Last night was the debut of the new Dan Harmon-less Community—so let's see what the critics thought!
It's not merely bad. It is memorably bad. I don't think I've actually seen a sitcom more poorly made or less interesting. It makes 2 Broke Girls look like Dostoevsky. Not one single laugh. Not one single feeling. I could tell that there were plots, but I couldn't really tell what the plots were.
The show has been dumbed down, its humor broadened past recognition, and... have fewer laughs between them than a single good scene from the old “Community.”
The new episodes, though, play like they were created by very talented writers who prepared by reading Community’s IMDB description.
Conceptually, it’s a gangbusters premise for the first episode back, and yet it never clicks. It’s not funny. The multicamera stuff rarely works on two levels: The joke is just that it’s bad, instead of making you giggle by manipulating that badness. It’s all idea, no laughter.
Look, I happen to love Community. But it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if you hate the new direction. It doesn't matter if you're pleasantly surprised that you can't really tell the difference. It doesn't even matter if you're just happy it's back.
Because it's dead. You must have known that. And if not, here's your reminder: Community is dead.
OUCH!!! So—are we all in agreement, then?