Community: Season 2
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Welcome back for a wild new year at Greendale Community College, as the study group faces their toughest tests yet… Why would bachelor-for-life Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) pop the big question to Britta (Gillian Jacobs)? What incites innocent Annie (Alison Brie) to chloroform a janitor? Hey, Pierce (Chevy Chase)! Is your mom really still alive in a lava lamp? Will Abed (Danny Pudi) miss his Pulp Fiction birthday for a chance to give Jeff his own version of My Dinner With Andre? What makes Troy (Donald Glover) boldly go for LeVar Burton? Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is expecting – but who’s the daddy? Is it her ex-hubby (guest star Malcolm-Jamal Warner)? Or ex-Spanish teacher, Senior Chang (Ken Jeong)? Finally, is that really Betty White rapping with Troy and Abed? All these answers (and much more) are found in the hilarious, guest star-filled sophomore season of the breakthrough comedy hit.
Welcome to the second season of this ingenious and clever yet warm-hearted sitcom about sitcoms. On the surface, Community follows the misadventures of a study group at a mediocre community college, but it's really a loopy satire of TV comedy, taking every opportunity to deconstruct the absurd rules and accepted structures that shape almost every sitcom ever made--while, without missing a beat, making brilliant use of those rules and structures to create wonderfully likable characters and tell delightfully funny stories. It's hard to imagine how something this sneaky and multilayered got through the soul-sucking committees of network television. In season two, the members of the adorable misfit study group struggle to fight off their former Spanish teacher, Señor Chang (Ken Jeong), who desperately wants to be part of the group even though they're now studying anthropology. But a greater danger lies within: Pierce (Chevy Chase), the socially obtuse moist-towelette magnate whose mix of paranoia and jealousy turns him against his friends, transforming him into the outright villain of the season. Meanwhile, the gang grapple with the sexual politics of charity, outer-space flight simulation, religious-epic filmmaking, mean girls, booze, Dungeons and Dragons, zombies, Balkan genocide, stop-motion Christmas specials, and a sequel to the first season's paintball episode that is almost as brilliant as the original. The entire cast (Chase, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, and Yvette Nicole Brown) is in top form, the guest appearances (ranging from Betty White to Josh Holloway from Lost) are smartly used, and the abundant DVD extras are all excellent. Community: The Complete Second Season is a pleasure from start to finish. --Bret Fetzer
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Accounting for Lawyers
The Psychology of Letting Go
Basic Rocket Science
Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples
Special features: commentary on every episode, outtakes, deleted scenes
Aerodynamics of Gender
Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design
Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas
Asian Population Studies
Special features: commentary on every episode, creating wonderland, Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas: Original storyboard animatic & in process animatic, outtakes, deleted scenes
Celebrity Pharmacology 212
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
Early 21st Century Romanticism
Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking
Intro to Political Science
Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy
Special features: commentary on every episode, season two cast evaluations, DJ Steve Porter Remxes season one, outtakes, deleted scenes
Critical Film Studies
Competitive Wine Tasting
Paradigms of Human Memory
Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts
A Fistful of Paintballs
For a Few Paintballs More
Special features: commentary on every episode, the paintball finale: from script to screen, outtakes, deleted scenes
I bought this set, and I am glad that I did.
The main complaints that I've read about this story is that it doesn't develop many of the characters outside Annie, Pierce, and (maybe) Jeff. In other words, it sacrifices substance for style. I don't necessarily agree with this because it brings to group's issues with Pierce to the forefront and forces everyone to confront him over the hell he's put them through over the school year. Okay, so maybe Britta, Troy, and Shirley don't do much, but they get their shot (no pun intended) in the next episode and so that more than evens out character time in my opinion.
All in all, this is a rock solid episode that shows just how far the writers and cast are willing to commit themselves to an idea. This is a definite must for Community fans, but also a good introduction to how crazy (in a good way) this show can be for those that enjoy action, Westerns, or just extremely well-written, character-driven television.
Community is definitely not one of those shows.
I can (and do) binge-watch this show until the theme song plays on loop in my head and I'm quoting the show without even realizing it.
The second season definitely is not disappointing, and it only continues to be one of the funniest shows I've ever had the pleasure to watch.
I can't even decide on my favorite episodes, as I absolutely loved nearly every single one. From "Critical Film Studies" to "Paradigms of Human Memory" you will probably be laughing until you fall over and hurt something.
The second season continues with excellent performances, excellent writing, and an overall masterpiece for comedic television.