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(Huffington Post)   Will the show be as funny and topical without Dan Harmon? Will Annie's Boobs show us Annie's boobs? Will Chevy Chase's character get the Charlie Harper treatment? It's FINALLY back, for real -- "Community", Season 4 premiere, 8 PM EST, NBC   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 14
    More: PSA, Dan Harmon, NBC, Tricia Helfer, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Pierce Hawthorne, showrunner, Joel McHale  
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2013-02-08 11:24:32 AM
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It wasn't the best episode, but there are usually at least a few "off" episodes per season (the celebrity impersonaters one from last season springs to mind - ugh). I don't really get all of the catastrophizing and hyperbolic statements about how terrible the show is now though.

It's like everyone expects 100% perfection from every episode and acts like its the end of the world if it only achieves 80-90%. Season premieres are always a little off for me with most shows I watch as there is generally too much setting up of arcs to get into anything else.

I really really loved how Abed's anxieties about graduating and what will happen to the group reflected those of the hardcore Community fan who is desperately worried about their show changing or going away. It showed me that the show runners do get it.

Will it be a bit different without Harmon? Yes, but that doesn't mean it's automatically crap.

I think I might just avoid reading reviews for the rest of the season (unless it legit gets terrible - I'm looking at you, Chang) because Community is still my happy place and I want to keep it that way as long as possible.

I dunno, I guess I just like liking things...
2013-02-08 01:39:43 AM
2 votes:
Yeah, not enough of Annie's Boobs (the monkey, or otherwise) and not the best dialog.  Dodgy, uninspired plot... but you know what?  It wasn't Two and a Half Men or Big Bang or Broke Girls or any of a dozen other worse-all-the-time shows.  It only has a few more episodes left and I'll watch them and hope for another Fistful of Paintballs or Remedial Chaos Theory before it goes to Arrested Development Heaven.
2013-02-07 08:47:31 PM
2 votes:
The big problem was that they were trying too hard.  The concepts were funny and in the spirit of the show, but the execution was too rapid and there were too many subplots.  Just concentrate on the Ice Cream Games and Abed's happy place and cut out the rest and they could have throttled back.  They were trying to prove something, and were just working too hard at it.
2013-02-07 08:09:06 PM
2 votes:
That cold opening was a pretty good troll.
2013-02-08 11:02:56 AM
1 votes:

TheGhostofFarkPast: It's like when Ted McGinley would show up on a show in the 80/90's you knew it was about to be canceled.


There are exceptions to that rule:

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2013-02-08 10:22:46 AM
1 votes:
I think the whole episode was *supposed* to be off, and they're just messing with us. The key is in Annie's "prank". Doesn't the whole episode seem like the stapler was moved over an inch? I think they're trying to be super ultra meta.

I mean, I recoiled from the laugh track, found the whole episode to be lacking in music, everyone felt off, but I bet that next week will be back to normal. So this was just a take off on Big Bang or whatever.
2013-02-08 04:32:52 AM
1 votes:
  It seemed a bit too rapid fire without sounding organic. It was like the time Pierce hired the joke writers so he could be funny at movie night.
2013-02-08 04:32:42 AM
1 votes:
Christ, how many Fark handles does Dan Harmon have anyway?
2013-02-08 02:37:34 AM
1 votes:
The pacing was off, the writing was sloppy, the audio mix sounded bad on my not-so-state-of-the-art setup, and overall it felt like they decided to make an episode based on a fanfic script.  Hopefully it's not a sign of things to come, but it wasn't what I was hoping for.
2013-02-07 11:32:21 PM
1 votes:

Solid Muldoon: It was smart and inventive and really funny.

It was Community. I was well pleased.


Nice try new Community showrunners.
2013-02-07 09:22:34 PM
1 votes:

RealityChuck: The big problem was that they were trying too hard.  The concepts were funny and in the spirit of the show, but the execution was too rapid and there were too many subplots.  Just concentrate on the Ice Cream Games and Abed's happy place and cut out the rest and they could have throttled back.  They were trying to prove something, and were just working too hard at it.


Yeah. The sitcom bit didn't work for me at all. The Hunger Dean felt like it came out of nowhere and was a little forced. Troy and Britta arguing over the wishes felt pointless.

I know this is just a first episode but considering all of the episodes are in the can and they can't course correct based on feedback...
2013-02-07 08:33:26 PM
1 votes:
It's the new lighting and camera angles.
2013-02-07 08:20:12 PM
1 votes:
It's like a spoof of Community... seems... off...
2013-02-07 03:22:56 PM
1 votes:
Wow, is it October 19th already?
 
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