Recently, the new season of Community started on NBC. The show stars Joel McHale of E!’s The Soup fame, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. It follows the story of a study group who go to Greendale Community College. Each character is in one way or another damaged; Joel McHale’s Jeff who has to get a legitimate college degree or is in danger of getting disbarred, Alison Brie’s Annie used to be a pill popper, Danny Pudi’s Abed relates more to film and TV than he does to real life, Gillian Jacobs’ Britta was a college dropout and an outspoken free spirit, Yvette Nicole Brown’s Shirley is a single mother who becomes single after her husband cheats on her with a stripper, Donald Glover’s Troy is a football hero from high school who is on a road to self discovery, and Chevy Chase’s Pierce is an inherited millionaire with father issues. The show’s group dynamic, hilarious situations, and heart are all part of why the show is so entertaining and smart.
The show was created by Dan Harmon, who is the showrunner for the first three seasons of the show. He was let go and another writing team came in to write season four which explains why season 4 of the show is an outright mess, trying to play catchup in imitating what Dan Harmon so perfectly created in the first three. He was asked to return to the show for season five, and the show’s story and heart didn’t miss a beat, even though Chevy Chase had left the show during season four and Donald Glover had announced he was leaving the show during season five. Even with the loss of two of it’s original cast members with the help of Dan Harmon as well as the supporting cast of Jim Rash as the Dean, Ken Jeong as Chang, and John Oliver as Professor Duncan, the show is still going strong.
The chemistry between the group and the clever writing and intricate story arcs are what sold me on the show. The first episode I ever saw was actually an episode in season 2 called “Basic Rocket Science” which has the group trapped in a flight simulator with a KFC like theme. The episode carries out like an Apollo 13 parody with Abed being left behind to play the role of a NASA like commander who attempts to lead the group back to Greendale when the simulator is towed by their rival City College. The episode is hilarious and the acting of the members of the group really sells the episode on believability. After that episode, I was sold on the rest of the series.
Apollo 13 is not the only film that the show has parodied, films like Die Hard, Goodfellas, Rambo, Terminator, 28 Days Later, The Matrix, Zombie films, and many more. The show is heavy with pop culture including a show that is called Doctor Space Time that Troy and Abed watch, which is a take on Doctor Who. There is also an amazing episode where the group plays Dungeons and Dragons, and another episode that involved alternate universes.
The show is great! And I hope you guys check it out!
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