|are the readers allowed to use your drawings on tumblr for other sites? i would really like to use the bon troyage drawing for 2 forums.|
Oh yeah, go ahead!
(Thanks for asking BTW :D)
If you can credit, that would be even cooler.
I decided to make an “Art Advice” blog. You may follow it if you want. What I will be doing with whatever tutorial I make is post it here on my main tumblr, reblog it over the Art Advice blog, leave the post on the main tumblr for a couple of days, and then delete it. However, everything will be stored on the Art Advice blog.
Let me start this post by saying I’ve never written a COMMUNITY review (much less a review of me reading reviews). I usually prefer to just tweet “I liked this episode,” think up fanarts to draw and laugh at my own ideas, or draw pictures of Jeff (it’s mostly me just drawing pictures of Jeff), but I’ve seen a couple of people saying they didn’t like this episode, and I’m like “is your brain blind!?” (speaking of “defective brains,” I should be drawing, instead of writing this, but I have a bad head ache, and typing is actually very not painful).
My first contact with this episode was back in October when I visited LA for COMMUNICON. They were still shooting this, and I managed to weasel myself on set, forcefully introduce myself to John Oliver, talk to Andy Bobrow about why Dean Pelton should be Jeff’s “Best Girl,” make him miss lunch by describing all the drug war inaccuracies in Breaking Bad, and finally stealing a draft from this episode from a recycle bin. I remember reading it, laughing out loud, and thoroughly loving the resolution. I was a bit “meh” on the Chang story-line, but I decided to wait, and see how it would play once it was shot.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and just call everyone who didn’t like this episode out and say “maybe the reason you didn’t like it is because it revived the old Jeff/Britta flame” (I am a multi-shipper BTW). I know shipping may seem like a petty reason to dislike an episode, which is why possibly a lot of people are trying to look for “structure,” and “writing” reasons to not like it, but liking something is visceral. You don’t go “I don’t like this brownie because you can tell it was baked for an extra 10 seconds” (unless you’re Kuroyanagi Ryou OH MY GOD, did I just make a Yakitate JA-PAN! reference!?) No. You go “I didn’t like this brownie,” period. Either you like something, or you don’t, and I don’t think there should be a need to justify your not liking of something just because the patriarchy has told you it’s wrong to be invested in the romantic habits of fictional characters (FIGHT THE PATRIARCHY AND WRITE FANFICTION). Quite frankly, I tend to be a lot less interested in episodes where Jeff is not making out with people. But maybe I’m wrong.
Some other people have called this episode “unfunny.” I will say this now, and it may bring a shit-storm on my shoulders, but I hardly ever laughed out loud while watching COMMUNITY during the first three seasons (to be fair, though, I don’t remember ever laughing out loud while watching Live Action TV. That was a thing reserved to ridiculous anime or cartoons in general), until I started watching it with people, and kinda learned to laugh out loud while watching stuff. I don’t watch COMMUNITY necessarily because it makes me laugh, but because it makes me happy overall. I like COMMUNITY because I care about these characters, and their relationships with each other, and this episode had a lot of both (But I DID laughed out loud a lot).
I don’t wanna do a whole “WE START OFF WITH” thing because I rather you watch the episode than read my recounting of it, but I kinda have to.
I liked that we start with neither Jeff nor Duncan necessarily trying to be “a good friend” to each other, and eventually evolve into both of them actually realizing that “hey, you know what? Maybe we should try ACTUALLY being friends.” (as Britta suggested towards the end of the episode). Someone said that this seemed unbelievable at this point in Jeff’s life to still be realizing things such as this, but I believe it’s quite the opposite. So far, we know Jeff has 4 real friends (left): Britta, Abed, Shirley, and Annie, and that for the past 4 years (because they weren’t still completely co-dependent on season 1) he hasn’t bothered to go out of that zone to make more friends. It’s like he went “yeah, well, I have these people now, I don’t need to invest myself in other people.” Although maybe I am projecting here, since that is a thing I tend to do (quoting myself “I already socialized today, mom, I went to the gym, and talked to one of the ladies in the dressing room.”). But I stand by my case that this is something that makes sense in Jeff’s character development at this point: Understanding that there’s people beyond the study group, and that he can afford to have a personal, non-sexual relationship with them (BTW: I really miss back when Jeff was making out with everyone, can we bring that back?).
Someone else said they didn’t like that Jeff suddenly being interested in Britta again out of nowhere, but to me it was actually kind of cute. He liked her at first for a reason, and that night was like him re-discovering how awesome she actually is. Also, it’s called “jealousy.” When he said “something about everybody liking her turns me on” I went “ohhh… yes… yes I’ve been through this…” and you’d be lying if you said you had never felt this way (it’s a very childish thing, though, kind of like getting rid of a toy, then seeing your little brother playing with it, and loving it, and you going “IT’S NOT FAIR!!”). Which ties in to that other great thing about this episode, in which it played with the whole “men fighting for a woman” trope, at one point even going “she has never belonged to anyone,” acknowledging how shitty it was for Jeff behave as if she were something that could be won. I don’t think I’ve ever truly seen a show saying “fuck you” to this in such a direct way, and that made me very happy.
I also really liked that we got to see Duncan as a PERSON for the first time in the entire run of the show, rather than just as funny British guy that appears from time-to-time. We had never seen him show such a wide range of emotions (positive emotions), and I really like it when a “character” turns into a “person.”
Regarding Britta, I am also happy that she figured shit out ON HER OWN. I was talking to someone on twitter, and said that I would really have liked for Jeff to come up, and introduce himself to her friends, and like, stand up for her. That would have been cool from a shipper’s perspective, but also hella sexist. Like, YEAH, let’s have the handsome, abled, straight (?), white, cis guy come defend this lady, and affirm her existence.
And finally we have the resolution with Jeff, and Duncan realizing they should become friends (with the added bonus of bromance, and gay talk, which I really appreciate [shipshipshipshipship]). They are both men in their “mid-30s,” working at a Community College, having fucked up in their lives in more than one way. They have a lot more in common than they realize, and they could potentially be good for each other. And how about the part where they both rather have a female friend, than go fuck her?
As for the Abed/Hickey story-line: While I DO find it kind of stupid that Abed was making his costume at school, I understand that it was needed for bigger-story-purposes (the only thing that truly bothered me was a couple of editing choices that looked kinda shitty here, and there, but that’s just me nit-picking).
I liked most of this story-line, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone disagreeing on this having good potential. I think Abed befriending someone as real as Hickey will be good for him.
Also, is it totally wrong that I laughed at Hickey’s strips? I mean, they were really bad, but they were still better than anything Tom Preston ever did.
Uhm… yes… I think I’m done writing. My head ache is gone BTW. YAY!!! :D
- Have you met the women that DO like me, Jeff? Neither have I.
- Are you writing this down?
- We have confirmation that all the bones have been removed from the football field.
- And we have agreed that teachers should get a 10 minute head start at the job fair.
- Starving children… with cleft palates…
- The Duncan handkerchief!
- I like to drink… yeah… I have a serious problem… / that better be true.
- “(…) I WATCHED MY THIRD WIFE DIE!”
- “YOU DON’T HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM!”
- Only, it’s not a Dane Cook movie, Jeff, because this time, someone is watching.
- British Jason Biggs.
- The stupid steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car…
- Old Timey Photo Club.
- “… speak for yourself…”
- The whole end tag.