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COMMUNITY Season 6 Episode 8/9/10 Review, “Intro to Recycled Cinema”/”Grifting 101”/”Basic RV Repair and Palmistry”

Community Intro to Recycled Cinema Chang

It’s a threefer, ladies and gentlemen! Read more…

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COMMUNITY Season 6 Episode 7 Review, “Advanced Safety Features”

community season 6 episode 7 advanced safety features

Product placement is tricky business. Even at its best (like in Tropic Thunder when Matthew McConaughey journeyed to Laos to save a helicopter full of actors by throwing a TiVO in the path of a rocket), audience members are still keenly aware that they are looking at a product that has wormed its way onto the screen as the memo on a big ol’ check. It’s as agonizing to watch Will Smith’s criminal investigation into robomurder in I, Robot get stopped repeatedly for people to talk about how cool his Converse shoes are as it is to watch the bad movie known as I, Robot. When Gone Girl dared feature both Mountain Dew and Netflix thinkpieces arose about whether or not David Fincher sold out his pulpy masterpiece.

Is there a fundamental difference in quality between the characters on Community enjoying Let’s Potato Chips and an Xbox 360 and a Mountain Dew machine being turned into evil robots by the cube from Transformers that then and only then turned inanimate objects into evil robots? They are both equally unbelievable and distracting. In an increasingly-merchandized world, it is just as false for characters to eat fake brands as it is for them to stop everything and have a delicious Burger King dinner with Carl Weathers.

I bring this up only to tell you that I laughed at every damn Honda joke in this episode. Read more…

Jeff Winger Has Become His Own Hero – COMMUNITY Season 6 Episode 5 Review, “Laws of Robotics and Party Rights”

Community Laws of Robotics and Party Rights Jeff

When Jeff Winger first enrolled at Greendale Community College, he was little more than an opportunist looking for the nearest blow-off class. Those he now holds as his dear friends were originally a means to an end, an accidental, life-changing result of trying to have sex with Britta Perry. Read more…

COMMUNITY Gets Political as the Supporting Characters Take Over the Show – Season 6 Episode 4 Review “Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing”

Community Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing Dean Gay

Spoilers wax on throughout.

Television is an ensemble medium. Out of a need to tell weekly stories for years on end, good TV shows give themselves a deep bench of characters to pull from so that if need be the writers can make this week an Apu episode or a Fat Neil episode. Sometimes shows flourish under this injection of second tier energy (your Chris Traeger plotlines on Parks and Recreation). Othertimes they fizzle out from a character not being all that interesting (your Hermes episodes on Futurama).

Although Senor Chang has been around since the show’s second episode and Dean Craig Pelton was in the very first moments of the pilot, neither of them has a great many episode plots to their name. Read more…

For Its 100th Episode, COMMUNITY Attempts the Impossible: Status Quo – Season 6 Episode 3 “Basic Crisis Room Decorum” Review

Community Season 6 Episode 3 Britta fantasy

Softcore spoilers to come.

I am equally torn between three ways to start this review, so I am going to make a proper go at all three. Read more…

COMMUNITY’s Return Basks in the Sweet, the Virtual, and the Near-Impossible — Season 6 Episode 1, “Ladders”/Episode 2, “Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care” Review

Community Dean Virtual Reality Jeff

There are as many spoilers here as there Frisbees on Greendale’s roof.

And we’re back! Despite the will of NBC, the American public, and perhaps God himself, Community has returned for the sixth season Abed prophesied with his cape many parodies ago. Its continued existence flies in the face of the laws of television established long ago by Beaver Cleaver, the Nightly News, and Camel Cigarettes. Its insistence on being very good is downright television sacrilege. Read more…

Community Casts Walton Goggins, Apparently Has My Dream Journal

Walton Goggins Justified

Community has long been a show with a knack for casting guest stars. John Goodman, Luis Guzman, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito have all made appearances on the show and brought pedigree to the underrated sitcom, which I suppose is second-best to bringing in viewers. Even Kubrick veteran Malcolm McDowell made a couple appearances during the questionable fourth season of the show. And, in Season 5, we’ve got another notable Breaking Bad alumn in Jonathan Banks, who will apparently appear in 11 of the season’s 13 episodes, making him the new Pierce, I assume. And hope and wish and pray.

And yet, after all those stars who have worked with the venerable directors of our time (Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Quentin Tarantino), today unveiled some casting news that have made me the happiest I’ve been for someone to appear on this show, and confirmed my suspicions that Dan Harmon in fact has a copy of my diary and casts the show based upon its contents. Read more…

2013 Emmy Nominations Reactions

Parks and Recreation Cast

Another year, another disappointing round of Emmy nominations. This time every year, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences tries to tell us what is the best in television seemingly without watching any television themselves. Because awards totally matter and are the end-all be-all of what is good television, I, like many others on the Internet, had a reaction to this year’s string of nominations.

And oh, hey, here they are. Read more…

Community Season 5 Wish List

Community Season 4

Community fans around the world recently rejoiced upon hearing the news that Dan Harmon would be returning as showrunner and executive producer for Season 5, after being entirely absent from the show for the whole of Season 4- the show’s most maligned and divisive season. Personally, I enjoyed the majority of it, especially the second half, but fully understand where the criticisms come from.

Long-time fans were also ecstatic to learn that fan-favorite writer Chris McKenna (writer of such all-time classics as “Paradigms of Human Memory” and “Remedial Chaos Theory”) will be brought on as another executive producer, after he, too, departed at the end of Season 3.

Obviously, Community fans have a lot to look forward to with the wonderfully pop culture-infested mind of Harmon back in tow to steer this parking lot ship out of the rocky waters of Season 4. Here is one fan’s wish list of what he wants to see in Season 5… Read more…

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