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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool. Cool cool cool.,
Community gets better and better. If you're not watching it by now, then you really should be.
If you're already watching it, you know what to expect. Season 3 delivers, and delivers well.
Particular highlights are the guest appearances from John Goodman, Troy's destiny, Annie moving in with Troy and Abed, Bat-Abed, Jeff and Dean's duet, the rise and fall of the Chang Dynasty, a whole episode played out as an 8-bit computer game, and my favourite episode so far - creating multiple timelines from the roll of a dice, leading to the birth of Evil Abed.
Cool. Cool cool cool.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great,
I don't think Season 3 was quite as great as Season 2, but it was pretty close. The more I watch Community, the more I think it's the best comedy to come out of the US in a good long while, and this season kept the show fresh by taking the characters in some new directions. Now we just need the DVD release - it's incredibly annoying that we all have to wait for some minor satellite channel to get round to airing all the episodes before we can buy the box set. Bring it out already!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why don't more people know about this?,
I watched this box-set in three sittings. It began and ended slower than the two previous seasons, but it does provide some meatier story-telling than Season's 1 and 2. It's also that bit less episodic than the preceding two seasons. And it has a refreshing darkness to it. While it doesn't (spoiler alert) have the epic paintball finale that we've come to expect, it does have an American Civil-War docu-drama style, two parter, describing a pillow fight, or more accurately, a pillow war. There's also an interesting and sometimes tense, examination of Abed's place within the group and within wider society.
If you've seen Season's 1 and 2, then this is a necessity. If you're dipping your toe, then you could do a great deal worse.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Seasons And A Movie,
Community season 3 follows on from the last two. It doesn't have paintball episodes but does have a Law and Order parody, a computer game show, school aged security forces marshaled by Chang, more ridiculous outfits from the Dean, guests slots from John Goodman, Moby and a few others as well as quite a bit of surreal humour.
It has also become self referential, even getting the characters to reference the six seasons and a movie call of their fans. Somehow it all works because its Community and is wacky, fun and also just a tiny bit meaningful. Jeff Winger is now not the focus, happily. Abed seems to be quite central and his childlike fantasies are given an almost Star Trek holoroom treatment. Troy has an ongoing storyline and Shirley and Pearce have a journey of their own. The story arc at the end of the season brings a lot of laughs, some parodies (oceans 11 and more) as well as some story development. This really moves the whole series away from the college and further into the 'Greendale Seven's' lives.
Its an intelligent, warm and wacky season which if you have watched up until now you will enjoy. It makes you believe that american sit-coms can be funny again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever comedy,
This review is from: Community: Season 3 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Maybe not the most consistent season but the highs are still high. It never cheats, so no matter how self-aware or meta it gets it always explores the boundaries of its own format without needlessly discarding them and as a result always feels satisfying even when it's not entirely successful. Good stuff.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 3 keeps up the high quality.,
It's amazing on how far behind the UK is with this show. In america is's finished season 4 and has been renewed for a 5th season.
That being said, I look forward to the 30th of Sept to get my hands on this DVD. The writers noticed that this season their stories were a lot darker than the first two, and they jumped at this chance to experiment with very surprising and crazy episodes.
Constant jokes throughout with countless references and easter eggs of pretty much anything and everything is always joy to watch for the keen eye tv watcher. It keeps you on your toes and makes the viewing pleasure a lot more enjoying.
A pleasure to watch multiple times.
and on a different note please recommend to your friends! because this show is so unjustly small in the UK. Hardly anyone have heard of it. It's only shown on Sony Television channel (which is an unheard of channel) at 11pm on Friday nights. If this show was put on e4 or comedy central the fan base would grow astronomically. There have been many lesser comedies which have enjoyed some fame on these channels and have now been axed because theyve been pretty poor. Shows such as the new normal, whitney and happy endings all no where near as good as community yet got a chance on a big channel in the UK.
anyway rant over. Community is the smartest comedy around. And deserves the recognition it deserves.
six seasons and a movie!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Already a fan, then you need this. New to Community then get started soon,
Just incredible. if you dont know Community, I don't know how to describe it, because I could never do it justice. If you like odd yet very very clever comedy then this show is perfect. The characters are amazing and all work perfectly together.
My favourite show, and this has to be one of my favourite seasons, but I could spend all day debating which one is to be honest.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, with a few classic episodes, but not as good as Season 2,
It's the group's third year at Greendale Community College and once again their attempts to get good grades are threatened by their flamboyant Dean, the mentally unstable Chang (now unwisely made part of the college's security force) and a new threat in the form of Vice Dean Laybourne, head of the Air Conditioning Repair Annex, who now seeks to take control of the college for himself.
After the second season of Community, which featured an overload of classic, high-concept episodes and an internal battle between the other members of the group and Pierce, it was unclear which direction the third season would go in. For the first couple of episodes, it's clear the producers don't either. The addition of John Goodman (as Laybourne) and Michel K. Williams as Professor Kane are good starts, but it's not until the third episode, Remedial Chaos Theory, that the show hits its former stride again. The Emmy and Hugo-nominated episode, which revisits the same events in six different timelines and cleverly comments on each character's place in the group in the process, is flat-out hilarious as well as being clever, and sets up a couple of recurring elements that are periodically revisited throughout the year.
However, despite this early high point, the third season remains patchy. The decision to tone Pierce down this season results in his near-total absence from many episodes. Without him in an adversarial role, the writers seem to struggle to find something plausible for him each week without him falling back on his traditional (and now rather tired) homophobia and casual racism. There is a potentially promising storyline when Pierce's ancient and even more horrific father arrives in town, allowing the writers to show how the group has made Pierce (relatively) more tolerant and understanding, but even this is under-explored.
In the meantime, we have yet more adventures with Chang being insane, which is getting old. Ken Jeong is funny enough that this - more or less - works, but you can't help feeling it's a bit of a cheap stand-by. Even worse is the decision to make Dean Pelton a regular character. This results in a lot of running gags and very broad comedy based around the fact that the Dean is gay, which feels odd for a series that spends so much time trying to avoid cliches. Having said that, the Dean's battle with his nemesis Laybourne does give the season a dramatic spine and a sense of direction.
Elsewhere, the performances of the regulars remain superb, individual gags are often hilarious and, after taking a back seat in Season 2, character development moves to the fore, with the show concentrating on Abed as an actual character than an ongoing commentary on what's happening in each episode. Annie, Shirley, Troy and Jeff also get good moments of character evolution throughout the season. On the flipside of that, Britta fares poorly, with the slight turn she took into 'dumb blonde' territory in Season 2 now turning into a full-scale character regression (so overt that it's even lampshaded at one point). It's a shame that a character who was an essential foil for Jeff in the first two seasons is now being treated as a hate figure by almost everyone.
In terms of the episodes, Remedial Chaos Theory is the undeniable high point, but other episodes are strong. Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps, in which the gang tell horror stories (so Britta can try to work out which of them is a sociopath-in-the-making) is extremely amusing, especially Abed's remorselessly sensible and logical take on a horror movie narrative. The Ken Burns-influenced mid-season two-parter, which presents an epic blanket fort vs pillow fort war fought across the whole college (complete with detailed, animated maps of the battle lines and commentary from those involved), is another instant classic. Basic Lupine Urology isn't just a great episode, but also a phenomenal mickey-take of the Law and Order franchise (and Michael K. Williams gets to make a few references to his former role as Omar on The Wire, which takes place in the same fictional universe). Curriculum Unavailable tries to recast the events of the entire series with the study group being inmates at a mental institution, a successful satire of unconvincing 'plot twists' in long-running series. Digital Estate Planning, which forces the group to play an 8-bit video game, is almost as good as Remedial, with the video game being used to expose both rifts in the group (not to mention the Christian Shirley's suppressed homicidal streak) and encourage their cooperation as well.
Against this, there's probably a few too many episodes centred around the Dean and Chang, whose broad characterisations don't lend themselves too well to central roles in an ongoing series. There's also the feeling that Community's meta-awareness and commitment to avoiding cliche is too often turned into distinct smugness at its own cleverness. This is most notable in the first few episodes, before it calms down and just gets on with having fun again.
After the third season, Community wouldn't quite be the same again. Showrunner Dan Harmon was taken off the show for the fourth season (though he would return for the fifth) and Chevy Chase would depart in the following year.
The third season of Community (****) is relentlessly entertaining, very funny and often very clever. Where it falls down is not matching it own very high standards and occasionally getting too tangled up in its own desire to be funny whilst avoiding stereotypes, whilst not always having anything new or interesting for the characters to do (particularly Britta, Pierce, Chang and the Dean). But ultimately this is still one of the funniest shows on the air.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars,
5.0 out of 5 stars Streets Ahead,
Great season, but not as good as 1 and 2. It includes one of my favourite episodes 'Remedial Chaos Theory' and the two part 'Pillows and Blankets'. Commentaries are excellent and it's worth buying just for them alone.
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