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Hello, Communies! So, another new episode last night! I liked it! I particularly enjoyed the ending, both for the specific callbacks to "Remedial Chaos Theory" and for the [CENSORED FOR EDITORIALIZING ABOUT SHIPS]. It was weirdly exciting to see the return of the Dean's assistant, who I don't think has been seen since "Comparative Religion" way back in season one, and I thought Garrett's performance of "Ave Maria" was … well, it was really something! And there was nothing in it that will require any major changes to my Community Big Bang fic, which is definitely a plus! But who cares what I think? Let's get rounding-up!

  • Ryan Schwartz was "absolutely blown away by [last night's] episode." The introduction of Chang's long-expected takeover of the school was handled better than he expected, and he was glad to see how well the death of Starburns was handled, especially in terms of it having real (if probably soon-to-be-reversed) consequences for the study group. He has a message for those who were not as fond of the episode as he: "I ask that you remain open-minded about the final four episodes of season three and the path this show is heading down in the process. If you wind up liking that path, you'll probably enjoy this episode a hellova lot more when you're marathoning through your season three box set later this summer."
     
  • Luke Gelineau of TV Equals liked the episode. "It may not have had as many laughs as past weeks, but we’ve really come to care about these characters after three seasons and it’s got to put a smile on your face seeing them all gather together around Troy and Abed’s apartment table to all enjoy some pizza." That said, he hopes that there are more laughs to be found in the four episodes remaining in the season though; he's not opposed to the occasional dramatic beat, but not at the expense of jokes.
     
  • An Nicholson of CliqueClack thinks the show has felt off since its return from hiatus, and is still waiting for the "light through the darkness" that Dan Harmon said would appear after Starburns's death. Nevertheless, she says, "no matter how dark things become, I still live for Community‘s endings, where the gang consistently comes together." And there were several other things she liked enough to mention: the callback to "RCT;" the open with Abed, Annie, and Troy watching the video will; Britta's burning puppy visualization exercise; and all the star iconography seen at the wake.
     
  • Matt Dougherty of The Filtered Lens—hey, wait a sec, what happened to Andrew Lumby? Maybe he, like Professor Kane, was so traumatized by the death of Starburns that he resigned. Anyway, Matt gave the episode a numeric rating of 8 out of 10. He thought it was very funny, particularly the video will and the way Chang unfolded his plan to take over the school. He concludes, "This plot has a lot of potential and with only four episodes left, we should get an awesome end to this season of Community."
     
  • Todd VanDerWerff of the A.V. Club gave the episode a letter grade of B-minus, which according to his grading rubric means he thought it was "a very fun episode with a handful of significant flaws." The flaws in question were the heavy emphasis on the "Chang takes over the campus storyline," which he's never been a fan of; the last act, which he says in the comments was "basically a full episode unto itself, done in seven minutes [which] really hurt it;" and the degree to which the episode as a whole serves to advance future episodes. On this last point, he says, "I haven’t been entirely sure about Community’s experiments in serialization this season, but I’ve been playing wait-and-see. This is the first episode that makes me think such elements were probably did more harm than they were worth," though he makes the same point as Ryan Schwartz: "If the show sticks the landing, then future viewings of this season on DVD will put much less weight on this episode, allowing it to stand alongside the season’s other half hours as more or less equal."
     
  • Alan Sepinwall of HitFix also is not a big fan of the ongoing Chang storyline; he thinks Chang's security guard persona is not particularly entertaining, and that his plot to take over the school with an army of children and a Dean lookalike doesn't seem to fit the show, even given its "elastic reality." And he criticized the way the writers justified forcing the group to take summer school, arguing that since the show has dealt with faculty members leaving twice before, they should have followed the same rules as in previous seasons: by bringing in a replacement. But he liked the third act much more than the Werff. "The aftermath scene at Troy, Abed and Annie's apartment was fantastic: almost like a bonus scene from "Remedial Chaos Theory" … sad at first but then turning happy when Troy and then Abed convince the others that their friendship ultimately matters more than their enrollment at that ridiculous college."
     
  • Jennifer Marie of A Still and Quiet Conscience observes that for all their mocking of her inability to help them do it, Britta was correct that the group needed to process their grief (an aside: her intellectual intelligence notwithstanding, Britta is by far the most emotionally intelligent member of the group), and points out that the episode is careful to show all the group members progressing through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief: denial (that Starburns's death meant anything); anger (at having to repeat Biology in the summer and at Greendale in general); bargaining (with the board, as they realize that they're about to lose the comfort of being protected from reality by staying within Greendale's walls); depression (at the apartment); and acceptance (that as long as they still have one another, things can't be that bad). Say, that Kubler-Ross model's not really so different than Harmon's famed storytelling embryos, is it?
     
  • Alyssa Rosenberg of ThinkProgress continues to be disappointed that Community isn't a Current TV documentary about the American security state. "When it takes on cultural forms, the show usually has more to say about the forms themselves than the ideas that animate and give life to them.… there is an interesting story to be told about small men who amass great power in secret, like the ones who actually implemented some of the things Chang wants Dean Pelton to give him power to do." But she didn't call it fundamentally immoral, like she did the last episode of Glee, so at least it has that going for it, which is nice.
     
  • The anonymous Head Geek at Geek Furious gave the episode a rating of 87 out of 100. "I enjoyed seeing the study group band together in mutual outrage and then find the joy, in an otherwise dark situation, in simply having each other." He—and he is a he, his Blogger profile says so—said the ending was both genuinely sweet and felt earned and believable. He also reiterates that this has been Community's best season to date.
     
  • Jill Mader of Couchtime with Jill isn't a big Chang fan, but she liked last night's episode anyway. "There were a lot of moments that made me laugh, I loved the callbacks to the various timelines, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for our Greendale Seven." She has no doubt subsequent episodes will be hilarious.
     
  • Andrea Towers of The Voice of TV gave the episode a letter grade of B. She thinks it may have suffered by following "Basic Lupine Urology," which she identifies as part of a trend she's noticed since the show came back from hiatus: "it seems that in the past few months, we’ve had a number of 'lighter' episodes that haven’t been as strong mostly because they’ve been intermediaries between more epic outings." She finds herself torn on the subject of how Ken Jeong is being used: she loves Chang as a character, but doesn't know if he's being utilized as well as he could be. Like others, she's "lukewarm" on the "Changlorious Basterds" storyline this season, but she's reserving judgment until the storyline has played out.
     
  • Dimitri Dorlis if 411mania.com—taking over, it seems, from Ron Martin, who previously reviewed Community for that site—thought it was a weird episode. "After the string of really great episodes, this one was just...there." There were a lot of jokes he liked, and he was impressed that the writers could build an episode around an idea as abstract as the stages of grief—he seems to suggest that he read Jennifer Marie's analysis before writing his review—but ultimately the episode left him wanting more. He also expresses some reservations about what he calls Britta's negative growth since the first season.
     
  • Xander Marham thought "Course Listing Unavailable" was "the weakest episode of the season so far." His main complaint was that it spent so much time and energy setting the stage for the next few episodes that it ended up feeling insubstantial. Moreover, the plot developments didn't feel organic to him, particularly Professor Kane's sudden decision to resign and the speed with the study group got on board with Jeff's anger toward the school, and he didn't think the episode was very funny. He echoes Alyssa Rosenberg's complaint that the episode didn't have more to say about the outrageous behavior of Chang's security forces, and moreover feels that the impact of seeing those abuses were blunted by the study group being "entirely to blame" for the riot. He didn't like the episode's title.
     
  • Leigh Raines of TV Fanatic gave the episode a rating of four stars out of five. Chang got on her nerves somewhat, and she finds the youth of the Changlorious Basterds "creepy." But she liked how crazy and silly the Dean was, and the way his various attempts to calm the situation at Starburns's wake kept backfiring on him.
     
  • Matthew Guerruckey of Drunk Monkeys makes an interesting observation about how Starburns's wake was uniquely suited to the character: "All the man ever wanted was a little acknowledgment, and yet he was overshadowed by his ever-escalating affectations. So it’s appropriate that his memorial is overshadowed by a riot." Unlike some other reviewers, he likes how Chang has been handled this season: "He veered too often into camp for my taste in Season Two, but this is a Chang that hums with insanity under the surface." But he had thought the episode wasn't quite able to decide what it wanted to convey, and he felt that the goofy callbacks to "RCT" felt a bit empty in comparison to the "craziness and daring" of that episode. He gave it a letter grade of B.
     
  • Laura Aguirre of ScreenCrave liked Jeff and Britta's banter, which she calls a staple of the show. She also appreciated the reference to the Chicago Seven, a group of radicals who got in trouble for conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago (which, not unlike the Greendale riot, had as much to do with the disproportionate and over-the-top response by the police as with anything the demonstrators did). But speaking of disproportionate and over-the-top, she didn't think anything having to do with Chang made much sense. "Why would Dean Pelton give him complete control over the riot? … Chang’s inconsistent love/hate relationship for the study group is wearing thin. What’s his deal? Weren’t they on good terms?" Overall, she gave it a rating of 8.5 out of 10.
     
  • Robert Canning of IGN TV called the episode "a nice transition episode," wrapping up the surprise ending of last week's episode while laying the groundwork for the final showdown with Chang. "Because of this, the half hour felt just a tad uneven … but Community is a smart enough series to get this done in logical and funny ways." Nevertheless, he felt it could have flowed more smoothly than it did.
     
  • Character grader Kelley Locke of Character Grades graded the characters in the following manner. Dean Pelton earned a B-plus; Troy, B-plus; Jeff, C-plus; Shirley, B; Chang, D. Chang's low grade is due to the fact that she thinks he's been portrayed as too insane to be able to schmooze the board as effectively as he was shown to. Also: "What’s with these heavy handed endings? And why do they always take place in the pink light of Troy and Abed’s apartment? And eye contact, again? Ugh."
     
  • Brent Koepp of Dan Harmon Sucks gave the episode a B. "If I had to criticize anything in tonight’s episode, it would be Chang’s army. It’s not that I didn’t like the plot, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the group’s grieving and expulsion process." It's not that he doesn't like Chang, though; he just feels like the character's being shoehorned into the show to justify keeping him as a regular. Comedically, he thought the episode was very funny, and he loved how the episode came back to "RCT."
     
  • Allison Walton of FilmThrasher was worried going into the episode. She had reservations about it making light of a character's death, and indeed, she feels those reservations were justified, citing the scene of Pierce rummaging through Starburns's ashes for his missing comb. "See, this is what I didn't want. That action, no matter what line you say to accompany it, is not funny. It's just gross." She was also concerned by reports of it being a Chang-heavy episode—"The best Community episodes are Chang-free ones"—but she didn't think he was as irritating as he normally is. (I don't know about you, but I'm getting the sense that this reviewer doesn't care for Chang.) And she thought the episode could've been funnier. But she did like the Dean's dress, and she thought the ending was aww-worthy. She gave the episode 7.5 star-covered urns out of 10.
     
  • Britt Hayes of ScreenCrush thought Jim Rash almost stole the entire episode. "Rash’s portrayal of the Dean as a slightly effeminate, hammy, costume-loving goon has always been fantastic, and while the small dose approach usually works perfectly fine, it’s always good to see Rash with more to do."
     
  • Jerome Wetzel of examiner.com considers Chang a weird character, but feels "the plot of 'Course Listing Unavailable' plays perfectly to his strengths. Chang gets to be crazy and actually cause serious trouble, rather than just being an annoyance." As far as the show as a whole is concerned, he says, "There is no series like Community on television. It's a brilliant piece of writing, with an awesome cast. The stories take wonderful chances and go in unexpected directions.… Community deserves the chance to keep doing what it's doing, and the television landscape would certainly be worse off without it."
     
  • Shannon of the Two Cents loves the Dean. "I love any episode that has an abundance of Dean Pelton. He is probably my favorite character on this show." She also enjoyed the Starburns video that served as the tag, calling it "pretty flippin' awesome."
     
  • R. Dank of Processed Media though the episode's reach exceeded its grasp. "Cramming the funeral for Starburns, the Greendale 7 trial, and Chang’s master plan left little room for the episode to do much in the final act, but skip ahead to the part where everyone smiles and feels better." R. is pretty harsh toward the group's behavior at the wake—"I understand that these characters aren’t supposed to be lovable all the time, but the entire group turning his funeral into their soapbox was a real selfish move, even for them"—and criticizes the ending from that perspective, calling the group's happiness "completely unearned" and suggesting the scene would have been better if it had included some "reflection on how their narcissism is costing them their futures." And he's almost as fed up with meaningful looks as Kelley Locke, but she finds any sort of meaningful look makes he want to vomit, R. is primarily concerned with the looks betwixt Troy and Britta. Overall, R. gave it a letter grade of B-minus.
     
  • Mark D Curran of the TV Geek Army said that on first viewing, the episode "seemed a jumbled mess." But that's why he always watches Community episodes twice before reviewing them, because its "depth and richness is never immediate at first glance." His final judgment: "Awesome episode."
     
  • Matthew Newlin of the California Literary Review called the episode "quite clever," albeit rather somber. He thought it quite brilliant to bring the darkest timeline from "RCT" after so many months.
     
  • Chris Soprych left Will Pfeifer and Melissa Westphal on their own to record this week's Community podcast from the Rockford Register Star. Neither Will nor Melissa cared overmuch for the episode; both thought there was too much Chang—"like a zasty Asian spice, a pinch of Chang is all you need"—and that the episode took a precipitous dive once the riot started. Chris (commenting via email) disagreed somewhat; he liked the riot (yay, a riot!) but thought it "slowed down to a crawl" after that. Also, Melissa was upset that Starburns did not leave his collection of Styx albums to her. Don't be throw off by the strangely under-tempo recording of the show's theme song that kicks off the podcast; the rest of it sounds normal.
     
  • We'll wrap up with Brian Collins of Badass Digest, who wasn't sure he'd enjoy "Course Listing Unavailable," as he was never a huge fan of Starburns and wasn't sure an episode glorifying an uninteresting character would be worth the time, especially this late in the season. But even though he found it somewhat disjointed, he still thought it was very funny. As to the first point, he says, "as a stand-alone it definitely doesn't feel as complete as the average episode… kind of like the 6th 'Dark Tower' book," despite it having enough material for two episodes squeezed into one. But ultimately he didn't think that was a problem, because of two things: one, it's "a goddamned hilarious episode from start to finish, with every single character (even Chang) getting a big laugh;" and two, the closing scene, which he called "a wonderful and surprisingly moving bit." (Though he does point out that much of what made that scene significant, particularly the reappearance of the pizza guy, would have been completely opaque to anyone who hadn't seen RCT. Which, yeah, good point.)

Over on the Twitter, "Edison out!" trended during the episode's initial airing in the Eastern and Central time zones, and earlier in the day Trendmaster Neil caused #StarburnsWake and #NewCommunityNBC8PM to trend. (Thanks to @dramakim for the screenshot.) Ratingswise, the episode was flat, earning the same 1.4 in the fast overnights as it got last week.

Comments

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crittab
May. 4th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
I tend to agree with Ryan Schwartz, especially this comment: "I ask that you remain open-minded about the final four episodes of season three and the path this show is heading down in the process. If you wind up liking that path, you'll probably enjoy this episode a hellova lot more when you're marathoning through your season three box set later this summer."

I'm not 'surprised' that other people didn't adore last night's episode as much as I did, but I am a little disappointed by it. I feel like last night was a 'big picture' episode, and it has to be looked at as a piece of the whole and not a stand-alone venture. It's broad on the heels of the Law and Order episode, but it has more to do with the season as a whole than that one did.

Other people have mentioned that Dramas usually have a 'moving the chess pieces' episode near the end of the season to tie up loose ends, that when it airs often feels busy and disjointed, but when placed in context with the whole season, seems much more important and necessary. Comedies don't generally have to do this because they don't generally deal with high stakes--but Community does deal with high stakes, especially this season. I think, and hope, that once the next four episodes have aired, people will appreciate this episode more.
aileen_4ever
May. 5th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
THIS. Agree with what Crittab wrote.

"I feel like last night was a 'big picture' episode, and it has to be looked at as a piece of the whole and not a stand-alone venture. It's broad on the heels of the Law and Order episode, but it has more to do with the season as a whole than that one did." So true.

Other than that, I love this episode, writing and acting...I don't OVER analyzed every sight and sound of it. Community is so underrated, it's sad.

My humble two cents.

Edited at 2012-05-05 08:55 pm (UTC)
troys_tutor12
May. 4th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhh, I see. The episode was built around the Kubler-Ross stages of grief. Great observation by Jennifer Marie. Now I love this episode more, lol.
notajenny
May. 5th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
*curtsies*
eleventhimpala
May. 4th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I loved this episode, and no one can convince me that it was anything other than great.

Also, after six weeks of reading her reviews, I've decided that I officially dislike Kelley Locke. Blergh.
like_torches
May. 4th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
While I really liked the episode, I do agree that it will probably work better when viewed back-to-back with the next four episodes. Also, I love that Andrea Towers pointed out that "it may have suffered by following "Basic Lupine Urology."" I think the same thing happened to "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps": following an episode regarded as one of the best is just tough, and I think people were going to be disappointed no matter what.

I'm also a little tired of every episode ending with lingering glances, especially this one. It didn't feel earned, and so felt really forced and unnatural. At this point, it seems like they're just shoving it down our throats who the ships of the moment are.

Edited at 2012-05-04 11:45 pm (UTC)
m_marchand
May. 5th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Agreed. They just seem to come out of nowhere, especially when said characters didn't even share an arc in the episode. Next season - same deal, different ships.

Edited at 2012-05-05 04:53 am (UTC)
frankdbunny
May. 5th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
especially when said characters didn't even share an arc in the episode.

Yep. The glances made sense at the end of Origins of Vampire Mythology, given the context of the episode. But this episode was about the group as a whole, and the glances kind of undercut it. Didn't ruin it, but it did undercut it.
bluemagicrose
May. 5th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
I'm also a little tired of every episode ending with lingering glances, especially this one. It didn't feel earned, and so felt really forced and unnatural. At this point, it seems like they're just shoving it down our throats who the ships of the moment are.

God yes. Thank you. Completely agree. You know, if they finished it out, have Annie then look at Shirley who looked at Abed who looked at Pierce or some order than okay. It would have added to the feeling of acceptance that they all had at the end, that they were going to be okay because they had each other. But instead they went the shiptastic route and just...ugh.
ogwriter
May. 5th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
*sings*: It's beginning to look a lot like fanservice... everywhere you go
pax_et_amor
May. 5th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
blehg, i'm so bored with it. i admit i'm not on board with j/a (is that allowed here anymore?) but i was excited about t/b and now it's just...boring. it's like writing romance now has devolved into people just smiling shyly at each other like middle schoolers who want to hold hands. if they're going to pull the trigger on these ships they need to do it instead of undercutting every episode with "HEY LOOK REMEMBER THESE PEOPLE LIKE EACH OTHER HEY DON'T FORGET!"
bluemagicrose
May. 5th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I agree. These are adults. Put them together and let it ride out (quite frankly I don't think either couple is good for one another but hey, what do I know?) or stop it with the looks and get back to the friends dynamic they all shared. It's getting old.
m_marchand
May. 5th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I don't ship J/A, and I'm damn proud of it.
bitchet
May. 5th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
They fucked up J/A. I stan for the other team but I can admit, Jeff/Annie had some scorching hot chemistry.... in s1. And they fucked it up in s2 and s3. They should have stuck with their original ending for s1. It would have enraged me at the time but would have been a much more normal turn of events than what has happened since.

As for T/B, they were pretty damn adorable and sexy in the dance episode of s1. I don't know what has happened.

With all this insipid smiling and the will they/won't they, this show has become what it promised it wouldn't be. This is the darkest timeline.

Edited at 2012-05-05 06:09 pm (UTC)
riversabine
May. 5th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
What was the original ending for S1? Somehow I missed that.
bitchet
May. 5th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
From the interview here:

We started talking about the concept of "What if we did that?" sometime around there, but we didn’t take it very seriously because I would adamantly say, "Please guys, do not start talking about cliffhangers and season finales and things until we get to that point." And around 6 episodes from when it was time to actually write the finale, I think it was Garrett Donovan who really just laid out the entire plan. He said, "I say this is what you do: I say you bring back Slater. I say you create a love triangle between her, Jeff and Britta that is holy unsatisfying on all 3 corners. But interesting and that humanizes Britta because she will be the Aniston to Slater’s Jolie," which I always wanted with Slater. It was one of the many ways to try to make the audience in spite of themselves root for Britta: "Let’s do a finale where it seems like we’re playing this love triangle and then just out of left field let’s just try something like Britta goes to his apartment door and opens it up and Annie answers it and it's clear that she was having sex." Whatever.

Ending is probably too strong of a word since it was never filmed but it was one of their original ideas.
riversabine
May. 5th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! Gotcha... it would've been a much bigger shock than the ending we got;)
bitchet
May. 5th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
The fandom would have been even more unbearable and doing that would have required a bit more than "lol oops, Britta and Annie didn't mean it and Jeff can't believe he made out with either of them". But, it would have also been more organic.
jheaton
May. 5th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
i admit i'm not on board with j/a (is that allowed here anymore?)

Of course it's allowed. The idea that people who don't ship J/A are not welcome here is not and never has been true. I mean, you're commenting on a post that contains a link to a reviewer who has explicitly and repeated written about how she dislikes J/A.
pax_et_amor
May. 5th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
yikes, it was just a joke. guess i should have censored my shipping editorializing.
jheaton
May. 6th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Of course it was a joke. But look, I guarantee you there are members of this community who don't ship J/A who worry that their opinions aren't welcome and are afraid they'll be ostracized if they say anything, and they'll look at your joke as confirmation of what their fears. Hence, my refutation.
pax_et_amor
May. 6th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
honestly, you're right. there have been titters around fandom that this comm is becoming sort of biased towards j/a and t/b and some of that has been because of the color commentary about the ships on general/discussion type posts like this. so your "censored for editorializing about ships" joke felt a little like passive aggressive mocking of people complaining about shipping bias. that may not be the case at all, but it made me want to remind other commenters that there are other non j/a shippers here. hence, my snark.
ogwriter
May. 6th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
That's cause it *was* a bit of mocking of people complaining about shipping bias-- namely myself, who mentioned that bias to jheaton about two weeks ago ;)

I understand it's all in fun though, J, if you're reading this.

Edited at 2012-05-06 03:29 am (UTC)
jheaton
May. 6th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Let me start out by saying I speak for myself, not for Community 101.

I'll certainly concede that the shipperdom is more visible in the community than nonshipperdom. Maybe it's because the former outnumbers the latter; maybe it's because the former just talks more; most likely it's some combination of the two. I'll even concede that the nonshipper viewpoint ought to be better represented. But the solution to that problem is not to ask the shippers to talk less or to complain when what they write reflects their biases; it's for the nonshippers to speak out. There's been a lot of discussion among nonshippers here in the comments to this post, which is great. That's a positive, proactive solution to the problem. Complaining about "editorializing about ships" is negative, reactive, and not a solution. And yeah, I was satirizing that attitude.

Incidentally, I don't think of myself as speaking for the community when I do the review roundups. I speak for myself, and to that end I've tried to be upfront about what biases I bring to the table. That, to my way of thinking, is a better approach than pretending to be objective about something that is, to my way of thinking, inherently subjective.
m_marchand
May. 6th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
I personally don't care either way with you editorializing your ship preferences in the RR, but I can also see Pax_et_Amor's point that if the main comm posts (that aren't ship-specific contributions) are biased, then maybe some would get the impression that this comm is J/A-skewed. Actually, I did think that when I first started visiting here cos the first post I read was the RR for Virtual Systems Analysis. To some extent, that does make me, as a non-J/A shipper, wary of voicing my thoughts that I might suspect aren't welcome as a newbie to this comm.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear that all shippers/non-shippers are welcome here as this board is pretty cool.
sith_wench
May. 6th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
Does that mean I can talk about my favorite ship, which is the Greendale trash can Chang is guarding/Britta's boot? ;)

Edited at 2012-05-06 12:37 pm (UTC)
jheaton
May. 6th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness yes please.
sith_wench
May. 6th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
While I realize many may prefer the footwear/inatimate object ship of Model U.N. chair/Britta's Converse sneaker, if you watch the clip below, you can clearly see that the trash can/boot ship is more intense. We know this because it is in slow motion, and has a Lionel Ritchie song playing behind it.

(Plus, frankly, I think the Converse is very young and I try not to sexualize it.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFNpCpqWjsw

Edited at 2012-05-06 08:30 pm (UTC)
m_marchand
May. 6th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
I think you may be reading more into something that's not really there. *pats head* ;)

But I ship Jeff/aviator sunglasses, so what do I know? :D

Edited at 2012-05-06 10:56 pm (UTC)
sith_wench
May. 7th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Interesting, I have a threeway twist on your ship that I also enjoy, Jeff/aviator sunglasses/me :)
ljdtlt
May. 7th, 2012 05:35 am (UTC)
Thanks 2 u, I've been humming Lionel Richie's "Hello" all night at work. Thanks.
pax_et_amor
May. 6th, 2012 06:46 am (UTC)
you know, you made a joke, i made a joke. it's all cool. i don't know how this got out of hand, but as a member who's been in this comm for three seasons, i think i've earned the right to say a few words...LET'S BURN THIS MOTHER DOWN!

donna_c_punk
May. 6th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm not now nor have I ever been a J/A 'shipper.
m_marchand
May. 5th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
I agree with the critics on this one. I liked the episode for what it was - a placeholder for the big finale - but it was uneven at times. Applying the 5 stages of grief to the structure of the episode is very cool, but I still didn't feel as engaged. Even with weaker episodes, however, there are always brilliant moments that make this show so much fun to watch.
sith_wench
May. 5th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
I agree with the points about this ep not being the best ever, but I feel it had to be set up for a closure point in case things ended in a hurry for the show. Luckily they get to finish the produced episodes and IF THERE IS A GOD we will hear great news Monday that we get another season:)

And greatest episode ever to weakest, I'm watching and loving because the weakest episode of this stunning show is still better than 99% of everything else on TV, and the best episodes of this show are, well the best thing on TV ever (and that is high praise from someone who loved Arrested Development)

To me, the weakest Community episode is like your least favorite Beatles song. Still kicks ass and NOTHING comes close to beating it overall.

Sith_wench OUT *drops mic*
dsbs
May. 6th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
I LOVE your Beatles analogy, just throwing that in there.
sith_wench
May. 6th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Well thank you:)
jheaton
May. 6th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
So what is Community's Revolution 9? :-)
sith_wench
May. 6th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Well I'm going with that you are saying Revolution 9 is the worst? ( I think it is Why don't we do it in the road). But if you are asking what my least fave Community episode is, I don't think it would be a common choice. My least fave and only one I never watch on the DVD collection I own and cherish is "Investigative Journalism", but it isn't really the episode per se as much as the fact that I HATE Jack Black ( I know, I know, "ugh, I'm the worst). To me he isn't funny at all, is grating and annoying and so it killed the episode for me.
donna_c_punk
May. 6th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
I don't find Jack Black funny, either. I liked School of Rock but that was more for the kids/storyline than anything JB did.
pax_et_amor
May. 6th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
omg i LOVE why don't we do it in the road! haha, but i also love investigative journalism. competitive wine tasting, though, that is piggies for me for sure. ugh, the worst.
sith_wench
May. 6th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
I would agree that Competitive Wine Tasting was not one of the strongest. But as I said before, there are so many super brilliant ones that the few that are a bit more "meh" are still worth the ride. I will take take the occasional wine tasting and investigative journalism to get Modern Warfare and Paradigms of Human Memory and so many others we've seen and have yet to see:)
pax_et_amor
May. 5th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
aside from being totally bored/unimpressed with the shipping bits (which is a problem i've had with the whole back half of the season really, more than this episode, in particular) i really liked this episode. even though i knew it was coming "LET'S BURN THIS MOTHER DOWN!" made me laugh out loud. and i love when chang puts on his sane face so his buddying up to the council was great. overall it got me stoked for the end of the season, which was, i think the point. excited for next week! and super excited to hear a renewal announcement! *fingers crossed*
jheaton
May. 6th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
I think Yvette said on Twitter that we'd know for sure about renewal by May 14.
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