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Obligatory paintball

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So as we come to the end of another season of Community (perhaps its last, perhaps not), I don’t think I could have ever believed that my reaction would be one of indifference.  At the beginning of the season, I was prepared to hate Community 2.0 (and some of it I did), but I also harbored a secret hope that I might love it (some of which I did), but increasingly, I’ve found myself waiting days to catch the show on Hulu – out of equal parts duty, guilt, and lingering hope. And that’s kind of my reaction to Advanced Introduction to Finality. All season, Community has been the show that does gimmick and homage episodes because that’s what it’s supposed to do (obligatory paintball!), and what its fanbase is supposed to love; and it’s become the show that revolves around the study group as a family with something dangerously close to an unearned sentimentality, lacking the emotional substructure previous seasons have had. And that’s precisely what we got tonight, I thought.

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Written by teables

May 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm

The crazy quilt of destiny

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I enjoyed the origin story and seeing more flesh on the characters’ pasts than we’ve seen before, like what Annie’s pill addiction looked like. Some viewers might object to this sort of uncovering of the group’s history, but I thought it was fun to watch even if not especially funny.

To my surprise, Pearce’s absence didn’t bother me. He’s never been my favorite character, Read the rest of this entry »

Written by emstaley

May 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

I wish we could switch bodies

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This episode caught me off guard by putting Troy and Britta’s relationship center stage. It’s been a background feature of the season, but it hasn’t really seemed to matter to the stories we’ve been shown. We haven’t seen enough of their relationship for me to have an opinion about whether it’s going well or poorly. As I noted in response to Herstory of Dance, Troy didn’t seem to have very much fun while playing the dutiful boyfriend to Britta the dance-planner, but that seemed to have less to do with Britta and more to do with Abed (as usually is the case with Troy). So here we are, asked to believe that Troy thinks there’s really something wrong in their relationship that makes it too much work. I guess it would have felt more plausible Read the rest of this entry »

Written by emstaley

April 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

A Christmas hostage

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For me, this episode was just ok. I neither loved nor hated it and so have little to say about it.

The good: I got a kick out of watching Abed watch the incident with Cornwallis unfold. His tank top and shoe removal brought just enough Die Hard to the party, Read the rest of this entry »

Written by emstaley

April 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

Getting high and feeling down

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I thought this episode was a lot of fun, but to my own surprise, I found the puppets to be pretty forgettable. I imagine that down the road I’ll remember that there was a puppet episode, and I’ll probably remember the general plot—study group adventure leads to drug-induced confessions and collective embarrassment—but retain nothing about the puppets themselves. Indeed, I already can’t recall anything especially interesting or funny about the puppets. Maybe that speaks to the point of puppet therapy though—it’s not really about the puppets. The puppets Read the rest of this entry »

Written by emstaley

April 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Just Let Her Be Happy

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Hi friends,

So I think this episode was worth watching just to see that Dean costume…it might be the most creepy, creative one we’ve ever had, and I loved it! But black and white pictures and secret amulets aside, the focus of this episode for me really was Britta’s arc. I have felt that the incessant mocking she receives from her friends has gotten a little out of hand lately. And while the use of her name as a synonym for ‘bad’ was funny at first – that little tick has just been used too much (although, Britastrophe was quite funny). I have begun to wonder why Britta sticks around with a boyfriend who seems not to want to be with her and friends who seem to enjoy her presence purely for the purpose of having someone to beat up on. Maybe it’s supposed to be one of the show’s inversions – that the ‘hot blonde’ Read the rest of this entry »

Written by themothchase

April 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

Too Cool for School

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Hi friends,

Well, this might be the first episode this season that I think I could watch twice (and given that there are Community episodes I’ve watched 4 times – e.g., Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas – I was starting to feel disappointment with my utter lack of desire to ever return to any of this season’s). But with Economics of Marine Biology, a few jokes definitely slipped past me. There were even moments (especially in the cold open) when they were stacked and integrated well enough that I almost couldn’t keep up. It wasn’t until I’d felt the temptation to rewind for about a third time that I realized that desire to repeat, to experience the same thing immediately again, is precisely what’s been missing from this season for me. Whether we settle on Let’s or Splingles, Troy’s right – it’s been quite the week! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by themothchase

March 22, 2013 at 8:13 am