2010-2011 season wrap: Ranking the episodes of Community’s second season

The 2010-2011 television series officially ended last week. Obviously, there will be a lot of great television coming in the summer months ahead and it is sort of silly to stick to the ancient constructs of the broadcast television season (which ran from September 20, 2010 to May 25, 2011 this season), but I’ve never … Continue reading 2010-2011 season wrap: Ranking the episodes of Community’s second season

Community, “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons”

I have never in my life played Dungeons & Dragons. Never came close to even thinking about playing. My knowledge of the game is slim, obtained only from that fantastic final episode of Freaks and Geeks and a few passing conversations with members of my co-hort who do enjoy the same and were rightfully excited … Continue reading Community, “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons”

Community, “Celebrity Pharmacology”

When a series is as lowly-rated as Community is, the internet-fueled hype about its greatness is a good thing. But as with anything, that hype comes with a price: expectations. When you've been anointed as the next Arrested Development by the internet commenter hive-mind, it's a blessing and a curse. After tonight's "Celebrity Pharmacology," I … Continue reading Community, “Celebrity Pharmacology”

Community, “Asian Population Studies”

There's been a lot of discussion about the two different kinds of Community. It's not quite "3 Glees" worthy, but critics and fans can obviously see how this series can present us with high-concept, meta-driven episodes like "Epidemiology" and then follow it up with character-driven efforts like "Cooperative Calligraphy" or even  "Mixology Certification." What's interesting … Continue reading Community, “Asian Population Studies”

Community, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”

As I was watching Community's glorious entry into the claymation Christmas canon last night, I couldn't help from thinking about my essay about the series that discusses Abed's popular culture-tinted worldview. Last night's episode is kind of an obvious example for the points I make in that long essay, but I'm not really sure that … Continue reading Community, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”

“Hey, did you guys see Toy Story 3?” — Exploring pop culture as a catalyst for 21st century interpersonal relationships in NBC’s Community

Note: This is the "final draft" of an essay for my Television Comedy class at Bowling Green State University. It's posted here for the purposes of a makeshift, internet-powered peer review. I'll field any comments or emailed questions as they come in. If you read the whole thing, I really appreciate it. I intend to … Continue reading “Hey, did you guys see Toy Story 3?” — Exploring pop culture as a catalyst for 21st century interpersonal relationships in NBC’s Community

Community, “Mixology Certification”

I imagine that "Mixology Certification" is the most divisive episode of Community's second season. It's set outside of the safe Greendale walls, features little pop culture referencing and for the most part, isn't funny in the same kind of way all the "great" episodes of Community are. Instead, it features a fairly boiler-plate sitcom plot … Continue reading Community, “Mixology Certification”

Community, “Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design”

After last week's epic, but ultimately small-in-scale episode, Community starts to build back upward with an episode that is heavy on the pop culture references, but doesn't explicitly reference certain texts or spend an entire episode focusing on that one genre/text/whatever. "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" probably isn't the technically "best" episode of the season, … Continue reading Community, “Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design”

Community, “Cooperative Calligraphy”

I've had some discussions with Community fans who have been a little disappointed by the first batch of S2 episodes because there's been a lot of "theme" episodes and little Greendale-heavy, smaller-scale episodes. If those people didn't love "Cooperative Calligraphy" I don't know what the heck to tell them. Dan Harmon said in an interview … Continue reading Community, “Cooperative Calligraphy”

Community, “Epidemiology”

Apologies for the delay in this write-up, it's been a busy couple of days. That's unfortunate, however, because "Epidemiology" is most certainly the highlight of Community's young second season and one of the best episodes the series has ever done. A few weeks ago, I wasn't too high on "Basic Rocket Science," the NASA-related episode … Continue reading Community, “Epidemiology”

Community, “Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples”

Though most people judge comedies on their ability to execute and deliver jokes, it's sometimes nice to give a series credit for at least trying new things, even when the failures come. I find myself putting Community in that second category, maybe because I just adore the series and need any excuse I can to … Continue reading Community, “Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples”

Community, “Basic Rocket Science”

When Community really picked up steam with critics and internet commentors (because let's be honest, it still hasn't caught on with the general audience), most people pointed to episodes like "Contemporary American Poultry" and "Modern Warfare," and for good reason. Those two episodes are probably the best the series has to offer (I personally prefer … Continue reading Community, “Basic Rocket Science”

Community, “The Psychology of Letting Go”

Community typically strikes a nice balance between it's riffs on the sitcom form, reference humor and heartfelt endings, usually in that order. With that in mind, this week's episode, "The Psychology of Letting Go" surprisingly mixes that order all up to an extent where the episode works more as a fairly emotional story about loss and letting … Continue reading Community, “The Psychology of Letting Go”

Season Premiere — Community, “Anthropology 101”

Disclaimer: Community is, by far, my favorite comedy on television. There are no episodes of the first season that I even dislike a bit. The good news is, it's also one of the best comedies on television, so my undying devotion won't seem that biased or odd amid the sea of glowing reviews across the interwebs. Last … Continue reading Season Premiere — Community, “Anthropology 101”