Saturday, March 22, 2014

Community - Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

When the group learns of a rift between Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks) and his estranged son Hank (David Cross), who just happens to be an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, the group plans a special night of gaming in an attempt to bring the two together. Things don't go quite as planned when Hank immediately sees through the ruse and decides to randomly redistribute the characters sheet from Abed's (Danny Pudi) carefully constructed quest meant to bring a family together which becomes a competition between the teams led by father and son.

As the Hickeys vie to be the first to kill the Necromancer, leaving the bodies of the various other members of their teams in their wake beginning with Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" offers some humorous moments such as recasting Jeff (Joel McHale) and Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) into the roles of father and son (although the Dean takes his role of Joseph Gordon Diehard far more seriously than Jeff).

Playing once again in the world of D&D, and bringing in David Cross to guest-star, "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" is another fun episode that follows the show's basic formula of overreaction and insanity leading eventually to reconciliation and a moral message. The Hickeys may not like each other by the end of the episode but they can at least bear to be in the same room together once more (which, as Jeff states, that's all some families can ask for).

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