Community is Back! Suicide now deemed unnecessary!
Community is essentially the only reason Channel 4 exists on my television. I guess this is also true for 714, Channel 4’s beautiful, (albeit a little slutty) high definition sister. It is the only show I make a point of watching during its intended timeslot. The reason is simple, it makes me happy. Pathetic? Maybe, but it’s the most well rounded show on TV today. It carries the torch lit by early seasons of The Simpsons. It is a show that can be both zany and grounded in the same scene, with three dimensional characters, not just joke machines spewing set-ups and punch lines at an alarming rate. Unafraid to take risks and try new ways to tell stories (covering un-treaded ground, who knew that an episode where the characters sit in a room and play dungeons and dragons could be so epic?), Community avoids spiralling into the formulaic, something that bogs down essentially every other show on network television.
Season3 debuts tomorrow and you would be doing yourself a solid if you sat down and gave it a chance. Even if you don’t watch right away, fire up your PVR and catch up on the first two seasons on DVD or Netflix. I don’t want to live in a world where According to Jim lasts the better part of a decade, Two and a Half Men can be the highest rated comedy on television and Donald Glover isn’t the biggest star on the planet.
I won’t go any deeper into character or story arcs; this is something you’ll need to discover on your own. You know what they say, give a man some money and he’ll buy a prostitute. Teach a man to be a prostitute and he’ll most likely get aids. Wait…is that really what they say? That doesn’t seem right to me.
*By the way, Channel 4 is NBC. You know, in case you don’t live in South-western Ontario*