing dictator. Yeah, he’s let it go to his head a little, but that’s part of the fun. From living in the vents, to ruling with a stuffed tiger at his side. Life is looking up for Senor Chang.
Troy finds out from one of the guys in the Air Conditioning School where Chang and company are hiding the Dean, and there’s a little added emotional impact because he’ll have to abandon his friends in the study group and enlist in the AC School if he wants to take advantage of all that AC School insider knowledge and mojo.
Instead, the group plans an elaborate heist.
It involves planning…
…and surveillance vans…
Then there’s Pierce’s absolutely beyond disastrous swami disguise. I get the whole meta joke of him being this inept racist bastard and all, but did we really need Chevy Chase doing brownface in this episode? In any episode? Ever?
I enjoyed the double-switch, or whatever you call. A fakeout plot reversal with a twist? I mean, of course, the part where they get the Dean to hide so the fake Dean can be found while they rescue the real Dean. You know, where the plan appears to be coming together.
Can I just say that the rave escape was totally surprising?
And Dean Pelton’s return to power was swift and logical. But Troy’s turn to air-conditioning…no whispering of sweet nothings can save us from this.
THE FINAL THREE
TV in Review: “Digital Estate Planning” (Season 3, Episode 20)
TV in Review: “The First Chang Dynasty” (Season 3, Episode 21)
TV in Review: “Introduction to Finality” (Season 3, Episode 22)