Quick thoughts on last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I play you out...
NBC, more than any other network, has this weird tendency to air episodes out of order, even if they mess up serialized storylines. On "Homicide," Crosetti was dead before he was dead. On "Scrubs," Kelso quit one week and was still running the hospital the next. And because "Advanced Criminal Law" was supposed to air before last week's "Social Psychology," the Jeff/Britta relationship seems to be going in circles, when in fact there was supposed to be a clear progression. The two of them more or less agree to be friends here, then Jeff would struggle to stick to that agreement in "Social Psychology," and then the series would move onto other things in later episodes.
And it'll be a good thing when they do move on. Because Jeff and Britta are currently the least interesting part of the show - even with Jeff's speech about how he could easily get other women, I still don't see why he's so into in her, other than the Elisabeth Shue resemblance - "Advanced Criminal Law" was easily the weakest episode to date. It was only vaguely funny on the margins, like Professor Duncan and Senor Chang's hatred of each other, or Troy calling out Abed on the weirdness of his alien plan.
I'm not worried - NBC was having an off-night in general with their comedies (even "Parks and Rec," the best of the bunch, wasn't entirely up to its recent standards) - but this wasn't "Community" at its best. And coming a night after a great "Modern Family," I assume this will only add more fuel to the silly fire of people who have decided, Highlander-style, there can only be one good new comedy this season.
What did everybody else think?