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lol?

ice cr?m, Thursday, 17 September 2009 18:44 (ten years ago) link

Seems like it could be funny, but man do I dislike Chevy Chase.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Thursday, 17 September 2009 18:45 (ten years ago) link

just read the review in the nytimes, will give this a go

just sayin, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:18 (ten years ago) link

i work at a community college
not sure how i feel about this

have lots of funny stories, but not sure i want to see them dramatized for prime time larfs

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:29 (ten years ago) link

ugh this

Cousin Larry Soetoro (jeff), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:30 (ten years ago) link

ok i'll be honest. i am quietly hoping this show fails.

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:32 (ten years ago) link

i'm a Soup stan so i'll hope for the best but if it's not great then i hope it dies quietly, because of all people McHale doesn't get to contribute to the mountain of useless TV he makes good TV ridiculing

some dude, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:34 (ten years ago) link

OTM

... (Pillbox), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:34 (ten years ago) link

how about this -- he goes back to ridiculing people on tv instead of people in community colleges

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:36 (ten years ago) link

you must go to community college to be a person on TV

(w/ a few exceptions like Chevy Chase, who went to Bard with Steely Dan)

A Patch on Blazing Saddles (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:43 (ten years ago) link

And Mindy Kaling, who went to Dartmouth with gbx.

jaymc, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:47 (ten years ago) link

But other than those two, that's pretty much it.

jaymc, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:47 (ten years ago) link

fwiw La Lechera i just read an interview where McHale says:

Many reporters are like, “So are you guys going to make fun of community colleges?” It was such a weird, hostile attack approach. Just like in M*A*S*H, they were like, “Are you making fun of the Korean War?” “No.” “Are you making fun of doctors?” “Uh, not really…” Or like Cheers, you’re like, “You making fun of people that go to bars?” So what did they think our show was going to be? So a community college is somewhere that is a huge cross-section of America, and I thought it ironic that you have to have about as diverse a cast in television history if you want to do a show about community college. I’m just amazed that we’re all English speakers.

some dude, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:48 (ten years ago) link

I don't think it's that weird for people to think that, though. Community college is not as widely represented in American pop culture as hospitals and bars are, and when it is, it often does have a mocking or derisive undercurrent to it (cf. Adam Carolla rants). So I totally see why someone would expect that the show would be more of the same.

jaymc, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:52 (ten years ago) link

yeah, true. i mean it'll be interesting to see if he's right and the show doesn't laugh at its setting or they end up making the easy jokes after all.

some dude, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:53 (ten years ago) link

Many reporters are like, “So are you guys going to make fun of community colleges?” It was such a weird, hostile attack approach. Just like in M*A*S*H, they were like, “Are you making fun of the Korean War?” “No.” “Are you making fun of doctors?” “Uh, not really…” Or like Cheers, you’re like, “You making fun of people that go to bars?” So what did they think our show was going to be? So a community college is somewhere that is a huge cross-section of America, and I thought it ironic that you have to have about as diverse a cast in television history if you want to do a show about community college. I’m just amazed that we’re all English speakers.

Uh ...

It's been said that community college is a ‘halfway school’ for losers, a self esteem workshop for newly divorced housewives, and a place where old people go to keep their minds active as they circle the drain of eternity,” reads a network description of the show. “Well, at Greendale Community College ... that's all true.

As a community college student, I'm annoyed.

etaeoe, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:53 (ten years ago) link

yeah yeah i know
i realize he is not out to ridicule earnest students, but he may wind up doing that anyway.

i just...i dunno. i smell yuck.

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:55 (ten years ago) link

Uh ...

It's been said that community college is a ‘halfway school’ for losers, a self esteem workshop for newly divorced housewives, and a place where old people go to keep their minds active as they circle the drain of eternity,” reads a network description of the show. “Well, at Greendale Community College ... that's all true.

As a community college student, I'm annoyed.

― etaeoe, Thursday, September 17, 2009 8:53 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

those are lines from the trailer, said by a character. i don't think ur meant 2 b "yes, he is right, lol." but nor is it "oh he is awful, that is so wrong."

history mayne, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:57 (ten years ago) link

The pilot is good. It's chiefly about McHale's character being an arse.

William Bloody Swygart, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:57 (ten years ago) link

ok just watched via torrent the pilot and i give it an unambiguous: yes, lol!

ice cr?m, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:57 (ten years ago) link

the main thrust of the show does not seem to be making fun of community college - and where it does the jokes are not abt the people associated w/the being omg total retards - so dont worry yalls

ice cr?m, Thursday, 17 September 2009 20:00 (ten years ago) link

I don't think there is anything wrong with poking fun at community colleges - there are a lot of jokes to be made on this subject. if this show becomes popular, if anything, it's just gonna help make ccs seem like a more normal part of american society (which they already are obv, but are non-existent in pop culture.)

iatee, Thursday, 17 September 2009 20:02 (ten years ago) link

it's just gonna help make ccs seem like a more normal part of american society (which they already are obv, but are non-existent in pop culture.

I have not seen the show. But from the promotional material I've seen does not reflect the most predominate characteristic of community college students: poverty. Therefore, I believe it would do little for normalizing community colleges.

etaeoe, Thursday, 17 September 2009 20:05 (ten years ago) link

im glad weve gone straight tot he hand wringing - enjoy the show!

ice cr?m, Thursday, 17 September 2009 20:08 (ten years ago) link

xp

that seems like a generalization to me. I live in CA and significanttt numbers of middle class students go to our local cc instead of straight to a 4 year school. I took about 10 classes there in hs and there is a v. large variety of people and incomes.

of course, my local CC looked like this:

http://www.starshineroshell.com/images/logos/SBCC_lg.jpg

iatee, Thursday, 17 September 2009 20:11 (ten years ago) link

One only needs to look at how "Good Times" normalized the way people view welfare and tenement housing to see how badly "Community" has dropped the ball before it even airs.

so says i tranny ben franklin (HI DERE), Thursday, 17 September 2009 20:12 (ten years ago) link

(and is probably less representative of ccs than the show. but still, main idea, you really can't generalize + it's probably good that they're getting *some* sort of pop culture rep)

xp

iatee, Thursday, 17 September 2009 20:13 (ten years ago) link

I spent a summer at a community college getting a few credits out of the way, and I must say that I did not have a favorable impression of the experience. Sorry guys!

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Thursday, 17 September 2009 21:25 (ten years ago) link

ownd

ice cr?m, Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:06 (ten years ago) link

I also went to a community college in CA for the first two years of my degree! Now I work at a community college in OR, and people cry when I tell them I was paying $11 a unit compared to the $81 a unit they're charging here.

gmail im going to murder u at a beach party (reddening), Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:25 (ten years ago) link

two years off cc for the basics seems like not a bad idea - also watching and discussing this show - it is funny

ice cr?m, Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:32 (ten years ago) link

I trust ice cr?m's taste; going to dl

did u see any 'glee' yet ice cr?m?

cozwn, Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:34 (ten years ago) link

Glee is 50% good, 50% terrible, sometimes at the same time.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:35 (ten years ago) link

that's what I'm into

cozwn, Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:36 (ten years ago) link

I'm sort of embarrassed about currently attending a community college, not because I'm attending a community college, but because when people ask me what I'm learning I honestly have to say "not much." If I didn't need something official looking to put on my resume, I could've saved a lot of money just teaching myself at home.

It's for this reason I will not only be NOT offended if this show skewers the community college experience, but I was actively derive joy from it!

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:41 (ten years ago) link

was=will (der)

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:42 (ten years ago) link

Is it "not learning anything" because the classes are poorly taught, or because they require you to take a bunch of general ed bullshit before you can get to your chosen subject? I have students complain to me all the time about the uselessness of general ed, but ultimately they'd be taking the same classes for way more money at a four-year.

gmail im going to murder u at a beach party (reddening), Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:49 (ten years ago) link

the classes are poorly taught

I'm in the digital media/tv production program, which is basically run by two instructors at different campuses who absolutely hate each other. Whatever one teaches, the other debunks. After all that is through, it's basically playtime when it comes to studio production and editing projects. Basically, they tell you how to turn on the computer and open up Adobe Premiere (which isn't even industry standard software) and then advise the best they know how, which is limited in all respects.

The worst thing is, the college has a completely digital hi-def PBS station right there, and they won't let students anywhere near it. We're using a studio with equipment that's, no lie, from the 1970s.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 September 2009 23:55 (ten years ago) link

in my experience (classes at a pretty well funded california cc) there was a large spectrum of teacher quality. but overall, what you get out of a class also sorta depends on the students (teachers often teach to the lowest common denominator + you learn through class discussions / study groups.) and this is where the cc classes I took were significantly worse than the classes at my srs 4 year school. they tended to be worse than my public hs AP classes too.

iatee, Friday, 18 September 2009 00:02 (ten years ago) link

xpost Ugh, that's awful. The students I work with gravitate toward the humanities or medical/nursing programs, which run really well at my CC, but I've heard similar accounts of, like, blind incompetence in certain Computer Science classes.

gmail im going to murder u at a beach party (reddening), Friday, 18 September 2009 00:14 (ten years ago) link

part of the problem (not to get all shop talk on you, but...) is that cc teachers are usually people who have other jobs and teach "for a little extra cash"
adjunct instructors (sometimes up to 75% of the instructors at a CC are adjunct) are often blase because:

they are not teachers by trade
are often not given the training or tools to be effective teachers
are not paid very well for their time/expertise
are often required to do things that are beyond their range of skills, like writing a syllabus*

that said, there are a lot of great teachers out there at CCs (ahem), but there are a lot of craptacular ones too for the aforementioned reasons

*note: this is not always true, but it's true more than more than most students at CCs realize

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Friday, 18 September 2009 00:20 (ten years ago) link

Ok I'm watching the show and this bears no resemblance to my life at all aside from the woman who referenced her babysitter.

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Friday, 18 September 2009 01:40 (ten years ago) link

These people all talk to each other. As iatee referenced above, almost nobody in my classes talks to each other.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 September 2009 01:42 (ten years ago) link

It must be said, John Oliver is the funniest thing in this show.

Mordy, Friday, 18 September 2009 01:46 (ten years ago) link

It must also be said that whatsherface really doesn't look all that much like Elizabeth Shue.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 September 2009 01:50 (ten years ago) link

Where are the nonnative speakers? Sorry but if this is what passes for funny on tv I'm not impressed. My real life is funnier than this. I have a student whose name is Porntip, but she prefers to go by her nickname: Nooky.

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Friday, 18 September 2009 01:50 (ten years ago) link

Ass-burgers.

Mordy, Friday, 18 September 2009 01:58 (ten years ago) link

Nice touch ending with "Don't You Forget About Me."

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 September 2009 01:59 (ten years ago) link

I give it a B+ (ish).

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 September 2009 01:59 (ten years ago) link

I laughed a little at the menengitis joke.

figgy pudding (La Lechera), Friday, 18 September 2009 02:01 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons was a little over halfway through season 2. There's been at least one other reference to the D&D game in another episode besides the Pierce hospital one, but I can't remember which other episode. Funnily enough I think having the episode pulled actually works out in the overall tone of the show, considering all the other references to stuff we never saw (ala the clip show with clips that weren't ever in the show).

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 19:36 (three weeks ago) link

Knowing what I know about Dan Harmon now (and the fact that Britta was apparently based on his ex-gf?)I can't help but see her being debased for laughs

(though all the group are intended as aspects of his personality, and he had Feelings about Britta being disparaged by real people due to the degree he identified with her)

bat ain't Thad (sic), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 19:49 (three weeks ago) link

But Pierce was in the D&D episode, the whole point was that they're all making the guy Jeff insulted feel better and Pierce is just in it for himself (and reads the DM notes iirc?) and wants to 'win'.

There's a second D&D episode where they try and reunite Mike from Breaking Bad with his son?

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 20:32 (three weeks ago) link

Ah, he wasn't invited but then turned up and was brought in as an NPC of sorts before it went wrong.

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 20:34 (three weeks ago) link

I think Community was a perfect show for me in my early 20s, smart and funny in a smartass and self-congratulatory kinda way. I definitely don't vibe with it the way I did when it was on the air but I can understand why I liked it as much as I did. The first season of the show made such an impression on me, I still remember the plots/gags clearly, watching it again really felt like re-watching an old favorite. and then...

There's a second D&D episode where they try and reunite Mike from Breaking Bad with his son?

clearly my passion for the show had waned by this point, even if I was still watching it as it aired. it's all coming back to me now though...puppets? Paget Brewster? something involving another actor from Breaking Bad? lol

musically, Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:11 (three weeks ago) link

massive xpost from days ago but Freaks and Geeks is avaiable free on ALL-4 in THE UK.

BRAVE THE AFRIAD (onimo), Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:35 (three weeks ago) link

Do the streaming versions of F&G have the original music? I read somewhere that when they first showed them in cable reruns, the music had been replaced with soundalikes and/or library music. This also applied to the eps that premiered on cable (ones that NBC declined to air), and it wasn't until the DVDs that they appeared with the correct music.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:46 (three weeks ago) link

Anytime there's a clearance issue, the song should be replaced with clips from Crispin Glover's solo album

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:47 (three weeks ago) link

I don't know. I swear I saw an episode or two on Netflix about four or five years ago that had the original music in it, but of course it's not on there to verify any longer. From Apatow's comments over the past few years, it isn't available to stream anywhere and likely won't be given the costs to secure the music licenses and he doesn't want to sign off on replacing the music anymore. I'd be really curious to how this is handled in the UK.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:48 (three weeks ago) link

Gimme a bit to watch from an ep and I'll tell you what music is playing.

BRAVE THE AFRIAD (onimo), Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:54 (three weeks ago) link

It would be great if it was presumably cheaper b-list butt rock warhorses. Like replace most stuff with Bad Company and Foreigner.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:57 (three weeks ago) link

I read somewhere that when they first showed them in cable reruns, the music had been replaced with soundalikes and/or library music. This also applied to the eps that premiered on cable (ones that NBC declined to air), and it wasn't until the DVDs that they appeared with the correct music.


I think they always ran on tv in the US with the original/correct music. Before the DVDs came out, a friend loaned me a a couple VHSs of the whole series which he’d taped from whatever cable channel re-ran it, and all the music cues were there. I remember because I only managed to catch about one-and-a-half episodes of its original run, so my first time watching it was on this friend’s tapes. I expected some Who, but not as much as there was, and I really didn’t expect the Faces or XTC.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 16 July 2020 16:58 (three weeks ago) link

All 4 keeps trying to force me to watch ads. I'll watch an ep later and see how it compares with what's listed on what-song.com

BRAVE THE AFRIAD (onimo), Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:04 (three weeks ago) link

The Who ep was one of the cable premieres, so perhaps whatever I read was wrong? I do see in the imdb trivia that "Kim Kelly Is My Friend" (the 'too dark' ep w/Rashida Jones as a bully that NBC didn't air nationally) was edited for cable, but they don't say why (presumably for content?).

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:09 (three weeks ago) link

"Dead Dogs & Gym Teachers" was obviously Who-heavy (even though they couldn't have gone to a Who concert because Who didn't tour the US in 1981, and Lindsay's parents ABSOLUTELY would have brought up the Cincinnati tragedy, and the Who t-shirt Millie wears wouldn't exist until 1994), but there were also Who songs in at least one other episode ("Song Is Over", but I can't remember the exact ep).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:18 (three weeks ago) link

I can confirm that on All-4, Bill makes a sandwich and watches TV while The Who plays I'm the One.

However, Boris the Spider doesn't play while Kim runs over the dog.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

BRAVE THE AFRIAD (onimo), Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:23 (three weeks ago) link

I just came here to say that really love the joke at the end of S5 ep 7 when Chang thinks he’s a ghost

...the camera slowly pans, Shining-style, over to an old black & white photo on the wall, closeup showing Chang and a group of people in period costume and then the camera finally holds on the photo’s caption OLD TIMEY PHOTO CLUB 2014

it’s very good :D

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:25 (three weeks ago) link

More Who as Bill eats cereal and shares awkward glances with the back to the future gym teacher (Love Reign O'er Me).

I'll stop now as I'm destroying this community (thread).

BRAVE THE AFRIAD (onimo), Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:30 (three weeks ago) link

lol just got to 'Squeeze Box'

brb gonna binge Freaks and Geeks again

BRAVE THE AFRIAD (onimo), Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:32 (three weeks ago) link

"Squeeze Box" was so great on there.

That bit was in the teaser for the never-happened NBC airing of the ep.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:35 (three weeks ago) link

gillian jacobs is two months older than alison brie

mookieproof, Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:38 (three weeks ago) link

*updates .xls

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 July 2020 18:10 (three weeks ago) link

lol. just found it curious that one was playing a character roughly the correct age and the other a character ten years younger

mookieproof, Thursday, 16 July 2020 18:16 (three weeks ago) link

lol i was just razzing ya. It is funny! I always forget that Annie is meant to be so young, her & Britta def feel the same age to me except when its specifically called out

and when annie’s age WAS called out it was usually in reference to Jeff & then i’d get that jarring UGH WHAT moment

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 July 2020 18:35 (three weeks ago) link

She was on tv as Trudy Campbell at the same time so I definitely never thought of her as an actual teenager (she also didn't look it, no matter how infantilizing her wardrobe was). Which was fine because I couldn't imagine romantic scenes between Jeff and someone that actually looks like a teen, yucky

musically, Thursday, 16 July 2020 18:56 (three weeks ago) link

They kind of covered for her appearance by saying she'd had extensive reconstructive plastic surgery after going through a plate glass window at a party whilst high.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 16 July 2020 19:03 (three weeks ago) link

Didn't watch Mad Men, so didn't have a problem with Annie's on-screen age. OTOH they were sexualizing her even in season 1, tons of Jeff/Annie jokes on that wavelength

Nhex, Thursday, 16 July 2020 19:28 (three weeks ago) link

Debate episode is one of my favourites.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Thursday, 16 July 2020 19:44 (three weeks ago) link

Just heard “Evil Woman” in the supermarket and immediately thought of the debate episode.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 16 July 2020 21:00 (three weeks ago) link

so good! i love that one too

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 July 2020 21:02 (three weeks ago) link

HE WAS HORNY, SO HE DROPPED HIM. Man is evil!

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Thursday, 16 July 2020 23:04 (three weeks ago) link

Re: F&G music- Wikipedia sez some of the songs were replaced with generic music when reruns ran on Fox Family

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:59 (two weeks ago) link

I watched the S6 “We gave a dog a degree?” episodd and found it p funny esp everyone saying that line allthe time, it cracked me up

S6 so far not too bad! It’s not early season giddy heights but still v enjoyable & often funny.

at this point I’m thrilled at anything that is an improvement on the nadir of the puppet episode, my bar is maybe too low idk

oh and the s6 episode where Dean does virtual reality filing was also *hilarious*

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 23 July 2020 01:08 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, for me it's:
S2>S3>S1/S6>>S5>>>>>>>>>>S4

Fetchboy, Thursday, 23 July 2020 01:22 (two weeks ago) link

S2>S1>S3>>S6>S5

















nah

Steppin' RZA (sic), Thursday, 23 July 2020 01:34 (two weeks ago) link

I'd rate S1 higher if it didn't take so long for them to de-center Jeff and figure out who Troy and Britta were. Granted, to me the show's peak is the trampoline story.

Fetchboy, Thursday, 23 July 2020 01:52 (two weeks ago) link

rewatching s2 and it's striking what an utter over-the-top asshole pierce becomes. (the d&d game and the one where he pretends he's dying, specifically.) and not in a funny way or a way that can be reconciled at the end by hopeful music and shirley and annie going 'aww'

sort of wonder if the writers made pierce worse than necessary because everyone hated chevy? i don't feel like he needed to be this awful simply for comedic effect

mookieproof, Sunday, 26 July 2020 06:56 (two weeks ago) link

By S2 they were largely writing Pierce's dialogue by putting things that Chevy actually said to his coworkers into the scripts. The plots were probably similarly motivated.

Steppin' RZA (sic), Sunday, 26 July 2020 09:05 (two weeks ago) link

Even at the time the wheelchair felt like a device to physically keep Chevy apart from the rest of the cast as much as possible and he has way fewer scenes when he's physically in the room with them.

Even some of the study room scenes tend to film Pierce separately and on his own. Like you can just see in all those scenes where they're all supposed to be round the table together and Chase just isn't there except when he absolutely needs to be.

Matt DC, Sunday, 26 July 2020 09:24 (two weeks ago) link

Granted, to me the show's peak is the trampoline story.

I've been rewatching the DVDs with the commentaries, and someone (I think McHale) talks about how Donald Glover and Matt Walsh (janitor who made the secret trampoline garden) would do hilarious improvs with each other. When he shows the swastika tattoo, "It's going to be a maze" was improvised. An alternate line for that reveal, which was Donald's idea, was, "It's the original U2 logo."

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 26 July 2020 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

Ha!!

Fetchboy, Sunday, 26 July 2020 18:37 (two weeks ago) link

We made it up to the episode where Troy leaves to go sailing on Pierce's yacht last night, Season 5 was like an immediate uptick again in quality after S4.

Being able to binge these seasons made me realize just how much darker S5 in, and I don't just mean the tone. The color is more muted and everything seems filmed with less lighting or something. I saw a few reddit threads that mentioned it was due to the lower budgets by that point, but that seems to be a weird specific place for the budget to impact.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 16:04 (one week ago) link

Back half of S6 is proving to be weird as hell

There was a great ep on Grifting 101 with Matt Berry guest starring, super funny

But we just watched Giant Hand/RV episode which was about as bad as you can get without puppets + singing

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 17:05 (one week ago) link

I saw a few reddit threads that mentioned it was due to the lower budgets by that point, but that seems to be a weird specific place for the budget to impact.

Production design overall takes huge steps down as the series progresses. It's probably that they were no longer lighting to make sure 43 background jokes were clearly visible on a fifth rewatch, than that they couldn't afford the same bulbs as before.

(Harmon paid props and design staff overtime out of his own pocket on the first two seasons, partly out of appreciation for the incredibly great job they were doing, and largely because his own constant rewriting and rewriting of the scripts meant that they weren't able to do such a great job on regular schedules. In the third year, he stopped doing this and bought a house instead.)

Steppin' RZA (sic), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 17:55 (one week ago) link

Interesting, that makes sense about the background stuff. Had no idea he paid so much out of pocket.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 17:56 (one week ago) link

But we just watched Giant Hand/RV episode which was about as bad as you can get without puppets + singing

― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, July 29, 2020 1:05 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

That was where I bailed. I was pretty hopeful up to that point, but this episode just felt so desperate. I never saw any of S6 after that.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 30 July 2020 15:21 (one week ago) link

the next episode is the final paintball episode though!

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Thursday, 30 July 2020 15:35 (one week ago) link

yes we watched that last night & it was fun!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 30 July 2020 17:37 (one week ago) link

Wait, there’s a paintball in season 6?! OK, will revisit.

I’m about halfway through rewatching season 5, and it’s much better than I remember. Jonathan Banks’ reaction to the Meowmeowbeenz presentation is one of my favorite moments of the whole series. And the darkness pointed out upthread is only in the first episode and the Ass Crack Bandit episode.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 1 August 2020 01:42 (one week ago) link

We just got the Ass Crack episode, was ok.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 August 2020 03:04 (one week ago) link


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