Community, bad; The Office, very good. This truly is the darkest of…YEAH WE GET IT ALREADY.
- Community: At least Jeff and Annie looked good…I both do and don’t want “Advanced Introduction to Finality” to be the final episode of Community. Do: the show is clearly out of ideas. Or, perhaps more accurately, the ideas that it does have left are such fan service that they’re offensive. One of season four’s biggest problems was its lack of saying anything new about the characters; the same jokes were used over and over again, as were the plots, with “Finality” wanting to please us so badly that I even felt embarrassed for Chevy Chase when he appeared wrapped in an outfit seemingly made of snakeskin and gym mats. It beat us over the head with references to paintball, darkest timelines, and Inspector Spacetimes; we like those things, but we also want more than that. And the “more” in “Finality” made no sense: Jeff dreaming of Evil Abed? The lack of City College after last week’s cliffhanger? THE MATRIX PARODIES? For a brief moment, it even made me retroactively hate “Remedial Chaos Theory,” my favorite episode of the entire show. Which brings me to the don’t: I’m sad that this could be our final memory of one of the most inventive, occasionally brilliant sitcoms ever. Moses Port and David Guarascio never made Community their own, and somewhere out there (beneath the pale moonlight), Dan Harmon feels just as conflicted as we do.
- The Office: The Office, as we know it, is done. “A.A.R.M.” gave happy endings to those who deserve it the most (and an unhappy one to Andy, which good; it’s a shame that Jessica St. Clair had to womp it up with this pit of a character), and all that’s left is for the Dunder-Mifflin crew to react to footage we’ve already seen or update us on their lives six months down the line. And if next week’s greatest hits package is only half as moving as Jim and Pam’s highlight reel and long-forgotten teapot note (yeah, I got misty, so what?), well, to quote the unseen Michael Scott, “This is going to hurt like a motherf*cker.”
Goodbye, Community, possibly for forever.