Just taking a moment to squee over the return of one of my favorite shows on TV tonight! I started watching the first season of Community because I love The Soup and Joel McHale, and the pilot episode was okay, but then the show just transformed into something completely other. It's hard to describe the awesome meta-ness and socially referential intelligence of the show! It makes each episode a little present I can't wait to unwrap because each episode is such a surprise.
I was listening to the Nerdist podcast interview with Yvette Nicole Brown the other day (which just made me love her all the more, she just seems like such a kind person!) and Chris Hardwick mentioned how he thought Community was more nerdy than Big Bang Theory. And I haven't watched BBT, but I do feel like Commnunity shows a different side to nerdiness - the unconventional, more modern version that is in pretty much everyone to a certain extent. Cause I don't know about you, but "I guess I just like liking things." And liking things to an obsessive amount is nerdy. Community celebrates so many different things and ideas that appeal to a wide variety of people and does it in a way that makes each episode fresh and interesting because it doesn't stick to one format or any set of rules. It plays around with genres and themes, and shows how all these things can come together through the idiosyncratic personalities of the characters. It's truly a community of these disparate people coming together and being bound in friendship and mutual respect, and isn't that all of us? We are all a community of human beings. The meta-ness of this show is kind of crazy.
Season Four starts tonight, and I wanted to help promote the heck out of it for new fans who have yet to see it, and for old fans who might not have realized it's back. (If your new, totally start with the first season though!) Even with the creator and head writer of the show, Dan Harmon, let go (a shame!), I still hope this show will continue to grow and build on his previous work. And having seen the trailer online for the season, I love some of the things they are doing. Right directions are being headed towards. And tonight is going to be an homage to the Hunger Games! (The Hunger Deans!)
And a question for any fans reading this post - what is your favorite episode?