Wotta week! It was especially intense on the social front: there were two barbecues, an out-of-town visitor, and the three-part season finale of NBC’s Community!
And what a three-part finale it was! The first episode saw all the characters’ likenesses digitized into a 16-bit, side-scrolling video game world (not an 8-bit one as was commonly stated). I particularly enjoyed that all of the poses and motions for Jeff’s avatar were based very closely on Mega Man. The whole aesthetic was very much like Mega Man crossed with River City Ransom crossed with Doki Doki Panic.
I am so relieved that Community was picked up for a fourth season, even though by all accounts it will be a half-season and definitely the final season (unless some sort of miraculous ratings increase happens). Still, I think four seasons is just right for a show about a four-year community college.
If you haven’t seen NBC’s Community, well, why the eff not? It is my favorite show on the TeleVision right now, but it has been off the air for the past three months. Well, that changes tonight, Thursday March 15th, when a new episode of Community airs at 8:00!
Listen, I know you’re still mad at NBC because of the whole Conan fiasco, but don’t blame Community for the idiocy in charge of the network. But do get mad at the idiots who took this show off the air for three months!
What has happened in the months since idiots in charge of NBC unceremoniously dumped on the show? Lookit here:
And now that the show is back look what it has in store for you:
Seriously, if you’re not watching this show and loving it I don’t understand you. Find the episodes and catch up as quickly as you can, because Community will Chang your life for the better.
Link of the Month: Comic Book Resources
It’s weird; I have a strangely encyclopedic knowledge of comic books, especially from the Marvel universe. Here’s where I go to get all my comic book news.
Album of the Month: Leeni: The Only Now
Sometimes I think I’d like to meet Leeni, but then I think I might inadvertently creep her out because (1) I also make chiptune music, (2) I also play the ukulele, (3) I also do improv comedy. I’m like a guy version of her except I can’t sing. Fortunately she can. In this album, her third full release as a chiptune musician, her silky, ethereal, dreamy vocals are smoother than ever, and her chiptune compositions (with some added enhancements) are intricate and lovely. There were a dozen amazing albums that came out in the past few weeks, but Leeni ends up winning this month.
TV of the Month: Community: The Complete Second Season
Still the funniest TV show currently on the air. The 2nd season did not perhaps have as strong of an overall arc as the first season. There were storylines that seemed like they were gonna be important or go somewhere that ultimately ended up fizzling or going somewhere it didn’t quite seem like they belonged. But this season still has some of the best episodes of any TV series ever (yes, I will go on record with that), the highlight perhaps being the D&D episode. Just unbelievably creative television making by everyone involved. It’s inspiring and a bit depressing because I know no matter how hard I tried I’d never be able to make a TV show this good.
Album of the Month: 19 Action News: Zombie Christmas
A very well-made 4-song EP that re-imagines the holidays in a post-zombie-apocalypse world. After a spoken-word intro about the beginnings of the zombie infestation (caused by Black Friday shoppers), we go into an eerie and fascinating rendition of “I Heard the Bells” with air-raid sirens in the distance instead of bells. The album gives me a vibe like I’m hunkered down in my hideout, desperately scanning the airwaves for any transmission, when suddenly I manage to tune into these songs. Where are they coming from? Are there more survivors out there… somewhere?
DVD of the Month: Community: The Complete First Season
One of the best sitcoms in years. Not only is it a show about a disparate group of people coming together as a family, but it is also simultaneously a show that goes out of its way to skewer that trope, and any other trope it can get its hands on. It’s my favorite kind of parody; it’s all played completely straight with impeccable comic timing from a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Joel McHale, Donald Glover, and Chevy Chase. Wait until you get to the paintball episode. Man-o-man.