“Community” on Yahoo! Screen – mid-season review

I was horribly disappointed to learn that Community had not been picked up for their #sixseasonsandamovie sixth season on NBC. Though not a huge ratings success (I assume) the show has a loyal and rabid cult following, including myself. The fifth season finale aired about a year ago, on 17 April 2014, and I feared it would be the last time I visited Greendale.

I wasn’t sure what to think about the news a few months ago that the show had been picked up for another season of new material, to air on Yahoo! Screen. Though I watch a lot of YouTube videos and listen to podcasts on my computer, I rarely watch full-length television shows.

For Community, though, it has been worth it, but mostly because I still like the characters from the previous five seasons. At points it almost feels like nostalgia rather than actually enjoying the episode.

Community - Season 4

Since its inception, Community has lost a number of its characters, beginning with Pearce (played by Chevy Chase) and followed by Troy (played by Donald Glover). John Oliver is also gone. This season marks the disappearance of Shirley (played by Yvette Nicole Brown).

There are two new additions to the cast, however: beginning in the season premiere Paget Brewster portrays Francesca ‘Frankie’ Dart, a rare straightwoman; and episode 5 introduces the always-funny Keith David as Elroy Patashnik.

Besides the characters, at least so far this season, another element is missing. Gone too are the surreal, outside-of-the-box stories that made Community the cult favorite it is. So far, the characters have not been animated or clay-mated, nor have they been inside a video game, a haunted house, a zombie apocalypse, an alternate reality, or a paintball war. So far, the plots have been “safe” comedy fare. Funny yes, at times very funny, but not the Community I have loved since its 2009 debut.

With six episodes left, it is still possible that the show will return to form. I will keep watching just in case.

New episodes of Community air on Yahoo!Screen on Tuesdays. Click here to watch.

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