Here we go again.
This is the first time cult fave comedy Community has aired anywhere but NBC, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it was rebooting almost out of habit.
Season four began with new showrunners and a meta-dive into “Abed’s Happy Community College Show.” Season five undid the damage with “Repilot” as creator Dan Harmon returned and the cast shifted. But going all the way back to the premiere of season three, our protagonist Jeff (Joel McHale) literally dreamed of making a fresh start. “We’re going to finally be fine,” the group sang (lied) in his head, “we’re going to be more normal.”
So now here we are at six seasons (a whisper on the wind: “… and a movie …”), and Community finds itself, rather understandably, a little shaky on its feet. Only four-sevenths of the original core Study Group remain, and Yahoo Screen’s first two episodes feature a Greendale that is, frankly, not quite firing on all cylinders.
The show is trying to move forward more than look back, and I suspect it won’t be long before the rhythm is a dancer. More classes, please!
Actors Paget Brewster and Keith David have joined the team (hey, if Jonathan Banks can blend in as seamlessly as he did last season, the more the merrier), which, as series soul Abed (Danny Pudi, hanging on for dear career) pointed out, is getting very loosely knit.
Still, as long as the dean (Academy Award winner Jim Rash) is still a ridiculous, three-steps-behind mince, and as long as Britta (Gillian Jacobs, also recently invaluable on Girls) is still a hysterical, accident-prone child, Community will be one of the most endearing sitcoms on whatever medium it inhabits. (And the second of the two episodes currently up feature the former in a virtual reality platform, blathering on about “worlds within worlds,” while the latter shrieks at her parents — Martin Mull! Lesley Ann Warren! — for giving her secret financial support, so we’re probably OK.)
Anyone who watches Mad Men knows that there’s never enough Alison Brie in the world, and I’d say she’s one of the two most irreplaceable actors left on this show. The other is Ken Jeong, whose Chang earned the biggest laugh so far, telling his co-conspirators he’ll take the fall for their misdeeds and never see a jail cell, since he’s been reliving the same day over and over for thousands of years. You and this show both, buddy, but it’s a pretty darn good day.
At six seasons (“…but where’s the movie?…”), Community is a testament to fan love made manifest, but what is a show about a clique of loveable misfits focus once that clique has dissolved? Let’s find out.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYzevdW9h-8