Community: Is that the best you got?

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December 13, 2009

6:46 PM

I’m getting a little worried about “Community.” It’s become a little heavy-handed with the lessons we learn at the end of the episode. This is a comedy, not a sitcom. We’re supposed to laugh, not learn about tolerance. Let me be clear: I am all for tolerance, and there’s a time and a place to teach it, but an NBC comedy in its first season is not the time or the place.

Troy (and to some extent Abed, when he’s utilized) is the only character who’s consistently funny. He’s a writer for “30 Rock.” That’s no coincidence, but that’s another debate. But last time I checked, Jeff was the main character. What happened to his wit? I swear, without the Britta connection, he’s become totally uninterested in everything having to do with his situation. It’s bumming me out, man.

The show’s missing the spark it had at the beginning of the season. There’s no energy, I guess. Everything just seems to happen to the characters rather than them doing things. It’s hard to describe, but the characters have gone from active to passive. And watching passive characters, however funny, gets old after a while.

It seems like the show is biding its time until something really epic or really funny is about to happen in the series, but nothing’s happened. And I’m getting tired of waiting. I’ve gotten to the point that I watch it out of habit rather than excitement. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s a bad sign.

Let’s see some hustle, “Community.” If you don’t pick it up, you’re going to get yourself cancelled.

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