When Abed and Troy made a blanket fort, it quickly engulfed the entire campus. When Dean Pelton introduced a game of paintball assassin to the school, it turned into an out and out war. Just this season, a childish game of ‘don’t touch the floor’ transformed the campus into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. So why on earth would the Dean agree to beta test a new app at Greendale? I am sincerely grateful for that lapse in judgment. It provided us with another hilarious high-concept episode, the kind you really only get from Community.
It wasn’t “Modern Warfare”-perfect but it was a far cry from the disaster that was “Intro to Felt Surrogacy.” The Meowmeowbeenz app allowed the show to parody everything from how trends start to the politics of popularity to actual politics. What begins as a Mean Girls-type scenario (twos and threes wear grey) ends up as a dystopian nightmare where a small group of outlandishly dressed individuals control every facet of Greendale life. Predictably, this doesn’t sit well with Britta, the mother of ones, the mustard face slayer, who leads a people’s revolution, complete with beret and propagandistic posters. Again, I must say I am happy and relieved to have season one Britta back. After three years of being little more than a punchline to a dumb blonde joke, Britta has reclaimed her roots.
Everyone else is very much in character this week as well. Britta is incapable of stomaching social inequality. Annie takes to sycophantically following Shirley around. Abed is at first overjoyed that the intricacies of human interaction have been converted to a numerical system, but is uncomfortable when he is raised above everyone else. We still don’t know too much about Hickey, but I have to say his going along with Meowmeowbeenz because “Mark Zuckerberg is Fidel Castro in flip-flops” is a weak justification and more than a little weird.
My one substantial complaint about the episode is Koogler. Who? Why? Koogler seemed little more than a lame way to feature Mitchell Hurwitz (creator of Arrested Development). His role in the episode could easily have been filled by a recurring character. It was bizarre so much focus was placed on him.
Bits and Pieces
How much mustard was on Starburns’ sandwich?
Dean Pelton: “Look what Facebook did for Harvard, right?”
Abed: “Meowmeowbeenz takes everything subjective and unspoken about human interaction and reduces it to explicit, objective numbers.”
Jeff: “Haul, ball it, never call it. Girls are objects.”
Britta: “I shouldn’t have to put mustard on my face for this to make sense.”
Dean Pelton: “Fives have lives, fours have chores, threes have fleas, twos have blues, and ones don’t get a rhyme because they’re garbage.”
Britta: “I’m a psych major. Words are my weapons.”
Guy: “I’m a security guard. Weapons are my weapons.”
Britta: “Long live the review-loution!”
Britta: “Nonsense. All fives were reduced to oneness in the great purge of about two minutes ago.”
three and a half out of four meowmeowbeenz