Community Review: S.6.E1 “Ladders”

Cut to a montage!

Community is one of my favorite television shows that I’ve fallen behind on recently. After focusing my attention on this seasons of Game of Thrones, I began to watch Community again.

It’s a show that’s survived despite the many changes the past few seasons. The most recent change is Yvette Nicole Brown who plays Shirley, left the show left to take care of her father. However, it’s nice that she’ll make some cameos in future episodes (including this one).

As Abed heavily mentioned throughout the episode, the show constantly referenced the changes to the show.

One of the new cast members we meet is Francesca “Frankie” Dart, the pompous, condescending, up-tight administrative personnel. The storyline of her making changes is typical, which of course ensues with Greendale going into insanity.

I thought the premier performed alright. The reasons were too many jokes didn’t click or were reused a lot. Leading up to the roof collapsing because of the Frisbees was funny. But the one thing Annie forgot to do causing the event felt typical. Also, the phone bit got old real quick.

The montages worked better, to some extent. I liked a few of Abed’s montages, like cleaning Professor Duncan’s name plate to 80s music. However, it didn’t work as well in the bar scene when the gang started an illegal underground bar. It felt too typical by Community’s standard.

Overall this didn’t have a great pop to it. Yet the fact that this show is still on the air (digitally) proves the fans and staying power of the show. I’m looking forward to watching more of season 6 and how the show adapts to changes.

Here are some of my quick thoughts and favorite lines from the episode:

  • 80% of the rubble was styrofoam.
  • Chang still is not that great of a character.
  • Abed’s Pretzel test of friendship.
  • Nathon Fillion’s guest spot as the janitor.
  • Shirley’s cameo at the end.

What did you think of the episode? Leave your comment below.

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