My child-free post-holiday week continues here at Stately Spoilers Manor East, which means another day to ruminate on the state of our pop culture and how Peter Tork looks in a wig.  Today, I’m considering the as-yet-unscheduled new season of ‘Community’, expected to pop up sometime in 2015 on something called Yahoo Screen.  I’m psyched to get more of Greendale (especially after the earliest episodes have made it into syndication, reminding me of how good the show is at it’s best) but I’m worried that, with Chevy Chase and Donald Glover gone and the news that Yvette Nicole Brown won’t be returning, that it won’t be the same ‘Community’.  Still, Dan Harmon is a quirky creator who has done great stuff in difficult situations before, so I’m slightly more hopeful than I am filled with fear, which leads us to today’s duali-Dean Of Man query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is hoping to see the return of Troy and hopefully at least some Shirley, but at the very least, more Tight Ship and Buzzkill, asking: Do you think that the revived Yahoo TV Community will be as good as the show we know and love?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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5 Comments

  1. Doctor Dinosaur
    December 27, 2014 at 11:57 am — Reply

    It probably will (obviously it’ll be different, slightly altered cast, swearing will be allowed!) but I doubt the quality of the writing will diminish.

    HOWEVER, it won’t be the same to the fans and this lack of “sameness” will feel like a dip in quality, when in fact the writing may not be any worse, it’s simply the smaller changes that will result in a lack of the “warm comfortable blanket nostalgia” feeling you’d get if the show felt more like itself.

    See also: Arrested Development; The Netflix Season.

    If a new viewer were to jump on and marathon the show they probably wouldn’t remark on it. But if you’ve cultivated any love for what the show already is/has been, then you’ll come into it with expectations. And it simply won’t be the show you’ve imagined point for point.

    See also; The Doctor Regenerating/New Writer on your favourite ongoing comic/Someone re-making something.

  2. Arbor Day
    December 27, 2014 at 11:59 am — Reply

    As good, yes, the same, no.

    • Doctor Dinosaur
      December 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm — Reply

      I feel as though you may be a more efficient commenter than I am.

  3. Alisha
    December 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    I’m not exactly a fan (I don’t dislike it, I just haven’t really clicked with it yet), but I think there is the real possibility that it could be just as good, if not better. While I don’t know if it will be the same as it used to be without some of the original cast, I think that it could actually be a good thing by changing things up a bit and giving a slightly new take on the series rather than repeating ground they have already covered like some series have done.

    I’ll hope for the best. I know quite a number of people who love the series and I know far too well how heartbreaking it can be when a series I loved changes beyond recognition (like when Sliders moved from FOX to Sci-Fi Channel).

  4. Kirby
    December 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm — Reply

    I don’t think it being on Yahoo will diminish the quality. That being said I think the quality was starting to go down somewhere in season 3, sank lower in 4, and seasons 5 just gave me the conclusion that the show overstayed its welcome.

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