Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Friday, November 5, 2010

NBC Thursday Night Line-Up Power Rankings: Week 7

This Week: 30 Rock>Community>The Office

Let's go to the big board...

1) Community
2) 30 Rock
3) The Office
4) Outsourced (barf)

I talk so much about the artistic ambition of the NBC comedies that I forget to mention they are hilarious. You take out all the structural innovations and these shows are still some of the funniest ever.

All of last night’s episodes did not necessarily reinvent wheels (though those moments existed) but they were great fun.

The Office: There were some less than stellar moments but it was still pretty solid all around. I like the idea of Darryl trying to take Michael’s job. Previously, he was the shows most underutilized character. Could the show succeed with him as the lead?

Most of note was the C-story featuring Toby. Though it took up maybe 2 minutes of the show, the story of him struggling to enter the church, which concluded with him asking God, “Why are you so mean to me?” was both funny and heartbreaking. Regardless of the shows struggles over the last few seasons, this shows it is still able to create completely unique and touching stories.

Community: I liked but did not love Abed’s "Mean Girls" v. "Robocop" mash-up. Though, his "Robocop" scannings that went by too fast were brilliant. I attached a few screen shots to show how funny, INCREDIBLY-meta, and slyly touching (see who he wants to confirm for Christmas) they were.

I did love, however, Troy and Jeff’s completely absurd trampoline "Secret Garden" B-story. It is a type of premise that really only Community could do. No show would commit to such ridiculous concept to set-up a pretty edgy white supremacist joke.

30 Rock: All the Jenna and Tracy nonsense was just filler to a great Jack and Liz A-story. As I have said before the 30 Rock is at its best (which is THE best on TV) when it focuses on the relationship between Jack and Liz, which is really the only genuine thing about the show. This episode was such a success because it enriched our understanding of their need for one another.

Thus to the victors go the spoils…

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant!! Now I know what to expect when I watch 30 rock and community on the DVR!