Community season 4 so far

by Mr. Nobel

I don’t have much to say about it as a whole. It started off shaky, but has the potential to be something worthwhile, if not quite the same as it used to be.

In my other job as a writer, I recap episodes the day after they air. As part of that ongoing series, I’ve been keeping a running tally of the quality of each episode. Here’s what it is so far:

History 101: C, Tried so very, very hard only to accomplish very, very little.

Paranormal Parentage: C+, Intermittently good, poor sense of timing and pacing.

Conventions of Space and Time: D+, Abysmal, redeemed only slightly by some game performances.

Alternative History of German Invasion: B-, Awful direction, but a decent core idea for an episode.

Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations: B-, Tying the Shirley B story and the Jeff’s dad main story diminished both.

Advanced Documentary Filmmaking: C, Varying shades of good to decent until the stinger, which is like a jab to the eye.

Economics of Marine Biology: C+, Unassuming is the best thing I can say about it. It’s not trying to be much, so its insubstantiality doesn’t really hurt too much. Didn’t care for the Dean’s writing, though.

Herstory of Dance: A-, Best yet of the season. Good mix of the funny, the sweet and the genuine. You could see the ending from a mile away, but that doesn’t lessen its power.

Intro to Felt Surrogacy: B-, Confused episode. Terrible music numbers, surprisingly good production values.

Intro to Knots: C, Weird decision to parody Rope never quite pays off.

Basic Human Anatomy: A, Very intelligent handling of a terrible high-concept cliche.

Heroic Origins: B, Mostly fine, could have been better.

Advanced Introduction to Finality: B-, Mostly fine doesn’t quite cut it for a season/series finale.

Season as a whole, so far (not an average): =61 (B-)

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