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Community “Wedding Videography” Review (6×12)

26 May

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This is a bizarre episode that I wasn’t expecting to work as well as it did. There are several swing-and-a-miss moments throughout, but overall, it’s able to end up as a consistently funny half hour with some solid character moments. It’s a more intimate look at the group than we’ve had in recent memory, highlighting not only the endearing, entertaining side of these individuals, but also the darker side that can come out. As fun as they are to watch, Jeff, Britta, Annie, and the rest all have flaws, and some of those flaws can be attributed to the idea of the group itself.

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Community “Modern Espionage” Review (6×11)

19 May

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Community‘s first two paintball episodes were comedy classics, episodes that brought both humor and poignant emotional beats as they paid homage to a considerable number of action movies. They were the show at its best, and although “Modern Espionage” doesn’t quite capture the magic of those two episodes–what can?–it’s still my favorite episode of the new season. It’s an entertaining ride from start to finish, and it still manages to stay fresh and fun.

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Community “Ladders”/ “Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care” Review (6×01/6×02)

17 Mar

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“Change.”

As the new season of Community begins, all of our characters are yet again dealing with change: Shirley’s spinning off, a new consultant is hired to improve Greendale, and the show itself is moving from NBC to Yahoo. It’s not the show we loved at its peak, but it’s a fine return to form after a disappointing season four and a middling season five finale; in fact, the premiere itself is concerned with how exactly the show is going to deal with change, and as a result, it becomes a self-referential, thoroughly enjoyable ride that takes us back into the halls of Greendale. Welcome back, show.

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Community “Basic Sandwich” Review (5×13)

17 Apr

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I’m sorry. The point is: this show, Annie, it isn’t just their show. This is our show. And it’s not over. And the sooner we find that treasure, the faster the Jeff/Britta pilot falls apart.”

This has always been a show about a community, as expected: a living, breathing group of friends whose school is an essential aspect of all their beings. “Basic Sandwich” emphasizes that fact nicely, serving as a sweet, funny ending to what is most likely the penultimate season of the show.

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Community “Advanced Advanced Dungeons and Dragons” Review (5×10)

20 Mar

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“Advanced Dungeons and Dragons” was one of the all-time greatest Community episodes, showcasing the best the show had to offer and beautifully summing up what Community is about;  there’s just no use trying to rehash greatest hits, and thankfully, “Advanced Advanced Dungeons and Dragons” is able to maintain a sense of uniqueness as it delivers a flawed, yet entertaining, 21 minutes.

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Community “VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing” Review (5×09)

13 Mar

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When Vince Gilligan shows up as a cheesy, western VCR host, you know you’re in for something hilarious. Watching the four try to figure out the game is already funny, but when Annie and Abed really get into it, spinning and shooting and moving their way through the ridiculousness, you have comedy gold.

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Community “App Development and Condiments” Review (5×08)

6 Mar

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Community can still bring it with the concept episodes, and “App Development and Condiments” takes that concept and runs with it, crafting a wildly entertaining 22 minutes of television. This is just plain fun.

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Community “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality” Review (5×07)

27 Feb

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Community is fundamentally a comedy, but that comedy is rooted in a deeper understanding of our characters; yes, these people are attending a community college and all feel varying levels of unfulfillment. There’s a time in which they all have to stand back and take stock of who they are, and this episode explores that idea in depth.

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Community “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” Review (5×06)

30 Jan

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This is an incredibly entertaining episode of Community, and it’s nice to see the show get down to the basics again. Sure, it can pull off the big emotional moments and the concept episodes nicely, but sometimes, we just want to see good ‘ol Community.

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Community “Geothermal Escapism” Review (5×05)

23 Jan

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When Troy sails off on the Childish Tycoon at the end of this episode, it’s hard not to get choked up; he’s been an integral part of this show and a beloved character, and it’s not easy saying goodbye. But alas, people come and go, and that’s a major theme tonight. When do we decide that we need a change? When do we have to let go of our pasts, to reinvent ourselves without losing hold of who we are inside? When do we decide that we have to fall into a pit of lava in order to come out unscathed on the other side? For, that’s the very choice Troy has to make in “Geothermal Escapism”, and it’s a big one.

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