Review: Community, “Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism”

Community is kind of screwed. Now, let me say that I don’t mean that the series is screwed in regards to its place on NBC’s schedule. That might be the case, but there’s no need to be upset about that tonight (and I still think Community is ultimately going to be fine). What I mean…… Continue reading Review: Community, “Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism”

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”

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”

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

Season Finale, Part Two — Community, “For A Few Paintballs More”

If you missed my thoughts on part one of this glorious two-parter, you can check them out here. I’m actually not sure how much I have to say about “For A Few Paintballs More.” Clearly, it was a tremendously fun episode with a number of great gags and lines, but it had less stylistic and…… Continue reading Season Finale, Part Two — Community, “For A Few Paintballs More”

Community, “Early 21st Century Romanticism”

On the surface, “Early 21st Century Romanticism” doesn’t feel like a complex or ambitious episode. And for the most part, it’s not really. But even though this appears to be a season one-esque episode that is fairly low-key in its approach and execution, there is actually a lot going on. Not only episodes of the…… Continue reading Community, “Early 21st Century Romanticism”