Friday, September 25, 2009

Community Episode 2

Alison's Take - What happened to all the funny?

Gavin's Take - This is a somewhat different format than we usually use for reviews/comments, but I felt that with Alison's somewhat abrupt (justified?) comments, it wasn't worth creating a whole new posting just for some additional notes. First let me say I definitely understand where you're coming from. The episode lacked some of the unique punch that a great comedy has, and was sorely lacking for major laugh out loud moments. That said, I didn't completely hate the episode. There was some character development, and while the Spanish teacher is, for the moment, just another caricature in the show, I have hopes that the other characters will develop into more rounded parts, which will allow him (and some other bit players) to serve as comedic backdrop. Where they belong.

The last thing I'll say is that while the development of characters took something of a step forward in this episode, albeit a relatively small one, it does remain a bit awkward and forced in the development. The writers need to find their voice if the show is going to take off. For the time being, it's safe based on its time slot, but that won't be true forever. Let's all hope they get it together. Anyone else have any thoughts?

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