Sunday, November 4, 2012

Visual: Community

The wacky television experience known as Community has one major thing going for it, and one major thing going against it. On the plus side, they have one of the most insanely dedicated and passionate fanbases I've ever seen for any show, especially one that's only going into its 4th season. However, on the negative side, there's NBC, the network that airs the show. From firing the creator to replacing the writers to shortening the new season to changing the timeslot to postponing when the show was supposed to air, I don't think I've ever seen a series so mistreated by a network, who clearly wants to see this show fail.

Sure, Community does play a part in alienating potential viewers, with their genre-parodies, meta humour, and constant pop culture references, some of the jokes are likely to go over (or under) the heads of those who haven't seen every episode and aren't familiar with the references. It's definitely a show that falls into the category of you either 'get' it or you don't. But if you do 'get' it, then you can appreciate the comedic abilities of the widely diverse cast, the creativity and wit of the writing team, and the fact that not many other shows can pack in as many jokes-per-second as this one does. Seriously, just about every line is quotable. Like any TV series, Community can be hit and miss, not every episode is a classibc, but when they do land a hit, they are the funniest, freshest, most unique show on television.

The 4th (and likely final) season was set to air on October 19th, but NBC decided to push it back to February. Luckily, Comedy Network has been replaying the series from the beginning (currently halfway through season 2), and every day there's new fan videos, GIFs, photosets, and quotes popping up on the internet. So there's plently to feed your Community fix until early next year. And I can only hope that the new writers understand the show's style and characters as well as the old ones did. Today, I'm posting images of the cast in an insane asylum, which likely represents how the cast feels in real life, locked away in purgatory until their network can decide what to do with them.

Image #1 is from 'Paradigms of Human Memory', 2011

Image #2 is from 'Cirriculum Unavailable', 2012

The Community cast is: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong.

Community was created by Dan Harmon

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