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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The 2nd season of Community reached for the stars, and in my opinion they made it. This is easily one of the smartest, stupidest, funniest, most heart warming shows on TV. Very rarely do characters in TV/movies actually make me FEEL for them and wish they were people I could talk to and interact with, but this show has made seven fictional characters very real to me (I'm excluding Senor Chang, played by Ken Jeong, because he is a psychopath).
The fact that this show suffers from being slotted against Big Bang Theory and is currently on mid-season hiatus is a shame. The fans that watch this show are tortured by knowing that if more people gave it a shot, this could potentially be one of the best TV series of all time (even though it may not have gone over 4 years regardless of cancellation rumors).
So please, give this show a shot because it deserves your attention. It is one of the few things I'll rewatch the COMMENTARY. There's just an atmosphere and feel to this show that so many TV series/movies attempt to create, but fail to reach.
"Community" is witty, its humor understated and ironic (if you enjoy British humor you would definitely enjoy this show!) Unlike most other comedies around today, "Community" is fresh - it never gets stale like certain shows that have seen their glory days, and it is smart and unique enough to not use phallic/sexual humor as a pillar to hold it up.
If you like shows such as "Arrested Development" and "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" there is no question whatsoever you would enjoy this show. I would recommend starting at the beginning with Community: The Complete First Season. The second season does not fall into the curse of the sophomore slump, it runs strong, if not stronger than the first season (which, admittedly, takes a couple episodes to get into the swing of things - but to this I say: what freshman season doesn't?)
And to any people who are already fans of the show: buy this season (and the first, if you haven't yet) and show your support! Much love and affection must have gone into both sets. There is commentary for EVERY episode and over 90 minutes of special features. I ordered both seasons from Amazon and they came packaged well. It is in a slim DVD sleeve - but it suits the show, in a way. They are not big and bulky, and do not take up much room on your DVD shelves. They did a great job designing the graphics for the DVD cases including Abed's mysterious notebook and the ID badges of the study group.
I love "Community" and I hope NBC can see what a gem they have and not cancel it before its time. Six seasons and a movie!
Community is really about two themes: 1) How and why do people form relationships with other people? 2) Does seeing everything through the lens of pop culture cliches and tropes skew personal experience?
Those two ideas can be at odds, since the first is very character and relationship driven, and the second is very plot driven. When the show is working, though, these things blend seamlessly to take the sitcom to the realm of high art. The 2nd season is where, in my opinion, the show was most often at its peak.
It's a show that is very rewarding to watch thoroughly, and even rewatch, since the characters have such depth, and there are minor threads that develop over many episodes. It's also, just on the surface, ridiculously funny.
If you don't have a love for pop culture and TV cliches, then a lot of references will be lost on you, and the way that the direction of the episodes mirrors the genres being referenced may not be meaningful. You will probably still laugh, but it may just seem goofy and not deep.
For me, particular stand-out episodes in the 2nd season are "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons", "Critical Film Studies", and "A Fistful of Paintballs." But I could easily name another 5 that are also A+ episodes, and I don't know that there are any real clunkers at all.