There are finally new episodes of Community! I was so excited that I watched it in what little amounts loaded up on the website at a time, then watched it again all over again, then watched it again the next morning. I still love it. I still love it so much. I am just so happy I’m getting a little more of it. Even better? Due to NBC pushing the air date back from October to February, the episodes just happened to line up so that the Halloween episode aired on Valentines Day. Allowing me to enjoy my favourite holiday on my least favourite holiday! Not because I’m a scary man-hating feminist, I just hate forced gift-giving and the idea that love is reserved for special occasions. I also have to say that the Halloween special was quite good, even by the “high” standards I judge the show on… 😉
This show has a lot of stuff that I dig, starting with a strong female lead (played by the gorgeous and talented Emmy Rossum) and William H. Macy. Based on a UK series it’s about the Gallaghers, a family of 6 kids with a runaway mom and a drunk dad, and how they push to survive through poverty, their parents’ poor judgement and the number of bad decisions and hardships they all have to overcome as individuals and as a family. With some help from their friends, a spoiled rich guy who is bored of high society and wants nothing more than to be a part of this crazy life and family, a particularly well portrayed agoraphobic mother (Joan Cusack) of a crazy promiscuous daughter, a pair of sexually deviant neighbors who make a living bar tending and making porn and a family of very disturbed miscreants with worse parents than the Gallaghers.
Now while all of this sounds horrible, and it really is hard to watch sometimes, it is absolutely heartwarming. Coming from a life that is not nearly as rough but still pretty bad I can very much relate to a few of the situations these folks get themselves into, and the constant struggle for money is something that I (and I’m sure many many more out there) can wholly identify with. I mean, I’ve watched it twice through, back to back so I’m clearly hooked. It’s like beautiful poetry about a train wreck in slow motion hitting a pile of baby animals… so well written and well acted that you just can’t help but love it.
IT’S NOT EXACTLY TURNING THE SCI-FI/POST-APOCALYPSE GENRE ON IT’S HEAD, BUT IT’S DEFINITELY ENTERTAINING.
In Sci-Fi there is one good thing (be it a movie, TV show, comic book, etc.) for every thousand bad ones, so it is hard to be overly-critical (at least for me) of a genre that so often fails. That being said I don’t go rushing out for every little iota of Sci-Fi out there just because there is a lack of really good stuff to find, but there has to be a middle ground somewhere for it, right? I personally like the idea of cheesy TV. It’s one of the things that I really enjoy about it. Yes, there are plot holes, and over-acting, but you get that in anything. What I like is the idea behind it. Generally that’s all it takes for me.
It is refreshing to see a post-apocalypse show that ISN’T about zombies these days. Let’s face it, Walking Dead has cornered that one. The fact that somebody didn’t try pushing the line of the zombie story to some ridiculous proportion is incredible to me (I’m still waiting for some kind of zombie musical or sitcom or something dumb like that) so that is already a plus one in my book. I really like the sort of pioneer swashbuckling wild west civil war style world they live in, and the hint of whimsy with the “power pendants” is a nice bonus. I feel like it should be a little more steampunk-y though…
Regardless, rebels, psychopathic dictators, roving bands of raiders and bounty hunters all mix together in a world with no electricity and the story follows the people I believe are going to be unknowingly responsible for turning the power back on. What’s not to love? I’m a little mad the show won’t be returning to TV until MARCH.