Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Desktop Girl of the Week: Gillian Jacobs
When I wrapped up the last DGOW tournament, I full expected that weekly selections would resume almost immediately. I did NOT intend to go months picking only two DGOWs, and I definitely didn't intend for the feature to turn into "Desktop Girl from a Likely Canceled NBC Show of the Week. But that's kind of what happened. I made one DGOW pick in October -- Amber Heard of the recently canceled "Playboy Club" -- and November's first DGOW selection is Gillian Jacobs.
Jacobs currently stars on "Community", which is one of the best shows on television, but so few people are watching it that NBC has left it off the midseason schedule. The network insists that it's not canceling the show, but a fourth season seems highly unlikely, which is a shame. "Community" is brilliant, and Jacobs is a huge part of that. Her character, Britta, strandles the line between being likable and completely contemptible in a comedic way. She started out as the love interest for Jeff, but she's grown into so much more.
Britta, as a character, is at her best when she's "Britta"ing things, probably best exemplified by this season's "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps" where she screwed up the group's psych evaluations, screwed up the storytelling at the pre-Halloween party and then screwed things up even more within the group when she scored the tests again. Normally a character that screws up that often is annoying, but Jacobs makes Britta endearing. She screws up, but only because she wants the best for the people around her.
I haven't seen Jacobs in much else, save for the awful 2009 movie "The Box" and a very weird Season 1 episode of "Fringe". Hopefully I won't have to see her regularly in anything but "Community" for years to come. Six seasons and a movie!