|Community – “Intro to Political Science”
I salute Community for poking fun at the vice president, a target that hasn’t been as utilized for comedy as I would have imagined. But, then again, lot’s of things haven’t turned out the way I thought they would back in late 2008. Anyway, this was the political episode of the show, in which the satire was so twisted I’m not even sure I get it.
Jumpin’ Joe Biden is on his way to Greendale to meet with the dean and the school president, who doesn’t exist. So the dean has a few hours to rush through the election process before the vice president shows up. The nominees are narrowed by applause, then judged in a debate. As they are narrowed down, to front runners emerge – Jeff and Annie. Annie makes her campaign about one issue, while Jeff speaks in broad generalities and reinforces his love for America. Satire!
Ultimately, the friends back down, leaving the election in the hands of the school’s dark horse political geniuses, Leonard and Magnitude. They find themselves locked in a never-ending struggle, both of them relying solely on their catchphrases, “pop pop” and blowing a raspberry. At the same time, Jeff and Annie have a backstage conversation that shows, once again, that they are a great match except for the age thing.
Also, Abed is the only one to notice the presence of the secret service, which results in him wooing an agent. This was a good episode for Abed, he also got a lot of mileage co-hosting the TV coverage of the debate with Troy “Butt Soup” Barnes. Pierce is back and got in on the elections as well, but only to get back at another candidate, Vicki, for not lending him a pencil.
A solid episode, for sure.