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”

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, “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”

Surveillance Summer Watch: Cheers, “Coach Returns to Action,” “Endless Slumper” and “One for the Book”

This is the newest post in 2011′s Surveillance Summer Watch series featuring Cheers and Hill Street Blues. For the next couple of months, I’ll be writing weekly reviews of episodes from each series’ first seasons, with Cheerson Tuesdays and Hill Street Blues on Thursdays. For more information, see this post and for all the SSW pieces,visit this page. People like to talk about … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch: Cheers, “Coach Returns to Action,” “Endless Slumper” and “One for the Book”

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