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Like many, I am tired of these Community fans that fail to see our Greendale Bunch is slowly declining. This entire season has been pretty horrible and I believe this is due, in large part, to the writers recreating the characters, storyline and pilot and moving, ever so slowly from the pilot. I think before writing a new episode, every show should be required to watch the Pilot to see where the show started off.
For instance, in the case of Community we find:
In the Pilot, Jeff was a former- liar… I mean womanizing, lawyer who encompasses cool. He is rendered nearly speechless when he spots Britta Perry.
Britta is the rebel ‘without a cause’ late 20- early 30 something that returns to college to do something with her life.
Abed is the autistic/Asperger Indian guy whose father despises his movie intelligence and Hollywood aspirations.
The former High School star who injures himself during a party and is forced to go to Community College, to get discovered by a big name school.
The unstable stalker of Troy who was removed from school because of her mental instability and obsessions.
The rich millionaire, who has more failed marriages than cars and attends community college for the companionship.
A divorcee, who returns to college to get her business education, to provide a better life for her 2-boys.
Remember, the Deans question in the Pilot? What is Community College?
This show was as diverse and crazy as community college can be, with Senor Chang’s ‘Why do You teach Spanish’ rant or the Dean being the Dean. It was clear, that God must have a sense of humor because somehow these people with different backgrounds and lifestyles have found themselves at Greendale Community College.
I can understand the diversity of Community College and the lame attempts at student government, drama club etc, etc. Unlike a university setting, Community College is America. However, the show now has too many pop culture references, too many Glee references, parodies, gimmicks etc.
We have awkward duos like when Troy moved in with Pierce, then Troy paired with Abed. Troy’s development has regressed. He moved from dumb jock to pillow forts. Jeff and Britta ended their relationship but have this on again/ off again relationship (inconsistent with the development of the Pilot). Now, Jeff wants to sleep with Annie. Abed is becoming less and less independent since he meet the group, now he is becoming downright annoying. Pierce used to be the group Grandpa but now he is the very center of evil and racism- that comes off very forced. Especially with the documentary style episode, the writers have relied on cheap gimmicks to attract viewers (since the Modern Warfare episode).
This season has been obsessed with character development. Like what was the reason Britta slept with Subway? Why didn’t Britta and Jeff just get married with Shirley and Andre? What was the reason for Britta sleeping with Blade and that entire episode? Why make Chang a security guard but remove him as a fake teacher- so early in the series? Why have the Annie-Jeff dynamic? Why take Pierce’s money/business? Why have Britta admit she loved Jeff to only be rejected but never resolve the relationship? Why entertain a Chang-baby without delivering? What is Troy now? Why have Shirley get back together with Andre? Where is Leonard and Starburns (Alex)? Why introduce us to Rich? Why have Betty White?
The only thing good thing about the developments over the last season has been John Goodman and the air conditioning school.
I can already hear, the defenders of the show say, ”Oh you don’t get it,”- no, I just remember where we started. I get it! This show sucks! I can decipher the references, I see the irony and am tired. I continue to watch to hope to see a glimpse of what I started watching. I know there are community college programs that take more than 2-years and it seems each season seems more like a semester. However, lets hope next year we will see the group come back to the table to experience Greendale for everything that its worth.
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