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”

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, “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux”

Just picture for a moment that someone who was randomly, in the off-chance,  moved by the swell of online support for Community in the wake of NBC’s decision to “bench” it for a bit in early 2012 decided to watch tonight’s episode and it was their first experience with Community. Can you even begin to … Continue reading Review: Community, “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux”

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”

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”

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

It's that time again, folks. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, which means I have almost an entire month to flood this space with hopes, dreams and predictions about what could happen come nomination time. To kick things off, I'll be bringing back the Dream Emmy Ballot. It's something I did last … Continue reading 2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

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”

Misery loves company: Musings on why Community season two has been better than season one

I wanted to write something in celebration of Community's season finale tonight, but I have gone back and forth as to what is I actually wanted to write about. A ranked list of the episodes? Nah (at least not yet). A list of the best moments? Boo. More about Pierce? Meh. No, instead I'm here … Continue reading Misery loves company: Musings on why Community season two has been better than season one

Season Finale, Part One — Community, “A Fistful of Paintballs”

Sequels suck. That's not always true, but it's at least usually true.* Whether due to poor planning on the producers' part or a shockingly high level of expectations from the audiences, there's just something empty about coming back for seconds. So when it was announced that the Community team was doing a follow-up to last season's epic "Modern … Continue reading Season Finale, Part One — Community, “A Fistful of Paintballs”