Earlier today I noticed that #RenewCommunity was trending on Twitter, and my first thought was...'Really?' Don't get me wrong, I've been a staunch supporter of the NBC comedy since it first hit the airwaves and I've fought the good fight every time it's been in jeopardy (yeah, I put a goatee on all my profile pics when Community
was taken off the schedule last winter).
But this season, I've felt distant from the show I once loved so dearly. That's not too surprising given the massive creative overhaul that took place last summer when creator Dan Harmon was ousted and new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio were brought in. And it's not that Port and Guarascio have done a bad job with the show since it returned in February. They've made some perfectly fine episodes of what has mostly been a perfectly fine season of Community
But I can't deny that there's something inherently off
about this season. That spirit of innovation — that sense of pushing the sitcom form into something unique and, for some, alienating in its unfamiliarity — has been watered down in some intangible way. It's not that Community
has stopped trying to push those TV boundaries (they just did a musical puppet episode, for goodness sake). It's just that these experiments now feel like part of a more traditional situation comedy instead of the ingenious fantasies of a (sometimes) fevered mad man.
Which, again, is fine if that's your cup of tea. I won't be upset if Community
earns a fifth season. The cast is wildly talented and I'd love to see the show get renewed just for their sake. But I also think there's something to be said for letting the show end before it goes too far down this more conventional road — for letting it bow out gracefully while we can still remember the inspired brilliance of "Remedial Chaos Theory" and "Virtual Systems Analysis" and "Digital Estate Planning."
What do you think? Are you one of fans rocking the #RenewCommunity hashtag? Or are you feeling somewhat ambivalent? Cast your vote, then hit the comments with your thoughts.