For the first time since the show began in 2009, I turned off an episode of Community. I was completed disgusted with myself until I really stopped to think about it. Why should I be ashamed of myself for turning off an episode when this IS the weird season.
I remember watching the fourth season and being horrified with what the show had become. The new showrunners clearly did not understand why the show had such a cult following. It didn’t need to constantly make lame jokes about itself or try to bring up past jokes to get a laugh. What made the first three seasons brilliant is the uniqueness of the situations. What do six friends do when they don’t trust each other? What happens when one of those friends accuses the others of stealing a pen? Chaos, that’s what.
Another thing that makes this show brilliant is the characters. One of the thing that season six has lacked thus far is the combination of characters. Losing not only Troy and Shirley, but also Pierce really made the show decline. Yeah, I know he was a pain on set, but he was as Abed says “The lighting rod. Now that he’s gone, there is lighting everywhere.” With the loss of Shirley and Troy, the show lacks that bickering and exchanges that made the show enjoyable. To me whenever the show went to the study room, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
Is it possible I am letting things get to me and season 6 isn’t as bad as I think? Sure. The episode that made the weirdness too real was “Episode 8:Intro to recycled Cinema”. This episode screamed WEIRD at the top of its lungs and it honestly made me take a step back and think about what has changed and how far off course the show has come. The clips of Chang and the whole vibe of the episode was very creepy and not in a good way.
This show has come so far and not that Dan Harmon has full control of the show, it is really obvious that NBC’s control was perhaps a good thing. I will wait until the end of the season to judge it as a whole, but I have a feeling the season will be going more off the trail than usual.