Looking BackPosted: 14 March 2011
I didn’t get much blogging in last week because of my fullt-time job and my boyfriend’s spring break, but now the boo is back in Boone, and I just have the job, so that leaves a minor window for blogging. This time of year is a strange one for TV nerds such as myself. March Madness has arrived, and while I’m excited for my Heels (and the Buckeyes, my Dad’s team), it means there’s very little new TV. Haven’t seen a new HIMYM in what seems like ages, and I’m having Community withdrawals (Thank goodness it’s back Thursday).
To pass the time between new episodes, I’ve been watching old episodes of both shows. It’s always strange to watch old episodes and compare them to the present. HIMYM’s particularly strange. Watching the first season again, I realized that some of their best jokes and best episodes were within the first half of the first season. The creators quickly defined the show, and with such a clear vision of what they wanted they made it really great. (Except for the part where they didn’t define the character’s backgrounds very well. First, Robin had never played team sports, then episodes later, she played field hockey.) While HIMYM is still an extremely fun show to watch, it’s a little disappointing to look back at it and realize that the best episodes are long gone by.
Community, however, allows for a more optimistic view of the future. I’m about five episodes into Community season one, and it’s good, of course, but it’s not quite up to the caliber we know it to be. There’s at least two more episodes before we start really hearing the true voice of the show. What’s interesting about comparing season one to the present is the vast differences in characterization. Britta’s so much less perfect, Troy and Abed are best friends, and Pierce seems to have become some sort of cartoon villain…or has he? Check out the comment by Tom Shaw in this article: http://tunedin.blogs.time.com/2011/02/04/community-watch-character-alignment/. One thing to remember when viewing Pierce’s behavior: his mother died at the beginning of this season. Before this event, Pierce seemed odd, racist, and a bit rude, but he seemed grounded in some sort of fatherly kindness. However, now that his mother’s passed away, the group is all he has, so having their respect becomes far more important. Could grief and frustration turn a man into a villian? It’s possible.
As is this…Can you believe these promo shots for S2E21, Paradigms of Human Memory? [Spoiler Warning]
Also, note that Shirley’s holding on to her purse.