Welcome to a tale of Community, in two parts.  But first, some house keeping.  We at STATE-LINES have a long chronicled love of Community.  Check out some of our past articles here and here.  Now, on to…

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Are you ready for Zombie Community?

 

PART I – WHAT I THINK I’LL THINK

We are already a handful of episodes in to season 6 of Community, a season that I will probably end up calling “Zombie Community”.  If you don’t know what Community is, it’s the little show that could.  Until it couldn’t, but then it could again, and so on.  Originally created by Dan Harmon, here is what Wikipedia has to say about it’s development.

Harmon based the premise of Community on his own real-life experiences. In an attempt to save his relationship with his then-girlfriend, he enrolled in Glendale Community College northeast of Los Angeles, where they would take Spanish together. Harmon got involved in a study group and, somewhat against his own instincts, became closely connected to the group of people with whom he had very little in common. “I was in this group with these knuckleheads and I started really liking them,” he explains, “even though they had nothing to do with the film industry and I had nothing to gain from them and nothing to offer them.” With this as the background, Harmon wrote the show with a main character largely based on himself. He had, like Jeff, been self-centered and independent to the extreme before he realized the value of connecting with other people.

Creator - Dan Harmon

Creator – Dan Harmon

But why did it draw me, many other STATE-LINErs, and countless other devoted fans in so deep?  The answer is in the title.  It was about community.  We loved the crazy cadre of community college kids.  We believed that, even though things started rocky, they grew to truly love each other (even when irl they didn’t).  That “band of misfits” attitude really resonated with the people that actually do consider themselves misfits.  That’s why we love the show.  Plus, insane go-for-anything episodes like paintball, law and order, chicken fingers, and documentaries sweeten the deal to make Community one of the best shows… well, ever.  I haven’t watched any of season 6 yet for two reasons.  We will get to reason 2, but reason 1 is because I wanted something to talk about when our website relaunched (Oh hey, welcome back to the site by the way).  This article is about a time last week when I was on the treadmill and I thought of the title of this piece.  Great title right?  But after all of the great things I’ve said about Community, why would it bring me down?

First of all, I will always love Community.  But that’s just the point.  Community is Jeff, Britta, Annie, Shirley, Pierce, and oh my God Troy and Abed (in the mooooorning!) with a dash of Dean Pelton and a side of Chang.  Over the years, we have lost almost half of those people.  It’s like real life, friends come and go.  But, I’ve always hated that!  I don’t want them to go, and I don’t want things to change.  That’s what’s great about TV, things don’t HAVE to chang (I had to do one Chang pun).  Unfortunately they did.  And that leaves us with something that will just make me kind of sad.  I think.  It’ll be cool to see my friends, but it will just remind me that I’ll never see Pierce’s hilarious bigotry, Shirley kind of sounding like Miss Piggy, and oh my God Troy (of Troy and Abed).  So without further ado, I give you “Community I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down”, sung to the tune of LCD Soundsytem’s “New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down“.

Community, I Love You
But you’re bringing me down

Community, I Love You
But you’re bringing me down

Feivel’s left the cage
And things just aren’t the same

Community, I Love You
But you’re bringing me down

Community, you’re different
Are you’re wasting my time

You were my favorite show
But you’ve changed over time

Should they have shuttered your doors
Do we really need more
The show’s almost dead
When you were streets ahead

Community, you were perfect
But things got “Britta’d” up

Your not so mild show runner
Can’t give it up

So the zombie goes on
I can’t say that you’re wrong

If I was you I would have
done the same thing

Community, I Love You
But you’re freaking me out

The writings still great
But the cast has all changed

Like a shot through the heart
And it “burns” like a “star”

Community, I Love You
But you’re freaking me out

Community, I Love You
But you’re bringing me down

Community, I Love You
But you’re bringing me down

Your’e like ants marching on
Jeff’s favorite Dave Matthews song

But you’re still the one show
That turns frowns upside down

And oh.. Take me off your meow meow beens list
For students that think it still exists
Yes, for those who think it still exists

Maybe I’m wrong
And maybe you’re alright
Maybe I’m wrong
And maybe you’re alright

Maybe you’re alright
Maybe I’m wrong
And just maybe you’re alright

And Oh..
Maybe the dean told you true
Jeff is even sexy in a coffin too
And so is the show

But maybe he’s wrong
And maybe I’m right
And just maybe he’s wrong

Maybe he’s wrong
And maybe I’m right
And if so, is there……a…. show?

So that’s what I think I’ll think.  Now, I pause writing the article, and I go watch the show.  See you guys in a bit.

PART II – WHAT I ACTUALLY THINK

HOLY CRAP I WAS WRONG!  COMMUNITY IS STILL COMMUNITY AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

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Remember up top, like five minutes ago, when I said I would get to reason 2?  Well, reason 2 I don’t think I’ll like the show is because I can’t watch it on TV.  I know that makes me incredibly old (I’m looking at you resident young guy David Henenhohfgdjsne) but I’d much rather watch tv on, ya know… A tv!  But honestly, that’s my only real complaint.  Sure, I missed the people that weren’t there.  But the writing and chemistry was so good it almost didn’t matter.  I am 4 episodes in and loving it.  Community, I take it all back.  I love you, and you’re NOT bringing me down.

As always, Abed sums it up best.  This time, in the opening episode of season 6.  He talks about his trepidation of adding new characters to the mix, which of course I had as well.  I’ll let my weird friend close us out.

My umbrella concern is that you, as a character, represent the end of what I used to call our show, which was once an unlikely family of misfit students, and is now a pretty loose knit group of students and teachers.  None of whom are taking a class together in a school which, as of your arrival, is becoming increasingly grounded, asking questions like, how do any of us get our money? When will we get our degrees, and what happened to that girl I was dating? As opposed to questions I consider more important like, what is real? What is sanity? Is there a god? Where’s that Pierce hologram? Jeff said last year he saw a Pierce hologram. None of the rest of us have ever seen it. So, if there’s a Pierce ghost on campus, I’d like to get a head start on busting it.

Even Abed was worried Community won’t be the same.  But if he can get through it, so can we.  So I think that you should give Community a chance.  You’ll find it’s still a pretty incredible place to hang out.  Thanks Dan!  🙂

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