Community Review: S6.E7 “Advanced Safety Features”

The hidden advertising techniques of Rick Honda

The instance I heard the plotline about product placement my expectations began to dip.  Don’t get me wrong, it can help a show on the fringe of being cancelled like Community last longer on the air. The show Chuck, another show on NBC that struggled with ratings, is one I can think of.

The premise of the episode revolves around Rick, who used to advertise for Subway, is now working for Honda. Love ensues as he and Britta try to have a normal relationship, while advertising for Honda.

But the issue with these types of episodes are usually the obvious and forced jokes because of the product placement.

Sure there were some good jokes, like the Dean being influenced into buying a lot of Honda products. Yet most of the time the jokes weren’t that great as it was almost in every the line of the show.

The b-line story didn’t really go anywhere as well with Jeff trying to become Elroy’s friend. Although there was a great  joke consisting on how a band should not be named after the band leader.

n the end  of the stories the relationship between Rick and Britta doesn’t last, with Elroy actually liking Jeff. This episode is probably the least favorite of mine this the season due to the product placement. However, since it probably helped Community stay on the air I’ll take a grain of salt with this episode.

Here are some of my other thoughts about the episode:

  • The Ears Have It! board game.
  • A free degree raffle at Greendale.
  • Elroy’s sound bite to his former ex-girlfriend about being a jaded hipster.
  • I actually found Chang’s Powerpoint presentation to be funny.


What did you think of the episode? Leave your comment below.


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