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Old January 14 2014, 05:04 PM   #1336
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Community lost all "Real" pretense with "The Chang Dynasty" stuff from season 3. That was just TOO bizarre for Harmon's "Real" talk.
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Old January 14 2014, 05:49 PM   #1337
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Yeah, and Pierce's father creating an 8 bit video game to determine who gets to inherit his fortune? I suppose if you stretch your imagination, it's slightly plausible.

Although, they do say that people are quicker to accept physics that are unrealistic faster than they would accept human behavior that is unrealistic, and I think seasons 1-3 did do a better job at that than season 4. The stuff at the end of season 3 is the stuff that stretched realistic human behavior the most. But the 'Hunger Deans' was just plain absurd, and the whole Changnesia thing was even more ridiculous and not even entertaining.

It's kind of like that episode "You think I'm going to be chased by a werewolf?" "No, but if you were, that's how you'd react." It's the same with the zombie episode. "You think a college is going to serve people food carrying a zombie-like infection that's cured by chilly air?" "No, but if it did, that's how they'd react." Other than the last few episodes of season 3, season 1-3 was very good at the "No, but if it did, that's how they'd react." Season 4, not so much.
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Old January 15 2014, 07:42 PM   #1338
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Well, after season 3 any explanation for why Chang was still on the show was going to be pretty contrived. Both "Changnesia" and his current "Yeah, they just hired me back" explanation were pretty...ugh.
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Old January 16 2014, 04:25 AM   #1339
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Neither explanation is realistic, but "They just hired him back" doesn't lead to a lot of annoying storylines.
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Old January 16 2014, 05:05 AM   #1340
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Yeah you can't fault him for that. He realizes season 4 was stupid as shit at times and wanted to move on without wasting time continuing the horrible storyline.
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Old January 16 2014, 07:14 AM   #1341
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Season 4 wasn't that bad, I loved some of it like the Muppet episode and the "Freaky Friday" thing with Troy/Abed and Jeff/Dean (though it was one-sided in that case).
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Old January 16 2014, 07:55 AM   #1342
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It wasn't bad, it just wasn't the same, felt forced and Chang was useless. He was really the main horrible link to the season.

And I just realized Troy's final episode is next week!!!
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Old January 16 2014, 04:37 PM   #1343
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Well, Chang's been on-and-off useless since Season 1...
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Old January 16 2014, 09:23 PM   #1344
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It's true season 4 was decent. If I saw season 4 of Community not knowing the other seasons exist, I would have reacted "This is kinda funny." Just, it was hard to take because they toned down all the things about the first three seasons that made the show special, and made characters act like cartoon caricatures of themselves, more like a standard three camera sitcom than Community. And they only used Brita as the show's Meg, whereas her funniest moments are when they focus on her directionless political rage.

And Changnesia was the most "Standard sitcom" storyline of them all and never led to anything funny.


I thought the Muppet episode was the worst of the bunch. The claymation episode worked because it was always easy to trace what was happening in the cartoon to what was really happening in real life. In the muppet episode there was no connection between cartoon and reality, and they were doing things in the cartoon you know they'd never do in reality like eat strange berries because a stranger told them to. For the concept to work they would have needed to explain why all of them were acting so far out of character in the puppet scenes.

Like Jeff's line in Repilot: You all came here four years ago as real people, and the school turned you into cartoon characters!" That sums up season four rather well.
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Old January 17 2014, 02:13 AM   #1345
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This episode is awesome. There are so many one liners!

So silly I love it!

They can do season 6 within the year Troy is gone. Then for the movie he is lost as sea and the study group goes to look for him and get stuck on an island.
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Old January 17 2014, 04:20 AM   #1346
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I wish I could watch tonight's episode (and Parks and Rec as well), but College Basketball took both of their time slots.

I realize in this day and age of Internet and On-Demand viewing, this isn't a huge problem, but there is something to be said for watching a TV show "live" still.
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Old January 17 2014, 09:39 AM   #1347
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False. Having it automatically download with the commercials edited out? A million times better.

No it's not as bad as now when my local syndicated rights holder would have fire and ice destroy their broadcast affiliate and I'd miss episodes of DS9 completely, along with the super annoying sports pre-emptions where it wasn't even clear when the make-up airing would be. Online TV listings did not handle that very well back in those days. But watching a TV show on someone else's schedule is a sorry relic of the past.
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Old January 17 2014, 03:07 PM   #1348
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What does it say about Chevy Chase that one of the best Pierce-centric episodes they've ever done doesn't even have him in it?

I loved how this episode mirrored Season 2's "Cooperative Calligraphy". From the title ("Cooperative Polygraphy") to the fact that both are bottle episodes where our characters get mired in deep interpersonal conflicts. It was a really stellar outing.

The beginning of the Troy sendoff. Wow, those episodes went by fast. I'm really going to miss Donald Glover, but at least they left a window open for possible future appearances.

Anyone else notice that Danny Pudi seems to have added an extra layer of snark to Abed this year? It makes him just a little darker and I think it works very well for a character whose nature sort of precludes most forms of traditional character development.
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Old January 17 2014, 05:33 PM   #1349
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False. Having it automatically download with the commercials edited out? A million times better.

I like being able to get online right after the episode is over and discussing it with you guys. Sure I could still do that if I pirated it in some form, but that's not really my thing.
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Old January 18 2014, 12:23 AM   #1350
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I would also add that downloading it immediately with commercials edited out has been suggested by John Oliver to be the reason it's always in danger of cancellation.

One other thing I loved about this episode is that we have Brita back! She's not 'The worst', who 'Britas' and fails to exercise basic competence on menial tasks. She's a pot smoking anti-authoritarian who is a bit of a hypocrite and whose bark is worse than her bite. Her intelligence level is solidly back to average. THAT'S Brita.
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