Community: “Emotional Consequences Of Broadcast Television” Review - AVClub

AVClub: Will Community return for a seventh season? Maybe. Probably. Maybe.

If Dan Harmon has proven anything since Community began, it’s that he’s capable of effectively rebooting the show, whether the challenge is returning Greendale Community College to its former glory after a fourth season that evoked a giant mechanical spider, or rebuilding the bench after a series of high-profile cast departures. But that’s precisely why “Emotional Consequences Of Broadcast Television” works so well as a series finale, and makes such a strong case for moving forward with the “and a movie” portion of Community’s hashtagged endgame. There are infinite possible versions of Community, and if Harmon so chose, he could probably create a pretty satisfying version of the show with very few of the characters and elements historically associated with it. But just because Community could go on doesn’t mean that it should. College, after all, is about transitioning from one phase of life to the next. High school friends get left behind, and then college friends get left behind too. One by one, they all just fade away.

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