'Community' Recap: Geography of Global Conflict
A delightful surprise in the second episode of this season was that the main storyline focuses on Annie and some of the demons she has left over from her high school days. Alison Brie is one of the most talented members of the cast and she is often sidelined as just a supporting player. It’s nice to see her stretch a little bit.
The episode opens in a World History class where our Annie is shocked to learn that another student, Annie Kim (Irene Choi), is just as smart, perky and tenacious as she was in high school. Other Annie gets special attention from Professor Cligoris (Martin Starr) which irks Annie and seems to chip away at her outward positivity.
Meanwhile, Britta and Chang are put on a collision course as neither is happy with their current statuses in life. Britta finds out that one of her friends from her protesting days has been locked up in a foreign country, which, to Britta, is so cool because she’s suffering for her cause. All Britta has is a newly declared major and a chance at an education, not nearly as exciting in her eyes.
Chang, similarly, is finding that his new role as a Greendale security guard isn’t as fulfilling as he hoped mainly because he has no real power or responsibilities. His badge doesn’t even say “To Serve and Protect,” it just says “How’s My Smile?” Chang begins looking for trouble and finds it when Britta begins acting out (i.e. kicking trashcans) in an attempt to reclaim her rebellious past.
Annie tries to befriend Other Annie, but the competition between the two is obvious. Annie mentions to Other Annie that she is planning on starting a Model U.N. club at Greendale, but before she can even start planning, Other Annie has already set up her own Model U.N. with Professor Cligoris as its faculty advisor.
This leads to a massive “Model U.N.-off” between the two clubs. Each team is given a world crisis for which they must find a resolution and come to complete agreement. Like many of the plots on “Community,” it doesn’t make complete sense but it is highly entertaining.
As expected, Annie snaps during the competition, and Jeff must coax her into coming back. What’s interesting is that the two admit they have feelings for each other and that the difference in their ages is kind of weird and creepy. Essentially, the writers are setting up both alternatives for their relationship just to mess with the audience.
“Geography of Global Conflict” is definitely a great episode, and after last week’s terrific premiere, we can feel safe that this will be a great season of “Community.”
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