"Typically other people’s problems seem simpler, uncomplicated and easier to solve than those of one’s own society. In this context, the decontextualized hunger and homelessness in Haiti, Cambodia or Vietnam is an easy moral choice. Unlike the problems of other societies, the failing inner city schools in Chicago or the haplessness of those living on the fringes in Detroit is connected to larger political narratives. In simple terms, the lack of knowledge of other cultures makes them easier to help.
This imagined simplicity of others’ problems presents a contrast to the intangible burdens of post-industrial societies. Western nations are full of well-fed individuals plagued by less explicit hardships such as the disintegration of communities and the fraying of relationships against the possibilities of endless choices. The burdens of manic consumption and unabated careerism are not as easily pitied as crumbling shanties and begging babies. Against this landscape, volunteerism presents an escape, a rare encounter with an authenticity sorely missed, hardship palpably and physically felt — for a small price."
Jeff and Britta should have ended together, it's the most rational and satisfying ending. Jeff trying to get with her is the whole reason they ended up making the group.
I’m glad you brought this up because I have a lot of feelings about this. I disagree. I think Jeff and Britta getting married would negate a lot of the growth that Jeff has displayed over the past seasons. While he came into the group to get with Britta, he stayed because they ultimately became his family. As he said at the end of season 4 (I’m paraphrasing) “My love for you is immeasurable, even when you split it 7 ways.” I think this episode was written with the awareness that Jeff’s proposal was a last minute act of desperation, rather than an honest desire to spend his life with her (as Abed explains, it’s a familiar spin off vibe, and they could call their show “Tieing the Not” or something). You can see throughout the episode that J and B turn on a dime, fighting when it looks like they can save the school and only behaving like they love each other when things are dismal. I think bringing back J and B’s sort of pseudo-romance calls back to the shows habitual disregard for romantic subplots. The show pokes fun at it when Abed explains to Annie “It’s not their show” stating in Abed’s “meta” fashion that Jeff and Britta’s relationship doesn’t matter that much. He then assumes that Annie wants to lean in for a kiss, because that would follow a traditional TV storyline. She doesn’t lean in for a kiss, of course, and calls him out. Their interaction serves as a microcosm of Community’s ability to laugh in the face of TV tropes, especially regarding romantic relationships. This theme is also present earlier in the episode, when J and B decide to have sex on the new study table, and they Jeff says “Let’s make it a number 8” and Britta responds “I was thinking medium roughness, fast tempo?” Their sexual relationship is so practiced that their dynamic is devoid of made for TV romance and chemistry. I think in a larger sense, this choice to hint at J/B’s relationship laughs in the face of those who would cancel community, much like the short after the show ends. In this relationship, we see what looks like a comedic ending (everyone coming together, getting married etc) and shows us this abysmal, weird, solution that isn’t satisfying to show that Community isn’t going anywhere.
tl;dr tag Jeff and Britta ships with “I am wrong about everything and fundamentally misunderstand Community” (just kidding, but seriously. They’re wrong for each other, and shouldn’t be defined or validated as characters by their romantic relationships)
>teenage actress’s private nudes get leaked
>teenage actress is reviled as a slut and a whore and a bad role model
>james franco asks a seventeen-year-old girl if he can meet her in a private hotel room
>james franco gets to go on saturday night live and joke about what a silly doofus he is for soliciting sex from a girl literally half his age
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I feel like Jeff’s willingness to solve his problems by delving into fantasy worlds of his own creation shows massive character development. He and Abed are sort of diametrically opposed because they understand people really well but from opposite vantage points—Jeff can manipulate and charm while Abed is super awkward but super knowledgable (in other words, Jeff sees people from the inner circle, Abed looks in from the fringes—this opposition is especially clear in S1). Usually diving into a fantasy realm is Abed’s territory (Christmas claymation episode, Greendale TV show/Greendale Babies, and arguably a lot of others, but that’s another post) But Jeff’s use of fantasy in the 3rd Paintball/Graduation episode and the GI Joe episode (and the dance sequence in the S3E1) show that he’s being influenced by Abed’s (and Troy’s) silliness, and more willing to embrace his inner child and drop the coolness to some extent, even if it’s just in his mind.
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