Some bullet point thoughts on a stellar season 2 opener, as I watch it a second time. It might not hang with the absolute best of the series, but considering what it had to accomplish (re-introduce the characters to potential new viewers, not bore the established viewers, address the love triangle-y plot strings from last year’s finale and be damn funny) I’d say it was a success.
- the episode had me from the first frames - a great way to quickly and broadly introduce the characters, via a Wes Anderson-like continuous shot covering multiple bedrooms (or was it an homage to A Different World?)
- I like Abed’s set-up for his predictably large DVD collection
- Troy in Spidey PJ’s of course
- Twilight posters in Annie’s room? Oh Annie…
- I’m disappointed that we didn’t see the Fresh Start Dance. I’m sure there will be future Dean-mandated dances.
- too much Twitter humour that will be dated as I type this (though I very much approved how also served as an episode-long dig at the wackness that is the Shat My Dad Says tv show)
- Troy’s massive swerve when Toy Story 3 is brought up
- "Hey, Toy Stor… err Britta… how’s it going!?"
- the strong return of Britta’s arm wave. It’s improved slightly. Did she take lessons?
- "…talking my Changuage"
- Troy’s piggyback conquest doing a very half-hearted Britta-wave
- "Do you know where the cleanest bathroom is?"
- "it’s my penis"
- the contrasting yells of Shirley and Annie over Britta and Jeff’s fauxvlove affair
- I approve of cover versions/parodies of The Cranberries songs
- I like Leonard’s hat
- I’m pretty sure Troy stole my dogs-are-boys/cats-are-girls theory
- I hope Starburns adds something new to his ensemble every year
- Chang’s in-class blurts had me rolling… “GAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!”; “gay fact”
- Betty White wasn’t too distracting thankfully. Good use of stunt-casting
- the episode looked great. Cinematic at times even.
- apparently Chang’s dual-personality episode ending was a LOTR riff. I wouldn’t know but it still played well to me.
- 4 stars seems about right for the “Africa” cover in the episode tag.
I should also note that both 30 Rock and The Office had pretty solid episodes last night as well, which is very promising. Great to see the season start strong for the few network comedies I enjoy. Outsourced will remain unwatched by me.
Now, the countdown begins until Eastbound & Down in 50 hours or so.