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2013-02-04 03:21:50 PM
Because this is the trailer that Community deserves.
But not the one it needs right now.
So we'll watch it, and be critical on FARK About it.
Because it can take it.
 
2013-02-04 03:42:22 PM
I am so farking sick of the Dean.

He's a character who's good in small doses.  But when you make him a main character, he's borderline Chang bad.
 
2013-02-04 03:47:16 PM
I'm so looking forward to seeing Alison Brie's breasts bouncing around on screen again.
 
2013-02-04 03:47:39 PM
Already two posts and nothing about Annie's boobs?

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2013-02-04 03:51:12 PM
Community without Dan Harmon is like News Radio after Phil Hartman died and he was replaced with Jon Lovitz except that its different because I watched that.
 
2013-02-04 03:52:27 PM

Katchaa: Already two posts and nothing about Annie's boobs?

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One post above you.
 
2013-02-04 03:53:23 PM

PainInTheASP: Katchaa: Already two posts and nothing about Annie's boobs?

[images.wikia.com image 211x317]

One post above you.


Took me a minute to find the photo.  My bad.
 
2013-02-04 03:54:47 PM

Katchaa: Already two posts and nothing about Annie's boobs?

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I'll oblige:
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2013-02-04 03:55:51 PM
mmmmmm..... Annie's Boobs
 
2013-02-04 03:57:08 PM

oldfarthenry: Katchaa: Already two posts and nothing about Annie's boobs?

[images.wikia.com image 211x317]

I'll oblige:
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You are a gentleman and a scholar.
 
2013-02-04 04:03:33 PM

rcantley: I am so farking sick of the Dean.

He's a character who's good in small doses.  But when you make him a main character, he's borderline Chang bad.


Honestly, you could say that about every character, top to bottom. That's why I'll probably be watching some ball or puck get slapped around instead of this coming season.

I forget where it was but I read the perfect summation of  Communityas being a sitcom written by the internet for the internet. But it failed to mention that internet culture gets tiresome  real quick. It gets self aware and, instead of saying "let's dial it down a notch," resolves to outdo itself at every turn. Heaping forced meme on top of forced meme, looking to itself for a source of humor instead of the outside world, and pandering to a niche fanbase that hase to be dialed in 100% all the time because anybody not fully committed will get...tired.

You had a good run but, as much as your whacked out fans will scream otherwise, it's time...
 
2013-02-04 04:08:45 PM

The Great EZE: I forget where it was but I read the perfect summation of Communityas being a sitcom written by the internet for the internet. But it failed to mention that internet culture gets tiresome real quick. It gets self aware and, instead of saying "let's dial it down a notch," resolves to outdo itself at every turn. Heaping forced meme on top of forced meme, looking to itself for a source of humor instead of the outside world, and pandering to a niche fanbase that hase to be dialed in 100% all the time because anybody not fully committed will get...tired.


I actually pretty much agree with that.  Community has always wanted to be clever, and that can get in the way of it actually being funny - the, "Hey, let's reference Law and Order a lot!" episode last year being a chief example.  And the show has a bad tendency to pander to its audience's desires.

I'll watch this season, but I won't shed any tears if it's the last.
 
2013-02-04 04:08:46 PM
That wasn't a very good trailer. Let's hope the actual season is better.
 
2013-02-04 04:21:50 PM
Extra points for the Kayako reference in the video!
 
2013-02-04 04:33:14 PM
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2013-02-04 04:35:17 PM
this thursday? YES
 
2013-02-04 04:48:03 PM
Fark convinced me to give the show a chance.  I'm not disappointed.  I just started season 3.  Favorites so far are the paintball episodes and the "flashback" episode in season 2.
 
2013-02-04 04:50:02 PM
If that is the epic trailer then I'm even more worried about this season
 
2013-02-04 05:01:51 PM

rcantley: The Great EZE: I forget where it was but I read the perfect summation of Communityas being a sitcom written by the internet for the internet. But it failed to mention that internet culture gets tiresome real quick. It gets self aware and, instead of saying "let's dial it down a notch," resolves to outdo itself at every turn. Heaping forced meme on top of forced meme, looking to itself for a source of humor instead of the outside world, and pandering to a niche fanbase that hase to be dialed in 100% all the time because anybody not fully committed will get...tired.

I actually pretty much agree with that.  Community has always wanted to be clever, and that can get in the way of it actually being funny - the, "Hey, let's reference Law and Order a lot!" episode last year being a chief example.  And the show has a bad tendency to pander to its audience's desires.

I'll watch this season, but I won't shed any tears if it's the last.


X3
At least they got rid of Chevy Chase right?

LiquidTester: Fark convinced me to give the show a chance.  I'm not disappointed.  I just started season 3.  Favorites so far are the paintball episodes and the "flashback" episode in season 2.

The problem is they started doing episodes like the paintball one all the time. It gets tiring and blase
 
2013-02-04 05:05:51 PM

LiquidTester: Fark convinced me to give the show a chance.  I'm not disappointed.  I just started season 3.  Favorites so far are the paintball episodes and the "flashback" episode in season 2.


Didn't the flashback episode have Jack Black? You were streets ahead until you mentioned that episode.

I'd put the Christmas and Halloween episodes among my favorites as well as paintball, for various reasons.
 
2013-02-04 05:23:30 PM

LiquidTester: Fark convinced me to give the show a chance.  I'm not disappointed.  I just started season 3.  Favorites so far are the paintball episodes and the "flashback" episode in season 2.


Some of the best episodes of the show so far are in season 3. Just wait until you get to the one with the dice. You'll know what I'm talking about when you do, and it will blow your mind. Smartest show on TV.

I've loved it so much that I'm pretty worried about the new season starting on Thursday. I'll give it a shot, but my expectations are pretty low going in to it.
 
2013-02-04 05:31:34 PM
Is it weird that I'm more of a Britta fan ?
She has a secret hottness.
 
2013-02-04 05:37:06 PM

Zombie DJ: Is it weird that I'm more of a Britta fan ?
She has a secret hottness.


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2013-02-04 05:54:18 PM
"I remember when this was about a community college."

I love this show, but I don't know how it will be without Harmon.  Hopefully the show doesn't crawl too far up its own ass this season.
 
2013-02-04 05:59:22 PM

NeoCortex42: Zombie DJ: Is it weird that I'm more of a Britta fan ?
She has a secret hottness.

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Same here. Both gorgeous, but differently.

And Zombie DJ - the actress who plays Britta was in the movie "Choke" and you should probably look that up. Or at least look up the pictures of her from the movie on the internet. Hint: you will probably get some hits if you use the word "topless" in your search.
 
2013-02-04 06:11:18 PM

hogans: LiquidTester: Fark convinced me to give the show a chance.  I'm not disappointed.  I just started season 3.  Favorites so far are the paintball episodes and the "flashback" episode in season 2.

Didn't the flashback episode have Jack Black? You were streets ahead until you mentioned that episode.

I'd put the Christmas and Halloween episodes among my favorites as well as paintball, for various reasons.


Since we are talking favorite episodes

My dinner with Andre/Pulp fiction episode. Fanfarkingtastic
 
2013-02-04 06:13:02 PM

Into the blue again: hogans: LiquidTester: Fark convinced me to give the show a chance.  I'm not disappointed.  I just started season 3.  Favorites so far are the paintball episodes and the "flashback" episode in season 2.

Didn't the flashback episode have Jack Black? You were streets ahead until you mentioned that episode.

I'd put the Christmas and Halloween episodes among my favorites as well as paintball, for various reasons.

Since we are talking favorite episodes

My dinner with Andre/Pulp fiction episode. Fanfarkingtastic


Also the third beetlejuice, once each season.
 
2013-02-04 06:16:26 PM
Hint: If a show defies its conventions EVERY WEEK, then defying the convention becomes the convention, and what you're doing is no longer entertaining. It becomes a Michael Bay movie, except instead of only having a mildly-coherent plot to get to the next explosion so idiots can be entertained by things blowing up, you only have your mildly-coherent plot to get to the next high-concept genre parody so pseudo-intellectuals can be entertained by how standard tropes are being co-opted.
 
2013-02-04 06:26:18 PM
I enjoy the show, if that's allowable without being some pretentious hipster.
 
2013-02-04 06:38:50 PM

Scythed: Hint: If a show defies its conventions EVERY WEEK, then defying the convention becomes the convention, and what you're doing is no longer entertaining. It becomes a Michael Bay movie, except instead of only having a mildly-coherent plot to get to the next explosion so idiots can be entertained by things blowing up, you only have your mildly-coherent plot to get to the next high-concept genre parody so pseudo-intellectuals can be entertained by how standard tropes are being co-opted.


Glad you came to the thread! I love how people like you can feel so superior to everyone else (insert xkcd comic here). The problem I have with the people like you is very simple. Accept the show for what it is, entertainment. It is not some intelligence meter, it is a TV show! Community is what it is, don't like it? Don't watch or post in community threads. It's not for you, but I thank you for your time and superiority. You are streets ahead.

/farking jackass that one
 
2013-02-04 07:30:48 PM
Lotta people here need a laugh track to tell when something's funny.
 
2013-02-04 07:39:02 PM

Into the blue again: I love how people like you can feel so superior to everyone else (insert xkcd comic here). The problem I have with the people like you is very simple. Accept the show for what it is, entertainment. It is not some intelligence meter, it is a TV show! Community is what it is, don't like it? Don't watch or post in community threads. It's not for you, but I thank you for your time and superiority.


The comment underneath yours belies the point and the problem.  People take their enjoyment of the show as a sign of intelligence and deride those that don't as stupid.

I enjoy the show, but like others have stated, it often spends so much time trying to be clever that it spends less time trying to be entertaining.  Much like the sad shuffling past a dog sleeping on a red house that preceded it, the Beetle Juice thing was clever, but not genius, and far from the epitome of intelligent high art that some assign to it.

There are some episodes where it clicks (like the multiverse episode).  There are others where it doesn't (pillow fort Ken Burns).  These are just my opinions, but there is a certain assholishness that goes along with fans of certain series (Community, Arrested Development, Firefly, 30 Rock) that makes being a fan of those series difficult.
 
2013-02-04 07:55:49 PM

Into the blue again: Scythed: Hint: If a show defies its conventions EVERY WEEK, then defying the convention becomes the convention, and what you're doing is no longer entertaining. It becomes a Michael Bay movie, except instead of only having a mildly-coherent plot to get to the next explosion so idiots can be entertained by things blowing up, you only have your mildly-coherent plot to get to the next high-concept genre parody so pseudo-intellectuals can be entertained by how standard tropes are being co-opted.

Glad you came to the thread! I love how people like you can feel so superior to everyone else (insert xkcd comic here). The problem I have with the people like you is very simple. Accept the show for what it is, entertainment. It is not some intelligence meter, it is a TV show! Community is what it is, don't like it? Don't watch or post in community threads. It's not for you, but I thank you for your time and superiority. You are streets ahead.

/farking jackass that one


Oh snap.
 
2013-02-04 08:43:49 PM
Just hooked up my digital antenna. I'll be furiously masturbating this Thursday at 7:00.

WATCHING. I meant watching. Yeah, that's the ticket.
 
2013-02-04 08:50:02 PM

Into the blue again: Scythed: Hint: If a show defies its conventions EVERY WEEK, then defying the convention becomes the convention, and what you're doing is no longer entertaining. It becomes a Michael Bay movie, except instead of only having a mildly-coherent plot to get to the next explosion so idiots can be entertained by things blowing up, you only have your mildly-coherent plot to get to the next high-concept genre parody so pseudo-intellectuals can be entertained by how standard tropes are being co-opted.

Glad you came to the thread! I love how people like you can feel so superior to everyone else (insert xkcd comic here). The problem I have with the people like you is very simple. Accept the show for what it is, entertainment. It is not some intelligence meter, it is a TV show! Community is what it is, don't like it? Don't watch or post in community threads. It's not for you, but I thank you for your time and superiority. You are streets ahead.

/farking jackass that one


Just because someone is able to articulate why they don't find a television show entertaining doesn't mean they're trying to feel superior to anyone else. The worst kind of fan is a needlessly defensive one.

Excellent "if you don't like it don't watch it" suggestion, though. Very original. It's a great code to live by if you intend to never use an ounce of energy thinking about, well, anything.
 
2013-02-04 09:00:23 PM

salvador.hardin: Community without Dan Harmon is like News Radio after Phil Hartman died and he was replaced with Jon Lovitz except that its different because I watched that.


Wow, you haven't even seen an episode without Harmon around, and somehow you're certain it will suck.
 
2013-02-04 09:03:06 PM

The Great EZE: Into the blue again: Scythed: Hint: If a show defies its conventions EVERY WEEK, then defying the convention becomes the convention, and what you're doing is no longer entertaining. It becomes a Michael Bay movie, except instead of only having a mildly-coherent plot to get to the next explosion so idiots can be entertained by things blowing up, you only have your mildly-coherent plot to get to the next high-concept genre parody so pseudo-intellectuals can be entertained by how standard tropes are being co-opted.

Glad you came to the thread! I love how people like you can feel so superior to everyone else (insert xkcd comic here). The problem I have with the people like you is very simple. Accept the show for what it is, entertainment. It is not some intelligence meter, it is a TV show! Community is what it is, don't like it? Don't watch or post in community threads. It's not for you, but I thank you for your time and superiority. You are streets ahead.

/farking jackass that one

Just because someone is able to articulate why they don't find a television show entertaining doesn't mean they're trying to feel superior to anyone else. The worst kind of fan is a needlessly defensive one.

Excellent "if you don't like it don't watch it" suggestion, though. Very original. It's a great code to live by if you intend to never use an ounce of energy thinking about, well, anything.


There is so much wrong here.... he doesn't have to like it. Going into a thread to tell everyone they are stupid for liking this show.... I can't finish, this will be lost on you... forget it....

0-media-cdn.foolz.us
 
2013-02-04 09:11:03 PM

mjbok: Into the blue again: I love how people like you can feel so superior to everyone else (insert xkcd comic here). The problem I have with the people like you is very simple. Accept the show for what it is, entertainment. It is not some intelligence meter, it is a TV show! Community is what it is, don't like it? Don't watch or post in community threads. It's not for you, but I thank you for your time and superiority.

The comment underneath yours belies the point and the problem.  People take their enjoyment of the show as a sign of intelligence and deride those that don't as stupid.

I enjoy the show, but like others have stated, it often spends so much time trying to be clever that it spends less time trying to be entertaining.  Much like the sad shuffling past a dog sleeping on a red house that preceded it, the Beetle Juice thing was clever, but not genius, and far from the epitome of intelligent high art that some assign to it.

There are some episodes where it clicks (like the multiverse episode).  There are others where it doesn't (pillow fort Ken Burns).  These are just my opinions, but there is a certain assholishness that goes along with fans of certain series (Community, Arrested Development, Firefly, 30 Rock) that makes being a fan of those series difficult.


Everyone can learn from this person's post. A way to invite thoughtful discussion. I absolutely agree the show tries to be too clever for it's own good, and that hurts the overall product. When it's on... it's on. As I stated earlier, the whole my dinner with Andre episode was fantastic. It went through that whole clever thing, really stuck with it for like 20/22 minutes (previous statement not intended to be truthful) then just threw it all away at the end. It was the perfect episode for what they want to be. But those are few from the total.

As for the assholishness of those fans, I agree. I like all the shows you mentioned. When I see those guys going to town I feel like posting the Jon Stewart 'You're not helpng.jpg'. When you get those people you can just dismiss them like the guy I responded to above.
 
2013-02-04 09:17:08 PM

Hebalo: salvador.hardin: Community without Dan Harmon is like News Radio after Phil Hartman died and he was replaced with Jon Lovitz except that its different because I watched that.

Wow, you haven't even seen an episode without Harmon around, and somehow you're certain it will suck.


I'm hoping it won't suck without him and I am still looking forward to the premiere. On the other hand, look at the mess The Office became when Greg Daniels left. It was still watchable, but it was nowhere near as good or consistent as it had been.
 
2013-02-04 09:18:20 PM
I like the show.

/please don't hurt me.
 
2013-02-04 09:26:35 PM

Into the blue again: hogans: LiquidTester: Fark convinced me to give the show a chance.  I'm not disappointed.  I just started season 3.  Favorites so far are the paintball episodes and the "flashback" episode in season 2.

Didn't the flashback episode have Jack Black? You were streets ahead until you mentioned that episode.

I'd put the Christmas and Halloween episodes among my favorites as well as paintball, for various reasons.

Since we are talking favorite episodes

My dinner with Andre/Pulp fiction episode. Fanfarkingtastic


Yeah, that one too was streets ahead.
 
2013-02-04 09:32:41 PM

Hebalo: salvador.hardin: Community without Dan Harmon is like News Radio after Phil Hartman died and he was replaced with Jon Lovitz except that its different because I watched that.

Wow, you haven't even seen an episode without Harmon around, and somehow you're certain it will suck.


This isn't a normal show delivered by a team of writers. Its not really a show about the characters or about a central plot. Its a series of happenings inhabited by a jumble of archetypal neroses. By all accounts this thing was pretty much straight out of Harmon's strange little brain. Its probably not going to suck, the writers they got are pretty top notch. But they are going to try and do what Harmon never did, which is water down the weird stuff and broaden the humor to increase the audience. The things I liked about the show were the things that made the audience so small. I'd rather watch Big Bang Theory than watch a watered down Community.

Besides, if it turns out to be really really good I'll hear about it and I can start tuning in. Otherwise I'll catch the new episodes in syndication ( which is the only reason they are making this season anyway) when I can't get to sleep someday.
 
2013-02-04 10:00:48 PM
Put me in with the camp that's worried because I like it when it's weird and "Internet-y." My biggest fear is that the show will try to either be weird, but a focus group weird, or start making them "fully fleshed out" characters with sitcommy poignant feelings. Ugh. Community will turn into Scrubs, later Scrubs.
 
2013-02-04 10:39:11 PM
I'm shocked this is airing. Don't they have 30 rock reruns to show?
 
2013-02-04 10:59:40 PM
Problems with Community:

1. Too much Dean and Chang. Okay in small doses, way too overbearing two seasons ago.
2. Make Britta an actual character again and not just a one-note joke. Goes for all characters -- they need to be fleshed out now that we've gotten to know them through trait distillation. What happened to Troy's alpha-male side, for example?
3. Less big-idea episodes, more episodes like the bottle episode where they just goof off.
4. Mix up the interactions. Break up the Annie-Abed-Troy triangle a little. (see: Jeff and Abed getting drunk).
 
2013-02-04 11:00:19 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum: Problems with Community:


Okay, so those are recommendations. Bleh.
 
2013-02-05 12:28:34 AM

Seth'n'Spectrum: Problems with Community:

1. Too much Dean and Chang. Okay in small doses, way too overbearing two seasons ago.
2. Make Britta an actual character again and not just a one-note joke. Goes for all characters -- they need to be fleshed out now that we've gotten to know them through trait distillation. What happened to Troy's alpha-male side, for example?
3. Less big-idea episodes, more episodes like the bottle episode where they just goof off.
4. Mix up the interactions. Break up the Annie-Abed-Troy triangle a little. (see: Jeff and Abed getting drunk).


I agree with 1 and 4 but I think 2 and 3 are the staples of Community, not a flaw. They've even done an episode about how the group doesn't change. I'm fine with characters not being fleshed out, you-don't-know-this-other-side-of-me characters; the show isn't about that and it never was. Yes, having fleshed out characters over time triggers that familiarity part of your brain that stimulates in the same way conversing with friends do -- and thus is pleasant -- but Community has always been more of a sketch comedy and/or parable show.

I don't get this fetish for "realness". It's nice in certain settings but it really isn't the end-all-be-all of storytelling and entertainment. Gulliver and the creatures he met didn't need backstories and fully fleshed out, multi-dimensional emotions to be entertaining. MacBeth didn't show a humanitarian side as well as a love of animals before he murdered the King.

Community's strength and it's claim to fame are these "big idea" episodes; there is merit and entertainment in just-accurate-enough mimicry. Some -- I suspect much of the hardcore fanbase -- happen to enjoy that type of humor and find it clever in and of itself; perhaps it's even our favorite type of humor. I worry that without Harmon, they'll try to do those episodes but fail in that delicate balance of homage and parody. Yes, the safe thing would be to turn it into a character-based, emotionally maturing, plot-based show.

We have at least a dozen of those a night.
 
2013-02-05 03:07:32 AM

salvador.hardin: Community without Dan Harmon is like News Radio after Phil Hartman died and he was replaced with Jon Lovitz except that its different because I watched that.


Jon Lovitz stepped up because they needed someone to step up.  And even without Hartman there, once they figured out what the f--k Max was supposed to be they got into a pretty respectable groove.  There are a half a dozen or so episodes (the Johnny Johnson arc, Freaky Friday, and a few others (maybe Tower and Flowers for Matthew) where they figured out how to make an awesome show without Hartman as difficult as that was.

Harmon, on the other hand... he made his bed.  It might suck but I think it could have been more recoverable if the network showed any faith in the remaining writers and the cast.  The fact that it's freaking February before the season starts makes me think not.

imgod2u: but Community has always been more of a sketch comedy and/or parable show.


You obviously were not watching the same show I was.  That character development was obviously a strong connecting thread no matter how crazy the episode got was what hooked me in and not only kept me with it but kept me recommending it to friends.  The episode that drew most people in?  Tie between Debate 101 and whatever episode Somewhere Out There montage/Irish dance mash-up (Green Daye).  Not really sketch or parables, at least in the broader sense.
 
2013-02-05 04:50:45 AM
TV is full of "normal" shows. I like Community for being aggressively unusual.
 
2013-02-05 09:12:41 AM
I farking love this show. That is all.
 
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