To my dearest Community…Posted: 9 May 2013
Tonight could very well be the last time a new episode of Community ever airs. There’s a certain amount of worry in the pit of my stomach every time a season of Community ends (or it gets pulled abruptly off-air midseason…or NBC changes the definition of October 19…or they change showrunners…or…you know). But there’s something about tonight. There are a few things that have me feeling a little more pessimistic (or, as my father would say … realistic):
– The gang is graduating tonight. It’s NBC’s chance to bow out “gracefully” with “completed” “arcs” for all the characters.
– Chevy Chase is gone. Though they’ve proved they can get along without him…you can only have Pierce donate so many organs to his half-brother before you have to awkwardly kill him off because, you know, he doesn’t have any organs left…and I don’t want Pierce to die.
– Dan Harmon only ever wanted four seasons (though we the fans and Abed cry out for #sixseasonsandamovie)…it works with his quadrant-style story-telling.
– And finally, do we really want more?
I mean, really, do we? I love these characters, but I don’t want them to overstay their welcome. I don’t want to have rocky (or even horrible) seasons to have to gloss over (e.g. Seven and Eight of The Office). I’m content with what we’ve gotten and I want to say good-bye to some of my all-time favorite TV characters** while our relationship is still relatively unscathed. It’s not real life, so why not end this relationship while we still all feel good about each other?
I believe that those who worked on the show have made peace with the show’s finicky existence and were able to appreciate what they had. I think it’s time we as fans did the same. So, listen to the theme song, remind yourself of the genius jokes and moments we’ve been given, and look up pics/gifs/vids of your favorite moments.
When 8 o’clock rolls around, settle around your TV and toast to what could be the end of Community: a show bigger than all of us. A show that gave us paintball and claymation, chicken fingers and poisonous monkey gas and asked only for our love (and 30 minutes of our Thursday night) in return.
**This great article by Dustin Rowles looks back at how the characters have changed since the beginning. I disagree with his view that Pierce is the same; but I’ve also watched the Pilot quite a few more times than he has.