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In which Laura falls in love, has dirty thoughts, and shares hopes for the future.

Late last year, in search of some light viewing to replace the Sports Night withdrawals we were going though, P. and I started watching Community. By which I mean, we slurped it up like a massive root beer float in three weeks' time and immediately embarked on a rewatch. We watched all the vids we could find, deleted scenes, gag reels. I knew it was serious when I started reading fic, something I normally do only during Yuletide season. I was in love. ♥

Some of the many things I adore about this show:

  • I am, perhaps predictably, aboard the Troy/Abed love train

  • Troy's vulnerability and his comfort with it. He's all heart, and he lets it show, and that doesn't make him any less cool!

  • Abed's casual stone cold foxiness ::fans self::

  • In general, the show's treatment of a neuro-atypical person is great

  • Shirley is the BEST!

  • The diversity of the cast

  • Have I mentioned that this show is hilarious?

  • I'm able to have sympathy for everybody, even people I wouldn't have thought I could care about

  • My girl Britta, with whom it's possible I might over-identify just a bit

  • Inspector Spacetime

  • All the meta and pop culture references

  • All the times they bust out of the sitcom box: singing, claymation, flying the fried chicken shuttle, and of course, paintball

  • I really like the singing a lot, actually

  • In spite of myself, I find Jeff hot like burning. Don't judge me.

On the hot-like-burning front, here are some pr0ntastic thoughts:

I have read some lovely Troy/Abed and a really hot Troy/Abed/Annie story that was totally in character. I would heartily welcome more like this!

OTOH, I am kinda disappointed in the Jeff fic I've found so far. Everybody seems to be missing the crucial aspect of his character, which is self-loathing.

My feelings for Jeff are complex. I think he's a total jerk, but I also have compassion for him, enjoy watching his journey from jerk to human being, and as I said, find him really hot.

The Jeff stories I've found so far are all about his Experience and Prowess and Mad Skills, and I'm all, nuh-uh. First off, Britta says he's not good at sex, and that's canon. Secondly, of course he wouldn't be -- he's all about pleasing himself. In these stories he's usually paired with Annie and he's all masterful and in control. I maintain that THIS IS NOT WHAT JEFF NEEDS.

Jeff needs to be tied up and abused, possibly by Rich and Annie in latex doctor and nurse outfits.

(I'm sad that we haven't seen more of Rich recently, but that's okay, there's enough of him in my head to make a whole spinoff show. He's fascinating.)

Anyway, there needs to be fic about Jeff "nippleplay" Winger getting what he deserves, and I am amazed that I haven't found any yet.

Also: Britta needs to get laid more, preferably with someone other than Jeff, and with her in control. And for the loveagod, Shirley needs some action! Look at that beautiful husband of hers! I have sadness at not being able to write, these days. There was a time when if I wanted fic, I could just write it myself, but that time has gone. So now I find myself making puppy eyes at my friends instead, which hardly seems fair. But: Jeff, strapped to a gurney. Rich and Annie. Latex doctor and nurse outfits. You know you want to.

While I'm talking about what I want, I may as well share my hopes for the back half of S3:

  • Jeff: keep growing as a person. Also, take your shirt off more.

  • Britta: be right, at least twice.

  • Abed: make more movies. Also, just kiss him already!

  • Troy: find out more about who you are when you're not watching TV with your friend.

  • Annie: have a whirlwind lesbian romance!

  • Shirley: be the center of at least one episode. Let it be all about you for a while.

  • Pierce: how can we miss you if you won't go away?

  • Everyone: take more risks, have more fun, sing and dance, get hurt, make up, be awesome. I love you guys. ♥

on 2012-03-10 06:58 pm (UTC)
thingswithwings: britta perry with her hand up, text: I have feelings about this! (comm - britta I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT THIS)
Posted by [personal profile] thingswithwings
aw yay, this post makes me happy! I think you're spot-on about Jeff (self-loathing, definitely!) and while I don't think I'm likely to write you any Jeff porn anytime soon (sorry buddy) I was nodding right along with your Annie/Rich/Jeff bdsm medical play fantasy. That is precisely what he needs!

I feel like Britta/Annie gets more and more plausible, too, as time goes on - I'm hoping that the back half of season three offers us more of their interaction and gives me more of a femslash vibe for them.

I want so much to be able to write fic for Shirley, because I think she's fascinating (women with deeply repressed powerful rage: always my weakness!) and because she's gooooorrrrgeous, but whenever I go to write her I founder on her canonical anti-gay statements. ARGH stop making her humourously homophobic and have her confront that shit! I want to femslash her! IDK but nowadays I am kind of shipping Shirley/Jeff as well, because Shirley could DEFINITELY tie Jeff up and teach him a lesson or two.

These are some thoughts that your post inspired!

on 2012-03-10 07:15 pm (UTC)
such_heights: britta declaiming at a microphone (community: britta soapbox)
Posted by [personal profile] such_heights
That is a pretty awesome list at the end there! eeee yay I am happy you're enjoying the show.

on 2012-03-10 07:19 pm (UTC)
rhoboat: Coffee (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] rhoboat
I've only seen a handful of Community episodes, but I did get to see the upcoming one at last week's PaleyFest. I can tell you at least one of your hopes will be fulfilled in some way. ;)
Edited on 2012-03-10 07:20 pm (UTC)

on 2012-03-10 07:37 pm (UTC)
ellen_fremedon: overlapping pages from Beowulf manuscript, one with a large rubric, on a maroon ground (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] ellen_fremedon
Community! Predictably for me, Community is pretty much The Abed Show :).

on 2012-03-10 08:05 pm (UTC)
gwyn: (jeff britta annie grosserpepper)
Posted by [personal profile] gwyn
Yeah, I'd agree about almost everything (except I'm not into the sex fantasies part). I resisted the show because of Joel McHale seeming like a smug douche and I just didn't want to watch him and the loathsome Chevy Chase being that way every week. And then I found myself totally in love with Jeff, because he is so self loathing and so mixed up and his nature works so hard against the smarmy cool he tries to project. I love watching his journey and how it affects the others' journeys.

Augh, I've missed this show so much.

on 2012-03-11 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] kormantic
They live together. And it's clear Troy lives Abed more than anyone on earth and that Abed worried about it at all (GIANT COOKIE) also equals love. Add Annie and it's perfection.

on 2012-03-12 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] oyceter
I so need to move this up my to-be-watched queue, based on what you and other people on my dwircle keep saying about it.

on 2012-03-13 03:30 am (UTC)
arallara: Troy cuddling Abed at Valentine's dance (Troy/Abed Valentine's Hug)
Posted by [personal profile] arallara
Dang it, dang it, dang it, life has been busy and filled with tedious chores and jobs and things, and I keep not having time to organize coherent thoughts in response to this (and to your critical post), so I guess this is a placeholder to say: eeeeeeeee, our show is back this week, omg, yay, it is not unproblematic but I love it tooooooooooo!!! ♥♥♥


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