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Old February 17 2013, 12:42 AM   #1051
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I haven't noticed much change in Britta this season compared to last season. We all knew going into this season that there would be change. Some of it would be more noticeable than others. I remember some discussion from last season where people felt the season was off and not the same as prior seasons even with Harmon. I personally don't feel that drastic a difference, and not after just two episodes, perhaps I'll change my mind as the season progresses.
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Old February 22 2013, 05:32 AM   #1052
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Really enjoyed this episode...especially the cameo appearances at the end!
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Old February 23 2013, 10:18 PM   #1053
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I missed "Paranormal Parentage" last week (and the stupid library computers can't handle more than 10 seconds without buffering when I go to nbc.com ).

However, I loved "Conventions of Space & Time." It felt just like old times. I'm suddenly a lot less worried about the show overall. Hopefully "History 101" was the sole misstep this season.

The only thing I'm really not liking this season is the Britta/Troy relationship. Their awkward, almost-flirting in "Competitive Wine Tasting" & "Origins of Vampire Mythology" was OK. But overall, I don't see the chemistry there. I just think she's too smart for him and he's too dumb for her. (Unfortunately, the writers seem to be making her progressively dumber ever since Season 3.) I love them separately but not together.

That said, one of my favorite bits from this week's episode was at the end when Troy asked if it was OK if he left her and went looking for Abed. I loved the look on Britta's face when she said, "I told you, I don't care about Inspector Spacetime." (I see that sympathetically-interested-but-needs-to-gently-remind-that-she's-not-an-actual-fan look from my mother all the time. I know it well and Gillian Jacobs absolutely nailed that scene!)

Also, loved the Tricia Helfer cameo. I loved the parts where I could recognize the almost-Doctor Who references.

One thing I've been noticing about the show a lot ever since Season 3 was that Jeff has been a lot less prominent than he was in Seasons 1 & 2. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I love Joel McHale's performance. On the other hand, I love that the writers are less and less afraid to make him just as neurotic as the rest of the cast. His vanity is hilarious. ("Weight sensors?!?")
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Old February 24 2013, 04:00 AM   #1054
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Jeff and Britta were supposed to be the IT couple on the show. I think they had sufficient chemistry to pull it off, but the writers were having too much fun with ensemble adventures it was left alone after they slept together.

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Old February 24 2013, 05:08 AM   #1055
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Well, it's not just the change to the ensemble adventures format that did that. I think that when they happened upon the chemistry between Jeff and Annie in the debate episode and over the past couple of seasons have tried to make the decision of which way to take that. Also, I think they wanted to let the character of Annie get somewhat older so that if they ever do pursue it full on, there'll be much less of a creepiness to it given the age difference.
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Old February 24 2013, 08:37 PM   #1056
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While I kind of see the Jeff/Annie chemistry on a superficial level, I really love the way the jaded cynicism of Jeff & Britta just bounces off each other. This was especially clear during their drunken wedding toasts in "Urban Matrimony & the Sandwich Arts."

As for Jeff's less prominent role on the show, I suspect one of the big factors in that was the way that Abed's popularity totally took off. I doubt anyone saw that coming.
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Old February 24 2013, 08:52 PM   #1057
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Yeah, good episode. Definitely had a Harmonesque feel to it without a "trying too hard to be" vibe. I don't mind Troy/Britta as long as we don't lose those great Jeff/Britta arguments.

This episode does bode well or the rest of the season.
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Old February 24 2013, 09:06 PM   #1058
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I think part of why "History 101" didn't work was because it was a bit too general. It introduced some concepts that I suppose the writers thought might be "Harmon-esque" but had no real idea what to do with.

"Conventions of Space & Time" felt far more natural. It seemed to be made with the same specific love of pop culture that Harmon & co. always brought to the show.
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Old February 24 2013, 10:14 PM   #1059
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I understand they are trying to prove the show can g on outside of school, but we are three episodes into their senior year, and probably the last year of the show, and I would actually like some more school time.
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Old February 25 2013, 05:50 PM   #1060
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Matt Lucas was really good in this episode, I suppose he is pretty much unknown in the US, but I have been a longtime fan of his.
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Old February 25 2013, 10:25 PM   #1061
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Well...it doesn't look like we're going to be getting a season five...Thursday's episode hit a 1.1 the series lowest ratings. I'm guessing when we reach the season finale it will be a series finale?
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Old February 25 2013, 11:31 PM   #1062
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Yeah, it doesn't look good. My pie in the sky hope has been recently that the show will get picked up by a cable network and that they bring Dan Harmon back to run it.
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Old February 25 2013, 11:40 PM   #1063
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I think we should be happy the show got four seasons. I think the writing was on the wall when it only received 13 episodes and an October start. Now with the midseason replacement I think it's clearly just burnoff episode times.
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Old February 26 2013, 12:39 AM   #1064
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Indeed. It's still disappointing though.
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Old February 26 2013, 06:14 AM   #1065
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Not really. I hope they return to the damn school, see them take some funny classes, have them study together and end on a decent note.
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