Community S5 Ep07 – Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality

While Community remains a genuinely funny comedy the show is never afraid to show us a more serious side to it’s characters. “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality” is definitely filled with some great jokes that all hit their marks but what make this episode stand out were those serious and sometimes touching moments.

Community S5 Ep7 - Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality

Britta meets some old friends.

Surprisingly, this episode concentrated a lot of attention on Professor Duncan (John Oliver) who was trying to hook up with Britta. To do so he invites Britta to a charity event in hopes of winning her over before the night’s end. It was nice seeing an episode take some time fleshing out a side character like Duncan. While his initial motives were deceitful we end up seeing a good side of him later on. After Britta is embarrassed at the charity event by her former anarchist friends and needs consoling, Duncan has to opportunity to take advantage of the situation and possibly hook up with her. Ultimately he doesn’t and just takes her home and then ends the night with a few drinks with Jeff. It was a sweet story. Even though Duncan’s plans fell through he was able to leave Britta with some inspiring words that essentially helped her out of her rut.

Meanwhile, Abed sets out to go see the new Kickpuncher remake in theaters. We really feel the absence of Troy here as Abed has to cosplay and go to the movies alone. That look Abed gives Troy’s empty chair is heart wrenching. On his way out he passes by Professor Hickey’s office while Hickey is there working on his duck cartoons. After Abed accidentally ruins Hickey’s drawings Hickey decides to punish Abed by hand cuffing him and keeping him from seeing his Kickpuncher movie. This led to a very interesting interaction between Abed and Hickey as both characters, after some heavy arguing, realized that although very different on the surface they can both relate. I liked seeing this interaction between the two. Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks) has become a great addition to the series and has served as a nice contrast to his younger counterparts differently than Chevy Chase’s Pierce. I’m glad to see him and Abed starting to get along. The episode concludes with the two of them becoming film partners and while they are no Troy & Abed I want to see what the show makes of Buzz & Abed.

While there were a lot serious and heartwarming moments in “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality” there was still plenty of room for some good comedy. Chang’s story led to a very funny Shining inspired joke at the end. While his particular predicament was hilarious it felt more like the comedy relief in a mostly serious episode. The writers use of Kickpuncher as a vehicle to poke fun at the current Robocop remake was also clever. Overall, I wouldn’t call this episode laugh-out-loud funny, and it definitely felt uneven at times shifting from Chang’s ridiculous dilemma to the more thought provoking scenes, but for the most part but it was definitely entertaining and served as a nice character study.

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