Adam Reed’s Archer was created with the express purpose of poking …
Archer, or “Duchess,” as his emasculating spy code name is revealed in the first scene of this wonderfully twisted pilot, is the rare lead that’s completely at odds with all of the rest of the characters on his own show. Everything revolves around him, but not really because he’s so great or heroic, but just because it is that way in his own mind; and everything’s about him at his home, because, well, he makes sure of it. After all, there are two things his butler can’t allow in there: dogs and his mother.
For those familiar with the brilliant Angel episode “Smile Time,” it’s impossible to view “Intro to Felt Surrogacy” without thinking back on Joss Whedon and Ben Edlund’s masterpiece. One of the many impressive things about “Felt Surrogacy” is how quickly it steps out from under that shadow. Given how frequently the fourth season of Community has employed high-concept episodes as a crutch, it’s somewhat ironic that the most ambitious episode to date would be the one in which it finally establishes a unified voice.
“Herstory of Dance” is a surprisingly sweet episode of Community. What initially seems like a rather lazy Abed plot, another example of him attempting to enact fictional tropes in the real world, is granted another, deeper level when Brie Larson’s Rebecca assists him in his hijinks. In that moment, it transcends the emptiness of Abed’s arc this season and becomes truly affecting.