|By Ellen Waddell|
Community is, for the lack of a better term, a cult show.
We can call it that because despite consistently low ratings and public spats between cast and crew it inspires hard-core dedication from fans (#sixseasonsandamovie, etc) which leads to it getting renewed.
Rumbles began to surface about Chevy Chase, who plays the unlikeable Pierce Hawthorne, and Harmon butting heads over his character. Chase didn’t get “it”. And by “it,” I mean the show.
The whole Abed’s Dream World schtick has been done to death by Community. How many Dreamatorian interventions do we need to have? This concept seems like a tired, or lazy way to kick off the new season, causing the whole episode to feel like mid season filer. Although watching Jeff complete in a variety of Hunger Dean Games was enjoyable, especially when he and Dean Pelton perform the Tango, it only served to show how consistently excellent Jim Rash is at stealing scenes.
Other then that, not much of note happened, and there was a sincere speech by Jeff. Whilst the speech was only imagined by Abed, it was too soon in the season to be heard. They have to do some struggling and bonding, before we have Jeff do a appropriate “lawyer speech.” Even if it’s only a imagined one.
It certainly wouldn’t be up for a fourth series without the support of it’s cult fanbase, the fact people cared so much about the loss of Harmon is testimony to this. I can’t imagine anyone watching this episode is coming to it completely fresh, or without a backward knowledge of every single episode.
But strangely there is no broadening of appeal here, if anything there is a narrowing.
This episode is fine, but it is a whimper not a bang, which shows that on set shake ups should also result in show shake ups. There should be some surprises, changes or controversy in what we are seeing to liven up a show with excellent characters who could do many things and go many places, rather then repeating old ideas in uninteresting ways. I am not disappointed, but neither am I excited.
And that sucks.