Review: Community, “Contemporary Impressionists”

Not to cherry-pick from my own Twitter feed (not that I haven’t done it before), but “Contemporary Impressionists” is just a weird episode of Community. Weird doesn’t mean “bad” or “awful,” just as it also doesn’t mean “great.” This one featured some really intriguing character development, but was undercut by tonal and balance issues throughout.…… Continue reading Review: Community, “Contemporary Impressionists”

Review: Community, “Urban Matrimony and Sandwich Arts”

Well here we are folks. After three months of agonizing, waiting, Twitter campaigns, flash mobs and a whole lot of kvetching, Community is back on our television screens in one of the deadliest timeslots around. I was supremely excited for the series’ return, just as I was fairly sad that NBC made the (fairly logical)…… Continue reading Review: Community, “Urban Matrimony and Sandwich Arts”

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 15 — #TwoandaHalfSeasonsandanUnceremoniousBenching

In the latest edition of the podcast, I’m joined by regular guest Les Chappell for a timely, emotional reaction to the news that NBC has “benched” Community for the first portion of 2012. You can subscribe to the TVS Podcast on iTunes, if that’s your kind of thing.

Review: Community, “Studies in Modern Movement”

There are a lot of real awful things in this world – hunger, terrorism, disease – but if we’re talking about somewhat less real awful things, it’s hard to top moving. I lived in the same house my entire life until I went to college and perhaps it’s just because of those 17 years of…… Continue reading Review: Community, “Studies in Modern Movement”

Review: Community, “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps”

Halloween is a big deal for Community. Although the series was off to a solid start, “Introduction to Statistics” is the first great or borderline great episode the first season had. From Pierce’s ridiculous freak-out to Abed’s Batman costume/voice, “Statistics” nicely combined the series’ pop culture-soaked sensibilities with its thematic and character aims. Of course,…… Continue reading Review: Community, “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps”

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 12 — Thematic Analysis of Social Decorum and Legal Procedures 300

In this episode of the podcast, my buddy Noel Kirkpatrick from Monsters of Television joins me for a lengthy discussion of the opening four episodes of Community and The Good Wife’s respective third seasons. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, if you’d like.

Investigating Community’s alternate timeline possibilites

Last night’s episode of Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory” was an all-timer. The reviews for the complex, complicated alternate timeline-centric episode are all super positive (including my own) and most of those folks who were worried about the series’ quality have reaffirmed their commitment. The episode was awesome, I’m glad that the fans are calming down…… Continue reading Investigating Community’s alternate timeline possibilites

Review: Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory”

Do you really ever know if you’re the problem? How can you know? And if you do know, what do you to do to fix those problems? As we move along season three of Community, these are the big questions that one Jeff Winger has to answer. He – and admittedly, the rest of the…… Continue reading Review: Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory”

Review: Community, “Competitive Ecology”

How many times can you do a story or tell a joke before it becomes stale or obvious? Television is defined by its formulaic nature and its ability to tell the same story over and over again, only with enough variation to make things seem different. Check out any police, medical and legal procedural on…… Continue reading Review: Community, “Competitive Ecology”

Review: Community, “Geography of Global Conflict”

The nature of the television sitcom is often, if not always, in direct conflict with substantial character development. Critics and people like me want to pull at thematic threads and discuss the big moments for our favorite fictional people, but when it comes to a sitcom, even one as complex, complicated and interesting as Community,…… Continue reading Review: Community, “Geography of Global Conflict”

Season Premiere review — Community, “Biology 101”

If you’ve read any of the articles, spoiler dumps and interviews with the Community cast and crew published since season two ended, you’ve probably gathered that season three is going to be more character-based and less “big event”-based. In the most simplistic terms, you could say that Community season three is going to be more…… Continue reading Season Premiere review — Community, “Biology 101”