When last we saw the members of Greendale Community College's most insular study group, they had all overcome great (and not so great) odds to achieve some small measure of happiness. Jeff literally had his day in court, giving him back his legal swagger and the impetus to ace his biology final; Troy ended the reign of terror within Greendale's Air Conditioning Repair Annex; Abed gave in to the dark side (a.k.a. Evil Abed) but found his inner goodness and felt brave enough to dismantle his Dreamatorioum; Britta put her fledgling psychoanalytic skills to the test; Annie... continued to look really cute; and Shirley and Pierce managed to open a sandwich shop in the Greendale cafeteria without killing each other first.
All season long, I've bemoaned Community's attempts to recapture what it was before instead of trying to move forward and embrace what it is now. "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking" is a case study in that, as it resurrects the documentary device that the Dan Harmon version of the show employed to such memorable (and formally innovative) effect and proceeds to get a failing grade in execution.
It hasn't been the smoothest start for Community this season, but Annie and Abed are here to tell fans to keep the faith. Alison Brie and Danny Pudi hopped on the horn for a conference call with reporters the other day to discuss the Dan Harmon-free Year 4, tease upcoming episodes ("I'm really excited for our Christmas episode, which is Hitchcock-inspired, and the finale, which is really just made for the fans," says Brie) and reminisce about their favorite Greendale memories.
Worst Halloween (episode) ever.
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