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#1 Posted by Aegon (5377 posts) -

Season 5 thoughts here, if you please.

Episode 1: Did a fine job of setting things up. Lots of ground to cover in 20 minutes, but it wasn't bad.

Episode 2: Amazing. Nicolas Cage good or bad might be the funniest thing to come out of Community. Alex would probably love this.

#2 Edited by bigjeffrey (4710 posts) -

The Nic Cage Good and Bad thing, hilarious.

#3 Edited by MarkWahlberg (4577 posts) -

Is season 4 worth catching up on at all? I never got around to watching it, but apparently it was kinda bad so I'm not sure if I should just start with the new stuff and risk being confused or what.

#4 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (2955 posts) -

Is season 4 worth catching up on at all? I never got around to watching it, but now apparently it was kinda bad so I'm not sure if I should just start with the new stuff and risk being confused or what.

Just skip it.

#5 Posted by Sergio (2037 posts) -

Troy's reaction to Abed's comment about Zach Braff only being in the first 6 episodes of Scrubs season 9 was great because of Donald Glover's own decision.

#6 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6041 posts) -

Abed's Nic Cage impression was genius. I'm also a big fan of Mike from Breaking Bad's work. Yes, I'm aware he has a real name other than Mike. No, I'm never going to call him anything but Mike.

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#7 Posted by Embryonic (136 posts) -

Shit, thanks for reminding me it's back. Glad to hear it's good again too.

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#8 Posted by Ryanmc94 (60 posts) -

I'm happy they did both episodes back to back. Episode 1 was a little light on laughs but it did exactly what it set out to do. Episode 2 was fantastic. I made a sound of joy when I saw Hickey sitting at the table with the rest of the gang. I really really don't want Troy to leave but I'm glad the show is in the right hands to manage it

#9 Posted by Tajasaurus (786 posts) -

Those two episodes made up for all of season 4

#10 Edited by Robsamuel (49 posts) -

I thought Season 4 was fine, but I'd forgotten how good Community could be. These two episodes were great.

#11 Posted by rahulricky (208 posts) -

season 4 is fully skippable (except when you have absolutely nothing left and want to see story points) but these first two episodes of season 5 have been great, some really good Dean moments too.

#12 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5135 posts) -

It's official. Community is back. The premiere was fantastic.

#13 Posted by ThePickle (4153 posts) -

Both episodes were great. Community is fucking back.

#14 Posted by Chemystery (214 posts) -

@sergio: I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that.

#15 Posted by Disaya (279 posts) -

I thought ep. 1 was ok but not bad, ep. 2 was pretty great though. Also is Mike replacing Chevy chase as the old man of the group, if so then I am down with that.

#16 Posted by Sergio (2037 posts) -

@sergio: I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that.

I wonder if they went back to film that spot because of his decision, which I thought was made after they had begun filming - I could be wrong.

@disaya said:

I thought ep. 1 was ok but not bad, ep. 2 was pretty great though. Also is Mike replacing Chevy chase as the old man of the group, if so then I am down with that.

I was kind of hoping for Leonard Rodriguez.

#17 Edited by MarkWahlberg (4577 posts) -

Well, they definitely earned some goodwill just by straight up admitting they'd messed up even before whatever happened last season. It was a little weird watching this, but I'm on board.

Best part: "Minuses are made up!" *Fat Neil knocks over trash can*

#18 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11419 posts) -

Both of those episodes were probably better than all of season 4. Abed's Nic Cage freakout was amazing.

#19 Edited by Andorski (5173 posts) -

The two episode premier makes me wonder how the hell the show is going to move on once Glover leaves. It's not like he's the central focus of the show, but with Chevy gone the cast felt a little incomplete. Once Donald leaves the show they need to either make the Dean and/or Chang a much more central character(s) (although I think it's a bad idea; both characters are great only when used sparingly) or they need to bring in someone new.

The best thing about the premiere though is that Chang seems to have stopped being a retard. That character was ruined in season 3, but it looks like their bringing back season 1 "el tigre" for season 5.

#20 Posted by Sammo21 (3203 posts) -

These first two episodes are better than the entirely of last season. Dan Harmon really does make a difference there.

#21 Posted by Manhattan_Project (2115 posts) -

@andorski said:

The two episode premier makes me wonder how the hell the show is going to move on once Glover leaves. It's not like he's the central focus of the show, but with Chevy gone the cast felt a little incomplete. Once Donald leaves the show they need to either make the Dean and/or Chang a much more central character(s) (although I think it's a bad idea; both characters are great only when used sparingly) or they need to bring in someone new.

The best thing about the premiere though is that Chang seems to have stopped being a retard. That character was ruined in season 3, but it looks like their bringing back season 1 "el tigre" for season 5.

I literally forgot Chevy Chase was in Community until the hologram bit. Donald leaving will certainly have a much bigger impact since the show often relies on Troy and Abed for side gags but with Harmon back on-board I expect it won't be too jarring.

#22 Posted by bigjeffrey (4710 posts) -

what the fuck was this episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#23 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6041 posts) -

Ass crack bandit!

Holy shit, that was a terrific episode.

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#24 Edited by Aegon (5377 posts) -

Backwards ass-crack chang was scary and hilarious. Abed's little "crime analysis" moment was pretty funny as well.

#25 Posted by Chemystery (214 posts) -

Did they say why Pierce was banned from campus? Just curious if I missed it or if we are supposed to take it at face value.

#26 Posted by Sergio (2037 posts) -

what the fuck was this episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a great parody of gritty, crime procedurals that was perfectly executed.

#27 Posted by Beforet (2911 posts) -

I loved the parody, but the jokes themselves were kinda eh with me. Not bad, by any means, but not as good as those two first two episodes. As for Pierce, I don't think it was ever said, so I think that's just a face value joke thing.

#28 Posted by Sammo21 (3203 posts) -

I just watched Episode 3 today. I have to say I laughed incredibly hard at things that probably didn't warrant it.

"What are you going to do? Not have butts?"

#29 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5135 posts) -

Man this season just shows how big of a part Dan had in the quality of this show.

#30 Posted by Tearhead (2147 posts) -

Backwards Chang was amazing!

#31 Posted by erhard (379 posts) -

It seems like this season is going to be pretty great.

#32 Posted by Heltom92 (698 posts) -

I seriously didn't get this episode, I only laughed twice (that "What are you going to do? Not have butts?" was pretty great). I feel like I've missed something seeing as the everyone else loved it.

#33 Posted by Nodima (1057 posts) -

There's nothing to miss. Either "butt" is a funny word or it isn't, because that was 90% of the joke.

(The other 10% was using a blue filter and specific camera angles to make everything look like a cable police procedural and Abed calling every character on those shows autistic).

#34 Posted by Hyuzen (442 posts) -

So we're all in agreement that Britta was the ass-crack bandit right? Right? Okay.

#35 Edited by Beb (234 posts) -

@hyuzen said:

So we're all in agreement that Britta was the ass-crack bandit right? Right? Okay.

I'd have to watch it again, but I think that there was no bandit. It was just different people doing the attacks and blaming it on the bandit.

#36 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5135 posts) -

What kind of world do we live where not only did Community comeback for another couple seasons, but the show creator got fired, which dropped the overall quality of the show, and then came back to save it? We're apparently in the best timeline.

Loved the third episode!

#37 Edited by Aegon (5377 posts) -

Troy and Abed are in moooourning.

What they're doing with Pierce is funny, but this episode didn't reach the bar set by the previous episodes.

#38 Posted by bigjeffrey (4710 posts) -

EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#39 Posted by Andorski (5173 posts) -

@beb said:

@hyuzen said:

So we're all in agreement that Britta was the ass-crack bandit right? Right? Okay.

I'd have to watch it again, but I think that there was no bandit. It was just different people doing the attacks and blaming it on the bandit.

I can totally see a "Batman: The Long Halloween" type of scenario where several people nickel'd other people's cracks for a variety of reasons, with the public consensus incorrectly believing that a single person was behind all the incidences.

#40 Posted by Hyuzen (442 posts) -

@andorski: That also makes a lot of sense.

Man, Abed's "cool, cool, cool" was rough.

#41 Edited by Embryonic (136 posts) -

Nice bit of continuity.

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#42 Posted by markini6 (445 posts) -

Absolutely loving this season, definitely a return to form even though the two funniest characters (imo) are leaving/have left. Just like the paintball episodes, I can see them returning to the ass-crack bandit story. Also, the revelation that Pierce died of dehydration from bottling all that sperm was probably the perfect way to go for him.

#43 Posted by Scandinavianstar (8 posts) -

Must have been Britta but anyway this i a great start to the season

#44 Edited by Roldan (30 posts) -

Nice bit of continuity.

Continuity is one of the best things about Community. I mean i still remember this joke:

#45 Posted by oldenglishC (922 posts) -

Another great episode tonight. I guess a happy Dan Harmon does make all the difference.

I miss the casual bigotry, but Buzz Hickey seems to be rounding into the perfect Pierce replacement.

#46 Posted by MattadorD (70 posts) -

What was the episode spoofing? I felt I was this close to figuring out watching it, but just couldn't figure it out. But I have been loving this season so far. I was about ready to stop watching the show last season, but I'm glad I stuck with it because it has been worth it.

#47 Posted by ThePhantomStranger (353 posts) -

Lava World episode was a bit of an improvement over the last episode but I feel like the formula is getting a bit stale and characters are hardly evolving. The Pierce episode without Pierce was a neat concept but just ended up feeling like it was filling in a madlibs with the words you expect to be chosen. I'm not really heavily anticipating the next episode and that's a huge bummer.

#48 Edited by SpunkyHePanda (1584 posts) -

Hey, seat-feet! Chair to dance?

#49 Posted by bigjeffrey (4710 posts) -

lol at the end the reading rainbow dude.

#50 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1908 posts) -

@markwahlberg said:

Is season 4 worth catching up on at all? I never got around to watching it, but now apparently it was kinda bad so I'm not sure if I should just start with the new stuff and risk being confused or what.

Just skip it.

I kinda want to watch it just to get all the jokes they make about how bad the last season was. I know there were a few in the first two episodes like Chang making fun of the concept of changnesia.