Sometimes I think I should spend more time on this blog shilling my favorite things instead of just responding to what I see online. It would certainly make for more upbeat writing, at the very least. There are things in the media that I enjoy more than I let on. For instance, I spent the last couple of weeks playing Okami on the PS2, which is essentially a love letter for Miyamoto’s Zelda series but dolled up with fancy scroll-esque artwork and Japanese mythology. I finally watched both Gran Torino and Slumdog Millionaire, which were amazing movies. Heck, I could have written a million things about the 100th episode of Bones.
But instead I want to draw your attention to a show that did not really catch me until late December – Community. Last night’s episode exemplified everything good about the series. This show has strong characterizations, pokes at some of the major tropes in films and television series (to the point where the show is far too self-aware), and vicious but friendly pokes toward rival new show Glee. The weakest part of the episode, though, is the unsatisfied sexual tension – mainly because the lead female is written the weakest out of all characters on the show. Still, the episode was great because it paid homage to many war and post-apocalyptic films while still keeping the backdrop of a community college.