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Season 3 ruined Community
on May 7, 2013
I was a really big Community fan up until half way through season 3. Don't get me wrong, the show was still plenty of fun up to, and including, the Xmas Glee episode (Regional Holiday Music). After that is where things went wrong for me. Why?
1) Way too much Chang. Having a side character who, in my opinion, always had the stupidest humor take such a big role led to episodes filled with stupid humor in a series which was built on cleverer things.
2) Too much Abed. Now I am sure this is where I am going to lose some people. Abed is great, especially with Troy and the way their combined wackiness fits into the group. However, on his own he is either morbidly depressing or too far removed from the comedy aspect of the show. Especially morbid are the episodes in the dreamatorium. Also, bringing back evil Abed was just depressing. What I always loved about Community was that it would occasionally take a pop culture reference and work it into the on-goings at Greendale. That way it managed to have its own personality while parodying or commenting on various things. When entire episodes turn into parodies of those things though, it turns into just a low quality rip off.
3) Pushing the Dean into further ridiculousness. I enjoyed the dean in the first two seasons. He was a desperate, weird, oddball, leading a school which would never go anywhere. In season 3 though, most of what he does is dress in various women's outfits and emphasize his crush on Jeff.
4) The whole Troy and A/C school thing. Good for one episode but just not fun or interesting enough to keep bringing up.
I know Community fans are rabid and will, at best, ignore this review or, worse, start nasty comments. Keep in mind folks, I was one of you. I wish I still could be. Sadly this show has been going very much the way of "My name is Earl" and "Malcolm in the Middle". For those of you still enjoying it, I am happy for you and hope it keeps you interested. Just don't kid yourself about how much fun you are having out of loyalty.