Britta’s failure to correctly evolve as a personality in Neighborhood’s early episodes was important sufficient that different characters on the present began to comprehend how…effectively, odd she was. In episode six, “Soccer, Feminism, and You,” Britta has a tough time connecting together with her fellow feminine classmates, Annie (Allison Brie) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), as a result of she views the time-honored custom of visiting the toilet as a gaggle to be a sinister patriarchal conspiracy.
Earlier this yr, Harmon revealed in an interview with EW that that plotline got here immediately from one other author on the present’s remark about simply how a lot Britta sucked.
“Once I stated, ‘What about Britta,’ [writer-producer] Hilary Winston stated, ‘I don’t like her,’” Harmon stated. “Listening to Hilary discuss Britta, which began with like, ‘I wouldn’t belief her if I used to be a lady. I perceive that she means effectively and that she’s saying the sorts of issues that you simply’re presupposed to say as a lady, however that’s what makes me not belief her. I would like a confidante behind the scenes, as a result of the reality is, I do need to discuss sneakers generally and I really feel like she would possibly promote me out if I did that — and I wouldn’t go pee together with her.’ Stuff like that begins to dimensionalize Britta immediately.”
By this level the present’s characters, writing workers, and viewers had realized that there was one thing unlikeable about Britta. This was as a result of present’s skinny conceptualization of her as a personality to start with. However as we stated above, time is normally on a sitcom’s facet. Neighborhood had many extra episodes of its first season order to sort out the problem. What’s fascinating about how Neighborhood figured Britta out is just not the way it “fastened her” however moderately the way it leaned into her current flaws.
That anecdote about Hilary Winston not trusting Britta turned out to be a characteristic, not a bug for the character. Quite a lot of Britta’s early traits – her political beliefs, defiant angle, and fast wit – had been probably designed to make her interesting to each Jeff and the viewers. In actuality, that they had the alternative impact. So the present simply started to lean into these qualities as comedic fodder. Britta retained her similar liberal political leanings however the present now highlighted how she had neither the braveness or power to comply with by means of on them. She additionally shortly grew to become recognized for by chance ruining all the pieces round her and snuffing out the enjoyment from her pals’ lives.