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Old April 22 2015, 11:53 PM   #1891
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I haven't gotten around to this episode yet. I don't have any real issues with this season or anything, I just don't have the drive to watch it right now.
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Old April 23 2015, 12:14 AM   #1892
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I haven't gotten around to this episode yet. I don't have any real issues with this season or anything, I just don't have the drive to watch it right now.
I agree. Jeff is a little weird to me, but nothing too bad. We finally got our six seasons and it's just like "Now what?" I'll buy it on DVD for sure.
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Old April 23 2015, 08:24 PM   #1893
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IMO, Community has entered the territory of 'Eh, it's still better than all the rest of the crap on TV'.
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Old April 23 2015, 08:49 PM   #1894
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That's where community was born.

Examine Community's peer group...

Accidentally on Purpose and Modern Family came out at around about the same time.
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Old April 23 2015, 10:25 PM   #1895
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IMO, Community has entered the territory of 'Eh, it's still better than all the rest of the crap on TV'.
Yeah. Seasons 1-3 were brilliant. And while I really like Seasons 4 & 5, I feel like the show really hasn't had anything new to say since the end of Season 3. Individual episodes are still funny but it's no longer essential.

It's always a shame when a sitcom hits that tipping point when it goes from being a jaw-dropping revelation to being just kinda funny. I remember when it happened to Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Frasier, & The Simpsons. (Still, I suppose it's better than the alternative of getting canceled before you even have the opportunity to reach that point. I still weep for Wonderfalls.)
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Old April 23 2015, 11:00 PM   #1896
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Wonderfalls... so great.
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Old April 23 2015, 11:00 PM   #1897
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I like the offbeat tone this season. The softer lighting on all the sets coupled with the longer (well, slightly longer) runtimes does make the show feel a bit different, but I don't believe that's necessarily a bad thing.

I think this is a season that just might play better the second time through when you know what to expect out of the episodes and the season as a whole. I did notice one thing when I was doing my series run through last month. The transition from Season 5 to Season 6 is a lot smoother than I initially thought.
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Old April 24 2015, 03:53 PM   #1898
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I've been really bored this season, even more so than the previous one. It's just not making me laugh as much as it used to. And, honestly, I miss the off-the-rails episodes they used to do, like the D&D, alternate universes, and even the claymation Christmas episodes.

I dare say it's just too grounded in reality now despite the Dean's antics.
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Old April 24 2015, 07:37 PM   #1899
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I thought season 5 was fantastic and Buzz Hickey really made the season memorable.

Season 6 has lost its chemistry and now only succeeds when the writing is fantastic.
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Old April 24 2015, 08:13 PM   #1900
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They did say we were going to get a more 'grounded' show before the season started, but is that even what we want? I'm curious to what they are planning for the paintball episode.
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Old April 24 2015, 10:05 PM   #1901
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They did say we were going to get a more 'grounded' show before the season started, but is that even what we want? I'm curious to what they are planning for the paintball episode.
Speaking as a huge fan of Season 5, I thought I'd be ok with a more grounded approach. I just didn't think it'd be this grounded. I guess I figured they'd still do a high concept episode here and there but now seven episodes in (I've only seen the first six though) it does feel pretty low-key.

Again, I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, the episodes have been quite funny, but they all feel pretty much disconnected from each other. I know a similar argument could be made of Season 5, but they at least paid lip service to the 'Save Green Dale" committee and had the first arc where they wrote Troy off the show.
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Old April 24 2015, 10:37 PM   #1902
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I don't have a problem with the show being more grounded, and I don't think that's the problem. Season 1 had a lot of fantastic grounded episodes. The pool episode, the pottery class, the football team. These episodes really deeply explored the characters' emotional state and didn't have all the meta-commentary.

Frankie and Elroy are individually good characters but they have no chemistry with the other characters. They're also older with more established personalities and values so have less room to grow. The remaining original characters also now have such established relationships they have become static and stopped growing as well. In season 1 where there was such untraveled territory in Jeff/Britta, Jeff/Annie, Annie/Troy, Abed/Troy, etc, they could do a grounded episode and have it pack an emotional punch, but now they can only do it with a strong theme. One of the reasons season 5 worked is that Buzz Hickey had lots of room to grow.
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Old April 25 2015, 01:15 AM   #1903
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I did appreciate Abed's self-aware comment that he "Hasn't tried" as much since Troy left. Partly because it was funny, partly because it felt true.
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