Welcome to Character Evolution! For the next three weeks, we will be focusing on three episodes this season that represent the evolution of three main characters: Dean Pelton, Shirley and Chang. Feel free to chime in on how they have evolved in the last three seasons, including how the show itself revealed their motivations and quirks. While the focus is mainly on these three characters, feel free to bring up how the other characters have evolved in this season as well.
The week this episode was shown, we had the most disheartening news in the history of fandom (now second only to that awful news we had early this summer). Many have commented on how telling that this episode aired after the hiatus news broke out. Is this episode symptomic of the Community fandom? Did it unwittingly reveal the difficulties behind the scenes? Let's discuss!
3. 08 — Documentary Filmmaking: Redux
Character development: Dean Pelton
Let's look at the evolution of this season's newly-minted main character Dean Pelton. For a deeper analysis, we can look at the following episodes and see how he developed in the last three seasons: 1.01, 1.05, 1.06, 2.09, 2.17, 2.21, 2.23-2.24, 3.11, 3.19. Feel free to pull up your own favorite Dean moments from other episodes.
- What was your initial impression of Dean Pelton? Did you think his character was going to be significant in the latter seasons?
- How would you tie in Dean Pelton's objective of improving Greendale with the things we've seen him attempt and accomplish for the school and its students?
- Would you say that Dean Pelton has been successful in his objective? How much of his success (or lack thereof) could be attributed to his own personality?
- Were you surprised that the Dean did not graduate from Greendale? Do you think Luis Guzman was right to say the Dean thinks he's better than Greendale?
- What was Abed's role in this episode? Why did Abed step up for the Dean in the end?
- What made Jeff commit to the role of Dean? Isn't his usual MO to put in as little effort as possible?
- Why did all the students stay for four days of filming? Was it a case of Stockholm Syndrome?
- Did Pierce actually play it smart? What was he doing while holed up in the trailer?
- Favorite line and scene?
- Anything else you'd like to discuss?
Production Code: 308
Directed by: Joe Russo
Written by: Megan Ganz
Character Evolution: 3.08 Documentary Filmmaking: Redux | 3.11 Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts | 3.21 The First Chang Dynasty