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mcbexx
Jul 4, 2004

British dentistry is
not on trial here!



People keep making GBS threads on the handpuppet episode, but I reached the GI Joe episode last night and... why?

I totally forgot it existed.

And oh my God they kept Jared Fogle in the penultimate episode of season 5.

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Dawgstar
Jul 15, 2017



Dan Harmon is very much an 80's kid. They dropped a few Transformers jokes in the early seasons I recall.

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

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Grimey Drawer

Iím not a big fan of the GI Joe episode but itís far better than the puppet episode

DrDraxium
Dec 2, 2002

Plz State the Nature of the Medical Emergency

mcbexx posted:

People keep making GBS threads on the handpuppet episode, but I reached the GI Joe episode last night and... why?

I totally forgot it existed.

And oh my God they kept Jared Fogle in the penultimate episode of season 5.

Having just watched this one for the first time, I can report it definitely felt out of place with the rest of season 5.

It elicited the same feeling of the puppet episode, just cheap nostalgia with no deeper purpose other than "member GI Joe?" Seemed like an earlier Abed script they decided to recast Jeff in because they're already done too many imaginary Abed episodes.

Spacebump
Dec 23, 2003

Dallas Mavericks: Generations


The GI Joe episode owns and gave Jeff some good character development.

Eat This Glob
Jan 14, 2008



Lipstick Apathy

I'm watching "contemporary american poultry" which is the goodfellas episode.

I forgot all about the angle where Abed's job reference was spot on. Pierce pretends to be donald trump and he extols the virtues of Abed's chicken frying. Old racist (who loves fried crap)? Inspired choice in pierce/trump

Dawgstar
Jul 15, 2017



"I dressed up like a crazy pharaoh for you, man!"

Chef Boyardeez Nuts
Sep 9, 2011

I rescued a pup on Thanksgiving instead of chowing down,
earning me this avatar.


Protip for new viewers: Pay attention to the word Betelgeuse when it appears.

LeafyOrb
Jun 11, 2012



mcbexx posted:

People keep making GBS threads on the handpuppet episode, but I reached the GI Joe episode last night and... why?

I totally forgot it existed.

And oh my God they kept Jared Fogle in the penultimate episode of season 5.

The big problem with season 4 is that it goes out of itís to spin itís and be wacky while not accomplishing anything or moving the characters forward, or in the case of the puppet episode movie characters backward. (Shirleyís character sure did get put in a dumpster that episode)

Dan Harmon is very good at taking high concept episodes and grounding them in human experiences and emotions. This something season 4 fails at repeatedly for its entire run. For instance Britta and Troyís weird rear end romance where they canít even communicate on a basic level then break up, which has no effect on eitherís character and is never mentioned again.

I also think part of Communityís success is that itís the rare sitcom with a central theme which is stated by Troy in episode 2 ďtry to be happy where youíre atĒ which is a driving force for pretty much every character in the show.

To that end I feel like season 6 can put people off because thatís where the showís central theme changes to ďaccept reality for what is.Ē This is actually why I like RV Repair for what it is, the cast and writers throwing one last tantrum over not wanting to move on and desperately trying to have one last hurrah, but itís already too late for that. By the time itís over the showís pretty much moved on and the audience is ready to too.

Then finale happens where the left over corpse of the show limps on for one last gasp before itís finally done.

In any case this was a lot more words than I usually post, but I like this show a lot for what it was.

egon_beeblebrox
Feb 29, 2008

WILL AMOUNT TO NOTHING IN LIFE.



I think the finale is a perfect ending for everything that "Community" was, and a movie isn't such a hot idea.

DOPE FIEND KILLA G
Jun 4, 2011



both the chang movie episode and grifting 101 were strong good episodes, imo

FactsAreUseless
Feb 16, 2011


DOPE FIEND KILLA G posted:

both the chang movie episode and grifting 101 were strong good episodes, imo
Grifting 101 is goofy as poo poo and probably my least favorite episode in Season 6 but it has some strong moments.

Ccs
Feb 25, 2011


Season 6 gives me a weird feeling, like they're performing an extra set of episodes after hours. Trying out some last few jokes, some long end tags, and so forth, but they're not planning on doing any big changes, they're just playing with what they have left.

Season 2 and 3 feel special because the show was getting into its groove. It felt like there could be some really solid character development going forward, with Jeff's dad, and between Annie and Jeff and Britta and Troy.

Season 4 kinda threw all that out, and a Jeff and Annie romance wouldn't have been good anyway, but they could have done more with other developments. Season 4 is just such a tragedy for throwing a wrench in solid character arcs.

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

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Grimey Drawer

FactsAreUseless posted:

Grifting 101 is goofy as poo poo and probably my least favorite episode in Season 6 but it has some strong moments.

I think Grifting 101 is a good example of an episode that would be better if it were 22 minutes. Itís funny enough (if nothing special) but definitely needs to be tighter.

FactsAreUseless
Feb 16, 2011


Escobarbarian posted:

I think Grifting 101 is a good example of an episode that would be better if it were 22 minutes. Itís funny enough (if nothing special) but definitely needs to be tighter.
I could see this. I mostly just think it's a weird concept to parody and the characters are used kind of interchangeably, but I do think tightening the pace would make things better. Matt Beery's (Berry?) never unwelcome though.

SimonChris
Apr 24, 2008

The Baron's daughter is missing, and you are the man to find her. No problem. With your inexhaustible arsenal of hard-boiled similes, there is nothing you can't handle.

Grimey Drawer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ifCU7WQ5ZA

I just learned that Community did mini-episodes. It was a pleasant surprise to have fresh Community content to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmKvSHkquho

Speaking of mini-episodes, I think a lot of people missed the literal Honda commercial they did with Abed and the Dean.

DrDraxium
Dec 2, 2002

Plz State the Nature of the Medical Emergency

Ccs posted:

Season 6 gives me a weird feeling, like they're performing an extra set of episodes after hours. Trying out some last few jokes, some long end tags, and so forth, but they're not planning on doing any big changes, they're just playing with what they have left.

It's also shot very differently from the preceding seasons, odd angles and sort of warm filters used - which gives it another almost other-worldly feeling. I wanna say afterlife-ish, which might have been a conscious choice from Harmon to drive home the fact that this is the end, or it's past it's use-by date?

Halfway through season six now, I do find the emails/hackers episode carries out the "we find out deeply personal things about each other" mission of the clunky puppet episode much better.

Ancillary Character
Jul 25, 2007
Going about life as if I were a third-tier ancillary character

DrDraxium posted:

It's also shot very differently from the preceding seasons, odd angles and sort of warm filters used - which gives it another almost other-worldly feeling. I wanna say afterlife-ish, which might have been a conscious choice from Harmon to drive home the fact that this is the end, or it's past it's use-by date?

Halfway through season six now, I do find the emails/hackers episode carries out the "we find out deeply personal things about each other" mission of the clunky puppet episode much better.

Harmon says in the Season 6 commentaries (possibly episode 1) that it was a conscious decision to make the lighting appear more natural since their larger budget afforded them the opportunity to do so. He also said that they overlit basically every scene in, like, Season 5 because they couldn't really afford to take the time to reset all the lights for different camera angles.

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

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Grimey Drawer

Thatís weird given that s5 has by far the dimmest lighting

GoutPatrol
Oct 17, 2009

Coal Jobs for the Coal God


Nap Ghost

Escobarbarian posted:

Thatís weird given that s5 has by far the dimmest lighting

Even if I didn't know every season by heart it is pretty easy to figure out which season a clip came from by lighting and "look" alone. Just like you can trace which 30 Rock season by Tracy Morgan's weight gain and loss.

a new study bible!
Feb 1, 2009



BIG DICK NICK
A Philadelphia Legend
Fly Eagles Fly



Irrespective of this thread my wife and I started rewatching Community the other day, and I thought it was really funny that in Advanced Criminal Law Jeff compares himself to Alan Dershowitz. In the very next episode he starts putting the moves on Annie.

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Mr Gentleman
Apr 29, 2003
the Educated Villain of London



Outside of season 6, are the dvds/blu-rays the only way to watch this with commentaries?

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