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11 May 2012 @ 01:24 pm
it's season finale... season!  
[There was really only one thread of interest for me on The Office...]which was of course whether or not Catherine Tate would be staying for the next season and if I would then have to keep watching. And it looks like the answer is yes?? I was excited but also conflicted because lol this show is a travesty now. BUT CATHERINE TATE ON MY TV MORE? HOW CAN I TURN THAT DOWN? Plus she recited Shakespeare. So I guess overall I am pretty excited for moar Nellie, either as a regular or a recurring guest star I can't tell, even though that means I am doomed to watch The Office forever. As for everything else in this finale, "lol the fuck?" covers it. I'm not sad to see the dumb Sabre plot go. The Dwangela-Oscar/Senator plotline is embarassing. I think the only genuine laugh the episode got out of me was actually this:

Because lol, fucking Gabe. Gabe is to me as Toby is to Michael. NBC, please give this show a final 9th season and put it out of its misery.

[I watched P&R on Tuesday, thanks Canada.]It was a decent episode overall. I'm glad Leslie won. The Ben/Leslie drama was predictable and meh to me. But if I'm honest I as disappointed in most of s4. I think the election plotline really just didn't do it for me. I found it frustrating to watch, and not in a fun way. If I wanted real electoral fuckery I could just turn on the news, I guess. And yeah, they got in some good political satire, but other episodes relied on characters being cartoonishly stupid, and not just Andy Dwyer. Plus, Tom/Ann is the fucking worst. So I dunno. I didn't hate the season but I did think overall it was not as good as it could've been.

Andy wanting to move to Winterfell or any place listed in that song by the Beach Boys was pretty funny though. I love the casual visual gags in this show.

P&R and The Office are the two NBC comedies that have yet to be renewed. I'm sure The Office will get at least a 9th season, hopefully as a final season. P&R I am confident about as well. Rumours point to a shortened season for P&R, but... I can't hate, because s3 was far and away their pinnacle and it was a shortened season. So maybe a shortened season would be good for the show. I just hope it's not a final season, because I think if The Office can drag itself into s9 like a beached whale, P&R deserves to make at least s6. (SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE?)

Which brings me to COMMUNITY BEING PICKED UP FOR (AT LEAST) 13 EPISODES YESSSSSSSSS. Some people are calling this a "soft cancellation" or whatever, but tbqh I am just happy to have an s4 at all, whether it's a full season or not. And like I said for P&R, maybe the potential for 13 excellent episodes outweighs the potential for ... 13 excellent episodes and 9 episodes of filler. So IDK EITHER WAY. #FOURSEASONSANDAGRADUATION? God bless your inability to pick up any pilots that have any success, NBC.

[Community's finale is next week when I am in London WHYYYY.]This episode was hit and miss for me. It started off weak IMO, but I really liked it once it turned into the psychological thriller/gotcha movie, a la Shutter Island. That whole sequence was hilarious ("I WANNA SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF I TAKE ONE OF THEIR PENS") and so was the eventual deconstruction of that kind of twist as BS. SPEAKING OF, does anyone know what episodes Britta and Annie are doing in this gif?

Lastly in TV news, Mindy Kaling's pilot got picked up for a full season order over on Fox! I want it to be good so badly, though I won't be totally surprised if it's not. However, from the thing I saw, the starring cast (so excluding the guest stars like Ed Helms etc) was two men and four women, counting Mindy. Literally twice the number of women? UNHEARD OF WITCHCRAFT. I mean it'll depend on what the show is like etc, the actresses could be comparatively minor compared to the male roles, but that is a pretty rare unicorn, even for female-lead shows.

I was gonna write about something else but this post is already huge.
fauxkarenfauxkaren on May 11th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
I actually really loved last night's Community. A lot of the little gags slayed me. Like "Ladders" or the deans playing chess using students to decide about job fair parking (Vikki neighed!!!). Or Garret's voice being deep and manly in the asylum scenes. Or Chang doing lines of crushed Doritos. Or Chang trying to use Garrett as a precog a la Minority Report. Or Shirley grabbing a book from the library and opening to see that it'd been cut out in the middle in order to hide a gun. And for some reason the scene where Shirley was giving her sons toys to the study group because "they took something of yours" after her boys ate the cookies she had made for the study group made me cackle.

The Office is so terrible now. WHY DO I KEEP WATCHING? It's embarrassing, really. REMEMBER WHEN YOU USED TO BE FUNNY, SHOW?

P&R was... ok. I mean, it wasn't bad but it didn't really make me cheer or laugh especially hard either. Like yeah, I was happy for Leslie when she won, but UGH. I am not looking forward to the Ben/Leslie drama that season 5 will inevitably open with. And Tom/Ann is horrible. The Chris plot was dumb. The best parts of the episode were Ron and his speeches to Leslie and Ben and also the April/Andy stuff.
Kali: comm :: inspector! blorgons!_thirty2flavors on May 11th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
It had some good moments but overall I was eh on the first clipshow half. I might have to rewatch and see if my opinion changes at all. I did love how early on Abed was like "the Dean has been replaced with a duplicate" and everyone assumed he was crazy when that is in fact what happened, lolol.

LOL Well I mean I know exactly why i keep watching and apparently that reason isn't going away anytime soon. Considering how many new writers and what a shuffle they'll have to do maybe it'll magically be better next year? Or ten times worse. BUT LET'S HOPE FOR BETTER.

Yeah that's how I felt. I was glad Leslie won but not shocked and overall the election plotline was mehhhhh to me. And Ben/Leslie drama is meh as well. And Tom/Ann of course is the fucking worst. It didn't even have to be, they just chose to execute it in the worst of all possible ways.
fauxkarenfauxkaren on May 11th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the little clip show segment because there were a lot of really quick little gags in there that cracked my shit up for whatever reason. Like I cannot explain to you why I laughed so hard at "Ladders", BUT I DID. But the episode definitely elevated itself once it went to the whole "twist! you've been in an insane asylum the whole time!" thing. And then it was even funnier when that trope was made fun of when they realized how unbelievable it was.

The Office is such a mess. I mean Mindy Kaling's pilot got picked up, so is Kelly leaving? And I keep hearing rumors of a Dwight spin off? Idk. I think most of the cast is ready to move on. I really don't know what the show can do ti save itself, but I hope it figures something out because this is getting painful.

Yes! Tom/Ann didn't have to be terrible. BUT THE WRITERS ARE MAKING IT TERRIBLE. WHYYYYYYYYY??????????/
Kali: eng :: like shakespeare and verse_thirty2flavors on May 11th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
I love those psychological twist gotcha movies so I loved seeing Community riff on them and ESPECIALLY when everyone went "wait, this makes no sense!" "I AM LITERALLY WEARING A GREENDALE BACKPACK RIGHT NOW!" etc. That's when I got really into it. The clipshow part was hit and miss.

Kelly is on so infrequently that maybe they'll be able to just keep her on. But she'll be so busy with her show that maybe not. IDK. Ed Helms is guesting on her show though. AND YEAH IDK? I mean... so many of the main cast has left. I guess Jenna, John and Ed are signed on and I'm sure the minor cast members are as well. AND PRESUMABLY CATHERINE TATE? I wish I knew whether she was doing a regular gig or a recurring gig because if it's recurring it'll be annoying for me to hvae to know what episodes to watch, lol.

Tom/Ann could've been good but the writers made it the opposite of good. So IDK.
sherrilina: Arthur/Chicken (Merlin)sherrilina on May 11th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
What was the "Ladders" supposed to be?
fauxkarenfauxkaren on May 11th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
lol. It was just a class. About ladders.

And the course title was written at the top of the black board. Because ladders! The teacher used the ladder to write the word!



That and the "Can you fry it?" class.
Kali_thirty2flavors on May 11th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
What made me laugh the most about hte Ladders class was that they burst into a round of applause when he reached the top lolllllll
captaintish on May 11th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Flawless gifset is flawless. That moment made me laugh out loud, too. Shouldn't Gabe be gone now, since Sabre is no more?
sherrilina: Jeff/Britta (Community)sherrilina on May 11th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Lol, I was thinking Shutter Island as well, loved it! (And the pen reference omg). I liked the flashbacks at the beginning too (like in the memories episode in season 2), especially because aww Dean (and his ~undying love~ for "Jeffrey"), but I did think it picked up more in the second half.

I too hope that season 4 will be especially strong with only 13 episodes--tbh, as I've watched more and more British TV and cable shows, I've come to appreciate shorter seasons.
Kali: comm :: roooooooxanne_thirty2flavors on May 11th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
LOL I do love the Dean's intense favouritism for the "Greendale Seven" (haahahah), and how that eventually became what clued them in to Abed being right.

Same. I'm a little pressed now that it seems P&R gets a full season and Community doesn't, since I enjoy Community more, but ... oh well I guess.
doctahrdoctahr on May 12th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
The Office can last as long as it likes as long as Catherine Tate's still on it.

I need more Catherine Tate on my TV.
obstinate, headstrong girl!: parks | leslie knope → knope 2012zombie_boogie on May 12th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
I enjoyed parts of the election storyline, but I really preferred the first half of the season where there was a bit more variety in terms of stories and character interactions. I felt like a lot of the episodes in the back half blended together as much as I may have enjoyed them at the time. But I think the show still has enough spark in it to keep me excited for next season, especially because they'll have a wide open field to play in terms of stories.

I think the entire episode of Community should have been the asylum stuff, because that was brilliant (though I did enjoy a lot of the individual fake flashback clips). It dropped off at the end and felt like a set-up for the next episode.