Admittedly, most people in the world do not live near “destination cities for international tourism.”
I, it should be noted, am not most people. To be fair, I actually love living in Massachusetts (aka, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or, as I like to call it, the People’s Republic of Massachusetts), and I actually love the fact that I live in the Boston area.
Although, I admit that sometimes tourists do drive me a bit insane. Enough that about six year ago I made a slightly ranty post about All the Tourists I’ve Loved (and Not Loved) Before because I got pushed to the breaking point by a rude tourist. (PROTIP: Real cities are not theme parks, so stop acting like all of the locals should be wearing colorful costumes and speaking in an exaggerated patois. We are not your playthings. Thank you.)
The best thing I love about it? I quite often get to read about my home through the eyes of other people.
Even the bad stuff.
Which is why I kind of love Boston Tourist Attractions, According to Unhappy Yelp Reviewers feature that went up today online. I’m not sure which is funnier. The reviews that miss point, or the answering snark from the Boston Globe.
This is has got to be my favorite one:
For the record, Arnold Arboretum isn’t actually just about trees, which anyone with access to a Web browser will be able to see here.
Oooh, and this one’s another favorite:
For real information on the Freedom Trail, go here.
You’re very welcome, America.
He loves her.
She doesn’t know.
Before I get started on this, everyone should still go do the accent tag! It’s fun, and it’s cool to here what people sound like.
Well, Sony is talking to Hulu so we might get season 6! Regardless of whether we do or not, how would you want to see season 6 in regards to Jeff and Annie’s relationship?
Answer in any way you want! Essay, fic, art, anything! It’s all encouraged!
I suspect if there is a sixth season, it’s not something that’s going to happen right away. So, I would like it if some real time has passed between the events of Basic Sandwich and the start of any theoretical sixth season. And yes, that means most of the group has graduated from Greendale and are working real jobs. However, they could be taking a class or two for job-related reasons (a not-unusual reason for most community college students) if you must keep them on-campus.
I know it’s a common trope among J/A shippers that Jeff and Annie are best friends. I personally never saw it. Jeff tended not to confide in Annie, especially about things that might make him look somehow “less than” in her eyes. I think part of it is that Jeff has this fixed idea in his head about who Annie is — the 18 year-old, cardigan-wearing, ballet flat-wearing, floral dresses-wearing kid who was too romantic and too naive for her own good. That Annie, in his brain, needs to be protected, especially from that not-so-savory aspects of himself that he doesn’t want her to see. I don’t think it honestly hit him until “Basic Sandwich” that this version of Annie has grown up and moved on, and that just maybe her next move is to move on from him because he’s made one mistake too many.
Annie, by the same token, doesn’t really confide in Jeff, especially about emotional issues. Sure, during season four she tended to treat Jeff as the guy who’ll fix things for her, or help her solve her problems, but other than the UN episode of season three, that wasn’t really her default. A lot of that is due to Jeff himself. Every time she’s confided in him, or confronted him about how his behavior was affecting her, he’s shut her down, sometimes in some pretty cruel ways (Paradigms) and sometimes by straight-up playing dumb (Digital Exploration of Interior Design).
What I’d actually like to see more than anything is Jeff and Annie actually being friends. I had high hopes for this happening during season five, in large part because of the first six episodes where they acted like friends. And yes, sometimes they inconveniently noticed they were attracted to each other, like during the ACB episode, but most of the time they seemed to actually like each other, too. That dynamic cropped up again in the AAD&D episode, and again in the first half of Basic Story. I really liked how subtle it was.
But the aborted marriage plans between Jeff and Britta, I think, has thrown up a pretty solid wall between Jeff and Annie. If season six happened in the immediate aftermath of season five, I’d call Annie a fool for letting Jeff inside her emotional defenses. And that’s even if Jeff and Britta openly admitted that they whole ill-thought-out scheme was due to panic on their parts, especially since they did try to derail the Hail Mary Pass that Abed, Annie, and Dean Pelton came up with.
If we have a sense that time has passed between season five and a theoretical season six, and if we see Jeff and Annie interacting like they’re friends and trust each other enough to at least share some of the less-savory parts of themselves with each other, I would be willing to buy a mid-season hook-up.
Also, I do not want to see Community turn into the Jeff and Annie show. You could have friend-ish interactions between the two characters like you had in season one, which when you think about it, was mostly either in the background or was a single scene in an episode that didn’t necessarily focus on the two of them interacting. Then, have one episode mid-season that focuses on the two of them hooking up, and then put the relationship in the background for the remainder of the season, but making it clear when the season ends that they’re still together and still feeling their way through this new twist in their relationship.
Also, too: I’d love it if they decide that they’re not going to tell the group, but they’re not going to hide the relationship either. And if someone in the group asks, they will answer honestly. And then have Jeff totally break down two episodes later when he confesses everything to the group, and everyone just shrugs it off because, duh, they already figured it out. Bonus points if Annie remarks that she thought that she’d break down before Jeff did. Not that this scenario is going to happen in a million years.
Title: Seminar in How to Make the Most of It When You’re Stuck in the C-Plot
Author: Lizbeth Marcs
Summary: Or the Alternate Title: How Jeff Winger and Annie Edison missed out the Great War with City College and the Giant Mechanical Spider of Doom and the Greatest Love Story Ever Told while Abed Nadir, Britta Perry, Buzz Hickey, and Shirley Bennett saved the world.
Genre: Humor; ship fic
Characters: Annie Edison (main), Jeff Winger (secondary), Dean Spreck, Abed Nadir, Britta Perry, Buzz Hickey, Shirley Bennett, Dean Pelton
Pairings: Annie/Jeff (friendshippy UST with a vague resolution, because I suck as a shipper)
Warnings: Vague spoilers for all of S1—S5. Occurs a month after “Basic Sandwich.”
Author’s Note: Written for greta_garbo/onceandfuturekiki for the Secret Santa fic-fest. (Sorry it’s so late!) Story somewhat inspired by “Geothermal Escapism” from S5 Community and “The Zeppo” from S3 Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The first one due to Jeff and Annie actually occupying the C-plot of that episode, and the second one because as C-plot characters they have no idea about what’s happening in the A and B plots.
Link to story (AO3 and FF.net will be added later)