Wednesday, March 18, 2015
COMMUNITY RETURNS AND IT IS GLORIOUS
Community began its unlikely sixth season on Yahoo Screen on Tuesday. This show has had more second chances than most, and the world is a better place because of it. Dan Harmon's baby has managed to make me laugh out loud consistently, and that is a rare thing. I had a few concerns, simply because it was moving from a network to a website, and the fact that the cast has shrunk by three made me wonder if the dynamics would change too much. My concerns were set aside almost instantly. The sharp writing, strange surreal turns, and great performances are all still there.
If there's any downside to the new season, it's that Yahoo Screen seems kind of clunky. The video was a bit jerky, and the commercial breaks seemed to step on the beginnings of the following scenes. I'm sure this will be fixed, as they are bound to get complaints. Other than that, this move to the web seems like a liberating one for Dan Harmon. It feels like he finally doesn't have art police watching his every move, and he's able to let scenes breathe without having to cut jokes for time.
The first two episodes are online right now, but they can't be embedded due to licensing restrictions, so swing by Yahoo and check them out. New episodes will appear every Tuesday, and I'm very relieved to say that I'll be looking forward to them all.