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Community Review: Splingles

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Dear Community,

I know things have been kind of weird between us lately. You've been going through a lot of changes, with your new friends and all, and I get that. I've tried to be supportive of all your new interests, because that's what happens in long-term relationships, right? People change. And it's not always bad! It can keep things fresh and exciting, breathing new life into relationships that were getting waaaaaay too convoluted by the end of last season anyway.

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And so I was happy to go with you to that Inspector Spacetime convention, and I laughed at your German jokes, and I've even developed a soft spot for Changnesia. Community, I am trying so hard to make this work!

But "Economics of Marine Biology" makes me feel like you aren't. Do you think I'm naive, Community? A little dumb, even? Do you think I couldn't tell that the Abed frat micro-subplot was eighty times more interesting than anything actually happening on screen in this episode?

Do you think I couldn't tell that you're softening up of Pierce and Jeff's attitude shift towards him over the course of this season is just because the new Community doesn't have a place for someone who's not a villain, just kind of a dick - not because Jeff had some huge personal revelation over Thanksgiving?

Do you think I couldn't feel that, even though tonight's Community quotes were actually very funny (with some serious MVP work by Jim Rash as Dean Pelton), your heart was just not in this lifeless, over-cooked episode?

Community, I gave you my heart and you gave me a pen. I am having a hard time going on like this. I really, really am.

No, no, come back, Community. Things got very heated there for a second, and I think we both said some things we didn't mean.

Well, okay, I don't actually take any of my previous comments, but you weren't abysmal. Your acting is always top-notch, and that bit at the end was the first time I've really felt the Troy and Britta thing. And there were some good gags in the PEE class. Also, it was called a "PEE" class. I'll give you that.

But can we agree to work on "us?" Can we agree to not bring in any more poorly-drawn, played-out guest characters like Archie? Can we agree that taking away Magnitude's "pop-pop" was a joke that had amazing potential... and was totally wasted? Can we agree that Jeff's argument that tolerating Pierce is worth it for the 2% of the time he is not a jerk is not only out of character, but doesn't even make a lick of sense within the history and context of the show?

I don't know, maybe we need more time to cool down. I still want to work on this. I still believe in you. I just need to get my head together. If you need me, I'll be at Delta Cube House. There's a casserole in the fridge.

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Editor Rating: 3.4 / 5.0
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"Do you think I couldn't tell that you're softening up of Pierce and Jeff's attitude shift towards him over the course of this season is just because the new Community doesn't have a place for someone who's not a villain, just kind of a dick" Totally agree and echo your sentiments in this review. I want to like this season and i can't give up on it or not watch, but it's not as enjoyable as it used to be.

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Please stop reviewing this show if you don't like it anymore. Shows evolve, things change, just take it for what it is. The characters are still fun and the stories are still silly, and it's still a good 1/2 hour of TV.

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I hate to say it - but the fandom that once made Community great is going to be the cause of its demise. The episode wasn't that horrible. HARMON made Pierce a douche waaaaay back in season 2, and there have been several episodes where Jeff has seen good to, or tried to tolerate, or defended, or helped, Pierce. Even if it IS because of what you said, why is that a problem? That's no different from how Community has handled Pierce over two season prior to it.

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Ugh people like you are the reason community is going to get cancelled! This was the closest community has gotten to season 1 (the best/funniest Season) in a long time. Your ignorance and stupidity are made obvious in your first few sentences. You found the German jokes funny?!? In fact I'm just going to skip your horrible excuse for a recap and just go to the comments where some good points were actually brought up . Pierce definitly was not a bad guy at the beginning of the show maybe just a little senile; and his constant push towards becoming a huge dick was one of my biggest problems in the last few seasons. Finally i have to agree about Britta she started out as my favorite character and how poorly they made her into the bimbo blonde clone she is now :(

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Didn't anyone get that they were using Archy to make a point, that they would not change (or Chang) "Community" for anyone? However, despite saying that, they have chang..ed. Maybe they just can't pull it off without Dan Harmon. (That said, I like the new Pierce, even if he seems like a clone of Jay from Modern Family.) I don't think all Baby Boomers are that out of touch, especially if they spend all of their time with younger people on a college campus. What's really bothering me is Britta just isn't interesting this year. Would she have gone along with the Dean's plot at all? It's against everything she stood for. I say "stood" b/c since the "Britta is the worst" thing has gone too far, I'm not sure who the character is anymore.

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Correction: their** mark (I'm dumb sometimes)

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Best part was the end. The Let's Chips commercial/Troy and Britta scene. Totally in agreement with the review on there being many great quotes in the episode that didn't seem to hit they're mark. Seems like they took a slight step backwards this week. Well, a bit more than a slight step compared to last weeks awesome Community-like episode. At least this wasn't as bad as the German episode though.

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I thought this episode was better than last week.
It still lacked on the humor.

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"Can we agree that Jeff's argument that tolerating Pierce is worth it for the 2% of the time he is not a jerk is not only out of character, but doesn't even make a lick of sense within the history and context of the show?" Except for the fact that in the entire first season Piece isnt a jerk, racially insensitive, out of touch because of his age, Yes. But he generally was always trying to help but in his own misguided way. "Beginner Pottery" is a good example of this. Community is a comedy and does not need a villain and if they did they already have an excellent one in Chang. Dan Harmon turned Pierce into a dick cause he didnt like Chevy.