In Pierce's case this was due to advanced age and his offensive opinions on race, religion and sex. Mike Papirmeister of the Filtered Lens, thought the tag helped the episode: "I’m glad this happened because nice-guy Chang is boring, and it gives me some hope for what’s to come." She's conflicted about Chang's storyline; on the one hand, she's "not sure how crazy I am about this being a central theme for the duration of the season," but on the other hand, she seems to think the episodes featuring Chang have worked better than some others this weekend, "and it’d be far less disappointing to have the show stick to what’s been working recently rather than having the writer’s grasp desperately for episode concepts and end up falling short.". 15.03.2013, 10:28 #2. The aptly titled “Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking” from two seasons ago already did this trick and used many of the same gags we had this time out. Beyond that, he thought Jeff's efforts to discredit Chang were out of character with the more selfless Jeff we've mostly seen this season, and that Pierce's racist hand puppet bit was "forced and shockingly unfunny." 13. ", Abed letting the audience watch him watch the video of an argument is similar to Director Werner Herzog in the documentary ", Chang/Kevin's checking of notes written on his body to remind him of recent memories is similar to that of Guy Pearce's character in Christopher Nolan's movie '. The episode was written by new series writer and co-producer Hunter Covington, his first writing credit for the series. ", Brian Collins of Badass Digest called the episode "lazy filler" that a shortened season doesn't have room for. She is the owner of the phone number Chang had been filmed calling and hanging up on numerous times. | Advanced Documentary Filmmaking Dean Pelton asks the study group to help secure a grant for research into Chang's memory loss, while Abed films their efforts for a documentary. Although aired as episode six, it was the eighth episode produced. Community Advanced Documentary Filmmaking Original Air Date: Mar 14, 2013 Shannon - Associate Editor shannon@thetwocentscorp.com This week is a documentary about Chang aka “Kevin” and his Changnesia. 1:27:42. Jeff did his cynical thing, Pierce did his racist thing, Abed was hidden behind the camera of the “documentary” shoot. … It could be that I’m just willing to see my beloved with anyone but Britta Perry." "[7], Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations, "Talking to Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar about 'Freeloaders' and the Chevy Chase N-Word Thing", "Episode 6: Chewin' It #6 with Kevin and... Jay Chandrasekhar", "Behind the Scenes: Advanced Documentary Filmmaking", "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'American Idol' & 'Community' Adjusted Up; 'Elementary' Adjusted Down". Each week, we’ll dive into a Community episode that has reached the 10th-anniversary milestone.This go-round, we’re delving into “Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking.”Wherein Troy met his hero LeVar Burton and completely froze. Das war tatsächlich mal wieder … Ryan Schwartz of the Voice of TV suggests that "this was one of the best episodes out of the Port and Guarascio era thus far." NBC and Chase mutually agreed that he would officially leave … On the Twitter, #AbedsDocumentary trended as the episode aired in the Central and Eastern time zones and continued to do so for a couple of hours after the episode aired. "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations", "Alternative History of the German Invasion", "Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care", Alternative History of the German Invasion, Processed Media founder Randy Dankievitch, Abby Koenig of the Houston Press Art Attack blog, Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations, https://community-sitcom.fandom.com/wiki/Advanced_Documentary_Filmmaking?oldid=68808, Greendale: A documentary is being filmed by, Jeff is shocked after finding out the rest of the, At Shirley's shop, Britta takes over the filming and screws up the recording process. "); and Chang a C. As for the episode as a whole, he felt that "the question that hung over the entire episode in the tag was disappointing" and that the show could stand to be as weird as it was in previous seasons, but he enjoyed seeing some fresh pairings and jokes, and liked it well enough to give it a B. Todd VanDerWerff of the A.V. It is revealed that Abed's middle name starts with a G. When Jeff asks what the MacGuffin Institute is, the rest of the study group puts a finger on the side of their nose indicating they are not going to be the one to tell him. Pierce pretends to be dying so that he can bequeath a series of cryptic and sometimes mean-spirited gifts to his study partners, and Abed decides to shoot a documentary … In the Live+7 DVR Ratings released earlier this week, "Conventions of Space and Time" rose 0.6 percentage points, from a 1.1 Live plus Same Day to a 1.7, a 55% increase. "Part of the problem is that the episode focuses on Chang, easily the most grating character and also the one that's never felt like a necessary PERMANENT addition to the show." In this episode, Abed makes a documentary about Changnesia in order to receive a research grant, with Jeff attempting to prove Chang is faking his disease. "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations" A non-descript doctor tells us all about the … Abed is filming this documentary because Dean Pelton wants a propaganda film to land a research grant. Troy and Annie team up and call themselves Partner & Hoolihan, respectively. episode / SE4 EP6 Advanced Documentary Filmmaking Community. 11. "Alternative History of the German Invasion" 18. During the filming of the episode, Chevy Chase became angry at the racist and bigoted direction his character was heading. Gabrielle Moss of TV Fanatic thought that "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking" was "one of the best episodes of Community Season 4 so far." She also liked seeing Annie and Troy together: "I don’t know what it is about Troy and Annie, but I like it. 7. Dean Pelton asks the study group to help secure a grant for research into Chang's memory loss, while Abed films their efforts for a documentary. Alexis McLaren of TV Overmind declares with this episode that "a Dan Harmon-less Community was [sic] a terrible one," but literally offers no examples of things she didn't like about the episode. However, he doesn't like the way Pierce is being written, and he feels that "the 'aws' from Annie and Shirley are being completely overdone. "Advanced Introduction to Finality". ", After Britta asks Abed to teach her how to use a camera, Abed points at Britta and says, The foundation looking to finance further research into "Changnesia" is called the MacGuffin Group. 3. Roland Deschain. The episode was initially seen by approximately 2.58 million viewers. She's not 100% convinced she's "really on board with this Chang story line but it’s nice to see it going somewhere instead of just lurking in the background. Shirley reveals that she was dead for three minutes one time. "Conventions of Space and Time" Community S04E06 Advanced Documentary Filmmaking. She gave the episode 4.6 stars out of 5. "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking" is the sixth episode of the fourth season of the NBC sitcom Community, which originally aired on March 14, 2013. He felt "most everything worked," the exception being Pierce's racist sock-puppet bit, which "was just OK." But even there he willing to cut the show some slack because of what the writers have said about "how shaky the situation with Chevy Chase was all season." Chang then throws his phone into a trash can, only to realize that was an idiotic move; he retrieves it before laughing villainously. The subjects of Abed Nadir’s documentaries – his relationship with his parents in “Introduction to Film,” Pierce’s hospital stay in “Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking,” and the shooting of Greendale’s commercial in “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux” – have never been fully clear until the end of each episode. a great post about the history of the documentary and its different sub-genres 8 Avatar: Last Airbender Jokes You Missed As a Kid. Nerd Wire. "Economics of Marine Biology", 8. He gave the episode a C. Shannon of the Two Cents Corp. thought calling the institute " MacGuffin" was "a clever piece of writing." … Re-centering on a lead character suggests that the writers are holding on to what’s a little easier to do while they attempt to find the other characters’ voices. He makes sure he is alone, pulls out a cellphone and calls someone. He says that the episode "attempts to provide just enough of what it promises in order to be worth the viewer’s time" namely enough Community-type jokes to elicit chuckles at appropriate intervals. He thinks "the jokes just aren’t as good as they were" in previous seasons, and suggests that "it’s hitting the whimsy button hard, then hoping that our affection for the characters is enough to carry the day. 6. It was directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, who directed four episodes previously for the series. Watch it Right Now! 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